North Tampa Chamber of
Promoting Your Business
Get involved with the North Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Our activities and committees generate business for our
members! The best way to promote your business or organization is to attend
networking functions, host a Chamber Chatter Connections, or serve on a
Committee or on the Board of Directors.
Whenever you are actively involved,
people see your name and your face. They get to know you and then they do
business with you and recommend you to their friends. Not a member?
Ah, visibility... Do Chamber members know about you and your business? Will they
think of you the next time they need your services or products? Advertising is
available to North Tampa Chamber MEMBERS ONLY unless otherwise noted.
Member online advertising --
Online advertising is a golden opportunity to "get the word out" and educate
people; to get the information about the services/products you offer into the
hands of every chamber member in addition to everybody that visits the NTCC
website! These ads are available to MEMBERS ONLY. Not a member?
The ads may be in full color or in
black and white. You must provide a digital print ready ad copy in jpg or pdf
format. Business cards can be scanned, but the results may be compromised. Ads
will begin at the beginning of the month. If you need help in putting the ad
together, that can be provided for an additional charge.
Online ads are available beginning
at $25 per month for a business card size ad. Other ad sizes are available at
the following monthly prices: quarter page $50, half page $100, full page $200.
For 6 month commitment, you get one (1) month free (You pay for 5 months.), for
12 month commitment you get three (3) months free (You pay for 9 months.). The
price will be the same for color and for black and white ads.
Contact the chamber office at
813-961-2420 or email
email@example.com for more information or to make arrangements for
your ad. For your convenience, you can pay online
by credit card.
The online ads will be connected to the Member Directory. An Icon "View Ad" will
be placed in the member directory listing. A
listing of all member ads is generated from the data base and will be
available on the chamber website menu under "Member Information".
Homepage ads -- Prime
advertising space is available on the North Tampa Chamber homepage. This is a
great opportunity to get information about your product and/or service in front
of everybody that visits the NTCC website! This is available for North Tampa
Chamber MEMBERS ONLY. There will be a limited number of ad spaces available and
they will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All ads will be the
same size and price. Ads will show for a limited time to allow for more members
to take advantage of this advertising opportunity and to give the website a new,
fresh look at all times.
The ad will be stationary and in
full color unless you prefer a black and white ad. You must provide a digital
logo in bmp, gif, jpg, pdf or png format or the business/ organization name in
the color and font as you want it to be displayed. Space will allow room for a
logo and/or business name only. The maximum size available for each homepage ad
is 240 x 80 pixels (width by height). See the sample displayed here:
Should your ad copy be larger than these
specifications, we reserve the right to resize your ad by 1) making the ad
itself smaller, 2) by cropping, or 3) using a combination of the two. Ads will
be placed online at the beginning of a specific month. A link will be provided
from your ad to your business website.
There will be space for a maximum of
five (5) ads on the homepage. You may choose to be on the waiting list for the
next available space. The ad will be displayed for a period of 2 consecutive
months only. You may renew your ad and it will be put on the waiting list for
the next available space once a full month has passed.
Price is $100 for the two (2) month
period. For your convenience and to reserve your space, you can pay online
by credit card. Contact the chamber office at 813-961-2420 or email
more information or to make arrangements for your ad.
Directory advertising - The
North Tampa Chamber publishes a hard copy membership directory bi-annually. The
directory is printed bi-annually so the publication is in front of the members
and guests for a period of 6 months. Advertising is available in the directory.
Great for marketing! Your chance to let people know about your business or
organization! Do not miss this opportunity to promote your business! Advertising
is available to members and non-members.
In the directory Chamber members are
listed by category with an alphabetical listing by member name for cross
referencing. Members' contact information, member to member discounts, and
business slogan is also listed in the directory.
The directory is printed in black
and white and mailed to all members in addition to being distributed at
meetings, selected local businesses, and included in chamber informational
Advertising is available in a
variety of sizes and prices. Members get a 6 month ad for as low as $50 for
Business card size. Other prices: 1/4 page $100, 1/2 page $200, full page $400.
Non-Members get a 6 month ad for as low as $100 for Business card size. Other
prices: 1/4 page $200, 1/2 page $400, full page $800.
For more business exposure, an
insert can be included. Already have an ad in the directory? Consider including
an insert too! --- That way the reader has one that will stay in the hard copy
directory for six months and one that can be removed and taken with them for
easy reference especially convenient for coupons/certificates.
For additional exposure and recognition, there are many opportunities to sponsor
activities and events and chamber promotions. Sponsorships are generally limited
to members, but in a few instances non-members are permitted to participate in
some levels of sponsorships in events such as golf tournaments, expos, banquets.
Any events that allow non-member sponsorship will be indicated as such.
Sponsorships are available for most special awards and activities (i.e. Law
Enforcement of the Month, Student of the Month, charity programs). Members have
the opportunities to sponsor promotional items for the Chamber (i.e. new member
welcome packets). For specific sponsorship availability, please contact the
chamber office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-961-2420.
