1. Respond to inquiries about products and services. Every day the Chamber receives calls from individuals (local and out of town) who need to know where to buy a specific item or items. Answers to these inquiries bring people to town and money to your pocket.
2. Answer questions about reliability of a business. The Chamber serves as a sort of Better Business Bureau in advance. Inquiries about a business’ reputation, whether or not the business is a Chamber member, length of time in business, etc., are directed to the Chamber. We respond with a glowing report if we have not received any negative comments from consumers. In some cases, we must reply that we have no knowledge of the business.
3. Respond to inquiries about the community. The Chamber mails packets to individuals or businesses considering moving to Fairfield. Packets include details on real estate, churches, restaurants, schools, businesses, festivals and events, health care facilities and more. Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Southern Illinois Primary Care also use the packets in the recruitment of new doctors.
4. Distribute brochures about businesses. The Chamber distributes brochures, cards, flyers, and booklets about any Chamber member who takes the time to bring these advertising pieces to the office. Our goal is to gain exposure to potential new clients for your business.
5. Answer questions about community events and organizations. The Chamber responds to numerous calls requesting dates, times, places, costs, etc., about the Fair, the Fall Fun Fest, Annual Christmas Parade, the swimming pool, ball games, churches, schools and all other events.
6. Publications about the community. Current brochures and informational packets are provided by the Fairfield Area Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce and are available at the Chamber office. The packet includes general community information, demographic details, and more.
7. Help find employees. Many times a family moves to Fairfield because of new employment, but another family member needs a job also. The Chamber offers suggestions for appropriate businesses that might be hiring.
8. Influence governmental policy. The Chamber keeps abreast of government activities, primarily local, but also state and federal changes that might positively or negatively affect your business.
9. Beautification committee. The Chamber supports the Beautification committee consisting of community volunteers who are interested in promoting a sense of pride within the community.
10. Tell people where Fairfield is. The Chamber is constantly striving to have the community included in regional and area brochures, publications, and media information.