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It’s a great time to be a member of the Preston County Chamber of Commerce.

Preston County is open for business and the Preston County Chamber of Commerce stands ready to serve the business community in this place we all know, love and call home. We want to be your partner – by promoting your business and by establishing a collaborative business climate within our county that keeps Preston businesses on the rise. The Chamber offers increased visibility in the community, countless networking opportunities throughout the year, educational opportunities and so much more.

Membership Benefits

  • Advertising

    Promote your business through the Chamber’s monthly newsletter “Chamber Talk,” weekly News and Events email blasts, and website. Publicize your membership by displaying the Chamber logo on your website, marketing materials and at your establishment. Take advantage of the opportunity to display your information at the Chamber office and schedule a time to utilize the window display. Benefit from the many sponsorship and advertising opportunities available at our events. Let us increase your Google visibility through our verification process.

  • Professional Development

    Your Chamber offers numerous seminars and educational opportunities through our “Lunch and Learn events,” that are geared specifically to the business community and the continuing education of you and your employees.

  • Advocacy

    Benefit from a unified voice advocating for business-friendly legislation during Preston County Day at the State Legislature.

  • Referrals

    The Chamber loves referring your business. Whether through phone inquiry, email, online or a visit to the Chamber’s office, businesses, residents and visitors alike will find information about your company. Referrals through the Chamber’s website and online Membership Directory continue to grow and generate new leads for Chamber members.

  • Website

    The Chamber’s website lists all members in our online business directory with a link to your website and a detailed description of your company, products and services.

  • Networking

    Establish business relationships at networking events like our Business After Hours, Annual Dinner, Golf Tournament and Girls Day Out Bash. Build your employees’ professional network and knowledge with monthly “Lunch and Learns.”

  • Business After Hours

    Business After Hours is the Chamber’s signature monthly networking event. Usually held at 5:30 p.m. on a Thursday, it’s the perfect way to start wrapping up a busy work week. Members talk business in a casual atmosphere, share a libation and enjoy some delicious food.

    This is a great opportunity to have your business representatives share information, make new connections and build professional relationships. During this 2-hour event, the host usually gives a brief talk about their organization, they provide the appetizers and beverages, tours are offered (if applicable) and door prizes are normally a part of the evening.

    Business After Hours is a popular way to network with other professionals and make new friends in the community. Who Benefits? EVERYONE! The host business has the opportunity to show other members exactly what they are all about. Business After Hours gives everyone the chance to meet and exchange business cards, make new client contacts and meet new business people.

    How Does It Work? The Preston County Chamber of Commerce will create a flyer to promote the event. The flyer will be sent out in email blasts to Chamber Members and dignitaries in the community. We will post your event on our Facebook page, in our weekly News & Events email blasts, on our Calendar of Events and in our monthly newsletter. The media will also be informed. The Chamber staff will handle registration, nametags and provide you with a list of those in attendance.

    If you are interested in scheduling a Business After Hours, contact Kristy Ash, Executive Director at (304) 329-0576.

Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

What is a Chamber ribbon cutting?

A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a brand-new or newly-renovated/relocated business that has opened within the last six months. It can launch an organization’s first day of business or it can take place weeks after the business’ opening. Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’ history, this is also a great photo opportunity. The ceremony gives the business owner a chance to say a few words to those gathered. Business owners have traditionally taken this time to thank their financial backers, their employees, their friends and family, and/or their business partners. They also take this opportunity to talk about what their business does.

You must be a new or current Preston County Chamber of Commerce member for us to participate in your ribbon cutting ceremony.

Who qualifies for a ribbon cutting?

Preston County Chamber of Commerce is available to assist with your ceremony if your business has:

  • Opened its doors within the past six months
  • Moved to a new location
  • Has been remodeled
  • Is celebrating a milestone anniversary
  • Groundbreaking

What are the benefits of holding a Chamber ribbon cutting?

By hosting a ribbon cutting, you can:

  • Introduce both the public and Chamber members to your business
  • Announce your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s Community Calendar
  • Familiarize the public and Chamber members with your product/services
  • Acquaint the public and Chamber members with your physical location
  • Publish a photo of your ribbon cutting in the Chamber’s newsletter and Facebook page

Is this my business’ event or a Chamber event?

This is your event. The Chamber will gladly assist you with the following:

  • Notify the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Chamber members of your ribbon cutting
  • Invite local officials on your behalf
  • Promote your ribbon cutting on the Chamber’s Community Calendar
  • Have a Board member of the Chamber provide congratulatory remarks
  • Contact the local media
  • Bring the “giant scissors” and ribbon
  • Take pictures at the event and publish a photo in our newsletter and on our Facebook page

We strongly encourage you to conduct your own PR campaign as well. This will help increase the attendance and awareness of your business’s ceremony.

What do we do?

Because your ribbon cutting is your event, there are no set rules. To make your event successful, carefully consider the following:

  • Schedule your event by contacting us at least two weeks in advance. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are usually best days during the week for business people, not earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Determine who will cut the ribbon. The owners most frequently do the honors, but each business is different and can pick whomever they like.
  • Who will be in the photo(s)? Some businesses will take multiple photos with various groups of people before actually cutting the ribbon. Photos might include employees, family, Chamber members, business partners, and Ambassadors for example.
  • Your remarks or speech. This is usually done when everyone is gathered before cutting the ribbon.
  • Invite everyone you know! Invite your family, friends, past, current and potential customers, business associates, suppliers, your employees, the media, neighboring businesses, and government officials.
  • Consider having giveaways, especially logo items that guests can take back to their offices.
  • Food and beverage is not required, but for open house events, it makes a nice touch.
  • Prepare a quick speech and be sure to have plenty of brochures available.

If you are interested in scheduling a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony contact:

Kristy Ash, Executive Director
Preston County Chamber of Commerce
info@prestonchamber.com
200 W Main St, Kingwood WV 26537
304.329.0576


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