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Chamber of Commerce
launches membership drive

By Maria Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce wants to add as many as 90 new members during its ongoing membership drive.

The Chamber's "Each One Bring One 2009 Membership Campaign" started Monday, and will end June 30. The campaign held a "Pep Rally" Tuesday, and one chamber official said the campaign is already off to a positive start.

"This is the first time we've done a web-based campaign ... we've already had one member sign up," said Crystal Black, manager of member services for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.

Black said the campaign's goal is to obtain $30,000 in new member revenue, and as a non-profit organization, the monies will assist the Chamber of Commerce in continuing to operate and provide programs for its members.

"It's not the money, but the members that will make it [the Chamber] stronger," Black said.

Winston Cooper, ground transportation manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is a Chamber board member. He said he believes in the Chamber of Commerce's ability to help businesses and Clayton County as a whole.

"The Chamber has helped enhance economic development," he said. "I think there's a lot of value for the money that is spent in the Chamber. The image of our county has taken a negative hit, and we as a Chamber can help support new ideas, and help improve our county."

According to Black, the campaign will engage current members in the recruiting process, and will also provide them with a clearer view of the benefits of Chamber membership via e-mail.

Black said the Chamber's current membership campaign is its third in five years.

"The two previous campaigns were moderately successful," said Black.

The Chamber member who enrolls the most new members will win a $1,000 Visa gift card, and the winning business will be awarded a $350 office party, Black said.