Engagement : an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time or place : emotional involvement or commitment : betrothal. While membership within the Hampton Roads Chamber doesn’t need to be taken so seriously as to require nuptials and a ring, there does need to be a level of engagement for any business to see value in the investment you’ve made when joining or renewing your Chamber membership each year. All businesses and professionals require different levels of involvement based on the goals and objectives set by whomever ultimately approves a business’ support of our pro-business organization.
Membership engagement can take on different forms. The easiest way to get involved is simply showing up. With over 150 events a year, there is never a shortage of opportunities for professionals to attend and network at programs, receptions and membership meetings. Many receptions and membership meetings are free to attend, while other signature events allow you to purchase individual tickets or invite entire groups of professionals. Members are able to engage with different programs within the Chamber, including LEAD Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Sports Commission and Thrive. Volunteer opportunities include selection to the development team, engagement committee or the ambassadors council. Local division membership meetings also provide members the opportunity to learn more about both city-wide and regional topics by local experts and elected officials.
Limited on time? Don’t let that prevent you from staying involved as an informed partner. Our government affairs team is always working to advocate on behalf of our member businesses and industries. Keep up with the periodical information provided to our membership through the Ignitor and Cataylst newsletter. Let our team know when you have a concern, initiative or additional opportunities to better serve the Hampton Roads business community. Finally, know that support for the Hampton Roads Chamber through renewal of your annual partnership is a vital form of involvement that ensures that our organization can continue to be an impactful advocate, powerful economic partner, inspiring ignitor and regional collaborator. That support helps us set the conditions for businesses to succeed in our region. Thank you for your engagement, no matter what form it takes each year.