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  • Chamber Programs

    We continuously search for ways to give you exclusive access to take full advantage of your membership by providing you with various programs that will help you promote your business, products, services - and save you and your staff money along the way.


    Business Growth Programs

    Economic Gardening

    Economic Gardening services target growth oriented companies identified and selected by local economic developers or entrepreneur support organizations, and provide a suite of high-end, high-speed business growth resources. The services available in this program includes Strategic Research from a team of specialists from the National Center for Economic Gardening. In order to participate in this program, companies must meet the eligibility criteria, complete an application, and be approved by the Decatur Chamber and its affilities for the program. The Economic Gardening Program is managed by the National Center for Economic Gardening and is hosted by the Edward Lowe Foundation.
     

    • "By participating in the Economic Gardening program, we received good information regarding new markets and how to reach them with more sophisticated tools." - Connie Vahlkamp | Peerless Cleaning & Restoration Services 

    Metro Money

    Support the local business community with Metro Money; a gift certificate program sponsored by Kroger and administered by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Metro Money comes in $5 and $20 denominations, never expires and can be used just like cash at over 40 locations.

    Leadership Programs

    Ambassadors

    Serve as the volunteer force for the Chamber of Commerce through the community. Ambassador Leadership Role Document | Ambassador Application
     

    • "The chance to participate in chamber events and committees has really increased my business presence within the community." - Zane Peterson | University Dogs

    Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI)

    Provides 14 once-a-week sessions where participants experience on-site learning and gain an inside view of the industries and issues that shape the Decatur area community. The program also entails group-based service learning projects and concludes with a graduation ceremony in early December. DLI Application | Schedule

    Money Saving Programs

    Energy Co-Op

    Pools the purchasing power of regional businesses, allowing members to stabilize their electricity and natural gas costs. By purchasing energy in advance at a set rate, Co-Op members remove the uncertainty of fluctuating rates and add predictability to their budget projections. Click here to apply now.
     

    •  "We have saved over $10,000 on an annual basis since joining the electric co-op." - Jeff Ingle | Decatur Club

    Marathon Discounted Gas Cards

    Silver & Gold level Chamber members may purchase prepaid cards at discounts of up to 4 percent. The cards, which come in denominations of $25, $100, and $250, may be redeemed at participating Marathon stations nationwide for all goods and services, excluding lottery tickets, money orders, and additional pre-paid cards. Click here to order gas cards.
     

    • "The discounted gas card program has saved our company a significant amount of money. Many of our employees drive a considerable number of miles for us, so fuel is a large expense. We are thankful the chamber offers this program to members." - Sarah Zarndt | ReBath of Illinois 

    New Member Referrals

    This is a continuous campaign held throughout the year to encourage Chamber members to refer new businesses to join our Chamber. The idea is to reward current members for each successful referral. This promotes enthusiastic testimonials about Chamber benefits as well as a positive image for the Chamber, and incents members to help create a bigger and stronger Chamber who can then provide additional benefits for the entire membership.

    University Tuition Discount

    Benedictine University at Springfield offers a 25 percent Tuition Discount Program to the full-time employees of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce members.