Membership Spotlight

By Chattanooga Chamber's Membership Team and Volunteers

Commitment to our Members   

Connecting and engaging members during the pandemic is one of the biggest challenges facing many nonprofit and membership-based organizations. Despite these obstacles, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce continued supporting its members through 2020-21. Our membership department kept members engaged and informed through phone calls, online updates, council meetings, virtual networking meetings and four economic recovery surveys.   

In 2020-21, the membership team continued offering incredible benefits to support local businesses including marketing tools, promotional materials and exclusive discounts on goods and services. Through organic, peer-to-peer networking, the membership team secured 11 new Executive Circle members to invest in Chamber programs. Complimentary U.S. Chamber membership also became available to all small business members, a new member benefit added in 2020-21.   

Virtual Events and Membership Meetings   

The membership department held 10 events in total, including two virtual EXPOS, and transformed seven Chamber Champion Signature Events into high-quality virtual events that received positive feedback from the community. Out of the Chamber Champion sponsors who took the event surveys, 100 percent felt the Chamber provided relevant content and 95 percent renewed their Chamber Champion contract.  

The Chamber hosted 95 virtual meetings, 12 virtual member orientations and over 25 virtual networking events, which helped membership reach 1,774 total members representing nearly 120,000 employees. Our 12 Chamber Councils grew to 125 council board members garnering 231 volunteer hours.  

Annual Meeting and Chamber Awards    

The Annual Meeting recognizes our Chamber Councils and Ambassadors. This year, the East Ridge Council was awarded the Council Membership Growth Award totaling $3,300 in new membership dollars.  

The MidTown Council received the Council of the Year Award for creating a community food bank to support those in need within their area.  

Simeon Baskerville, Bushings Unlimited, won Ambassador of the Year. Michael Mathis won Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year.   

The Chamber Awards celebrate the achievements of area nonprofits and companies with up to 300 employees. This event also recognizes member businesses in initiatives including health, sustainability, education, diversity and inclusion, family focus and leadership.  

Small Business Award Winners 

1-20 Employees: Acumen Wealth Advisors  

21-50 Employees: P&C Construction

51-300 Employees: Chattanooga Lookouts 

Nonprofit: Siskin Children’s Institute 

Chamber Award Winners 

Business Education Investor Award: Barge Design Solutions 

Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement Award: Chattanooga Gas 

Family Friendly Workplace Award: Mike Collins & Associates 

Healthy Business Award: North American Credit Services 

Sustainability Partner Award: Skytec 

Velocity2040 Community Collaborator Award:  

The Digital Divide Project: 

Congratulations to all award winners and thank you to the current Chamber Councils who helped our economy thrive through 2020-21.    

Read our Annual Report.