Member Benefits

Wondering how your business could benefit from being a member of the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce?


Top 10 Reasons to Belong to the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Increase your visibility in the community as part of the local business network and demonstrate your participation and support of local business.
  • The Chamber is your local Public Relations service, providing referrals from the Chamber, the chamber Website and chamber-affiliated organizations; assistance with business promotions, email and print marketing.
  • Networking and Relationship Building Opportunities through the Chamber’s networking breakfasts, business after-hours and fundraising events.
  • Access to Community Leaders and economic and business planners in the region.
  • Directory, Specialty Guides and newsletter Listings for increased exposure for your business product or services; low-cost advertising.
  • Members Only Services and Programs such as access to membership mailing lists, email marketing assistance, Chamber referrals for products or services, Member Discount programs.
  • Member Advocacy, your support network, as part of the greater business community; a local “seal of good business intentions.”
  • Market your products and services (cost-effectively) through participation, referrals, distribution of your business contact information through the Chamber office and website.
  • Membership to The Maine Highlands, regional tourism-business designation, is included in your membership.
  • Development information, workshops and seminars, training opportunities

Claim your business listing and display ad opportunity!

The guide is a approximately 60 pages, with area map, business directory, town profiles, and local business advertising, and is distributed around the state at tourist information centers.

The primary focus is to promote the region’s businesses, especially local trades, services and professionals. It is also the most inexpensive advertising you will find! In many cases, cheaper than one newspaper ad.

Your business will be featured with a full introductory business description in our email newsletter!

Your business will be featured in our member directory listing and other additional advertising available on the chamber’s website.

You will get exclusive access to indoor distribution space in our local visitor centers.

  • “Business After Hours” offers additional networking opportunities.
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new businesses.
  • Business Networking events that offer networking with other business owners and community leaders as well as key note speakers.
  • Additional advertising in event programs is available.

“Voluntary benefits” are insurance policies that help protect you and your family from the costs associated with illnesses, injuries, and loss of life. They are offered a la carte—so you may choose only the policies you want and can afford. Your premiums are deducted automatically from your paycheck or bank account. Coverage is portable, so you can keep it if you change jobs or retire.

Under these policies, Washington National pays benefits in cash directly to you or someone you designate, so you can more easily pay for medical bills, household expenses and other costs. A big help if a medical problem or accident causes lost time at work, or if you have a high deductible health plan.

You will soon have the opportunity to learn about your voluntary benefit options. Robert Weymouth, your Washington National representative, will be contacting each Member business to speak with you and answer your questions.

Here are some of the benefits offered through the Washington National “Chamber” initiative:

  • Normally, a business has to enroll at least 3 employees to qualify for Group Benefits. This is often a problem if the business has less than 3 employees or does not have enough employees that wish to enroll. Under the Chamber Plan, only 3 employees need be enrolled from the whole Chamber membership to qualify for Group Benefits.
  • Group plans often require “payroll deduction” as the payment mode, when employees are paying part or all of the premiums. This involves additional administrative work for the Employer, who may decide not to offer the plans at all. Under the Chamber plan, an employee (or the Owner buying their own plan) may pay with automatic withdrawal from their checking or savings account, thus eliminating any Employer administration requirements.
  • Individual Cancer plans are priced using age bracket rating. For example, a 60 year old would often pay 4 – 5 times the rate of a 20 year old. Under the Chamber Plan, all Applicants will be rated at the lowest adult rate.
  • Chamber Members will receive a 9 -15% rate reduction for Group Accident and Group Critical Illness Plans.
  • Frankly, Supplemental health benefits (from any Carrier) are worthless, if you have to jump through hoops to file a claim and receive your cash benefits. That is why all Policy holders will have access to a Washington National Claim’s Expert in Hallowell, ME to assist in the Claims process.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment to discuss the new Chamber Plans, please contact Rob Weymouth directly.

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