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Gray: Woodstock chamber offers sponsorship opportunities

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry is regarded as a valuable resource for connecting your business with the community. The chamber is stronger than ever with a dedicated and enthusiastic board of directors moving the organization forward with exciting new ideas.

The chamber currently is in the midst of our annual Membership Drive, with a focus on member retention as well as bringing in new businesses to the chamber.

This year's raffle prizes for new and renewing businesses include a brand new Toshiba laptop computer, $500 in Woodstock chamber gift cards, and an "I am the Woodstock Chamber" marketing package valued at $250. The drawing will be held at our all-member mixer on Dec. 13 at the Woodstock chamber from 5-7 p.m. To qualify for the raffle, renew or join the chamber by Dec. 1.

For information on joining the Woodstock chamber or renewing your membership, email chamber@woodstockilchamber.com or call 815-338-2436.

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Membership in the Woodstock chamber is a great way to connect to the community and network with other area businesses and civic leaders, but what you might not know is that there are options beyond just membership to get you and your company even further entrenched and recognized in the community.

The chamber offers sponsorship opportunities to help support the marketing and connection efforts of members with the community. Businesses that partner and work together along with the chamber help our entire community become prosperous and vibrant.

Reflecting on the chamber’s dedication to creating a vivacious partnership with the community, we offer four sponsorship levels: Community Partners, Community Builders, Community Connectors, and Community Patrons.

Community Partners, our most elite sponsorship level, offers marketing rewards in social media, digital, outdoor, major events, and print formats. Highlights of this prestigious yet affordable sponsorship level include a chamber Facebook page introduction and bio, a front page featured article in the chamber’s newsletter, four full-page newsletter ads, a banner ad on the chamber’s website that runs for 12 months, a Woodstock Square pole banner posted throughout the year, written recognition in this very Northwest Herald chamber column, and special recognition in the popular Woodstock Community Guide and Map. And that is just a sample of the long list of benefits for this top tier sponsorship level.

Community Builders, another vital sponsorship level, offers many of the same valuable marketing rewards. Companies that come on board for this sponsorship level not only receive a chamber Facebook page introduction and bio, a 12-month banner ad on the chamber’s website, and a front page featured article in the chamber newsletter, you also receive an “I am the Woodstock Chamber” package, Chamber Golf Outing hole sponsorship, eight tickets to the chamber’s annual awards dinner, eight tickets to the chamber’s State of the City luncheon, and special recognition in the Community Guide and Map.

Community Connectors, our mid-level sponsorship option, packs a lot of impact for your dollar. Recognition awards include, among others, an “I am the Woodstock Chamber” package, a chamber Facebook page introduction and bio, a half-page ad on the chamber’s website that runs for 12 months, Chamber Golf Outing hole sponsorship, two full-page ads in the chamber newsletter, two tickets to the Miss Woodstock Pageant, two tickets to the xhamber’s annual awards dinner, and two tickets to the chamber’s State of the City luncheon.

For those companies looking to come in at the base level sponsorship opportunity, the chamber offers the Community Patrons option. Community Patrons receive full social media benefits including an “I am the Woodstock Chamber” package and chamber Facebook page introduction and bio reaching over 750 fans. On the digital front, Community Patrons receive a front page featured article in the chamber newsletter, an eighth-page ad on the chamber’s website for 12 months, and member listing on the chamber’s website homepage. Among major events and print awards are a Chamber Golf Outing hole sponsorship and recognition in this Northwest Herald chamber column. Like the other valuable sponsorship levels, the full gamut of benefits is too extensive to go into in this limited space.

For full details on the many great sponsorship packages available to connect you with the community, contact the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 815- 338-2436 or via email at Chamber@woodstockilchamber.com.

• Shari Gray is the executive director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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