Marketing

Referrals:  The Chamber supports and recommends its members to the public. Your potential next client will contact the Chamber either by phone, email inquiry, social media or in person and the Chamber always recommends its members when responding.

Chamber Website:  www.esvachamber.org profiles all Chamber members with: 

  • Your contact information, including a link to your Website.

  • A picture or logo and brief description of your business.

  • Availability to load up to 30 description tag words in our “Search ESVA” search engine, which is prominently displayed on the main landing page. 

Email Blast:  For members only. Reach more audiences directly through the Chamber’s email distribution list by taking advantage of our “E-Blast” communication tool. For a nominal fee, the Chamber will email your communication to its entire distribution list, post it through social media and announce it on Chamber Chat radio show on WESR 103.3FM.

Business in the Spotlight: Each month, the Chamber highlights a different member through this program. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Participants receive:

  • Table lobby display 

  • Website highlight 

  • Social media recognition 

  • Radio ad 

  • E-blast recognition

Brochure/Business Card Display:  The Chamber hosts many visitors daily within its building, lobby and two meeting rooms. As a member you are able to display your brochures and business cards in the Chamber lobby


Essentials Magazine:  20,000 issues of this magazine are distributed throughout the region annually. As a member, you also have approval to use the Essentials Electronic Flipbook version directly on your website. Listings and advertising opportunities for members only. Advertisers in Essentials also receive a complimentary ad in the Chamber Business Directory.


Business Directory:  As a member, your contact information is listed in our Business Directory both alphabetically and categorically. The directory is distributed to our members only, as a value added benefit.


Social Media:  Like our Facebook page (@esvachamber) and Follow us on Instagram (esvachamber) to keep up to date on news from the Chamber and our members. Members have the ability for the Chamber to promote their events and activities on the Chamber’s social media pages. Members also have permission to tag the Chamber in their posts and utilize Chamber hashtags to broaden member exposure through social media. Use #esvachamber, #esvachamberevents, #ShopESVA and #BuyESVA.

Sponsorship Opportunities: As a member, you have the opportunity to become a sponsor at various Chamber events, such as Le Tour de Shore, Shore Fest, amongst others. This is a great way to gain invaluable exposure within various markets.

  • Chamber Champion Sponsor:  Receive a streamlined advertising package, along with exclusive value added sponsorship opportunities.


Networking

Business After Hours, Business Before Hours, and Chamber Power Lunch Networking Events:  Members are given the opportunity to host and attend monthly networking events. 

  • Host one of these three events at your place of business to showcase your business. 

  • Attend one or all of these events to network with other business and community leaders throughout the Shore.


Annual Awards Dinner:
  Held in June each year. In addition to dining with fellow chamber members and guests, the evening’s highlights are the presentation of the awards to the Small Business Person of the Year, the Outstanding Citizen of the Year, the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award and the Chairman’s Award.


Educational Seminars for Businesses:  Sponsored by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber Foundation and the SBDC of Hampton Roads, the Chamber hosts various educational seminars designed to educate our local businesses on relevant topics through our quarterly Lunch and Learn Seminar series.


Ribbon Cuttings: One of the highlights of new businesses is the Chamber’s Ribbon Cutting to launch the official opening of a business location. Many chamber members and local officials attend these to congratulate the new owner and offer encouragement. The Chamber promotes each ribbon cutting event through E-Blast, social media, on its website, and press release to our local media.


Committees: Members are able to serve on various Chamber committees to work on projects, network with other business leaders and help grow and strengthen both the Chamber and their own business.


Advocacy


Partnerships:  The Chamber partners with other chambers and various agencies on projects of interest to citizens and businesses. 

  • These include, but are not limited to: Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Northampton County Chamber of Commerce, County of Accomack, County of Northampton, ESVA Tourism Commission, Wallops Flight Facility/NASA, Accomack County Schools Career & Technical Education Committee, ES Community College, Hampton Roads Regional Chamber Alliance and various towns’ business and citizens organizations.


Government Relations:

  • Representation at Chamber Day at the Capitol.

  • Eggs & Issues Breakfast before & at the end of the legislative session with our representatives.

 
VALUE ADDED BENEFITS


​Meeting Rooms:
Two meeting rooms are available monthly free of charge for members. 

  • Our conference room can seat as many as 50 people in a classroom style or multiple table setting. 

  • Our more formal board room, can seat approximately 20 people at a large conference table and several more in auxiliary seating. 

  • Both rooms can be used more often for a nominal charge.


Mailing Labels:
Available to members only, sets of mailing labels of membership are available to help target your products and services through direct mail. Each member is allowed one free set, with additional runs available for $25 each set.

Save on Health & Wellness Benefits:

  • Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield: Life insurance & wellness programs available that utilize our local agents. 

  • No cost additional benefits for groups of 2-50 employees.

  • Free life insurance: $10k employees; $2k dependents.

  • Free travel assistance when 100+ miles away.

  • Access to Resource Advisor counselor 24/7.

  • https://www.chambersolutions.com/anthem.html#Anthem 

  • Combined Insurance: Sick & Accident Pay

  • SickPay Plus: direct cash benefits if you can’t work; day one coverage.

  • Accident Insurance: on or off the job protection with direct cash benefits.

  • Visit: www.sickpay.chambersolutions.com 


Save on Day-to-Day Business Expenses: 

  • Shipment Sleuth: Shipment auditing service.

  • Get refunds from FedEx and UPS automatically.

  • No direct cost – you save when we perform.

  • 40-point inspection on each shipment.

  • No changes to current shipping methods.

  • Visit: www.shipmentsleuth.com 


Save on Communications:

FreeCalls4Members: This program offers members no cost conferencing for up to 250 participants. Members even have a “web dashboard” to control the call and each caller’s participation. The call can be recorded and instantly downloaded for playback, editing or distribution. 


Klosebuy: Members get a discount on the monthly fee from this customer engagement platform.

Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber Of Commerce in Melfa

Becoming a member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce is a fun and cost effective way to grow your business. What's stopping you? Get growing!

  • Marketing

  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • ​Value Added Benefits

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS