- 24-Hour Visitor Information / Voice Mail
- Business Referral Service
- Brochure Display in Chamber’s Visitor Center
- Monitor Legislative Affairs
- Chamber Educational Workshops & Seminars
- Business Resource Center
- Member to Member Discounts
- Hot Deals
- New Member Receptions
- Schedule Your Ribbon Cutting
- Chamber Website & E-Mail Information Services
- Chamber Grand Ball & Installation Banquet
- Ocean City Job Fair
- Hospitality Training Seminar
- Chamber Lights Decoration Contest
- Energy CO-OP Campaign
- Marketing & Advertising
- Networking Opportunities
The Chamber’s phone system allows tourists 24-hour access to information critical to planning a visit. After an initial greeting which may highlight an upcoming event, the caller is presented with a list of choices to aid his/her vacation planning. The # is: 888-OC-MD-FUN (888-626-3386).
Guide Book request are available through this system as well.
The Chamber of Commerce is often the first point of contact for visitors and persons relocating to the county, as well as a resource for existing businesses and residents.
The Chamber office receives calls every day requesting information on local products and services. Callers and walk-in visitors are referred to Chamber members who fit their needs.
Chamber members are able to display their promotional brochures in the Chamber’s lobby. The Chamber is open seven days a week and receives over 30,000 visitors each year.
Also located in our Visitor’s Center is a General Business Section. This area consists of brochures for year round / non-tourism businesses, continuing education information and many other things for the local residents. People who are interested in moving to our area or opening a business find this section very helpful as well.
It is the responsibility of Chamber staff and Board members to keep you abreast of legislation which could impact the economic stability of Ocean City. In order to effectively do so, the Chamber has retained the services of a professional lobbyist to represent the Chamber membership in Annapolis. The Chamber receives frequent inquiries from local government, politicians and organizations on the business community’s perspective on specific issues. Chamber membership provides you with the means to make your voice heard. Please let us know your needs and opinions so that we can pass them along.
The Chamber offers members training and education opportunities through seminars. These sessions assist our members in addressing current business and community issues. Let the Chamber educate you and your staff on the trends and changes taking place in Ocean City.
If you have a particular area of interest or expertise, please do not hesitate to share this information or your needs with the Chamber. Please email us at email@example.com.
Check the monthly Featured Events Calendar to see when these events are scheduled.
There are a number of things to choose from so that everyone can find an event that suits their schedule, such as:
- OC Business Breakfast is the 2nd Thursday of the month.
- Lunch & Learns Seminars
- Professional Development Workshops
The Chamber, as an official SBA resource center, can provide members with literature covering the full range of owning and operating a business. If requested, the Chamber can also locate retired business persons in the greater Ocean City area who might be available for consulting work free of charge. (S.C.O.R.E)
The Chamber also works closely with the Small Business Development Center in assisting business owners and entrepreneurs with all available resources for a successful venture.
Members in good standing can take advantage of discounts offered by other chamber businesses. This is a great way to attract someone who otherwise may not have visited your business in the past.
By working together, we can make doing business in Ocean City more profitable for all of us.
All members in good standing have a current membership card and can receive the discounts simply by presenting it at any participating business.
If you would like to offer a discount to members that come to your place of business, just give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will immediately add you to the list at NO CHARGE!
You will then receive a Chamber Member Discount sticker to proudly display at your business.
All Chamber Members can log into their ChamberMaster member record and fill in their own Hot Deals to offer the public on the Chamber website.
This service is FREE to all members. You fill in your deal and when the customer searches Hot Deals on the website it will appear as a coupon and include a link to your site as well.
The Chamber will be holds new member receptions twice a year to welcome new members to the Chamber and the community, familiarize them with Chamber services, Board of Directors & Staff, and provide them an opportunity to get to know one another.
This is a great opportunity for new members to ask questions and take a tour of the Visitors Center where their information is distributed.
The Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee assists with coordinating ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses in the area, businesses celebrating milestones or that have relocated or made a significant change to their business.
Ambassadors Committee member will provide you with:
- Chamber Ribbon Cutting Packet
- Ribbon, scissors, and welcome plaque (day of event)
- Chamber staff taking photos & highlight in newsletter & Member E-lert ( day of event)
The Chamber has established an extremely informative home page found at OceanCity.org. Visitors from around the globe are able to obtain vacation information, business services, events, weather forecasts, and a long list of other information with the click of a button.
The Chamber’s e-mail also allows members and visitors alike the option of contacting the Chamber with specific requests for service or information. In addition, every member of the Chamber has a listing with address and telephone number in a searchable format.
Contact email@example.com to get your proud member stamp for your home page.
Held annually during the month of September, the Chamber Awards Celebration was started in 2009 and is the forum to officially introduce the newly installed Board of Directors (10) and Executive Officers (5) It is also a time to give thanks to the retiring Board of Directors (5) and the retiring President. Typically, the Mayor is on hand to honor the retiring President with a “Key to the City.” This event also recognizes the Business Person of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year.
The Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Employment Development, conducts an annual Job Fair. Nearly 100 employers are on hand to interview and hire prospective workers. The Job Fair has proven to be a valuable recruiting tool for area businesses, with over 3,000 job seekers attending.
In addition to employers, representatives for seasonal housing opportunities and youth health clinics are usually in attendance. There are over 12,000 seasonal positions available each year in Ocean City.
Co-sponsored with the Economic Development Commission, the training seminar is designed to give area employees, managers and owners exposure to skills that please our visitors which, in turn, builds profit. The seminars are generally slated for early June to coincide with the influx of seasonal workers.
The Chamber Lights Decorating Contest is overseen by the Chamber Ambassadors.
Each year local businesses and homeowners are encouraged to decorate their properties festively. The contest is divided into several categories including Residential, Condominium, Hotel, Motel, Restaurant, Retail and Commercial, Indoor & Outdoor.
NO ENTRY FEE!
Sponsorships available for $50 for your business.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up sheets for decoration.
As a member you have access to many great networking opportunities:
- Business After Hours – Held the 1st Thursday of each month Sept. – June avg. 75 – 100 attendees
- Business Breakfasts – Held monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month – Various speakers & topics / 35 + attendees
- Chamber Speed – Networking Luncheon – This event is held twice a year. Limited to 40 participants – as a attendee you have the opportunity to meet and pitch your businesses and its services to all 39 of the other attendees
- Chamber Business Expo : Held in February each year there are 35 booth spaces available and over 300 attendees from all over the area
We hold many other workshops and professional development functions throughout the year as well as partner with our fellow chambers & business organizations … all are a great opportunity to meet and network with your nearly 900 fellow chamber members and their many representatives as well as others in the surrounding business communities.