Benefits of Membership
- Discover Ocean City Vacation Guide
- 24-Hour Visitor Information / Voice Mail
- Inquiry List
- Monthly Newsletter
- Business Referral Service
- Brochure Display in Chamber's Visitor Center
- Monitor Legislative Affairs
- Chamber Educational Workshops & Seminars
- Business Resource Center
- The Source : Business & Community Services Directory
- Member to Member Discounts
- Hot Deals
- New Member Receptions
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
- Chamber Weekly Member eLert
- Chamber Website & E-Mail Information Services
- Chamber Grand Ball & Installation Banquet
- Outstanding Citizen of The Year Award
- Business After Hours
- Ocean City Job Fair
- Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament
- Hospitality Training Seminar
- Chamber Lights Decoration Contest
- Dental and Vision Program
Discover Ocean City Vacation Guide
First published in 1953, the Guide has consistently been the most asked for piece of literature among visitors to Ocean City. The 100 page resource is a collection of advertisements featuring hotels, motels, realtor's, campgrounds, restaurants, amusements, golf and shopping. Most prized by tourists has been the Guide's pull out map of Ocean City, which is now available separate from the book. The convenience of having the entire year's calendar at their finger tips is a favorite as well. Over 225,000 Guides are printed annually and mailed to tourists around the world.
Starting in 2008 we made the Ocean City Visitors Guide available for potential visitors to conveniently flip through online. In this state of the art digital book you can flip through, page by page as though they were holding it in your hands. The great part about this is that you can print out a page or even email it to a friend that may be interested in visiting Ocean City.
In 2010 we joined with The Town of Ocean City to provide one single vacation guide to our visitors, rather than producing two separate publications.
In 2013 We have made the addition of a "While You're in Town" Vacation Guide Supplement. This piece provides you with quick access to dining,amusement, nightlife, event information and much more....
We are proud to currently be distributing the only piece of its kind about Ocean City.
24-Hour Visitor Information / Voice Mail
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.
Guide Book request are available through this system as well
One of the many options on the Voice Mail system allows callers to receive vacation literature in the mail. The phone system performs an interview to gather important information about the vacationer. Additional names and addresses are received via the Chamber's web site.
These "inquiries" are made available in a variety of formats to subscribers for their own marketing purposes. The lists composed of approximately 25,000 names, is published weekly from January to October.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Chamber Newsletter is the medium by which the Chamber staff and Board of Directors communicate with the membership, keeping you current on Chamber events, community activities, business issues and opportunities.
The newsletter provides new member listings and member profiles while striving to recognize the accomplishments of Chamber members. Member input is encouraged and Chamber members have the option of advertising in the newsletter at modest rates.The monthly newsletter is emailed to the all representatives in chamber membership prior to the 1st of the month.
The current newsletter and archived editions ( past 12 months) are available on the chamber website. Click Here to view
Business Referral Service
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.?xml:namespace prefix = o
Brochure Display in Chamber's Visitor Center
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.
Monitor Legislative Affairs
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.
Chamber Educational Workshops & Seminars
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. 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
Business Resource Center
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.
The Source : Business & Community Services Directory
In 1999 the Chamber of Commerce began publishing an annual directory of Chamber members. This project was brought about by the many requests received throughout the year for information to assist individuals in becoming familiar with the Ocean City business and community environment. The directory contains demographic information, community organizations and services, and other types of local information in addition to the categorical listing of all Chamber members in good standing. There are 25,000 Business & Relocation Guides published and distributed locally and by mail each year.
Member to Member Discounts
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.
New Member Receptions
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.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
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 & E-blast ( day of event)
Chamber Weekly Member eLert
The Chamber has the ability to get your advertisement or announcement out to all Chamber Members in an impressive new format, The Weekly Chamber E-Lert. Emailed to over 800 Members & their representatives every Wednesday.
This new email template enables us to get your event, advertisement, last minute special etc. out to members and to show you how many people are opening and reading the information. We want to show you that thue of E- Marketing with the chamber is one of the most affordable and successful ways to advertise your business.
Chamber Website & E-Mail Information Services
The Chamber has established an extremely informative home page found at www.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.
Chamber Grand Ball & Installation Banquet
Held annually during the month of September, the Grand Ball was started in 2009 and is the forum for officially introducing 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 Citizen of the Year, Spirit of Ocean City and The Ambassador of the Year
Outstanding Citizen of The Year Award
The Chamber established the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award to recognize individuals for superior service to the Ocean City community. Winners of this prestigious honor have represented the most dedicated participants in community activities and have demonstrated unselfish devotion to others.
The winner of the award is announced The Grand Ball held in September.
Business After Hours
Held on the first Thursday of each month (not including July & August),
"BAH" is among the most popular of Chamber programs. Hosted by a different Chamber member each month, "Business After Hours" is ideal for mixing with fellow business persons in an informal and relaxed setting. We have an average of 100 members in attendance each month.
Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for exchange.
Hors d'oeuvres, compliments of the host, are served throughout the evening.
The "BAH" program has proven to be an invaluable membership recruitment tool.
Looking to spotlight your business & its services?
Call Lisa Dennis today 410-213-0144 ext. 104 to reserve your spotlight tale at the monthly after hours ( 2 available) $75 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean City Job Fair
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.
Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament
In May Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament has become a fixture on the charity golf tournament circuit. Over 100 golfers participate in this popular event which features fabulous prizes and an awards ceremony at the conclusion of play.
The winning team along with winning fantastic prizes, displays the "Chamber Cup" for the year.
Hospitality Training Seminar
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.
Chamber Lights Decoration Contest
The Chamber Lights Decorating Contest is overseen by the Chamber Ambassador Committee.
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 email@example.com for more information or sign up sheets for decoration.
The winners are announced and awarded plaques at the January Business After Hours.
Dental and Vision Program
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Interesting facts about Ocean City Maryland
- The boardwalk benches from the Coast Guard Museum north to Thrasher's all face the boardwalk. From the Northside of the Pier Building (Ripley's) to 4th Street there are benches facing both the boardwalk and the ocean. From 4th Street North to the end of the boardwalk all of the benches face the boardwalk; the sea wall runs from 4th Street North and is about hip high; therefore sitting on a bench facing the ocean; you would not be able to see very much. At one time the benches from 4th Street North were flip back benches; meaning the back could move so that you could sit facing either direction; however in order to make the seating on the boardwalk more aesthetically pleasing per the Boardwalk Development Association those benches were done away with and a more decorative bench was used that does not give you the ability to face either direction.
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