Life in the Little Apple
How to Join

Your Membership in the Manhattan Area Chamber is an investment in your business and your community.  The Chamber's mission is to build the economy and support its members through education, networking and advocacy.  The Manhattan Area Chamber helps ensure a dynamic and prosperous region, providing better quality of life for all its citizens.  Chamber membership places your business at the center of economic growth and progress.

Membership Application and Schedule

For more information about becoming a member, contact Kim Dahlsten, Director of Membership Development at
(785) 776-8829.

Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy
2012 Schapiro Study - A national survey* of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

Major Impact on Small Businesses
Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members.

If respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys:

• a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating
• a 73% increase in consumer awareness
• a 68% increase in its local reputation
• an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future

* The study was conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm. It was commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives. The study was sponsored by Insperity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide.