FAQs

You'll find answers to our most frequently asked questions about the Chamber in our list below. Simply click the question to jump to its answer.

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General questions about the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce

  1. What is a chamber of commerce?
  2. Is the Chamber part of the city government?
  3. When was the Greater Greenwood Chamber founded?
  4. What does the Greater Greenwood Chamber do?
  5. How do I get to the Greater Greenwood Chamber office?
  6. Who runs the Greater Greenwood Chamber?
  7. Who is on the board?
  8. What do board members do?
  9. What does the staff do?

Questions commonly asked by businesses

  1. What are the membership benefits of joining the Greater Greenwood Chamber?
  2. Who are the members of the Chamber?
  3. What does membership cost?
  4. Who can attend Chamber events?
  5. Is it mandatory for members to attend events?
  6. How can I register for an event?
  7. What types of sponsorship opportunities are available?
  8. What is a Chamber ribbon-cutting event?
  9. What is a Chamber anniversary celebration?
  10. Can I include the Chamber logo on my marketing materials?
  11. Does the Chamber share its email list with members?
  12. Does the Chamber share its mailing list with members?
  13. How can my company get exposure through the Chamber?
  14. Does the Chamber offer any money-saving programs?
  15. How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?
  16. Can I get a list of major employers and manufacturers in the area?
  17. Can you give me information about local hotels/accommodations?
  18. Whom do I contact for photos of the Greater Greenwood area?
  19. Which media outlets serve the Greater Greenwood area?
  20. Does the Greater Greenwood Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?

Questions commonly asked by residents or visitors

  1. How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?
  2. How can I get a map of the Greater Greenwood area?
  3. I am considering relocating to the area. Do you have any relocation information?
  4. I will be visiting the Greater Greenwood area. What information do you have available?
  5. Can you give me information about local hotels/accommodations?
  6. How do I register a complaint about a business?
  7. Can I get a list of major employers and manufacturers in the area?
  8. Who can attend Chamber events?
  9. What is a Chamber ribbon-cutting event?
  10. What is the weather forecast for the Greater Greenwood area?
  11. Whom do I contact for photos of the Greater Greenwood area?
  12. Which media outlets serve the Greater Greenwood area?
  13. Does the Greater Greenwood Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?

What is a chamber of commerce?

A chamber of commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-based, business advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and improving the business climate and quality of life within a specific region. In the United States, membership in a local chamber of commerce is voluntary, not compulsory.

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Is the Chamber part of the city government?

No. The Greater Greenwood Chamber is a separate entity from the City of Greenwood. The Chamber is not a government agency, nor do we receive any public tax funding. We are a private, not-for-profit organization. The Chamber and City do share a similar mission to create an atmosphere where business can thrive, and sometimes partner on economic and community development initiatives. However, the two are separate organizations.

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When was the Greater Greenwood Chamber founded?

The Chamber was incorporated in 1955. As the City of Greenwood and White River Township grew, the local business community quickly recognized the two were operating as one local economy and one community. Areas beyond the city limits were being included in chatter about “Greenwood.” In fact, large portions of Perry and Franklin Townships in Marion County identified themselves as a part of the Greenwood business community. So in 1985, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce renamed itself the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce to recognize the interconnectedness and expanding geography of the Greenwood business community.

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What does the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce do?

The Greater Greenwood Chamber exists to maximize members’ business potential through the optimization of connections, resources and advocacy. We primarily serve businesses located in northern Johnson and southern Marion Counties. Primary services include:

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How do I get to the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce?

We are located in the Greenwood Commerce Center on the north side of Main Street in Greenwood, one block west of Emerson Avenue and one mile west of Interstate 65, exit 99. See a detailed map and directions.

Address: 65 Airport Parkway, Suite 140, Greenwood, IN 46143

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (317) 888-4856

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Who runs the Greater Greenwood Chamber?

The Chamber is operated by a paid staff team of four employees and regularly hosts talented college interns. The president and CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for managing the overall administration, professional staff, programs and resources.

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Who is on the board?

The board is comprised of up to 18 professionals from the Chamber membership, representing a variety of business industries and sizes. Board directors serve three-year terms beginning on April 1. See the list of our current board directors.

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What do board members do?

Board members determine future vision, establish governing policies, adopt legislative advocacy positions and monitor organizational performance, including continuous improvement, member engagement and business community leadership.

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What do the staff do?

The staff are responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Chamber. This includes the tasks necessary to develop resources and execute member benefits and programs.

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What are the membership benefits of joining the Greater Greenwood Chamber?

