Money Savings Programs
CQI Energy Cooperative: 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. All members can participate in the energy savings program, though the savings each business receives will vary based on membership level.
Lighting as a Service: Alternative Utility Services (AUS), a registered Program Ally of the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® Program, and the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to offer all area businesses the opportunity to upgrade their facility’s lighting to more efficient LED fixtures with no capital expense. This program is designed to allow businesses and institutions, big and small, to take advantage of energy and maintenance savings created through improved lighting efficiency without spending their own resources to do so. With more capital in hand, from avoiding the equipment investment and receiving greater energy savings, your business can go about putting money where you want to, back into growing your business.
Benedictine 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 and their immediate family members (spouse and dependent children only). The tuition discount applies to new students only who are enrolling in adult undergraduate and graduate programs awarded by Benedictine University at Springfield.
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. Many businesses use Metro Money to award employees for good performance and special occasions - and residents of Macon County purchase it to share with family and friends to help keep spending money local.
Cash Mob: A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community - and provide a social opportunity for participants. The chamber randomly chooses one business per month and promotes them by encouraging a cash mob at a particular date and location.
Auto Owners Insurance Special Savings Program: Chamber members receive a 10% discount on personal home, auto, and umbrella coverage. Members also receive a 10 % discount on business auto, property, liability, and umbrella coverage. In addition to competitive rates, a complete line of products, and prompt, friendly claim service, you may be eligible for several additional discounts, such as multi-policy discounts, depending upon your individual circumstances.
Certificates of Origin: A certificate of origin is a document used in international trade. In a printed form or as an electronic document, it is completed by the exporter and certified by a recognized issuing body, attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will certify that local goods are produced in Macon County so they can be exported in a timely manner.
New Member Referrals: This is a continuous campaign held throughout the year to encourage chamber members to refer new businesses to join our chamber and 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. Each successful referral will reduce annual dues by $50.