ABOUT GENEVA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
What We Believe
The Board, Members, and Community believe that we can work together to:
- Provide strong leadership to the business community
- Promote business growth and development
- Publicize the community
- Attract new business, residents and visitors to the area
Become a Member Today!
You are invited to be part of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to provide strong leadership to the business community, promote business growth and development; publicize the community; and work to attract new business, residents and visitors to the area. As a member of this dynamic business organization, benefits are tangible and intangible, personal and professional. Below are some of the most important reasons to join. Promote your business! Join the Geneva Chamber of Commerce today!
Sponsorships – Your annual membership INCLUDES sponsorship/advertising of these Geneva Chamber of Commerce events: Easter Egg Hunt, Veteran’s Salute, Sidewalk Sales, Halloween and Santa Claus visits. You will also have opportunities to market and advertise your business through other Geneva Chamber of Commerce events throughout the year.
Networking – Endless opportunities to meet other members in order to promote your business interests and develop long-term relationships. It’s a great way to make new acquaintances and generate business leads.
- Annual Banquet
- Educational Seminars
- Business After Hours
What are After Hours Events? After hours is an opportunity for local Chamber Members
to come together and Network, form relationships, recognize one another and possibly create business opportunities. This also gives our members a chance to show off their business in a relaxed setting. We do these to welcome other Chamber Members to your business that may
not typically stop in to see what all you do or have going on with your business. Some places
add them on after an open house, some just specifically hold an After Hour Event with public
invited as they see fit – it’s totally up to the business holding the event. Would you and your business like to host an After Hours event to network with fellow community businesses??? Contact any Chamber Board Member to get more information!
- Other Special Events
China Luncheon- The China Luncheon is an event held every year where ladies of our town
and the surrounding communities come together to host a wonderful afternoon of fun, food
and entertainment. The hostess will use their own dishes, decorations, table services and ideas
to decorate a table in the banquets theme for that year. Each hostesses also donates a small
gift to each person that sits at their table. Entertainment comes in the form of a style show.
Many of our local business participate in this and show off the upcoming styles and where
you find them. A silent auction is held at the China Luncheon with items donated by businesses
and individuals from the community. The money that is raised from this goes to a special community project.
Professional Development – Numerous educational opportunities are designed with your business in mind. Be informed of the latest “hot topics”, current market trends and cutting-edge technology.
Membership Window Sticker – Viewed by many as a source of pride and integrity. Display these prominently in your place of business to ensure that your visitors recognize you as a Geneva Chamber of Commerce member.
Marketing – Receive free listings and links to your website and social media sites on the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website and Facebook page. Business name will be featured on the
Chamber ad featured on Rialto II’s big screen before every movie. Your business will be listed
in a directory that will be available to patrons through the Geneva City Hall and at the Chamber
of Commerce office.
Ribbon Cuttings – Introduce your business to the community with an official Geneva Chamber
of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. These events usually celebrate an opening, expansion,
or major year anniversary.
Facade Improvement Grant Program
Heartland Bank received funds from a regional bank program that had been intended to support loans for facade improvements and downtown revitalization projects. Although that program has since ended, some funds remain and Heartland Bank would like to see them utilized. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will administer a grant program that will match funds – up to $5,000 – spent on facade improvement projects in downtown Geneva. The goal of the program is to support downtown improvement projects with an emphasis on spending the money with local contractors and suppliers. Interested parties can complete the attached application form and submit it to
the Geneva Chamber of Commerce for review and approval. Approved projects will be eligible
for up to $5,000 of matching funds for projects, which would be paid to the contractor/supplier upon completion of the project. Matching funds are limited, so please complete applications quickly
while funding is available.
Eligible businesses will be those that are located in what the City of Geneva defines as Central Business District C-1. Consult the City zoning maps to determine if your business is eligible.
Eligible projects will include, but are not limited to, painting, sign improvement/replacement,
window replacement, awning installation, or services necessary to support those projects,
like electrical connections, etc.