FREE ADVERTISING opportunities --
a membership benefit
Members may qualify for FREE advertising online by being the Business of the
Month and by being interviewed for a Member Profile. All members have a free
listing in the Chamber directory. Member to member discounts and the member
slogan also provides an opportunity to get your service or product in front of
more prospective business contacts. You can get even more exposure by providing
promotional materials for the new member welcome packets and by utilizing the
group email which provides the opportunity to communicate with other chamber
members on a weekly basis. In addition, at the General Meetings and Networking
Luncheons, attendees are encouraged to bring brochures and/or promotional items
to place on the display table for others to view and pick up.
Become the Business of the Month
By attending the monthly general meeting on the 2nd Thursday each month, chamber
members have an opportunity to be the Business of the Month the following month
by simply participating in a business card drawing. You will get a free ad
online which includes your written article and your business card. This will
remain online for a period of four (4) months. You can have a small display
representing your business and the opportunity to speak briefly about your
business at the next general meeting. A great chance to let people know more
about your business!
Member profiles are "People to People" articles that provide an in-depth way of
getting to know your fellow Chamber members. This article will focus on the
human side of the member for a glimpse into the passion and unique journey that
reveals the how's and why's of getting into this particular type of business or
organization. People do business with people that they know and trust and refer
them to others. "Member profiles" is truly a "getting to know you" experience.
Free Directory listing on the website includes member contact information plus
discounts offered to chamber members and the business slogan. This makes your
membership accessible to web visitors, persons relocating, and those generally
looking for information about the area. This information also appears in the
bi-annual hard copy directory. The website directory listing also includes links
to member website and email addresses.
Member to Member Discounts to
Free listing of Member to Member discounts in the bi-annual hard copy directory
and online directory plus
separate listing of Member to Member discounts accessible from almost every
chamber website page.
Not only does this slogan indicate who you are and what you do, but it brings
attention to your business with each word. The words in the slogan are connected
to the search engine so your business will come up when someone does a search
using one of those words.
New Member Welcome Packet
Chamber members only!!! Great opportunity to promote your business and the price
is right! Every new member receives a welcome packet when they join the chamber.
Inside the packet is chamber information. Have your information about your
business or organization included in the packets. Provide us with information
(i.e. promotional items, flyers, brochures, printed material, etc) to be
included in our new member packets at no cost to you. The information must
relate to your member business or organization or to an event your business is
sponsoring. Please provide a minimum of 25 -50 copies. We will use the number
you provide and notify you when we need more.
Members, Are you taking advantage of this communication system? Group Email is
an opportunity to communicate with other North Tampa Chamber members via email
on a weekly (every 7 days) basis to provide general information about your
products, services, sales, special events with just one click. You might find
this a convenient way to promote sales or specials, member-to-member discounts,
invite people to open houses or grand openings, post job openings, share leads,
seek referrals, send general information about your product or service, and much
more. This group is available to members only and is email sensitive, meaning
that you can only receive and send on the email address that is registered. The
email listing is not shared. In addition to sending out emails on a weekly
basis, you will also receive emails from other members in the same manner.
You may also use it to send
testimonials about your positive experience with chamber members. Recognize
those chamber members with a SHOUT OUT to others letting them know of the great
service or product provided to you by a chamber member! The chamber encourages
"members doing business with members". Give a THANK YOU to the business while
letting all the other members know about your experience.
You may opt in or opt out of group
email at anytime should you decide it does not fit into your business schedule.
Should you decide to join this communication service, you may do so by
contacting the chamber office at
email@example.com or Sherry Markee at
firstname.lastname@example.org to be
added. Should you choose not to be on the group, you can be removed using the
same contacts. As a member, you will however continue receiving meeting/event
information from the chamber office which is in no way connected to the group
There is no limit to how many people
a chamber member can have on the group so you can include all your employees or
a select few. Be sure to give us names to go with each additional email address.
An email address that begins with
anything generic that might indicate/imply another group (see guidelines below)
CANNOT be used since it will not be recognized by Yahoo! Groups You can still be
on the group by assigning a different screen name for the group only.
The following guidelines MUST
be adhered to for participation in NTCC Yahoo! Groups Email program:
On any day or time of the week,
members may send one message per business every seven days or once a
Your messages must be directly
related to your business.
No attachments, clipart,
letterhead, photos, fancy graphics, images, etc are permitted. They will be
automatically deleted by Yahoo.
You may include your business
logo, text formatting such as centering, indentations, bullets or numbers
and basic colors for text (i.e. black, shades of green, red, blue) for
Use plain text (i.e. Fonts
such as Arial, Times New Roman, Veranda, Georgia, Calibri, etc) and standard
font sizes (i.e. 8 through14). No fancy fonts or oversized fonts.
You may include links for access
to additional information on the subject material in the email and links to
your website and email address.
Email address sensitive -
Send your message from the same email address at which you receive group email
messages (the system is sensitive as to who's sending and receiving). Access
will be denied if you are not on the group list.
An email address that begins with
anything generic that might indicate/imply another group CANNOT be used
since it will not be recognized by Yahoo! Groups (i.e. some prefixes that are
not accepted are "info@", "sales@", "email@" "group@", "business@" "news@,
etc). Therefore, if any member has an address such as these, it will NOT
be accepted. We will not know for certain that other similar email addresses
will not be accepted until we attempt to input them. You will be notified if
your email address is rejected by Yahoo! Groups. Please provide us with another
address if you wish to be included in the group.
