Member Benefits & Credibility

 

Connect with success at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, your link to the people, programs and resources you need to grow your business. Join over 1,100 member businesses representing 50,000 employees all benefitting from the Chamber’s pro-business advocacy, business and professional development programs, and high-visibility events throughout the year.

Membership in the Chamber provides the following benefits to your business and all its employees.

  • CONNECTIONS - to business prospects, opportunities and relationships that grow your business. Click here to view the Chamber's invaluable business development programs and networking events.
  • EDUCATION RESOURCES - to enhance your business and career. Click here to view the Chamber's professional development programs.
  • ACCESS - to elected and appointed officials in Newport County, Bristol and Greater Rhode Island. Click here to view a list of government officials.
  • INFORMATION - on doing business in Newport County, Bristol and Greater Rhode Island. Click here to view Chamber Publications.
  • SAVINGS - on essential business products and services for your organization. Click here to view the Chamber's Member Savings programs.
  • VISIBILITY and CREDIBILITY - among those who live, work and visit in Newport County and Bristol. Click here to view exclusive marketing opportunities available through the Chamber.
  • INFLUENCE - over public policy decisions impacting business and the quality of life in Newport County and Bristol. Click here to learn about the Chamber’s pro-business advocacy agenda.

 

CONNECTIONS

Chamber Referrals

Membership Lists
Refer-a-Member
Relocation, Wedding & Travel Leads
Telephone Referrals, Email Referrals, Website Referrals through
Newportchamber.com

Networking

Monthly Business Before Hours, During Hours, and After Hours
    Three distinct networking opportunities that encourage member participation in an informal atmosphere to accommodate any schedule
Annual Women in Business Monthly Luncheons
    This annual luncheon features leading Rhode Island women in business and government as speakers and guests. An elegant luncheon setting offers networking opportunities for business women. Men are also invited, if they dare! Sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County.
Monthly Human Resources Roundtable
    Every second Wednesday of the month. The Chamber hosts a FREE presentation and discussion for members to address their HR concerns. HR representatives from around the region are on hand to lead and participate in discussions.  Topics cover a broad range and are chosen by attendees.
Annual Golf Tournament 
    The Chamber tournament offers not only great networking but also a fun light hearted day and the opportunity to play on some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in New England.
Business Expo 
    Reach several thousand consumers and businesses in only three hours by reserving a booth at the Chamber's Annual Business EXPO, held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel on Goat Island. Sponsored by Southcoast Health Systems and the Newport Daily News.
Annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Celebration
    Dance the night away while taking part in ne of the state's largest social business gatherings with nearly 400 attendees from across Rhode Island. The annual celebration includes a silent auction that promotes members and showcases hundreds of gifts, professional services and getaways. Sponsored by Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. and The Preservation Society of Newport County.
Chamber Connections
    Develop strong personal and professional relationships with quality business people in your business sphere group and grow your business by word of mouth! Since its creation in the spring of 2011, Chamber Connections, our referral based networking group, has been growing at a steady pace annually through referrals among group members.
Annual Meeting
    Join hundreds of fellow Chamber members along with local and state officials for this cocktail reception featuring high profile keynote speakers on issues of importance to our businesses and our communities, including the Chamber's annual report to members, introduction of new Board members and award of community service grants. Sponsored by Savings Institute Bank & Trust.\
Emerging Leaders Group
    This group of committed young professionals forty and younger meet regularly to establish contacts, share common interests and increase business opportunities. Their mission is professional development, networking and voluntarism. Monthly Eat, Drink and Connect on the Third Thursday of each month.
Special Events

Advertising Opportunities

Member Exchange Biweekly Email – FREE to Members 
        
    The Chamber's FREE Member Exchange e-blasts connect your announcements and advertisement to over 3,300 email addresses, members and non-members alike. This service is only available to members.

Annual Membership Directory & Resource Guide 
   
 Inclusion in the annual membership directory & community guide is part of your Chamber membership.  You receive multiple FREE listings in the Annual Membership Directory & Resource Guide.  This comprehensive business and community resource guide is distributed to members, to relocation requests and all new homeowners in the county.
Annual Travel & Event Planner 
    Includes visitor, shopping, special events and wedding planning information. Over 20,000 copies of this publication are distributed annually, both locally and regionally, to inquiries received by the Chamber for information on Newport County and the East Bay Region.
Newport County Map & Member Directory
 
    The Chamber's Newport County Map provides visitors the opportunity to explore the spectacular coast, breathtaking architecture and thriving shopping districts that Newport County has to offer.
Website Banner Advertising 
    Drive traffic to your business by advertising on NewportChamber.com. Affordable banners and advertising opportunities for all budgets.
Ribbon Cuttings
    Let the Chamber help organize and announce your business opening or expansion to local media, elected officials, customer and fellow Chamber members.
Site and Relocation Assistance
    The Chamber directly assists businesses looking to expand or relocate within Newport County and the East Bay; working closely with the local municipalities, the real estate community and the Commerce RI.
Corporate Sponsorship
    Make it clear that as a business leader you recognize the importance of actively participating and being involved in your community by being a Chamber sponsor. Your company will receive a direct return on investment through Chamber exposure and recognition to thousands of businesses, visitors and residents.
Enhanced Website Page
Quarterly Business Journal
Biweekly E-Newsletter 
Monthly Membership Mailings
Advertising Discounts with Local Media 
Annual Business EXPO
Gift Certificate Program 
Member to Member Discount Program 

