Are you interested in becoming more active in the Ardmore Chamber and your community?
Being active in Chamber committees and programs is a great way to increase the value of your Chamber membership to you and your business.
Total Resource Campaign
The Total Resource Campaign (TRC) is the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser and membership campaign to finance new and existing programs. The campaign runs from September through November and provides the opportunity for Chamber members to determine the sponsorship and marketing opportunities in which they will participate in the upcoming year.
TRC opportunities are sold by a network of volunteers, who meet with local businesses while selling sponsorships to Chamber events, advertisements in Chamber publications and new memberships. Volunteering for TRC is a great way to become more familiar with the work of the Chamber and learn about the benefits that are available to member companies. TRC Representatives report that one of the main reasons they participate in the Campaign is the relationships they establish, both with each other and with their clients. The Campaign is a fun way to connect with Ardmore's decision makers and improve your sales and networking skills. It also offers incentives, including cash incentives and the ability to qualify for a campaign trip voucher. Incentives are presented as earned and distributed at the weekly reward sessions.
Leadership Greater Ardmore
The nine-month course for adults is a program designed to encourage high achievers to take an active role in leading the community. Training sessions are conducted by recognized community leaders and involve lessons on subjects such as leadership styles, city government, county government, state government, health, quality of life, education, economy and many more important aspects of leadership development. Participants receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing the community through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations and other leadership development activities. These individuals create a communication network with more established community leaders and are challenged to increase their own involvement in community affairs. A formal graduation ceremony is held upon completion of the program.
Ardmore Youth Leadership
Similar in content to our Adult Leadership course, the mission of Ardmore Youth Leadership is to develop the leadership capabilities of Ardmore area youth by providing opportunities to learn about their community and themselves in preparation for service and college. The Ardmore Youth Leadership Program is offered to Ardmore, Plainview, Lone Grove, Dickson, Springer, Home Schooling and surrounding sophomores and juniors.
This dedicated group of volunteers promotes goodwill and functions as the welcoming arm of the Chamber. Ambassadors integrate members into the Chamber’s programs and services, promote attendance and participation at Chamber events and help publicize our activities. The Ambassadors serve to increase the visibility of members, promoting membership growth through personal contact, and represent the goals and objectives of the Chamber while acting as a link between members and the Board of Directors.
Business Before Hours
To better serve more of our members, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce started Business Before Hours in January 2013. It is held quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month in January, April, July and October from 7:30 – 8:30 am. These morning meeting provide an opportunity to network and tour the host facility. The goal is to showcase our local manufacturing and distribution businesses so that members will have a better knowledge of the important role these industries play in the area economy.
Business After Hours
Take some time after a productive day at work to connect with your fellow Chamber members and gain potential business referrals! Hosted by Chamber members and typically held on the second Tuesday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September, November) Business After Hours is an after-hours networking event designed for members to meet and build relationships with other Chamber members, representing a variety of backgrounds. The event takes place between 5 pm and 6:30 pm at various locations and features door prizes, hors-d'oeuvres, refreshments and an excellent opportunity to learn more about the products and services that are offered by the host member.
The Ardmore Chamber is the voice for your business at the Capitol. A fundamental component of the Chamber's mission is to advocate the views of the business community to our elected officials. Our Legislative Luncheons bring these discussions to Ardmore. Held during the legislative session and attended by the local area state senator and representatives, they provide insight and updates on what’s happening at the Capitol. This forum provides members the opportunity to hear from state lawmakers and advocate issues of importance to them.
Southern Oklahoma Leader’s Lunch
This quarterly luncheon is geared towards those in leadership positions at our member businesses and organizations. Attendees receive valuable information on current topics from expert representatives, as well as a complimentary luncheon. Sample topics include discussions such as medical marijuana legislation laws, increasing employee engagement, and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace
Are you using your Chamber membership to its best advantages? Whether you’re a new member or an existing member who just wants to learn how to better utilize all the Chamber offers, these quarterly morning meetings are a great way to make sure your business maximizes your Chamber investment
A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial recognition of Chamber members. It can be the opening a new or newly renovated or relocated business. These events are a great way to introduce the public and other Chamber members to your business, as they are also recognized on Chamber social media, in the monthly newsletter, and recorded in the Ardmoreite.
Get tapped in to the pulse of the Chamber with our newsletter, the Ardmore Report. Published monthly and delivered electronically, the newsletter features informative articles, featured businesses, event previews and reviews. It keeps members up-to-date on the many economic development and legislative issues, as well as the act of the Chamber.
In addition to the monthly newsletter, “e-blasts” of information are regularly e-mailed to members. These provide timely and useful information on upcoming events and programs, business concerns, advocacy issues, and more.
The Ardmore Chamber is an information hub for our members, the community and visitors to the City of Ardmore. With thousands of followers across multiple platforms, the Chamber social media accounts keep everyone updated on Chamber and community events, activities, programs, and news.