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Membership Benefit FAQ's

A new membership structure comes with questions and clarifications needed. If we haven't answered your question below, please feel free to reach out to us via email at executivedirector@vashonchamber.com

Q: Why did the membership structure change?

A: The old membership structure was based on member's number of employees, offering little choice of "bang for your buck." The new structure allows businesses of any size to choose what they want to receive for their membership. The Chamber researched many other chamber structures and developed this to more closely match Vashon's community business needs. By having a choice of services that are important to each business, we believe that our members will choose what best works for them.

The Business Connection Level is in line with the previous membership; Enhanced Ad and Premium Ad allow members to choose more services at a lesser rate compared to one-time opportunities offered in the past.

Q: What if I want to upgrade my membership mid-year to get free benefits?

A: You can do that! Your upgraded membership will be prorated for the rest of the year. Simply contact us at executivedirector@vashonchamber.com to make this change.

Q: How do I activate the * benefits on the membership chart? (Feature business on Facebook once/month* or Professional Business Consulting (2hr/yr)*, etc.)

A: Email executivedirector@vashonchamber.com when you're ready.

Q: What about nonprofits? Is there a membership category for nonprofits?

A. No, there is not a separate category for nonprofit memberships. There are nonprofits with large budgets and nonprofits with tiny budgets. Treating all categories of businesses in a way where you choose the services that are most important to your business - for profit or not for profit - is the fairest.

Q: What about event sponsorships? Where are those?

A. Event sponsorships will be coming in the not too distant future! In the past, members were contacted individually for each sponsorship opportunity, rather than letting members choose what sponsorships were effective and appropriate for their needs and plans. In 2021, sponsorships for events and activities will be open to all members. This mindset is in line with the new membership structure: businesses choose the value and benefits that match their needs, rather than membership levels based on the number of employees.

Q: What is the difference between a basic and enhanced listing on the website?

A. A basic listing includes the name of your business, contact information and a link to your website.

An enhanced listing offers more characters (1277) in your description, the ability to upload images, video, and a logo. It essentially offers the ability to host a mini-website within the Chamber's software.