Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Chamber?
The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce (BMC) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of business and community leaders who have joined together to promote the civic and commercial progress of our community. BMC was incorporated in 1947, but Chambers have been in existence for hundreds of years. Chambers leverage and enhance business partners’ talents and resources to create a climate of growth and success in the community. Through leadership opportunities, volunteer efforts and business-building programs focused on critical business, civic and social priorities, the Chamber improves the economic vitality and quality of life for its partners and community.
Who runs the Chamber?
The Board of Directors is responsible for BMC policies, which is comprised of 15 business leaders representing all segments of the community. The Chamber employs a President/CEO who is responsible for general management of staff and coordination of all organizational activities.
What is the difference between the Chamber and the City?
Chambers of Commerce and City Government are two separate entities that work closely together for the benefit of the community, especially in terms of business, economic development issues and legislative affairs. The Chamber is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization, but not a charitable organization (such as American Cancer Society.) Chambers are prohibited from endorsing political candidates, although Chambers do take a stand on issues that affect businesses. The City is a municipal government and responsible for planning the future needs of the community and providing a range of services, such as public safety, quality of life, administrating a court system, roads, parks and sports facilities, community centers, water and sewer services to name a few. City Councils make local laws but operate within a legal framework set up by State and Territory Governments.
Why should I join the Chamber?
The most popular reasons for Chamber partnership include business exposure gained from involvement, branding and promotion opportunities, plus information and educational benefits. Chamber partnership also provides businesses and employees with community involvement opportunities and the chance to support activities that encourage quality economic growth in Bixby.
What is the best way to get the most from my partnership with the Chamber?
The most satisfied Chamber partners are those business owners and employees who attend meetings and events, and who use the Chamber as a resource. The Chamber is the perfect place to network with potential customers, as well as receive free training and educational tools to help grow your business. Partners are updated on Chamber programs and events through weekly email communications. The Chamber exists for busy business owners, those who are not able to monitor all the issues that affect your business daily. So whether you participate actively or not, your investment in the Chamber works for your business.
I would like to let my customers and vendors know that I am a partner of the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce; may I use the Chamber’s logo on my letterhead, business cards or website?
BMC encourages you to market your partnership with the Chamber. A study by the Shapiro Group shows 63% of consumers are more likely to shop with a Chamber member business verses a non-member business. See the BMC Logo Usage Guide Contact the Chamber office to request a graphic file to add BMC information to your business materials.
What does the Chamber do (beyond helping business) to improve the quality of life in Bixby?
Chamber staff and volunteers are active in the development and promotion of projects to benefit our community such as Leadership Bixby, Bixby Economic Development Advisory Council, INCOG, Tulsa’s Future, Bixby Optimist Club, Rotary Club of Bixby and the Better Business Bureau. Most of our partners, volunteers and staff belong to a local civic organization that raises funds for the betterment of our community.
How do I become involved on a committee or the Chamber Board of Directors?
The Chamber has multiple working committees that are open for any partner to join. They include the Partner Engagement Committee which supports programs and benefits for Chamber Partners; the Ambassadors Committee which is responsible for welcoming new partners and serving as a host at Chamber events; the Government Affairs Committee which establishes a legislative agenda annually, plus advocates for Bixby at the local, state and federal levels; the Downtown Bixby Committee which will support efforts surrounding downtown Bixby; and the Marketing Committee which assists with internal and external marketing activities. Each September, the Chamber requests nominations for open Board positions. Any partner can be nominated or nominate themselves for consideration. The Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors will make recommendations to the Board who will then vote on any new Directors.
“I just joined the Bixby Metro Chamber recently with my business Checkmark & they have been fabulous! The ribbon cutting ceremony they had for us was great, the people I’ve met are wonderful & they are very organized and professional. Great connections, great events & activities. Highly recommend joining the Bixby Chamber.”
Monika MacIntyre, Checkmark, Facebook review
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