That’s a strong statement but it’s also true. When I started my photography business I wasn’t known for photography, I had a corporate day job at the time. So how do I get people to know me as a photographer?
“How do I grow my business?” It’s a question many of us ask. Whether you are just starting out or we’re in our 10th year of business, enter the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
We are often asked by fellow photographers, who are just starting out and who have been in business for years, “How do I grow my business?” I mean let’s be real, all of us want our business to grow whether we have been building it for 1 year or 10 years. And to be honest, this question can be answered sooooo many ways (a lot of O’s for emphasis). But I wanted to provide real concrete answers, ones that call us out of our comfort zones and into growth.
What are the Pros of joining the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
- More Exposure for Your Business
- Networking opportunities
- Professional Development
- Member List
- Grants and funding
- Getting your voice heard
Business Exposure. No one is going to know you exist if you don’t put yourself out there. People who are moving into the area or who are looking for something cool to check out in the community look to their chamber of commerce to provide suggestions. If you’re on their list, you’ll get free marketing as a result.
Sample of images taken for Air Products and Chemicals in Chandler. Photo by Everardo Keeme, Photo Fusion Studio
Networking Opportunities. Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the US. Chandler is the 4th largest city in the state of Arizona 1, and the 74th largest city in the US 2. Those are most impressive numbers when you consider the growth and density of the population. Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” Not every person you meet is going to be a customer but if you are playing the numbers game and know your conversion rates of converting leads to customers, then this is one area where more is better.
The Chandler Chamber offers several networking events every week, in fact, they hosted over 200 events in 2022! All this can lead to opportunities to meet your neighbors, community leaders, new friends, friends of friends, and who knows maybe even a new teammate for your pickleball league.
Here are some more information about the Chandler Chamber and where you can get involved:
- The Chandler Chamber hosts over 200 events each year.
- The Chandler Chamber supports over 177,00 employees and 1,700 members.
- The Chandler Chamber is the second largest Chamber in Arizona.
- Home of the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
- The Chandler Chamber is member-driven, and business strong.
- The Chandler Chamber was founded in April 1912, just before the City of Chandler was incorporated!
- The Chandler Chamber offers complimentary business counseling resources.
- The Chamber offers Women in Leadership Luncheons, Education & Workforce Development programs, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Roundtables to cultivate professional relationships and enhance skills needed for the workforce.
- Wake Up Chander and Business After Business are monthly networking programs to help you make those connections you need.
- The Ambassador Program and the award-winning Chandler Chamber Community Foundation Leadership Institute are designed to create well-rounded leaders that serve as catalysts in our community.
- The Chandler Chamber hosts a variety of special events yearly including, the Meet the Elected Officials Legislative Breakfast, the Ostrich Festival, Community Awards, the Golf Tournament, and Chandler 100.
Speaking of the Community Awards. For 36 years the Chandler Chamber of Commerce has honored Chandler’s businesses, educators, public servants, and community members at their annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards. This year we were again honored to be the photography sponsor of the event which was presented by Gila River Resorts & Casinos and Radford Racing School held at Gila River Resorts & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass on Thursday, June 1st. Here’s a recap of 2022’s event.
Professional Development. The Chandler Chamber offers professional development through Women in Leadership Luncheons, the Ambassador Program, the award-winning Chandler Chamber Community Foundation Leadership Institute, Education & Workforce Development series, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series.
Grants & Funding. If you’re part of a chamber of commerce, you’ll have a community with your best interests at heart. They may even be able to help you find business grants and funding that you otherwise wouldn’t have known existed.
Getting Your Voice Heard. The Chandler Chamber in particular works closely with the City of Chandler and elected officials. Their Policy Impact Series is way more than what I have seen other chambers and organizations do to help their members.
The Chandler Chamber works hard to cultivate and maintain excellent working relationships with elected officials from the City Council to the U.S. Senate — regardless of party affiliation. As a politically active Chamber, we believe a strong, collective voice from our business community is essential to aid elected officials in making policy decisions that are in the best interests of Chandler as a whole. We represent the business interests of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large corporations operating right here in Chandler.
Our Public Policy Series is aimed at just such ideals. It is a chance to hear from our elected officials and industry experts on a range of issues that impact our community, businesses and beyond. The Public Policy meetings are held monthly on a Friday in an intimate setting that allows for deep discussion on all issues presented. Your attendance is encouraged as this is a rare opportunity to hear directly from decision makers while having your voice heard.Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Policy Impact Series
Being a part of a chamber is being a part of a greater group of individuals and businesses that live, work, play, eat, and shop in your community. You will be surrounded by others who want to succeed and want you to succeed.
Why You Need Chamber Headshot and Professional Images of your business
You only get ONE first impression and these days you only get less than 7 seconds to make that first impression.
Quick test, click this image here, it’s a link to our profile in the chamber directory. Take a look at our profile, our information, our photos, and our headshots.
Now click on some of the other profiles, I’m not trying to pick on anyone, but some of the other profiles are blank or missing information. That’s a huge SEO opportunity wasted. More importantly, that’s a potential customer, business partner, or member of your community who wanted to know more about you or your business, and guess what, they can’t.
WHO IS THE CHANDLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
I’ve been a member of the Chandler Chamber for over 10 years now and I can honestly say, Photo Fusion Studio would not be here today without the help and support of Terri and her awesome team. Daniel, as a lifelong resident of Chandler, is now our liaison with the chamber, so be sure to say ‘hi’ to him when you see him.
Through the years Photo Fusion Studio has worked with great companies like Air Products and Chemicals, Rogers Corporation, Ghett’ Yo’ Tacos, Burritos & Sliders, Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investment, Solterra Senior Living, AEI Advertising, and many more!
About the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
According to the Chandler Arizonan, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce was founded in April of 1912, just before the City of Chandler was incorporated.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is the visionary voice of Business in Chandler. The Chamber is working to create a business climate that attracts new businesses, enhances growth and expansion opportunities for existing businesses, and is committed to creating value-added membership opportunities and benefits. Our member’s success will lead to an environment that promotes job growth, continued economic expansion, visionary technology, and ultimately a quality of life that is unsurpassed.
- 101 W Commonwealth Ave. | Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Connected Community
Community is important to Photo Fusion Studio, and we want to do our part to increase awareness and encourage our audience to shop locally. We have many talented and dedicated business owners that offer alternative shopping in the Phoenix Metro area including; Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, and Paradise Valley. To help accomplish our goal we will be spotlighting them here on our blog.
About Photo Fusion Studio
Photo Fusion Studio is a one-of-a-kind photography studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Fusion Studio is a unique team of photographers each with their own specialty, enabling the studio to provide a wide variety of services.
Corporate headshots. Events. Seniors portraits. Weddings. You name it. We have a highly experienced, creative, professional photographer who specializes in exactly the type of photography you need and if don’t, then we are happy to make some recommendations.
Photo Fusion Studio creates high-quality photography for all types of individuals, corporations, small businesses, and non-profits that will help enhance your image and build your brand. With over 30 years of experience, we capture our client’s unique essence in each image we produce. Choose us for professional, high-quality photography created by a team that is the very best at what we do!