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Members renewing for April 2012 or later will notice an increase in dues.
Anyone who is in business knows there is a cost to doing business. That cost includes cost of goods, overhead, staffing, customer service and other areas. As with any business, costs rise over time. To keep up with rising costs, it is necessary to match those cost increases with an increase in the price charged for services delivered. Our members, like other businesses nationwide, have needed to raise prices for their goods and services. The Chamber is no different than any other business in this regard.
Since 2009, the Chamber board has recognized that our current investment structure was not sustainable and needed to be updated. Increases in the dues structure had not been implemented for nearly 10 years, despite rising costs in all areas of operations. Regardless, the board relied on the accumulated cash in its savings accounts to lessen the impact of the increased expense on the individual business members during the previous three years of challenging economic times and the double-whammy of the Winslow Way Reconstruction.
We have held on as long as we could. But we are not keeping pace and are challenged to deliver the services requested by the membership, the visitors, the Department of Licensing and the community at large. We can no longer put off the inevitable. Therefore, members renewing in April 2012 and thereafter will notice an increase in their Chamber investment this year.
If you have any questions please contact any member of the Board or the President of the Chamber.