Tombstone Chamber of Commerce
 
Update from the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce October Board meeting held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019
 
For over a decade the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce has worked in contractual partnership with the City of Tombstone for the promotion of Tombstone, its businesses and community as a whole.

Most recently the Tombstone City Council chose not to renew the professional services agreements that it had with the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce. Because of this loss of support and the change in responsibilities that had been associated with those agreements, the Chamber will no longer be acting in the non-traditional role of a Chamber that was endorsing total inclusiveness regardless of membership. While some changes were already in the works for 2020, the Chamber Board has been forced to implement some additional changes and updates immediately.

While the Tombstone Chamber will continue to promote Tombstone as a whole, its resources and attention will revert to the traditional Chamber model where the primary focus will be the businesses and events of those who choose to invest in themselves thru membership.

Other immediate changes will include Chamber office hours of operation, the hours of will vary depending on workload demands but generally Monday – Friday 9-1 and the Chamber Office now only has 1 phone line, (520) 457-9317.
 
 
 
HOLIDAY EVENTS:
 
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE:
The Parade will now have an entry fee of $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. The entry form will be available on the Chamber website not later than Friday, November 8, 2019.
 
ALLEN STREET CHRISTMAS TREE SPONSORS:
The town Christmas tree needs new lights and decorations, as does the Allen Street pole decorations. Sponsorship opportunities will be reasonable but limited so we can promote the Christmas Tree sponsors.
Sponsorship Levels are: 
  • $100 for a Co-Main-Sponsor 
  • Four - $50 sponsors (One/$50 slot has been claimed by Jim Lindsey owner of Silver Hills Trading)
  • two- $25 Sponsors
 
Please let us know if you’re interested by October 31 because we are creating a flyer and social media postings for this - you can let us know  by calling or emailing the Chamber Office 457-9317, info@tombstonechamber.com

BUSINESS CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST:
The holidays are right around the corner and this year you have the opportunity to help out a local 501(c)3!
 
Next week, sign-up sheets will be distributed to gather your business information and give you the criteria for the judging.
 
A donation of $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-Chamber members will be the entrance/participation fee. The winner of the decorating contest will get to designate a local 501(c)3 of their choice. Then all of the money collected will be donated by the Chamber to the 501(c)3 on behalf of the winner! The 501(c)3 wins with the donation, and the Winner benefits with a tax-deductible donation to the 501(c)3, and Tombstone will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. It’s a WIN-WIN!
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS & NETWORKING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
The Chamber will be hosting networking/small business training opportunities; the first one will take place on November 18, “Doughnuts & Digital, Social Media Best Practices for the Small Business” by Madden Media. This seminar will be free to members and $15 for non-members.

OTHER PROJECTS IN THE WORKS:
  •  A Guest Tombstone Chamber Citizen details TBA.
  • Pooled marketing opportunities will be offered for Chamber Members TBA.
  • PASSPORT Program: There will also be extra investment opportunities coming up such as a “PassPort” program, so be on the lookout in the Email Blasts for information on those up-coming programs. They will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
 
 CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP DUES INCREASE:
Due to the cost of expenses in general, there will be an increase in dues, however, we would like to offer the opportunity to have current members benefit from the current dues structure. Starting with the anniversary of your LATEST renewal date, if you choose pre-pay your current dues amount for 2 years, the amount will remain the same. If you choose to pay for the upcoming year only, your will see a slight increase.
 