ACCESS

EDUCATION RESOURCES

Business and Educational Seminars – FREE to Members -       
    Business Information Seminars, Human Resource Roundtable.
    The Chamber hosts FREE seminars that provide relevant information on the
    issues, people and events that influence business decision making and planning, helping your 
    business operate more efficiently.  Click 
HERE to view scheduled events.
Economic Updates 
    The Chamber hosts breakfasts and luncheons which provide the state of the Newport County 
    and Rhode Island's economy from leading business and political leaders from throughout 
    New England.  Take this opportunity to stay informed and meet several hundred other 
    business leaders. 
Quarterly Business Journal – FREE to Members
 
    Over 14,000 distributed quarterly.  Distribution includes Chamber members, Newport Daily 
    News subscribers throughout Newport County, and local and state government officials.  This 
    business to consumer publication is an affordable advertising opportunity available only 
    to members.
Biweekly E-Newsletter– FREE to Members 
    The Chamber E-news keeps members up to speed on Chamber activities and business related 
    announcements from industry and government.
Chamber 101-FREE to Members 
    A FREE bi-monthly seminar designed to inform members how to fully maximize their Chamber membership. The meetings include an update of the many Chamber programs and the newest business resources to keep your business informed and competitive in the Rhode Island marketplace.

Chamber Publications

Click here to view chamber publications

SAVINGS

Advertising Discounts 
Newport Daily News
    All new members receive a $50 advertising certificate to apply to any single ad purchased in the amount of $100 or more with the Newport Daily News.
WADK 1540 AM/ MIXX 93.3 FM
    Chamber members receive a 10% discount on all advertising on WADK 1540AM/ MIXX 93.9FM.
Use of Chamber’s Bulk Mail Permit 
    Save money on postage by using the Chamber's bulk rate mail permit when mailing 200 pieces or more. Members may also purchase Chamber member mailing labels.
Member-to-Member Discount Program 
    A FREE and exclusive program of the Chamber. Take advantage of great discounts from over 200 participating Rhode Island businesses. Ask for FREE key tags for you and your employees to immediately enjoy discounts.
Business Discounts
    Chamber members may qualify for savings on electronic credit card processing and debit card services, electricity, gas, advertising and healthcare.
RI Salutes
    RISalutes.com - Reach over 40,000 Rhode Island National Guard and Military members and their families. This FREE program offers participating Chamber members an opportunity to offer discounts to military personnel as recognition of their contributions to our security at home and abroad.
Meeting Space
    The Chamber provides members access to its Conference and Board Rooms for FREE. The rooms are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and hold up to 35 people. Reservations must be made in advance.
Teleconferencing Services 
    Conference calling for member businesses, organizations and individuals for FREE. This service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance.
Audio Visual Equipment
    Chamber members may utilize state-of-the-art audio visual equipment during on-site presentations and meeting room rentals for FREE. 60" television, projector, screens and Wi-Fi access available.

VISIBILITY

Marketing

Website Banner Advertising
Enhanced Website Page
Membership Lists
Member Exchange Biweekly Email – FREE for Members
Relocation, Wedding & Travel Leads – FREE for Members
Telephone Referrals – FREE to Members
Monthly Membership Mailings
Quarterly Business Journal Advertising
Biweekly E-Newsletter Banner Advertising
Membership Directory & Resource Guide – FREE listings for Members
Travel & Event Planner Advertising
County Map & Member Directory
“Welcome to Newport County” Packet
Relocation Packet
Event Sponsorship
Business EXPO
Business Before, During and After Hours
Golf Tournament
Annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Party
Special Events
Enhanced Credibility with Chamber Logo on Your Website – FREE to Members
Chamber Gift Certificate Program
Member to Member Discount Program

Public Relations

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – FREE to Members
Gift Certificate Program
Member to Member Discount Program
Biweekly Member Exchange Eblast – FREE to Members
Add Credibility to your website with Chamber Logo
Event Sponsorship
Business After Hours Sponsorship/Host
Annual Silent Auction & Cocktail Celebration
Business EXPO
Business Before, During and After Hours
Golf Tournament
Special Events

Chamber Coalition/Rhode Island Business Coalition

Legislative Advocacy

    The Chamber is a member of the Rhode Island Business Coalition and the Rhode Island Chamber of COmmerce Coalition. These Coalitions monitor legislation that affects the business community and lobby on behalf of the business community at the General Assembly. 

Legislative Agenda Focus

    Budget and Taxation    
    Public Education    
    Environment    
    Regulatory Reform    
    Workforce Development     
    Health Care

Government Affairs Committee

 

The Government Affairs Committee monitors city and town council dockets and local legislation which could impact the business community. Chamber members have easy access to elected and appointed officials in Newport County, Bristol and Greater Rhode Island.

 

List of government officials  

Click here for more information