Membership Benefits

The San Diego Regional Chamber provides an extensive collection of benefits and opportunities to ensure that you get the most from your membership. Whether your reason for joining is networking, professional development or political advocacy, the Chamber is committed to delivering top-quality programs, events and services that help you meet your business goals.


Membership Levels

Standard

Perfect for the independent business owner looking to connect to San Diego’s business community and build credibility.

Bronze

Bronze memberships are well suited for small companies with less than 15 employees looking to support pro-business policies. Membership includes expanded opportunities to meet other small business leaders, plus Chamber discount programs.

Silver

Designed for mid-size businesses with 15-50 employees who want to actively support a business-friendly San Diego. Includes advocacy at the local, state, federal, and binational levels, plus unique opportunities to raise awareness for your organization through events and communications.

Gold

Gold membership is appropriate for large organizations with over 50 employees. Gold members are actively involved in all Chamber events and programs while contributing to the Chamber’s pro-business policy. Senior managers receive exclusive invitations to connect with fellow business leaders and government officials.


Benefits Comparison

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Committee Participation Eligibility

The Chamber’s policy committees are at the heart of our political advocacy. Each month, committee participants hear emerging issues directly from key stakeholders, business leaders and government officials and determine the Chamber’s stance on policy priorities. In addition to advancing San Diego’s business landscape on a policy level, committees are a great opportunity for members to actively collaborate with business leaders in their industry.

How to Get Involved: Committee participation is available to all members. To get involved, visit the Policy Committee website to get an in-depth review of each committee category. After selecting the appropriate committee, contact the respective staff liaison to arrange your first meeting.

Legislative Alerts to Keep You Informed of Current Issues

Our job is to keep members informed of the latest policy updates that affect their business. Members of all levels have access to the Chamber’s policy newsletter in order to stay abreast of all domestic and international legislative updates.

Get the Newsletter: The Policy Update newsletter is distributed on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here to receive the next issue.

Legislative Scorecard

Legislative scorecards are an essential tool for keeping voters informed about the candidates who are most committed to making San Diego a great place to do business. During election years, the Chamber distributes scorecards to its members, ranking candidates based on policy priorities and voting history.

Get the Scorecard: Chamber members are encouraged to subscribe to our Policy Update newsletter in order to receive the next legislative scorecard.

Washington, D.C. Delegation Trip Eligibility

Each year, the Chamber sends a delegation trip to Washington, D.C. in order to advocate on behalf of federal policies that will improve the economic climate in our region. Delegation attendees include business leaders, elected officials and top representatives from regional business organizations.

How to Get Involved: Subscribe to the Policy Update and Upcoming Events newsletters in order to receive notices about our next delegation trip.

Sacramento Delegation Trip Eligibility

The annual advocacy mission to Sacramento provides members an opportunity to promote the business-friendly legislation that will benefit our region’s economy. Attendees of this delegation include elected officials, industry professionals and regional business leaders.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Public Policy website to learn more about the Sacramento delegation and subscribe to the Policy Update and Upcoming Events newsletters to be notified about our next delegation trip.

Small Business Roundtable Participation

Small Business Roundtable’s occurs quarterly on the first Friday of each month at the SD Chamber Boardroom. This provides small business with the opportunity to review and provide input on pending legislation that affects small business. Small Business Roundtable is available to all members.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Policy Committee page to get an in-depth review of each committee category. After selecting the appropriate committee, contact Sophie Barnhorst, at sbarnhorst@sdchamber.org.

Public Policy Committee Eligibility

The Public Policy Committee is the governing head of all Chamber committees. Each month, our committee members meet to discuss the latest emerging issues and submit policy and legislative recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for final review.

How to Get Involved: Participation in the Public Policy Committee is available to members at the Bronze-level and above by invitation only. For more information, please contact Sophie Barnhorst by email or call (619) 544-1314.

Pro-Business Election Advice

The Chamber is committed to keeping its members informed about the policies and legislation which affect San Diego’s business landscape. Members at the Bronze-level and above are eligible to contact our Policy staff to receive industry-specific election advice tailored to fit their business needs.

Get Election Advice: Please contact Sophie Barnhorst by email or call (619) 544-1314 to arrange a meeting with a staff representative.

Good Government Speaker Series Attendees

The Chamber’s Good Government Speaker Series (GGSS) is a collection of roundtable discussions designed to allow members to candidly engage with key government officials, policy makers and others on local, state, federal and international matters.

How to Get Involved: Members at the Silver-level and above are eligible to attend GGSS events and receive complimentary guest tickets according to membership level. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1337 to ensure you are included on the list to be notified of the next event.

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Government Advocacy at Local, State and Federal Levels

The Chamber’s leadership team is uniquely qualified to understand the multi-faceted issues that affect the collective region and actively advocates for its members at the local, state and federal levels.

Get Your Issues Heard: Members at the Silver-level and above may contact our policy team regarding policy issues and legislation that specifically affects their business. Please contact Sophie Barnhorst by email or call (619) 544-1314 to arrange a meeting with a Chamber representative.

Guidance at Local, State and Federal Levels

Through their advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, the Chamber leadership team has a wealth of knowledge regarding policies affecting San Diego’s business climate and supports its members through industry-specific guidance.

Receive Guidance: Members at the Silver-level and above may contact our policy team regarding the policies and legislation that specifically affect their business. Please contact Sophie Barnhorst by email or call (619) 544-1314 to arrange a meeting with a Chamber representative.

+ International Business Affairs

Tribute Gala Attendance Eligibility

Our annual International Tribute Awards Gala recognizes outstanding individuals and companies that have made a significant impact in the binational efforts bridging U.S. and Mexican economies.

How to Get Involved: Visit the International Business Affairs website to learn more about the Tribute Awards Gala and subscribe to the Policy Update or Upcoming Events newsletter to be notified of the next event.

Mexico City Trade Mission Eligibility

Each year, the Chamber sends a delegation trip to Mexico City in order to engage with key elected officials and industry representatives to promote international commerce, foreign investment opportunities and policies which advance our binational region.

How to Get Involved: Visit the International Business Affairs website to learn more about the Mexico City delegation and subscribe to the Policy Update or Upcoming Events newsletter to be notified of the next delegation trip.

Cross-Border Introductions

Through their international advocacy efforts, the Chamber’s leadership team is connected to an extensive network of key government officials and business leaders from both sides of the border. Members at the Bronze-level and above are eligible to receive assistance with introductions that will help advance their business.

Get Connected: This benefit is available to Bronze-level and above members only. To arrange an introduction, please contact Mayra Vazquez by email or call (619) 544-1316.

Government Advocacy at Local, State, Federal Levels in US and Mexico

The Chamber’s international team is uniquely qualified to advocate for legislation on behalf of our members at the local, state and federal levels in both the United States and Mexico.

Get Your Issues Heard: Members at the Silver-level and above may contact our International Business Affairs department regarding policies and legislation which specifically affect their business. Please contact Mayra Vazquez by email or call (619) 544-1316 to arrange a meeting with a Chamber representative.

Chamber Sponsorship of Cross Border Meeting

Through its international advocacy efforts, the Chamber’s leadership team is connected to an extensive network of key government officials and business leaders from both sides of the border. Gold and Silver members receive direct Chamber support in arranging and participation in meetings with officials and business leaders in the California-Baja megaregion.

How to Get Involved: Contact your Membership Relationship Manager to explore the potential to set up a cross border meeting.

IBA Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the International Business Affairs Department plays a vital role in advancing the policies and legislation that benefit our binational economy. Advisory Board members meet bimonthly to discuss emerging international issues and represent the Chamber at key meetings and events.

How to Get Involved: Participation in the IBA Advisory Board is available to Gold members only. For more information, please contact Mayra Vazquez by email or call (619) 544-1316.

+ Networking Events

Business After Five Mixers – Attendees

The Chamber’s Business After Five Mixers are San Diego’s premier business networking events, attracting between 250-300 industry professionals and business owners. Chamber members are invited to attend these quarterly mixers and receive guest tickets according to their membership level.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Events Calendar to register for the next event and subscribe to the Upcoming Events newsletter to receive future updates.

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Business Alliance Referral Group – Participants

The Business Alliance Group (BAG) program is the Chamber’s premier lead generation and referral network. BAG members meet twice a month with 12-15 other professionals in non-competing industries and assist each other with professional development and business strategies.

How to Get Involved: Click here to learn more about the Chamber’s Business Alliance Group program. Once eligibility and participation requirements are reviewed, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1337 to have your first visit arranged.

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Circles of Influence Receptions

These exclusive networking events take place quarterly at distinctive venues throughout San Diego and draw the top 25 percent of the Chamber’s membership base.

How to Get Involved: Attendance to the Circles of Influence Receptions is available to members at the Bronze-level and above. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to ensure you are included on the list to be notified of the next event.

Circles of Influence VIP Reception

Our Chamber VIPs are invited to gather for a private champagne reception prior to each Circles event. Guest attendees for these receptions include elected officials, business leaders and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

How to Get Involved: Attendance to the VIP Reception is available to our Gold and Silver members. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to ensure your email address is included on the list to be notified of the next event.

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Complimentary Tabletop

Tabletops are an excellent opportunity for members to advertise their business at one of San Diego’s most popular networking events. Tabletop exhibitors receive a high-visibility location to showcase their business, two complimentary guest tickets and a copy of all business cards collected at the event.

How to Get a Tabletop: Contact our Events Manager, Katie Truong by email or call (619) 544-1370 to reserve your next tabletop exhibit.

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Access to Every Event

Chamber members at the Gold level receive full access to all of our events*.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Events Calendar to register for the next event and subscribe to the Upcoming Events newsletter to receive future updates.

*Select events may incur an admission fee.

Execs Connect

The Chamber’s Execs Connect series allows members to hear engaging topics from business, community and government leaders while networking with members of San Diego’s business community. Past speakers include: Austin Beutner, Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune; Mike McCoy, Head Coach for the San Diego Chargers; San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and many more.

How to Get Involved: Attendance to the Execs Connect events is available to Gold members only. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to ensure you are included on the list to be notified of the next event.

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+ Visibility

Ambassador Program

Chamber Ambassadors are the primary liaison to membership, ensuring that member needs, questions and concerns are heard and addressed by the Chamber. Being an Ambassador provides an excellent networking opportunity through active association with other volunteers as well as enhanced credibility among peers.

How to Get Involved: Click here to learn more about the Chamber’s Ambassador program. Once eligibility and participation requirements are reviewed, click here to complete an application form. A staff representative will review your application and contact you between 3-5 business days.

Category Listing, Online Membership Directory

Chamber members are listed in the membership directory according to the primary category of their choosing. Bronze-level members and above may list their business in additional categories.

Get Your Category Listed: Category listings are arranged during membership initiation. To update your category or upgrade your membership, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

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Eligible for Discounted Rates for Chamber Media Promotional Opportunities

Raise your visibility and market your business through advertising and sponsorship in Chamber digital and print communications.

How to get involved: For opportunities and rates, and contact your Member Relations Manager.

Community Events Listing

Have a grand opening, charity event or business seminar in the near future? Gain extra exposure for your event by posting it on the Chamber’s Community Calendar.

Submit Your Event: Visit the Community Calendar website and complete the necessary form to submit your event. Once reviewed and approved, your event will be posted to the calendar according to its date.

(Please Note: For maximum visibility, members are strongly encouraged to submit events at least 2 weeks ahead of the date.)

Link to Your Website

Each business listing in the membership directory contains a direct link to the company’s website.

Get Your Website Linked: Website links are setup during membership initiation. To update your company website, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

Ribbon Cutting/Ground Breaking Services

Increase the visibility of your grand opening event by getting the Chamber involved. We provide ribbon and giant scissors, send invitations to our Chamber Ambassadors, and post pictures of the event on our website and social media.

How to Schedule: To learn more about the Chamber’s ribbon cutting/ground breaking services, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

(Please Note: Members are strongly encouraged to submit a ribbon cutting event at least three weeks ahead of the date.)

Location Listing, Online Membership Directory

Members at the Bronze-level and above are eligible to include a location within their membership directory listing.

Get Your Location Listed: Location listings are arranged during membership initiation. To update your location or upgrade your membership, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

Map Link to Your Business

Members at the Bronze-level and above are eligible to include a map view of their within their membership directory listing with a direct link to their company website.

Get A Map Location: Map links are setup during membership initiation. To update your location or upgrade your membership, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

Business Description in Membership Directory

Bronze-level and above members receive enhanced listings in their respective categories.

Get a Business Description: Business descriptions are arranged during membership initiation. To update your description or upgrade your membership, contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

Company Spotlight in News & Stories

Each month, the Chamber highlights between 6-8 member businesses on the News & Stories webpage. These company spotlights are a simple, yet effective means to enhance your business’s visibility.

How to Get a Spotlight: This benefit is available to members at the Bronze-level and above. To arrange a spotlight, please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

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Special Recognition at Board of Directors Meeting

Gold members are invited to attend a Board of Directors meeting with special recognition and introduction given by the Board Chair.

Get Recognized: This benefit is available to Gold members only. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to arrange your next visit.

Special Recognition on Chamber Website

Gold members receive special recognition on the Chamber website with a hyperlinked logo and listing on the Chamber’s Partner Events.

Get Recognized: This benefit is available to Gold members only. Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to arrange your next visit.

+ Business Resources

Chamber 101

We understand that combing through the Chamber’s entire collection of programs and benefits can be overwhelming. Whether you’re a new member or a seasoned pro, the Chamber 101 workshop provides each member with a comprehensive overview of how to take full advantage of your Chamber membership.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Events Calendar to register for the next workshop and subscribe to the Upcoming Events newsletter to receive future updates.

Workshops

Chamber members have access to an extensive collection of workshops designed to help members gain skills in leadership and professional development.

How to Get Involved: Visit the Events Calendar to register for the next workshop and subscribe to the Upcoming Events newsletter to receive future updates.

Downloadable Chamber Logo

National research shows that 63 percent of consumers prefer doing business with a chamber member. Members at every level are eligible to use the Chamber’s logo in order to enhance visibility and increase credibility for their business.

How to Get Our Logo: Contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368.

San Diego Business Forecast

Produced by the Chamber – in partnership with Silvergate Bank – this monthly economic report conducted by Competitive Edge Research provides valuable insights into future trends of the regional business community as well as topical issues.

Get the Newsletter: Subscribe to the Business Forecast newsletter to stay informed about our region’s economic outlook.

Small Business Award Nomination Eligibility

Winning an award for your business is a great way to strengthen your brand and stand out from the competition. Each year, the Chamber honors a select group of small and micro businesses that play a vital role in driving the San Diego economy forward. Members of all levels are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Subscribe to the Upcoming Events newsletter to stay informed about our next awards event.

Free One-on-One Business Consulting with Score Consultant

SCORE consultants are available to lend their experience to help address your business challenges. One-hour consultations with an experienced business executive are free to Chamber members.

How to Get Involved: To schedule a consultation at the Chamber contact your Membership Relationship Manager. Members can also visit Score.org to gain free access to SCORE business resources.

Use of Chamber Facilities

Gold members may reserve the Chamber’s facilities for business meetings or events for up to two times per year.

How to Reserve a Room: Please contact the Membership Department by email or call (619) 544-1368 to arrange your next meeting.

+ Discount Programs

Blue Shield Healthcare

In partnership with Blue Shield of California, the Chamber provides members with exclusive access to a healthcare plan designed with your employees and bottom line in mind.

How to Sign Up: Click here to learn more about the Blue Shield Chamber Advantage program and complete the form to save up to $6,000 on healthcare coverage costs.

Certificate of Origin

The Chamber assists its members with cross-border commerce by providing Certificates of Origin at discounted rates.

Get Your Certificate: Complete and submit the Certificate of Origin form to our receptionist by email or schedule an appointment by calling (619) 544-1399. Be sure to attach a commercial invoice or packing list with your completed form.

The Certificate of Origin fee is $25 for Chamber members, $300 for non-members.

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Office Supply Discount

The Chamber has partnered with Office Depot in order to provide members with significant savings on office supplies, furniture, technology items and more.

Get the Discount: Click here to sign up for the Chamber’s Office Depot program and receive competitive pricing on office supplies.

UPS Shipping Discount

The Chamber has partnered with UPS in order to provide its members with savings of up to 28 percent on shipping costs.

Get the Discount: Click here to sign up for the Chamber’s UPS discount program and receive competitive pricing on shipping.

Tax Deduction

A majority of membership and event fees are tax deductible.

Greenrope Discount

Close more deals and boost your bottom line with Greenrope. Greenrope offers integrated Customer Relationship Management and Marketing Automation software that allows your business keep track of all client interactions for one low monthly fee.

Get the Discount: San Diego Chamber members receive 20 percent off Greenrope’s low monthly rates with Chamber’s promo code (SDRCC20). Visit http://www.greenrope.com/sd-chamber-of-commerce to learn more.

Discounted Uniform & Rentals from Aramark

San Diego Chamber of Commerce uses the country’s leading uniform provider, Aramark, to deliver an average of 17 percent discount for San Diego Regional Chamber members. If you are already an Aramark customer, simply become a Chamber member and you can get your discount on your next contract.

Get the Discount: For more information please contact Meghann Dyer at Aramark at 530-321-1153 or Meghann.dyer@uniform.aramark.com

University Club Preferred Invitation with Satisfied Initiation Fee (valued at $1,000)

Through partnership with the University Club Atop Symphony Towers, the Chamber provides membership to San Diego’s premier private business and social club at a reduced initiation fee.

How to Apply: Call (619) 234-5200 to speak with Amy Mitchell about scheduling a tour and discussing the next steps to membership.

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University Club Preferred SDRCC Reduced Membership Dues Category

The Chamber has partnered with the University Club to offer exclusive membership at a reduced rate.

How to Apply: Call (619) 234-5200 to speak with Amy Mitchell or Mike Iaco about scheduling a tour and discussing the next steps to membership.

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