 
 
AREAS OF CURRENT BENEFIT TO CHAMBER MEMBERS:
1.  Office inquiry recommendations and information;
2.  Chamber Informational & Social media educational Email Blasts;
3.  Members of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce Facebook Group;
4.  Downloadable Tombstone Historical District map (over 12,000 downloaded Fiscal YTD) & Hard Copy Map (over 2000 printed).  
          a.  Non-Chamber members will be able to purchase a spot on the map, annual fee and schedule TBD
 
5.  Website Related Member Promotions: The Chamber's website receives 21,000+ monthly, as July 2019. Visitors are looking at events, business listings, and the history of Tombstone. 
In addition to www.tombstonechamber.com the Chamber has added two additional websites – www.comevisittombstoneaz.com and www.enjoytombstoneaz.com.
     - “Searchable” Personalized Directory Webpage listing, best value when you keep the page current and  updated.  Searchable means simply that your business page within the Chamber's website is indexed and will appear in a customers/guests search.  Example - Type Your Chamber Businesses Name in the Google Search Bar - see what comes up.  One of those listings will be your webpage within the Chamber's website.  This is a priceless value in a fluid, searchable listing.   To update your page - email socialmedia@tombstonechamber.com.
     -  Web inquiry recommendations and information
     -  Unique helpful links - suggested Chamber only itineraries
     -  Downloadable Flyers: The Chamber has redone the Downloadable material on the website to feature Chamber Members only. The Downloadable Flyers are: Places to Eat & Drink, Places to Shop, Places to Stay, and Museums, Galleries & Historic Attractions. All non-Chamber business have been removed from these flyers. Over 10,000 eat and drink, places to stay over 11,000, Museums, galleries and Historic attractions 16,657 have been downloaded Fiscal YTD
 
6.  Phone & Email Referrals: Being a Chamber Member ensures that the Chamber will refer your business. The Tombstone Chamber is regularly asked by our visitors: Where can I stay?, Where can I eat& drink?, Where can I shop?, I want to move to the area can you recommend???
 
7.  Chamber Website Event Scroll: The Chamber will still list all City Permitted Events and one submitted event per chamber member business, per month. Additional events: $10 for Chamber Members/$15 non-members per post each. For Event Submission Instructions please visit:
 
8.  Facebook: The Tombstone Chamber maintains 5 different Facebook pages – that receive on average of a 45,000+ post engagements per month. The Chamber Pages are:
 
9.  Facebook Events: If you have submitted your Event to the Chamber to be on the Chamber’s Website Event scroll – and you have provided the URL for the Facebook Event – we will link that event to the following Chamber pages:
10.  Facebook Postings: The Chamber will:
     a.  Continue to promote Tombstone as an entity;
     b.  Periodically, on a rotating schedule, feature Chamber Member businesses by sharing the Chamber Members Directory Page from the Chamber’s website;
     c.  Share Chamber Member’s Facebook post from their business pages.
 
11.  Twitter: A Twitter Page is Linked to each of the Chamber Facebook Pages. This is like a FREE post for your membership value!
 
12.  Instagram: Shares and likes from your Instagram page, posts on the time line, as well as, on the Chamber of Commerce Story.

Take a look at the Chamber’s Advertising & Marketing Summary - Visit this link to learn more about the efforts that have impacted YOUR business/event.
https://www.tombstonechamber.com/your-chamber-membership/annual-meeting-information-advertising-media-summary/
 
 
 
IN CONCLUSION: 
The volunteer Tombstone Chamber Board Members and staff works hard on your behalf to make the Tombstone AZ area attractive to potential visitors, new residents and businesses. We are here to provide information on living and relocating to the area, which in turn helps grow our community.

Publications like our relocation packet, community profile guides and city/county maps are distributed daily. The Chamber office or the Chamber Website is usually the first place a visitor or business comes for such information.

Your continued Chamber Membership/Investment allows the staff and volunteer Tombstone Chamber Board Members the resources to promote your business and make our community the kind of place you can be proud to live and work in.

The Staff and volunteer Tombstone Chamber Board Members care about the growth of your business and the Tombstone community. Every Chamber member’s needs are unique, we value what you have to say and appreciate your membership and time.
To help serve our members better we are constantly looking for new benefits and services and encourage feedback and suggestions. We’re here to help you. Utilizing your membership benefits makes your business, our organization and our community stronger.

The bottom line is that through your investment and participation, not only does your business or event benefit but OUR community of Tombstone AZ also benefits.
 
Thank you,
Susan Wallace, President
Tombstone Chamber of Commerce
 
 
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