Jokes, political issues,
religious issues, special events you are participating in (i.e. non-profit
events, fundraisers, etc.) are NOT permitted. Exceptions to special
events would be (a) if it is a part of what you do as a business; (b) if the
chamber is participating, sponsoring or involved in some way in the event; or
(c) if your business is a major sponsor of the event.
Personal opinions, personal
causes, political endorsements, tickets for sale, personal fundraising efforts,
somebody else's business, events sponsored by others are not appropriate in
this venue. This is for information concerning the member business only.
Yahoo Groups! reserves the
right, in its sole discretion, to remove any content they deem undesirable or
Yahoo Groups! reserves the
right, in its sole discretion, to terminate their service provided to the
North Tampa Chamber immediately and without notice if (a) Yahoo! believes that
we have acted inconsistently with the spirit or the letter of the Yahoo! Terms
and/or Guidelines, or (b) Yahoo! believes we have violated or tried to violate
the rights of others.
NTCC Board, Committees,
Staff, and members promoting, sponsoring or hosting chamber events may have
unlimited use of this group to send out messages about meetings and special
events, to attain committee members, to seek volunteers, to announce special
opportunities, to share urgent information between online updates, and all other
chamber business that needs to be communicated to the general membership.
If you are unsure whether
your content is consistent with these policies, please err on the side of
caution and do not post the questionable content OR contact the chamber office
to clarify any rule in question.
If a member breaks the rules,
he/she could be removed from participating in the NTCC Yahoo Groups!
If you want to let other Chamber
members know who you are, what you do, and the services you have to offer them,
take advantage of the FREE communication tool!
Host a Chamber Chatter Connection
The Chamber Chatter Connections is a member hosted event. The Chamber is the
sponsor and as a sponsor, the chamber will promote the event through media
announcements, emails, online on our website and several social media outlets.
As the host, you provide us with a flyer that we can distribute at meetings and
in our mailings. Please be aware that companies donating items will be
recognized, but they cannot be considered a co-host unless they are a chamber
member. You choose the time of day, either morning "Coffee Connection" or
evening "After Hours Mixer". Most CCC's are around 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The "Coffee
Connection" begins about 7:30am -- 9:00am and the "After Hours Mixer" around
5:30pm -- 7:00pm. The times may vary if the host or co-hosts prefer a slightly
different beginning or ending time. If you do not specify a different time, we
will automatically schedule for the times listed above.
We schedule at least two months in
advance so we have sufficient time to promote the event. In order to get on the
calendar for any given month, we just need a commitment for a date and time, an
address, and the rsvp contact information. Dates are assigned on first come
basis. All other details can be worked out later.
Don't have the space to host the
event? NO PROBLEM! We will pair you with someone that does have the space and
you can co-host. Or would you like to have a co-host to share responsibilities?
We will find another member that would be interested.
Why should you consider hosting a
Chamber Chatter Connections? Ask yourself: Are you proud of your Business? Do
you want more people to know about it? Looking for a way to grow your business?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event may be for you.
Stimulate your Business -- Spotlight
your product and/or service. Have people come to find out more about you and
your business while giving them the opportunity to network with each other.
Invite your customers, friends, business acquaintances, neighbors -- to an event
hosted by you & sponsored by the North Tampa Chamber -- for the opportunity to
share information and build business relationships.
You will need to provide the
appropriate snacks and drinks for the time of day. Attendance depends on getting
the word out. Preparing promotional flyers and providing information about your
business that you want to highlight as quickly as possible gives the chamber
more time to distribute the announcements that will encourage people to attend
your event. These events are always open to the public and free to attendees.
You need to inform your clientele and business associates by email, flyers, etc.
Encourage them to consider donating an item for the drawing and let them know
they will be acknowledged for their donation. It is a great opportunity for them
to promote their business and gives us more items to give-a-way.
You will have the opportunity to
talk about your business, explain what you do and how, or you might even want to
provide a tour of your facility. This is YOUR time to get YOUR message across to
other business owners. The chamber will handle check-in and provide you with
copies of sign-in sheets and business cards that are deposited by attendees for
HOW CAN YOU HOST YOUR OWN CHAMBER
CHATTER CONNECTIONS? VERY SIMPLE.
Contact the chamber office at
813-961-2420 to be added to the schedule.
Don't let this opportunity to market
your business slip by! Chamber Members can only do business with other Chamber
Members if they know who you are and what you do.
Business Development and
The Chamber has a wide array of members whose expertise includes banking, art,
accounting, computers, pets, law, public safety, recreation, consulting, medical
alternatives and much more. Monthly networking events and intermittent Power
Networking provide a platform to promote your business and distribute
You can facilitate one of these activities which will give you
additional name recognition and face time with all the other attendees. Conduct
an educational workshop or/seminar. Become a speaker or a greeter at the monthly
Have an idea? Contact the chamber office at
813-961-2420 so we can discuss it further.