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Chamber membership reaches 81

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce continues to inch toward the century mark.
The Chamber has 81 paid members for 2012, Terry Daniel reported Thursday.
“We’re still shooting for 100,” Daniel said. “We’ll go for the last 19.”
Daniel provided an update on membership during the July Chamber meeting at its office in the Rural Alberta Business Centre.
The 81 members is an increase of two since Daniel’s report at the June Chamber meeting, and is up 20 from 2011 membership.
Daniel had set a goal of 100 members at the beginning of the year.
Daniel mailed 265 membership packages in January to licensed businesses in Fort Macleod.
Membership in the Chamber of Commerce helps fund the numerous activities the organization undertakes for the benefit of Fort Macleod.
The Chamber of Commerce organizes the highly successful antique sale and show each year, and has representation on other community groups including the Economic Development Commission and Fort Macleod Historical Association.
The Chamber organizes the Midnight Madness late-night shopping event during the Christmas Festival, the Christmas Shopping Spree promotion, the Christmas light contest and the New Year’s Baby promotion.
The Chamber last year resurrected its awards program.
The Fort Macleod group is a member of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, which operates several programs available to all Chamber members in the province.
The Alberta Chamber administers a staff benefits plan, a discount gasoline program, and a discount program for major hotels.
It also provides members a lower rate for operating credit card and Interac machines.
The Chamber has maintained its membership fees at the same level as last year. The Fort Macleod Chamber’s membership fee structure is as follows:

  1. $25 a year for non-business individual membership.
  2. $75 a year for businesses with one employee.
  3. $100 a year for businesses with two to 10 employees.
  4. $125 a year for businesses with 11 to 49 employees.
  5. $175 a year for businesses with 50 to 75 employees.
  6. $200 a year for businesses with 76 or more employees.

For information about becoming a Chamber of Commerce member phone Terry Daniel at 403-553-3991.

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