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Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers! Here are responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Alliance. Don't see your question answered below? Send us an email with your inquiry here.

Membership

Who should join the Alliance?

Any business (small or large), nonprofit, or individual looking to grow their business, find referrals, get business advising, marketing opportunities, legislative advocacy, connections, and more! 

Entrepreneurs, long-time business owners, artists, restaurants, manufacturers, minority-owned businesses, veterans, community organizations, and more; the Alliance is open to you!

What does it cost?

Our membership investment levels range from $400 to support small businesses and nonprofits up to $10,000 for large organizations. This range of membership levels allows us to help your organization regardless of size or budget.

Regardless of your membership level, the Alliance puts in a minimum of $1,592 to support each and every member through our programs, events, sponsorship opportunities, advocacy, and more.

Your investment helps back the Alliance's mission and vision to create a region where all can thrive. 

What are the benefits of joining?

There are countless benefits to joining the Alliance, but here's a few of the top benefits:

  • Membership in the largest business association in the Lynchburg region.
  • Access to new business contacts and connections.
  • Listing in our LynchburgRegion.org membership directory, MemberPlus mobile app, and our annual Inside Lynchburg Region magazine.
  • Member pricing to special events.
  • A lobbyist on staff to assist with your legislative and government relations needs.
  • Award-winning leadership training and coaching.
  • Publicity and visibility options through digital ads, print ads, event partnerships, co-sponsored events, and more.
  • Workforce development and talent assistance.
  • Member discounts and deals including on prescriptions, insurance, teleworking, office supplies, shipping, IT services and much more.
  • Automatic membership in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

And so much more!

Do I have to pay all at once or can I split it up?

Alliance membership is typically billed annually, but we can work to fit your needs! Please let us know how we can assist you to make your membership as easy as possible.

How do I schedule a ribbon cutting?

We love hosting ribbon cuttings and grand openings! To schedule a ribbon cutting fill out the form here. An Alliance staff member will then reach out to help you plan and start promoting your ribbon cutting!

Can I attend unlimited events?

Yes! You can attend as many Alliance events as you wish. Keep in mind some events are free to members and some have special pricing that helps us fund special projects, food, engaging guest speakers, and more such as our Partners in Education program. 

Can I post events, news, deals, and job postings on LynchburgRegion.org?

Yes! We have a member portal exclusive to Alliance members where you can share your organization's news, events, deals, job postings, and more! These are shared on LynchburgRegion.org and promoted in our weekly newsletter.

You should have received a member login and password when you joined the Alliance that will enable you to log in. Can't find your login or never recieved one? No worries, please send us an email here and we will set it up for you.

Who can tell me more about the benefits of Alliance membership?

Heath Barret is your man! He's an expert on all things membership and ready to assist you.

Our amazing Alliance Ambassadors are also a great resources to reach out to learn more about the Alliance.

Who do I call if I cannot log into my Chamber account?

Give us a call at (434) 845-5966 or send us an email and we'll be happy to help you!

What kind of marketing and promotion could I expect with a membership?

You will automatically be added to our LynchburgRegion.org member directory where you can share your organization's info. socials, details, address and more.

As a new member you are also promoted in our weekly newsletter and our monthly message in The News & Advance.

As a member you get access to sponsorship of major events that bring our community leaders and decision-makers together as well as opportunities to advertise on LynchburgRegion.org, in Inside Lynchburg Region magazine, and other publications.

The Alliance also offers blogs depending on your membership level, social media shout outs like our #MemberMondays and #NonprofitTuesdays, guest interviews on our podcast, All For Business, and more!

If my company is a member, does that mean I am a member too?

Yes! When a business joins the Alliance all of its employees also automatically become members of the Alliance at no extra cost.

About the Alliance

Is the Alliance a Chamber of Commerce?

The Alliance is a combined chamber of commerce and regional economic development organization that represents our members and the City of Lynchburg and surrounding counties and towns.

This unique structure allow us the best of both worlds in serving you in all your needs and bringing new business development to the Lynchburg region!

Do you have a lobbyist on staff?

Yes! Our lobbyist is constantly working to ensure we enhance the local and state business climate. If you have an issue the Alliance can help lobby for or against on your behalf, please let us know!

What is the role of the chamber?

The chamber supports local business through a variety of member benefits, such as connecting events, trainings, marketing, advocacy, coaching, and more. The Alliance is a regional chamber which helps support business over a larger geographic area.

What is the role of economic development?

Economic development is the engine of a healthy economy. We help to ensure businesses can thrive here and promote our region to businesses across the nation and even globally who are looking to grow, move, or expand operations.

We do this by talking to site consultants, promoting our region's sites and buildings, meeting with our regional team, and cultivating relationships with regional partners. Megan and Jamie on our staff lead our economic development efforts.

How can I find out if an area organization is an Alliance member?

You can check our member directory on LynchburgRegion.org or log in to your member portal. Still unsure? Feel free to give us a call and we'll check for you.

Are the majority of your members small businesses?

Yes, over 70 percent of Alliance members are small businesses! That's over 525 local, small businesses who are members.

Are meeting spaces available for public use?

Yes! The Alliance offers member offices for our use when you need it. Located in Downtown Lynchburg our HQ offers a convenient place to work when on the go.

Alliance members can also rent or use our event spaces including our large Centra Conference Center, our beautiful Delta Star Executive Board Room, and our convenient First National Bank Small Conference Room. Interested in renting one or more of these spaces? Contact Denise Jackson here!

The Alliance also occasionally has space to lease. Contact us for more information.

How do I access the SBDC-Lynchburg Region?

The Small Business Development Center - Lynchburg Region is open and free to anyone. Not just Alliance members!

The SBDC-Lynchburg Region is conveniently located in the Alliance HQ to offer easy access to small business advising, coaching, special trainings, and much more.

Does the Alliance handle Certificates of Origin?

Yes we do! Please contact us here for more information or call (434) 845-5966.

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