About the Vashon Chamber of Commerce
Better Business for a Better Island
The Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce strives to cultivate a vital environment for commerce which helps our businesses and organizations prosper, while enriching our unique quality of life for every Islander.
One of our goals is to help people find Vashon so they can purchase art, patronize our businesses and frequent the many events. We opperate the Island Visitor's Center and promote Island businesses through our Heart of the Sound Map, Social Media and by working with local, regonial and national press. We've initiated a shop local campaign called SHOP VASHON to encourge people to support Vashon businesses of all types.
We represent over 240 Vashon businesses and work with our members to create ways to support each other. We organize and annual Lodging Tour for our vaction/event rental member.We pubish a resturant/lodging guide for member resturants and loging members that is very popular with visitor and Islanders alike. We have a brochure that is a resource for wedding and event planners highlighting member businesses and we created the Vashon Home Fair and Self-Care Fair trade shows to highlight Vashon based service businesses.
Our new website is a powerful marketing and communication tool. As of May 2014 we are averaging over 7000 unique visitors to our website and are consistantly 'above the fold' in most Vashon related internet searches. As a courtesy we offer a free listing to every business on the Island, our members get enhanced listings as well as the opportunity to promote their business through Hot Deals, Events and advertising.
The Chamber runs the Strawberry Festival, CiderFest, Spring Fling, Trick or Treat Night in Town, and the traditional Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting and support the events Island non-profits and businesses Our hands and hearts are in everything — for these events bring people in our community together.
The Chamber is also focused on issues of magnitude that need further discussion and exploration. We play an active role in this community in relationships with King County and state officials. The Chamber is a powerful and effective voice on behalf of our Island community and works to improve Island services.
We have often been asked-is the Vashon Chamber a member of the state or national Chamber of Commerce?
Our answer is now and has always been-NO.
The Vashon Chamber supports Vashon businesses and those that do business with Vashon-that is all. We are independent, we are a business association with no ties to the off island state or national chamber or other national business organizations.
Our values, actions and policies are in support of Vashon. State and national organizations are often not in keeping with our entrepreneurial spirit and unique ways we are so proud of.
We know and respect that our Island believes we all should learn to balance positively the needs of the business community and the environment. As an organization we also feel that creating local, family wage jobs and products or services will benefit everyone on the island in many ways and help to create a long term sustainability.
By being independent we are free to live and work the Island way! We can do this because of the support of our member businesses. Your membership helps every Vashon business strive.Join today!