Chamber Launches Business Connect, Brings Businesses to Consumers

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is offering local consumers a new way to shop for services. As part of a recently completed website renovation, The Chamber’s site has incorporated Business Connect, an on-line service that makes it easier for shoppers to request information on products or services from local merchants. Business Connect offers a local version of increasingly popular websites designed to assist consumers in locating products and services. 

Similar to the popular website Angie’s List, Business Connect provides consumers with the ability to contact multiple businesses with one message. After filling out a simple request form, the site uses an advanced content management database to relay the consumer’s message to every Chamber member in the business category specified by the user.  This new service streamlines the process of ‘shopping’ for products and services by linking consumers with the local businesses offering the services they are seeking. The advantage of Business Connect is that, unlike Angie’s List, it is a free service that only uses local companies and no registration is required.

“Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for people to request information from our local businesses,” says Fred Gaffney, President of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. “Establishing this connection not only provides consumers with easier access to our members, but it also encourages local spending.”

“The consumer – business relationship is changing, particularly with younger generations,” explains Gaffney.  “Business Connect brings businesses to the customer, instead of the other way around.”

Business Connect is located in the Business Directory section of the Chamber’s website,  For more information, call 784-2522.

Chamber Members Receive Discount from Constant Contact

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Constant Contact, a well-established email marketing service, to provide members with an economical way to stay in contact with customers.

Members of the Columbia Montour Chamber qualify for a special discount from Constant Contact:  prepay for six months of service and receive a 20% discount, or prepay for a year and receive 25% off.

Constant Contact can help members grow their businesses with great-looking email newsletters, promotions and announcements.  Constant Contact also makes it easy to manage multiple email databases and track who is opening emails.

If you already have a Constant Contact account and would like your discount, please send an email to [email protected] with your user name telling them you are a member of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

If you haven’t opened an account yet, you can start with a 60-day free trial. To begin your trial click here.