COLLABORATING TOGETHERSouthern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce Membership
Chamber dues should be considered an investment in your business and a part of your advertising.
The goal of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce is to connect businesses with businesses, and businesses with customers. As a member of the Chamber you will be connected with other business owners in the area. We are all about serving the local community and we are all about serving you, the local business owner.
As a member you will be listed on our Chamber website. Being listed on our site will help give your business exposure to locals, other business owners, and visitors to the Southern Humboldt region.
The Chamber works closely with County and State Officials, along with Business and Tourism groups to address issues that affect local business. We give local business, and the community a voice.
The Chamber holds events in Southern Humboldt that promote our community, promote tourism and raise money for local non-profit organizations. Some of these events are: Annual 2 Cities Wide Community Sale, Annual Halloween Festival, Season Greetings Holiday Sale, Small Town Christmas, Annual Chamber Christmas Party and Chamber Dinner, Fireman’s Ball with a Humboldt Twist and the 4th of July Celebration on the Garberville Town Square.
The Chamber promotes members by advertising on our website and other publications. Members have the ability to take advantage of our business directory. Potential new residences, new business and visitors alike all use the Chamber as a resource, don’t miss out on your opportunity to promote your business to these potential customers through the Chamber.
Members – “top of list” always referred first
Business Spotlight – Friday Features
Business Spotlight – Facebook
Chamber lobby display board for business cards, brochures, flyers
Increase Your Visibility in the Community and Beyond
As a new member you will be greeted with a welcome post on the Chamber’s Facebook/Instagram pages and have the opportunity to be highlighted on the homepage of our website under New Members. The Chamber will also promote your Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting and assist with any public relations. A great way to help grow your business is by advertising with the Chamber and sponsoring events.
Build Your Reputation
69% of consumers believe that chamber membership is a sign of a reputable, stable business. 70% believe that it demonstrates that you use good business practices. Being a member of the Chamber gives your business credibility.
People prefer to do business with people they know. Members are invited to participate in mixers, special meetings, and other networking events.
Business Referral Services
We get hundreds of on-line searches, calls, and people stopping in the Visitor’s Center each year form individuals checking to see if a business is a chamber member or asking that we refer a business to fill their needs. We refer only chamber members.
We Can help you find what you are looking for. Members can call the Chamber with questions or concerns that affect their business and we’ll help you find information and solutions that will help you run your business more effectively.
Membership in the Chamber is an investment in your business’s future. Experience the rewards of volunteering your time and talent to help make the community where you live and work a better place. As a chamber member you will help sustain and improve the quality of life that you, your family and your employees enjoy.
Nominations & Election Information
Welcome to the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. We are dedicated to the growth of our member businesses and the community at large through active leadership in civic, cultural, legislative, and educational programs. We work closely with city officials, business leaders and civic organizations to build a sound economic base and orderly growth that benefits our entire community.
Nominations & Election Information
Serving as a Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center director is an exceptional opportunity to help foster the continued growth and development of a highly respected organization. While serving as a director requires both commitment and energy, it is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity, and a great way to give something back to your community.
Term: 3 years or the remainder of an unexpired term.
The Nomination and Selection Process
The nominating committee is tasked with selecting, vetting, and submitting a slate of Board of Directors candidates for the upcoming board elections each year. They will review all board member applications to determine the best qualified candidates. They must consider the categories of membership and geographical areas that require representation. Additionally, they must consider the value that the potential candidates can bring to the Board of Directors, and to the membership, based on the applicant’s background, involvement, and level of commitment. The nominating committee presents a slate of nominees to the Chamber Board and to the Chamber membership.
If you are interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors, please fill out the application for the Board of Directors. The application will then be reviewed by the Chamber’s Nominating Committee. In order for the Nominating Committee to select the best slate of candidates we ask that each applicant please complete the application in full. The submission of an application does not guarantee a nomination. If chosen, the Chamber and the Board of Directors want to offer all nominated candidates a rewarding opportunity to make the most of their special talents and expertise for the benefit of the entire Chamber.
A typical schedule is:
September 15: Notice to Members Seeking Candidates
September 25: Application Deadline
December 1: Slate emailed and/or mailed to members via a secured electronic ballot to the email and/or mailing address on file
Member Terms and Conditions
Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce
Member Terms and Conditions
1.1. Eligibility: Membership in the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) is open to businesses, organizations, and individuals who support the Chamber’s mission and objectives. In the event of the sale of a business. Membership may be transferred to the new owner for the balance of the year.
1.2. Application Process: To become a member of the Chamber, applicants must submit a completed membership application, along with any required supporting documentation, to the Chamber. The Chamber reserves the right to accept or reject any membership application.
1.3. Membership Categories: The Chamber offers several membership categories, each with its own benefits and dues structure. Members are responsible for selecting the appropriate membership category and paying the corresponding dues.
1.4. Membership Term: Membership in the Chamber is for the calendar year and is valid from date of acceptance by the Chamber until the following calendar month/year. Members must renew their membership annually to maintain membership in good standing.
