The following news release was distributed on behalf of the Chamber on Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Belleville, WI Chamber Offers Free 2021 Membership Option
Member businesses & non-profits, serving Belleville, will be listed on Chamber Web Directory!
By Rebecca Olson, Village of Belleville Economic Development & Chamber Liaison
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-424-3341 x-202
Belleville, WI – Most businesses and organizations are expected to have a Web presence, and many have their own Website. Others are listed in general online directories. Still, it can be a challenge to keep your business at the top of the local search list. It can be even more challenging for rural businesses that do not have access to the stable Internet connections needed, to make managing a Web presence sustainable.
The Belleville Chamber of Commerce will list member businesses serving our community, including farms and non-profit organizations, on their online, searchable Web directory – and those who sign-up right now do not need to pay a dime.
“We’ve all done it; searched online for a local business only to come up with listings from some larger community,” notes Becky Olson. Olson is the recently-hired Village of Belleville Economic Development & Marketing Specialist. Part of this role is to act as the Village Chamber Liaison – so she is also charged with supporting the Chamber leadership’s efforts to update its organizational structure and community offerings. “It makes good sense to put your locally owned business, farm or non-profit in a locally managed directory.”
She adds that businesses do not have to be physically located inside the Village boundaries to become a Chamber member. They do have to regularly serve residents and businesses in the greater Belleville area. “Belleville is growing. We can direct both new and established families to a local directory, to find local services and employers. This is a great way to support our local businesses – and first, we need our local businesses to sign-up”
The Chamber Board recognizes this may be a difficult time for many of us. Thus, basic membership fees are optional. To be included in the 2021 directory, businesses and organizations must simply complete and return two forms;
1) 2021 Special Membership Sign-up Form
2) Member Information Form
Links to the forms may be found on the Membership Page of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce Website, www.belleville-wi.com.
“Right now, we are asking businesses to print & complete both forms manually – if they are able. In the future, those with good Internet & technology capabilities will have the option to complete the forms online.”
Businesses or organizations that cannot print the forms for any reason, may request copies be mailed to them by calling Becky at Village Hall, 608-424-3341 (x-202), or email her at email@example.com.
Forms should be returned to Belleville Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 392, Belleville, WI 53508. After the forms are received, a directory listing will be created. It will include basic location and contact information for the business, including a single photo or logo if available. If the business has its own Website or social media page, a link to one of those will be included, too.
In addition to the listing on the Chamber’s online directory, those who sign-up for 2021 memberships will also be eligible to:
Memberships will be valid through December 31, 2021.
Note to Editor: Suggested Call-out Box
Belleville Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 379
Belleville, WI 53508
or contact the Village Chamber Liaison