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Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program consists of enthusiastic volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to help build member commitment and raise community awareness of Chamber activities and benefits. In doing so, the Ambassadors grow professionally and personally by building business relationships within the community. The program is ideal if you have a desire to:

  • Become more active in the local business environment
  • Raise awareness of your business or organization
  • Give back to your community

Each year, the program accepts up to 25 individuals to serve as Ambassadors for the calendar year. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive training on the skills and responsibilities necessary to succeed in the program. Getting involved with the Ambassador Program is one of the first steps you can take to become more involved with the Chamber.

Program Benefits
The Ambassador Program provides opportunities for you to meet local business people and build lasting relationships.  Additional benefits include:

  • Increased name and face recognition for you and your business or organization
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Potential media coverage from attendance at Chamber events
  • An insider's perspective of the local business community
  • Introductions to local business and community leaders
  • An opportunity to demonstrate community pride
  • Special invitations to Chamber events
  • Recognition via "Ambassador of the Quarter" and "Ambassador of the Year" awards
  • Training on professional skills

Requirements
As an Ambassador, you are required to:

  • Be a current member of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Have your employer's approval to participate in the program
  • Participate in the Ambassador Orientation Program in January
  • Serve for a period of one year (January to December)
  • Provide a minimum of five hours of service each quarter

Activities
As an Ambassador, you have the opportunity to select what activities you want to complete to fulfill your program service requirement.  The opportunities may vary from year to year, but can include:

  • Staffing the welcome/registration table at Chamber events such as Business After Hours
  • Attending ribbon cutting ceremonies
  • Serving as a mentor for new Chamber members
  • Conducting member surveys and soliciting member feedback
  • Presenting quarterly orientation sessions for members
  • Participating as a member of the Chamber's "Membership Matters" team, which delivers awards to members
  • Delivering Chamber materials to members

Ambassadors are encouraged to support the Chamber by attending events whenever possible, even when they are not "working."

2015 Program Calendar

Date

Program

1/21/15

Program Orientation
Meet new members, review program expectations, set plan of work for the year.

2/13/15

Membership Matters Deliveries
Theme: We LOVE our members!

2/18/15

February Meeting 
Training: Chamber Primer (organization, member levels, benefits)

3/18/15

March Meeting
Training: 30-Second Introductions Workshop

4/15/15

April Meeting
Training: Sales Primer

5/20/15

Membership Matters Deliveries
Theme: TBD Spring

6/17/15

June Meeting
Training: Dealing with Negative Feedback

7/15/15

July Meeting
Training: Customer Service

8/7/15

Membership Matters Deliveries
Theme: We All Scream for Ice Cream

8/19/15

August Meeting
Training: Social Media Primer

9/16/15

September Meeting
Training: Survey Basics

10/21/15

October Meeting
Training: Presentation Techniques

11/18/15

Membership Matters Deliveries
Theme: We need s'more members like you!

12/16/15

December Meeting
Thank You Lunch

Application Process
If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please complete the application below. The program runs from January to December, but applications are accepted year round. Acceptance in the Program after January is dependent on the number of open positions.
If you have any questions, please contact the Program Chair via email at: ambassadors@sanford-nc.com



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