“To help business owners, we are reducing dues to get more community involvement,” said Holder. “We’ve reduced business dues from $125 to $100 to make it more affordable to join. Our goal is to get 225 members. We had 114 the past year.”
According to Holder, as a non-profit business, the Chamber depends on membership dues for promotions. “We can’t do anything without membership. We need those funds to put back into the community.”
Holder added, “I always get asked, ‘What will the Chamber do for me?’ I say, “What can I do for the Chamber?”
And what is being done for the Chamber of Commerce this year? Holder said it will continue to promote area businesses in accordance with its mission statement. “We may have a business spotlight of the month to highlight 10-20 businesses. We’ll draw attention to businesses with some signage or balloons. We want to attract new customers and get the word out on what a business has to offer.”
After revamping the website in 2007, the Chamber plans to use it to advertise and promote businesses. “We’ve had a lot of good activity on the website. If a business is a member, it will be listed there.”
To add businesses to Trigg County, Holder said that the Chamber is considering assisting revitalization efforts in Downtown Cadiz. “We’re looking downtown to see about some of the empty buildings down there. It’s hard to start a business without funding.”
Find the full story on Holder's plans in this week's Cadiz Record.