1.5. Member Information: Members must provide accurate and up-to-date information to the Chamber, including contact information, business or organizational description, and any other information requested by the Chamber.
Code of Conduct
2.1. Compliance: All members of the Chamber are expected to comply with the Chamber’s code of conduct, which includes the following principles:
2.1.1. Honesty: Members must act with honesty and integrity in all their dealings with other members and the Chamber.
2.1.2. Professionalism: Members must conduct themselves in a professional manner and adhere to high ethical standards in their business or organizational activities.
2.1.3. Respect and Inclusion: Members must respect the rights and dignity of all individuals and refrain from engaging in any behavior that is discriminatory or harassing.
2.1.4. Compliance with Laws: Members must comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing their business or organizational activities.
2.2. Enforcement: The Chamber reserves the right to enforce the code of conduct and take appropriate action against any member who violates the code of conduct. Such action may include termination of membership, suspension of membership benefits, or any other action deemed appropriate by the Chamber.
Benefits and Services
3.1. Overview: The Chamber provides a range of benefits and services to its members, including but not limited to:
3.1.1. Networking Opportunities: The Chamber provides opportunities for members to connect with other members and develop business relationships.
3.1.2. Educational Programs: The Chamber offers educational programs and resources to help members improve their business or organizational skills and knowledge.
3.1.3. Advertising and Promotional Opportunities: The Chamber provides members with opportunities to advertise and promote their businesses or organizations to other members and the community.
3.1.4. Access to Chamber Resources and Expertise: The Chamber provides members with access to Chamber resources, such as business directories, research reports, and expert advice according to membership level.
3.2. Modifications: The Chamber reserves the right to modify, add, or withdraw any benefit or service at any time, without notice to members.
Fees and Dues
4.1. Dues Structure: The Chamber establishes a dues structure for each membership category based on the benefits and services provided to members.
4.2 Giving to the Chamber: Contributions or gifts to the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.
4.3 Dues Non-refundable: Membership dues, once received by the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, are non-refundable.
Termination of Membership
5.1. Termination for Cause: The Chamber may terminate a membership for cause, including but not limited to:
5.1.1. Violation of the Code of Conduct: Any member who violates the Chamber’s code of conduct may have their membership terminated.
5.1.2. Non-Payment of Fees or Dues: Members who fail to pay their dues or fees in a timely manner may have their membership terminated.
5.1.3. Other Conduct: The Chamber may terminate a membership for any other conduct deemed detrimental to the Chamber or its members.
5.2. Notice of Termination: If the Chamber decides to terminate a membership, it will provide the member with written notice of the termination and the reason for the termination.
5.3. Effect of Termination: Termination of membership will result in the loss of all membership benefits and services, including access to Chamber events, resources, and expertise.
6.1. Organization: The Chamber is a private, 501c6 nonprofit organization. It is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of Chamber members, elected by Chamber members.
6.2. Employees: The Board of Directors has sole responsibility for hiring and overseeing the Executive Director, who in turn has sole responsibility for hiring and overseeing other Chamber employees.
6.1. Ownership: The Chamber retains all rights to its name, logo, and other intellectual property, including but not limited to: research, program models, program content, and other assets developed by Chamber employees, Board and committee members on behalf of the Chamber. Members may not use the Chamber’s name, logo and other intellectual property in any way without the Chamber’s prior written consent.
6.2. Use of Member Name: The Chamber may use a member’s name and logo in Chamber marketing and promotional materials, on the Chamber website and social media, and in the annual membership directory for the purpose of promoting the member and their activities.
Limitation of Liability
7.1. Exclusion of Liability: The Chamber shall not be liable to any member or third party for any damages, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, arising from the member’s use of the Chamber’s benefits and services.
7.2. Indemnification: Members agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Chamber, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and affiliates from any claim, demand, or damage arising from the member’s use of the Chamber’s benefits and services.
8.1. Applicable Law: These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.
8.2. Jurisdiction: Members agree that any action arising from or related to these Terms and Conditions or the member’s use of the Chamber’s benefits and services shall be brought in the state or federal courts located in Humboldt County, California.
Modification of Terms and Conditions
9.1. Modifications: The Chamber reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice to members.
9.2. Notification: Members will be notified of any modifications in writing or by email.
10.1. Entire Agreement: These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between the member and the Chamber and supersede all prior or contemporaneous agreements or understandings, whether written or oral, relating to the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions.
10.2. No Waiver: The failure of the Chamber to enforce any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any such provision or the right to enforce such provision.
By joining, continuing, or renewing membership with the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, members acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agree to these Terms and Conditions.
13 or More Employees $330/Year
9-12 Employees $230/Year
5 to 8 Employees $155/Year
Less Than 5 Employees $130/Year
Non-Business Individual or Family $70/Year
Renewal notices will be sent every 12 months. Social Media post will be done introducing your business.
Please let us know if your information changes.