Businesses tell us their Chamber membership makes good business sense because they value our:

  • Business advice and mentoring – from fellow members, staff, and professional business counselors to become better business owners and leaders.
  • Networking opportunities – to find vendors, clients, business mentors, and referral partners. We even have a program to teach members how to network.
  • Business education – to become better business leaders and run their business more effectively.
  • Business advocacy – to advance pro-business policy and improve the local business climate.
  • Marketing and sponsorship programs – to introduce or strengthen their brand in an otherwise competitive market.
  • Business savings – to improve their bottom line by saving real money on vital business costs. Membership unlocks exclusive savings on insurance products, office supplies, and more.

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Who are the members of the Chamber?

Our growing membership represents small organizations, big corporations and self-employed individuals, primarily located in northern Johnson and southern Marion counties. Members represent a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, banking, professional services, education, health care, retail and restaurants. Some members have just started their businesses, and others have been in business for more than a century. Visit our online business directory to learn more.

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What does membership cost?

There are five membership levels that offer distinctive, tiered benefit packages. Member services (such as marketing/advertising benefits) improve at each increased investment level. Keep in mind that Chamber membership is tax-deductible as a necessary and ordinary business expense. Join today, or contact our membership development manager at (317) 888-4856 with questions.

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Who can attend Chamber events?

Greater Greenwood Chamber programs and events are a benefit of membership and are intended for employees of member companies only. However, the Taste of the Southside and Legislation Matters Series are open to the public. Additionally, we welcome prospective members to attend one of our programs to learn more about us.

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Is it mandatory for me to attend events?

No. Participation in Chamber events is completely optional. We're at work behind the scenes advocating on behalf of businesses whether or not you attend a single event. Many members do enjoy the ability to network, however. How much you do is up to you! If a significant reason you joined the Chamber is to generate sales referrals, members have proven again and again that attending events is the best way to accomplish this.

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How can I register for an event?

You can register for all of our member programs and events by visiting the event calendar and choosing the event you’d like to attend.

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What types of sponsorship opportunities are available?

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available through the Chamber – everything from a primary sponsorship of a major event, like the Taste of the Southside or Business After Hours Expo, to sponsoring a single luncheon or seminar. Read our Events & Sponsorships page or contact our events and operations manager at (317) 888-4856 or by email for more information.

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What is a Chamber ribbon-cutting event?

A ribbon-cutting event is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly renovated or relocated business that has opened within the last six months. It can inaugurate a first day of business or it can take place weeks after a business’ soft opening. A ribbon-cutting is not an automatic event to mark a new membership.

The Chamber is happy to assist members in planning and executing their events. The Chamber owns a large pair of ceremonial scissors for use at ribbon-cuttings and can suggest guidelines or supply a list of local media contacts to whom businesses may send press releases regarding their events. You must be a new or current Chamber member in good standing (including dues paid) for the Chamber to endorse and help coordinate your ribbon-cutting. For more information, contact the Chamber by email or call (317) 888-4856.

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What is a Chamber anniversary celebration?

A Chamber anniversary celebration marks a milestone anniversary of an established business. A milestone anniversary includes a one-year anniversary (if the business did not celebrate its grand opening with a Chamber ribbon-cutting), or five-, 10-, 15- or 20-year anniversary (and beyond, in increments of five years). New or current Chamber members must be in good standing (including dues paid) for the Chamber to endorse and help coordinate an anniversary celebration. For more information, contact the Chamber by email or call (317) 888-4856.

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Can I include the Chamber logo on my marketing materials?

You are welcome to display the special membership logo that identifies you as a member of the Greater Greenwood Chamber on your marketing material, including your website. Request your special membership logo by emailing the Chamber. You are also encouraged to proudly display your membership plaque and window cling on your storefront. Studies show that the public views local Chamber members with positive regard in supporting their communities.

We do not permit the use of our standard corporate logo on other businesses’ marketing materials, unless it is promoting an official Chamber program.

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Does the Chamber share its email list with members?

No. The Chamber does not share its email list with anyone, even members. If you are interested in emailing our members, we recommend our M2M Email program.

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Does the Chamber share its mailing list with members?

Yes. We supply the list; you do the rest. Lists are available in labels or Excel format, depending on your membership level and preference. Mailing lists are not available to non-members. Contact the Chamber at (317) 888-4856 for details.

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How can my company get exposure through the Chamber?

There are many great ways to get exposure from the Chamber.

  • Get active! The Chamber is about meeting new people and building relationships for you and your business. Make a goal to attend one event a month.
  • Sponsor an event or program to expose your brand to hundreds or thousands of new eyes.
  • Offer a special discount to our members through our M2M email program.
  • Think of the Chamber as an extension of your marketing plan. Purchase ad space in our monthly e-newsletter, and reach 1,200 local business leaders.
  • Learn about additional marketing opportunities for Chamber members.

