The Ceres Chamber of Commerce launched a new website on Monday, offering more features for members and an updated, streamlined look.
The new site highlights a “Business of the Month,” features a section for companies hiring to post job openings, an events calendar, a streamlined membership directory, a blog, a QR code providing visitors a handful of ways to connect with the Chamber, and a member advice center - a section the Chamber hopes its members will utilize to offer tips and answer questions from the public.
“A new website was long overdue and we’re very excited to roll out more features to help promote our members and benefit the community,” said Renee Ledbetter, Ceres Chamber Executive Director.
Following two years of declining memberships and not being able to hold events due to the pandemic, the Chamber last November held a public meeting asking the community for support to help keep its doors open. A number of community and business leaders who attended that meeting said they would step up to help the bare bones staff. The help has come in referring businesses to join the Chamber or renew their memberships.
“We are thankful for the support we’ve received thus far. Since March alone we’ve gained 18 new members to the Chamber – we’ve never had that many new members in one year, much less in a seven-month period,” Ledbetter said. “We also had the largest turnout to our ‘One Table, One Community’ event this year with over 150 in attendance.
“The new site will also allow us to market our members across social media platforms, incorporate videos and will make chamber operations more efficient by allowing applications and forms to be submitted electronically,” she said.
Increasing memberships, successful events, and more advertising and sponsoring opportunities for members will not only help keep the doors open, but move the Chamber in a direction to increase revenues that will ultimately help ramp up staffing positions. The Chamber currently operates with one half-time administrative staff member and the help of its volunteer executive director and board of directors.
Publicly the CeresChamber.com domain name remains and redirects visitors to the new domain
CeresChamberofCommerce.org, also owned by the Chamber.
“The original name is simple and easy to remember and people already know it,” said Ledbetter.
If you have questions about the website or have an interest in Chamber membership, you can contact the Chamber at 209-537-2601 or via email at CeresChamberBoard@gmail.com .