Benefits

Membership Benefits

You Tell Us!– If you have a unique idea on how the Chamber can help you market your business, just let us know. Give us a call or email us with the idea and we’ll give it due consideration! You can reach us Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m at 740-286-2722 (after 5:00 leave a message on our voice mail) or by email at jacksonareachamber@yahoo.com .

We’re Working Harder Than Ever to Promote Your Business!

Our Goals
The goal of the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce is to help each member provide opportunities and benefits that will help each of them to gain the greatest return on their investment. Our goal is when possible to assist our members in growing their opportunities. We want to help create a unified effort which helps both the residential and business community grow together. Plus, we want to use the collective voice of the business community to reach beyond our borders, knowing growth and stability in our region will also bring growth and stability to us. We provide benefits through the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (dental, health and legal protection) plus CareWorks of Ohio (worker’s compensation). Our two signature events are our Spring Showcase business expo in the spring and our Appreciation Banquet in the fall to highlight our members, their services and accomplishments, and are very active in reaching out beyond our borders to all of southern Ohio to make Jackson County a place of destination in southern Ohio. As the power of one, we can accomplish great things together and make Jackson an even better place to work, have a business, have fun and raise a family.

Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance
In January, 2020, the chamber aligned itself with the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) to provide additional membership to our members. The three areas where members  can access benefits are as follows: * Health Insurance – The Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to create a new health program that can lead to more rate stability — and it could offer potential savings for groups with 50 or fewer employees. This self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) lets smaller employers join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem’s stop loss coverage.Dental Insurance – Superior Dental Care offers specially rated dental plans to members of participating Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Chambers of Commerce. These plans are available to groups with 2-50 enrolled employees as well as sole proprietors.  Legal protection – SOCA offers legal protection under LegalShield. They offer three levels of protection, depending on the business size and can offer consultations on a number of issues. 

Worker’s Compensation
Though CareWorks, chamber members are offered the opportunity to participate ion group rating plans which can save an employer money on its workers compensation costs. 

Spring Showcase
The premier business promotion sponsored by the chamber is the Spring Showcase business expo, a fixture in the community since 1997. Each spring, between 40 and 60 local business and food outlets get together for the two-day March event, held at the spacious Jackson High School Field House, which has 17,000 square feet to utilize. All booths are set apart by black pipe and drape and can draw from anywhere from 500 to 800 people, counting those who work the exhibit booths.

Appreciation Banquet
Each fall, the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce salutes the business and community leaders with its annual Appreciation Banquet, another fixture in the community since 1967. Among the honors that are bestowed each year are Business or Person Of The Year, Entrepreneur Of The Year, Community Pride Award, Meritorious Service Award, Beautification Awards plus other recognition’s. The banquet is held in October of each year and is annually attended by more than 200 people.

Changing With The Times
Obviously, things have changed since the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1911 when Ohioan William Howard Taft was President Of The United States. From newspapers to Facebook, from shopping in person to shopping on line, from closing on Thursday afternoon to open 24 hours a day, we must always be adjusting to the world today and that is one of our challenges every day. That is why every day we work to adapt to the ever-changing times to best adapt to your needs.

Social Media, Website
The Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce is stepping up its efforts to relate to our members and the public through our chamber webpage and Facebook. The chamber has a website in www.jacksonohiochamber.com, which it is constantly working to be upgraded, and is planning an aggressive strategy on Facebook, including innovative ways to promote of our members.

Regional Outreach
Since 2000, the Jackson Area Chamber Of Commerce has played an active role not only in participation, but in the leadership as well. In 2020, the chamber’s executive director was serving as the executive committee chairman of the 11-county Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, only the second non-county commissioner to hold the post in the last 50 years; was chairman of the Re-Industrialization Committee of the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI), which is leading the redevelopment of the former Piketon Atomic Energy Plant; and also served as treasurer of the 24-county Ohio’s Appalchain Country tourism marketing organization. Jackson can and should be viewed as a southern Ohio regional destination, just like its surrounding county seats, and with this active participation beyond our borders, it is certainly moving in that direction.

Other Contributions
The chamber has worked to contribute to the quality of life of the Jackson area in many ways during the past two decades. There are two shining examples. In an effort to help bring people to Jackson, the chamber originated in 1997 the Jackson County Freedom Fest 5K Run through the residential and business sections of Jackson, annually drawing between 100 and 200 runners. In 1996, the chamber initiated the challenge of decorating the community for Christmas and program has been an awesome success, with more than $20,000 raised the first year, the development of Christmas in Manpower Park, the city’s prominent park, and now has more than 150 utility pole decorations throughout the community, many in honor or memory of loved ones.

A Voice For You
There is a saying there is strength in numbers, and as a collective voice for business and its betterment, the chamber is there is provide that leadership if it should ever be needed. Many times, government and community leaders do not fully understand the complex needs of the business community, and the voice of the chamber as one for all can help to bridge that gap.

Good Reasons To Locate In Jackson
There are a bevy of very solid reasons to locate your business in Jackson. Jackson County is truly in the middle of everyplace. Jackson is within a one-day’s drive of two-thirds of America’s population. Jackson is within a two-hour, four lane highway drive of seven interstate highways (when U. S. 35 is fully upgraded in West Virginia in late 2020), that connect with all of America. All of the county’s schools have been constructed new or fully remodeled since 2000 and lies within easy reach and less than two-hour drive of Ohio State University, Ohio University, Marshall University, University of Rio Grande and Shawnee State University. Healthcare is also prominent in the county with Holzer Health System with Holzer Medical Center, Adena Health System and Kings Daughters.