HJ/EDMarch 20, 2006

Montrose-Waverly Chamber kicks off membership drive

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Small-town businesses thrive not only through community support, but when they support the community. The upcoming Montrose-Waverly Chamber membership event offers businesses a chance to do just that.

The chamber is hosting a membership event at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center Thursday, March 30.

“This is just a chance for everyone to get together and learn about the benefits of being part of the chamber,” longtime chamber member Kent Houston of Waverly said.

The event will include a pizza and pop dinner, information about the chamber, and a drawing for a free membership.

“The most important part about the chamber is community involvement and support,” Houston said.

Anyone interested in renewing or becoming a member is welcome, including current members and community business owners.

Community business owners include anyone who does business transactions, such as Mary Kay consultants, who run their businesses out of their homes.

Monthly meetings to network with other businesses, building a visible and caring presence within the community, and opportunities to announce business promotions are just a few of the benefits of a chamber membership.

The cost to become a member is $75 a year. Membership also reduces the expense to participate in the Montrose-Waverly Expo in the fall.

The chamber is involved in several events, such as the Ice Festival, Waverly Days, Montrose Days, and the Montrose-Waverly Business Expo.

But, individual participation is up to each business member.

More than 40 business were chamber members last year, but several have not yet renewed memberships.

Houston is hoping this event will spur those members to renew, and engage new members within the communities.

“It’s about being involved and networking with other businesses in the Montrose and Waverly Communities, and contributing towards the promotion of the community as a whole,” Houston said.

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