Helping With Common Concerns
Individual entrepreneurs and business people often feel that some problems are simply too big to tackle alone; sometimes the Chamber can offer assistance.
Good Working Relationship With City Hall
The Chamber has established a good rapport with our Mayor, Directors, and Council people. The Mayor serves as an appointed Chamber trustee. His attendance at our monthly meetings keeps us informed of City happenings.
The Chamber serves as a clearinghouse for accurate news and information, on both a formal and informal basis. There's a great amount of networking among Chamber members. You will be able to make more accurate management decisions using "current information" base.
Visibility / Contacts
The more contacts you have the higher visibility you and your company will gain among Chamber members and the community. You will get to know leaders in the business community, local government, the schools and other "influential factors" that affect your business.
The Chamber's newsletter is mailed on a bimonthly basis to keep in contact with our membership.
The Chamber has an Executive Director who can offer advice and answers to members, newcomers, residents and visitors alike. The Executive Director helps answer community and business related inquiries via email or phone and can schedule meetings upon request.
The Chamber hosts Networking events each month including coffee groups and happy hour events. We also offer a larger event typically once each quarter such as the State of the City, Joint Chamber meetings with Middleburg Heights and Brook Park, the Grindstone Award banquet and our annual Notable Night fundraiser.
Our Community Expo gives our members the opportunity to showcase their business and make new contacts.
Annually the Chamber presents the "Grindstone Award" to an outstanding citizen(s) who contributes their time and effort toward making Berea a better place to live. A winner is chosen from nomination letters received by the Chamber. The award is presented at a dinner in the spring.
The Chamber is a member of the Northeast Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, which is a regional partnership of community based chambers dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for their member businesses Group Health Insurance, Workers' Comp Premium Reduction, Group Life and Disability, Retirement Plan Administration, Educational Opportunities, and Directors and Officers Insurance. Get List of Benefits
The Berea Chamber of Commerce Workers' Compensation Group Rating Program is administered by CareWorks Consultants Inc (CCI). In 2009, 22 participating members of the Berea Chamber are projected to save over $122,000 on their workers' comp premiums, with one member alone estimated to save over $32,000!Fact: Over 75,000 Ohio employers are in a workers' compensation group. Most employers not in groups are paying much more in worker's compensation premiums than those in groups. CCI offers Chamber members multiple savings levels up to the BWC maximum. Even employers with claims can qualify for premium savings. The multiple levels of savings can also help prevent you from losing your group rating discount should a claim occur.CCI is is the largest workers' compensation third party administrator in Ohio, CCI provides best-in-class cost control and program management to more than 26,000 customers. CCI has been serving Ohio employers since 1950.Even if your company is enrolled in another workers' compensation group rating program, you should compare your current program to CCI. For more information, or for a no-cost, no-obligation quote of your potential premium savings, contact Bob Nicoll, the Berea Chamber's representative at 330-452-1050 ext. 14 or visit www.careworksconsultants.com/groupratingapplication/berea
Business interests are represented at the state and federal level through local Chamber membership in the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Reasonable, Tax-Deductible Dues
Your membership is not only a good investment, also tax deductible as a business expense.