Membership Benefits

PROMOTION:

Web Site Listing

All memberships include an online business directory listing on Seward.com. Listings include business contact information, photos, a direct web link to your website, and a description to highlight your services to visitors. 

Seward Visitor Guide Business Directory Listing

Member businesses enjoy a business directory listing in the annual Seward Visitor Guide, printed and distributed to 80,000 individuals seeking information about Seward.  Additional directory category listings can be purchased individually. Premium members enjoy one additional business directory category listing. 

Visitor Center Brochure Display & Visitor Center Referrals

Gain exposure to thousands of visitors and residents annually by displaying your rack-size brochure at the Visitor Center. Take advantage of an additional a la carte opportunity to display your brochure at the Alaska SeaLife Center and Seward Cruise Ship Terminal. 

Our Visitor Center staff works year-round in person, online and on the phone, generating thousands of referrals each year to member businesses. Track referrals monthly in the new online member portal.

EDUCATION:

The Chamber Newsletter

You’ll receive a weekly member e-newsletter which includes timely information on Chamber programs, legislative updates, upcoming member event information and more. 

Business Learning

With a rolling, membership-driven curriculum of professional development and business management skills, the Seward Chamber connects members with learning opportunities and resources throughout the year.

NETWORKING:

Membership Meetings

Monthly Chamber Lunches (traditionally the 2nd Thursday of each month) connect our members with local business resources, legislative representatives and government officials, community leaders, and each other. 

Chamber After Five

Highlight your business to your best referral network – other chamber members! Join other Chamber of Commerce members in a social setting and make connections, grow business partnerships, and just get to know one another. Each event is hosted by a Chamber member, giving them the opportunity to highlight new facilities, products, or services to you. Refer to your weekly newsletter for event place and times. Contact the Chamber if you would like to host an After Five event.

ADVOCACY

The Seward Chamber of Commerce strives to stay abreast of relevant issues, and advocate for its members at every opportunity and level from City to Borough, State to Federal. Seward Chamber members enjoy representation locally at City of Seward Council Meetings, and throughout the community via an involved and active Board of Directors. 

ADDITIONAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Member Orientation & Strategy Sessions

Looking to grow your business? We can help. Our membership director will schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss ways that you can maximize your benefits and leverage our paid marketing opportunities. Be sure to follow-up with a Visitor Center orientation session to share details and highlights about your business with our seasonal staff. 

Online Member Portal

Seward Chamber Member benefits are integrated into our online member portal, which allows for exclusive access to updates, invoices, business listings, community information, and functions as a member communication tool with the Chamber and each other.

Membership Decal

Let visitors, residents, and other businesses know that you are a member of the Chamber. This annual window decal sets your business apart as one that supports the Seward community through active membership. Many visitors and residents prefer to shop for goods and services from Chamber members – so be sure they can find you!

Tax Deductions

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 professional organization. Your membership dues are a tax-deductible business expense.

Discount on Additional Businesses

Members are given a $100 discount on joining the Chamber with additional businesses. Each additional business must have its own license, EIN and unique DBA.

Additional Visitor Center Rack Card Space

Additional rack card spaces in the Seward Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center ($50 each).

Additional Directory Category Listings

Additional directory category listings on Seward.com AND Visitor Guide ($100 each).

Premium Member Benefits

Our Premium Membership was designed for those businesses that offer more than one, or a variety of, services. The following additional benefits let Premium members get the most promotional impact for their investment. 

Online Member Spotlight

Premium members are included in our online Member Spotlight series – a Seward.com feature about them and their business. Through these great Q&A interviews, the Spotlight series introduces members who make our community an incredible place to live, work and play. 

Additional Directory Category Listings

An opt-in for Classic members, Premium Members enjoy an extra directory category listing for their business included in their dues. 

Non-profit & Government Benefits

Our non-profit and government members keep the Seward Chamber connected to our community, which we strive to make a better place to live, work and play every day. 

E-News & Social Media Event Promotion 

Along with our community and economic development partners, non-profit members can share in the Chamber’s online promotional efforts via Chamber social media channels like Facebook and Instagram, and through the bi-weekly e-newsletter.  

Opt-In Marketing Opportunities