The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce offers a wide variety of ways to promote your business or organization to our members, ranging from free promotional efforts to event sponsorships. Opportunities include:
CHAMBER CONNECTIONS : FREE
This weekly email is an email sent to all members—more than 1500 business owners, managers, civic leaders and decision makers—on Thursdays which features Chamber events schedule, a list of upcoming events hosted by our members, job openings, press releases from area businesses and member-to-member deals. A feature of this email is the “Bulletin Board,” a collection of fliers submitted by members, displayed in a thumbnail image (linked to a full-size version) prominently highlighting special events and promotions.
EMAIL BLAST : $35
Information about your event, promotion or service is sent to hundreds of Chamber members—the owners, managers and leaders in area businesses, organizations, civic groups and churches—as a stand-alone email message. Your event and business name is even in the subject line of the email.
ANNUAL BANQUET : Sponsorship prices vary by sponsorship level
The Annual Banquet is the Chamber’s signature event recognizing leaders and accomplishments from throughout the community. Each year’s catered dinner and special event attracts hundreds of community and business leaders. A variety of sponsorship levels are available. The 2023 Annual Banquet is scheduled for Feb 17, 2023
ANNUAL GOLF SCRAMBLE : $100 and Up
Known for years as “Fun Day,” the Chamber’s annual golf scramble gives business leaders an opportunity to enjoy a day on the links while making new connections and renewing previous ones. The event includes raffles, on-course contests and more. A number of sponsorships area available and most include an option to have business representatives at the tee boxes to interact with participants.
RECEPTIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS : Sponsorship prices vary by event
Throughout the year, unique events and opportunities arise allowing businesses to partner with the Chamber on special causes and events ranging from receptions at SIU athletic events, cultural performances and more. Call the Chamber for upcoming opportunities.
MONTHLY LUNCHEONS : $250
Reach a captive audience at one of our Monthly Membership Luncheons. Your business is on display with exhibits, printed materials on the tables and up to ten minutes on the luncheon program. Sponsorship includes two luncheon tickets.
RIBBON CUTTINGS : FREE
Announce your new business, location or services with a Ribbon Cutting. We bring the big scissors, ribbon and a crowd to learn more about your business. We promote the event through a variety of channels and invite the media, Chamber members, city officials and the public to celebrate with you!
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS : FREE
Reach other business people with a social hour at your business. Share your products and services in a very casual, informal way. While there is no cost to book a Business After Hours, successful hosts find that providing food and drinks adds to the event.
SALUKI STAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM : Sponsorship prices vary
The Saluki Stay Scholarship is the most unique scholarship at Southern Illinois University. Five returning students who meet the award criteria (high GPA, at least two years at SIU, financial need and employed by a Carbondale Chamber member) are presented with in-kind gifts ranging from restaurant gift cards aid haircuts to grocery store gift certificates and $250 to use toward the purchase of text books. Some even receive a month of free rent. Dozens of Chamber members contribute cash and prizes to the scholarship.
To sponsor an event, or find out more about any of these sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber office.