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Does the Chamber offer any money-saving programs?

The Chamber offers a variety of discounts on items like office supplies, email marketing and group insurance. Read more about discounts.

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How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?

Search our online business directory by business category, keyword or company name. You may also call the Chamber at (317) 888-4856.

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Can I get a list of major employers and manufacturers in the area?

Please view the demographic/economic profile for a list of major local employers. For a list of manufacturers, contact the Johnson County Development Corporation at (317) 736-4300.

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Can you give me information about local hotels/accommodations?

Please search our online business directory. You may search by business category, keyword or company name. You may also call the Chamber at (317) 888-4856.

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Whom do I contact for photos of the Greater Greenwood area?

Please contact one of our Chamber member photographers for area photos.

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Which media outlets serve the Greater Greenwood area?

Greenwood is a part of the Indianapolis media market. It is also served by Greenwood and Johnson County-based media companies. The Chamber maintains a media list of contacts, available to members. For more information, contact the Chamber by email or by calling (317) 888-4856.

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Does the Greater Greenwood Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?

No. The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse political candidates, maintain a political action committee (PAC) or participate in campaign activities. The Greater Greenwood Chamber may take positions on current or proposed legislation and policy. We are committed to educating members on issues that impact the economic competitiveness of our region and the ability of local companies to hire, grow and prosper. Through advocacy efforts, we provide resources to help members make informed voting decisions and get engaged with pressing issues affecting the business community.

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How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?

Search our online business directory by business category, keyword or company name. You may also call the Chamber at (317) 888-4856.

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How can I get a map of the Greater Greenwood area?

View a map of the Greenwood area on our website. We also provide several printed state and local maps and guides through the Chamber office at no charge. If you are out of town, request a map be mailed to you, or call the office at (317) 888-4856.

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I am considering relocating to the area. Do you have any relocation information?

Yes. Learn more about the Greenwood area on our website. You can request a relocation packet be mailed to you or call the office at (317) 888-4856.

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I will be visiting the Greater Greenwood area. What information do you have available?

Learn more about visiting the Greenwood area on our website. The Chamber also has several festival, recreation and tourist guides available. Request an information packet be mailed to you or call the office at (317) 888-4856.

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Can you give me information about local hotels/accommodations?

Please search our online business directory. You may search by business category, keyword or company name. You may also call the Chamber at (317) 888-4856.

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How do I register a complaint about a business?

We always encourage you resolve your complaint directly with the business whenever possible. When these efforts fail, contact the Better Business Bureau or call (317) 488-2222.

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Can I get a list of major employers and manufacturers in the area?

Please view the demographic/economic profile for a list of major local employers. For a list of manufacturers, contact the Johnson County Development Corporation at (317) 736-4300.

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Who can attend Chamber events?

Greater Greenwood Chamber programs and events are a benefit of membership and are intended for employees of member companies only. However, the Taste of the Southside and Legislative Matters Series are open to the public. Additionally, we welcome prospective members to attend one of our programs to learn more about us.

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What is a Chamber ribbon-cutting event?

A ribbon-cutting event is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly renovated or relocated business that has opened within the last six months. It can inaugurate a first day of business or it can take place weeks after a business’ soft opening. A ribbon-cutting is not an automatic event to mark a new membership.

The Chamber is happy to assist members in planning and executing their events. The Chamber owns a large pair of ceremonial scissors for use at ribbon-cuttings and can suggest guidelines or supply a list of local media contacts to whom businesses may send press releases regarding their events. You must be a new or current Chamber member in good standing (including dues paid) for the Chamber to endorse and help coordinate your ribbon-cutting. For more information, contact the Chamber by email or call (317) 888-4856.

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What is the weather forecast for the Greater Greenwood area?

View an online weather report or contact the National Weather Service Forecast office at (317) 856-0664. This number provides a taped message about local weather that is updated throughout the day and available at all hours.

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Whom do I contact for photos of the Greater Greenwood area?

Please contact one of our Chamber member photographers for area photos.

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Which media outlets serve the Greater Greenwood area?

Greenwood is a part of the Indianapolis media market. It is also served by Greenwood and Johnson County-based media companies. The Chamber maintains a media list of contacts, available to members. For more information, contact the Chamber by email or by calling (317) 888-4856.

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Does the Greater Greenwood Chamber endorse candidates or have a PAC?

No. The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse political candidates, maintain a political action committee (PAC) or participate in campaign activities. The Greater Greenwood Chamber may take positions on current or proposed legislation and policy. We are committed to educating members on issues that impact the economic competitiveness of our region and the ability of local companies to hire, grow and prosper. Through advocacy efforts, we provide resources to help members make informed voting decisions and get engaged with pressing issues affecting the business community.

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