Thank you for your interest in joining our Chamber! We are excited about what is happening at the Chamber and we are confident you will be too. By joining the Chamber, you are opening the door to new opportunities to grow your business and set your footprint in the community. We offer numerous events throughout the year for you to connect with other businesses and customers, exclusive advertising opportunities to place your business front and center in the community, educational and economic opportunities to increase your business knowledge and development skills, and committees to help get your business more involved and help make an impact on the community. Watch the video below for more information.
New Member Video
Opportunities for networking and community involvement are the most important benefits the Chamber has to offer our members on an individual basis. There are a wide range of committees to get you involved.
New Member Benefits
Free e-Biz Newsletter Ads
New members receive two free business card ad in the e-Biz newsletter, which can be linked to a website or digital flier. The e-Biz is a bi-weekly newsletter that is emailed to the membership, posted to our social media, and is available on our website.
Free News Herald Ads
New members receive one free quarter page (4″ x 10″) ad in the Panama City News Herald printed newspaper valued at $440.
Free Banner Ad on MyPanhandle.com
New members receive a ad banner campaign for one month, guaranteed to have more than 20,000 page views.
Chamber Targeted Advertising and Sponsorships
The Chamber has many targeted advertising and sponsorship opportunities for all members. Details can be found by clicking here.
Membership Directory Listing
Members receive a free basic business listing in the printed Membership Directory and on the Chamber’s website. For an additional fee of $475 annually, your business can have an “enhanced” listing, in priority order rather than alphabetical, with the company’s logo, business description, link to website and more.
Free Membership Referral Service
The Chamber only refers to our members to the thousands of phone calls, walk-ins and online information requests we receive each month. A report from our website and referral database is created monthly at a member’s request.
The Chamber lobby display is available, free of charge, for members to place their business cards, fliers, brochures, magazines or any other information. The Chamber’s lobby is visited by many individuals and groups daily, looking for information and opportunities in Bay County.
New Member Promotion
New members are automatically promoted and welcomed through radio spots on iHeart Media Stations, the e-Biz Newsletter, quarterly in the Bay Biz Magazine as well as the Chamber’s social media.
Grand Openings and Ground Breakings
Upon a member’s request, the Chamber will coordinate member grand openings and ground breakings with our Ambassadors. The ribbon cutting photo is then pictured in the e-Biz newsletter and the Chamber’s social media and website. To request, please contact Tamara Barnes, VP of Membership Development, at Tamara@BayChamberFL.com.
Members are welcome to attend the Chamber’s free, monthly networking events. First Friday is a morning event with an average of over 300 attendees while Business After Hours is an evening social with an average of 150 attendees. Members are also encouraged to participate in committees.
Members may submit business news such as new hires, promotions, new programs, awards, and other accolades to appear in the “Biz List” section of the Bay Biz Magazine.
Members are able to reserve the Chamber’s Boardroom at no charge during regular business hours, and for a small fee for after-hours. Call 850.785.5206 for more information and to reserve. The sales of goods or services in the Chamber Boardroom is prohibited.
As one of the largest manufacturers in Bay County, our challenges are somewhat unique to the area. Over the last few years, the Chamber staff has generously provided guidance and assistance in a number of our key initiatives that promote growth in our business. Improved business results has allowed us to increase our full time employee base which improves the local economy. Whether your business is small or large, I strongly encourage a membership with Bay County Chamber of Commerce!
When I started my business one of the very first things I did was join the Bay County Chamber of Commerce because I knew from my previous employer what it could do for my business. We could not have achieved the level of success that we have today without the lasting relationships that we have cultivated through the chamber of commerce throughout the years. The chamber has provided me the opportunity to make my entrepreneurial dreams into a reality. I encourage businesses to not only join the chamber but to also make the investment of their time into the organization to really recognize the full benefits of membership.
The Eye Center of North Florida is a proud and supportive member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. Our membership allows us the opportunity to network and work alongside like-minded individuals who truly care about the business community and the overall well being of Bay County. We are pleased to support an organization which is focused on sustaining, growing and supporting local businesses and positively impacting our community. The Chamber has always been and continues to be an invaluable resource. We are thrilled to be involved with such a vibrant, connected, and quality organization and look forward to our continued membership and all the benefits it has to offer.
As I look back at the last ten years and examine reasons for my company’s growth, I can certainly say a huge part of our success has been our relationship with the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and its thriving membership base. The Chamber staff is a wonderful group of individuals who work tirelessly to help businesses in our community succeed in every way possible. This truly is a powerful organization to be part of and I am thankful for the partnership that we have formed.
The Bay County Chamber has provided unique opportunities to our law firm through participation in the programs including Leadership Bay, First Friday and the Economic Development Alliance-Enterprise Bay. We have been fortunate to have many of our lawyers serve in leadership positions within the Chamber. I cannot imagine being a part of Bay County’s business and professional community without being active members of the Chamber.