Frequently Asked Questions About the Chamber
What does the Chamber do?
The Chamber's primary function is community development. This includes development of industry and trade; and handling civic activities, publicity and public relations for the community. As the "front door" to the community, the Chamber welcomes newcomers, visitors, and others who are making inquiries concerning the county and its municipalities.
How is the Chamber financed?
The Chamber is financed on a voluntary basis and its expense is apportioned among its members, individuals and firms. Business, industry, government, and the professions are represented. There are no governmental funds involved -- except membership dues paid to the Chamber. The membership consists of those who have a sincere desire to build a better business climate and a better community in which to live. A membership in the Chamber is actually an investment in the present and the future of Anson County, and a commitment to the enhancement of the overall business climate and the quality of life for Ansonians.
Who are Chamber members?
All who want to improve the community are eligible for membership -- whether a firm or an individual in business, industry or the professions, or a church or governmental entity. Only ethical and community-minded individuals, firms, churches, organizations, and governmental entities are invited to join the Chamber of Commerce. An annual membership in the Anson County Chamber of Commerce is a symbol of integrity and a sign of trustworthiness to the business community and in the customer-business relationship. Chamber memberships are an investment in a better Anson County.
How is the Chamber organized?
The Chamber has 12 Directors who are elected by the membership and six Directors who are appointed by the Board. The Board of Directors sets the policy for the Chamber and conducts programs of work in three divisions -- Community Services, Marketing and Membership. The Directors serve without pay. The professional staff includes a salaried Executive Director who maintains the normal day-to-day activities of the business office, located in the Scarborough Building at 107-A East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N.C. The telephone number is 704-694-4181; the fax number is 704-694-3830; and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can the Chamber do for me?
Chamber Services include referrals to members only; free fax service to members; a monthly newsletter; business after hours; notary public; grand openings/ribbon cuttings; Leadership Anson; annual meeting/banquet; and business/industry appreciation.
The Information Center includes Newcomers Guide, Anson County maps; North Carolina maps; Uptown Wadesboro brochures; "Welcome to Anson County, North Carolina" pamphlets; relocation packets; demographics; assistance to inquirers; and Internet access/E-Mail.
Business After Hours -- The Chamber's Membership Division plans at least three Business After Hours each year, usually in April, May and September. In addition, at least one Breakfast Before Business is scheduled annually. If you are interested in being a sponsor for one of the events, call the Chamber office.
Monthly Newsletter -- The Chamber publishes Chamberlines monthly. The newsletter updates the membership on the goings-on in business, industry, and the membership. Advertising is available to Chamber members only. Call the Chamber office for display and/or insert advertising rates.
Anson County Map -- The official full-color Anson County Map includes a street map of Wadesboro, inset maps for each municipality, and a detailed county map that lists the road name and road number. Maps are $2.00 (free to Chamber members). Add $.75 postage for mailing.
Statistical Data -- The Chamber provides demographics, mailing lists, directories, maps, etc.
Promotions/Ribbon Cuttings -- The Chamber helps promote grand openings, expansion, new locations or other special events with a ribbon-cutting.
Referrals --The Chamber refers only our members to callers asking for a specific service.
Brochure Display -- Members are encouraged to display brochures describing their goods and services at the Chamber as a resource for newcomers and visitors.
Newcomers Guide -- In the fall of 2007, the Chamber issued the Anson County Newcomers Guide, a full-size magazine with a wealth of information about Anson County's history, businesses, attractions, education and culture. The magazine is available at the Chamber office.
Newcomer Welcome -- The Chamber sends welcome/relocation packages highlighting the benefits of life and work in Anson County to firms and individuals considering relocation to the community.
Certificate of Origin -- At no cost, the Chamber offers Certificate of Origin services for member firms who export their products.