How do you feel about walking into a room of strangers?

Energized? scared? awkward?

While we can’t tell you how to feel, here at the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce we can promise you will never be alone at an event…unless that’s totally your thing.

If you come to one of our chamber events, you will be:

  • Greeted immediately
  • Introduced to people of interest to you
  • Introduced to a board member or ambassador who can help answer questions and make introductions
  • Treated like a member, not sold to

These are our promises to you as our guest. Let’s talk about what these things mean specifically.

Making Your Professional Goals Happen

We understand everyone has different goals for attending chamber events and we want to know yours. Are you looking for new friends with similar business interests or are you searching for customers? Maybe you want to learn something new. Whatever your goals, we’ll introduce you to the people who can help make them happen.

Ensuring You Have Someone to Talk To

If you are not a natural-born networker who loves talking to strangers, that’s okay.

Most of us aren’t. Don’t worry.

Sure, we’re a friendly group but we also know how awkward it can be walking into a room where you don’t know anyone. That’s why we have seasoned members who can make introductions for you to avoid any kind of awkwardness.

That way you always have someone to talk to and there’s someone there to answer whatever questions you may have as they come up. You don’t need to try to hunt down someone to answer your questions only to forget what they were once you’ve found the right person.

That’s frustrating. No event should be that way.

Treating You Like You’re Already a Member

When we say that we treat everyone like a member, that’s not just a courtesy statement. It also means we don’t “hard sell” you when you walk in the door. When you are enjoying an event, you don’t want to be asked countless times if you’re joining the chamber.

You’re in the assessment phase. You want to get to know us and see if we are the kind of people you want to spend time with. Our event invitation allows you to experience things you can’t do just by reading the content on our website (although it’s very good. Check it out.).

Think of event attendance as a sample membership where there’s no pressure, no expectations. We are confident in the benefits the chamber can offer your business so we’re not going to try and talk you into membership.

Chamber membership is an investment in your business and professional life. It’s a very personal decision and not one that shouldn’t come down to a hard sell.

But it’s also important to talk to people, right?

If you want to hear from some of our existing members, talk to them about their experiences at the events. Better yet, ask your new chamber friends to introduce you to a business professional who has a business similar to yours and talk to them about what they think.

We’ll let you lead on this one and tell us when you’re ready to “talk shop.” Otherwise, you can just enjoy the event with no pressure on joining.

Finally, if you want to get to know us prior to attending an event, follow us on our social media platforms. On social media, you can be kept aware of upcoming events and things we’re working on to help the business community. You can ask us questions and get a feel for our personality.

If you’ve been considering chamber membership and you want to come to an event, we want to help you enjoy yourself. That means no awkward moments standing by yourself. We will introduce you to other chamber members. We also promise to allow you to enjoy yourself without being interrupted with questions about when you’re joining.

Take a look at our events calendar. Let us know if there’s an event you’d like to attend. We would be happy to make the arrangements and give you a firsthand look at the doors the chamber can open for you and your business.