Chamber membership pays when you become involved in helping us increase your exposure within the community. The Chamber will assist in helping you build relationships with other members, provide referrals and offer opportunities for you to enhance your business acumen.
A great way to build your business is by helping to build your community!
The Darien Chamber is guided by a Board of Directors who are business leaders in the area and represent a cross-section of our chamber membership. The Board is a voluntary non-profit organization made up of Chamber members who are investing their time in a true community development program to improve Darien’s economic fortitude.
As a member of the DCC you join these business members to contribute to the future of Darien. In addition to the contribution you are making to the economic vitality of our community, your membership entitles you to a host of valuable benefits:
- New Member Announcement: New members are posted on social media, the home page of the Chamber website with a complimentary business description, and will be showcased in our monthly newsletter sent to all Darien residents.
- Chamber assisted “Ribbon Cutting” ceremonies for business entry into our community.
- Listing in the online Member Directory – www.darienctdirectory.com. Is there any interest for a premium listing in the directory? If you’d like to upgrade, it’s $49.99 a year. With an upgraded listing you can have a more elaborate description section and a list of services with 12 images and 2 content blocks.
- Event exposure: Please submit to our Community Event Calendar your events, activities, deals and specials. This will allow you to be featured in our monthly newsletter, communications to members, and social media. To submit an event, click here.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an announcement or share a flyer in a Chamber e-blast. (PDF format required).
- Complimentary posting and sharing of social media activity and events. Make sure you tag us @darienctchamber to be reposted!
- Receipt of business referrals from Chamber members.
- Participation in Chamber Town Wide Gift Certificate Program. Darien Dollars launching early 2022!
- Chamber Events – The Chamber hosts several events a year. Sponsorship opportunities are often available – a great way to get your name out to the public. Some Chamber events include:
- “Business After Hours” or “Business n’ Breakfast” offering business-to-business networking – Opportunities to host in your establishment are available.
- State of Darien
- Educational webinars and seminars
- Annual Darien Sidewalk Sales and Family Fun Days, July.
- Indoor Sales
- Small Shopping Saturday: Saturday after Thanksgiving
- Darien Together – The Corbin District teams up with The Darien Chamber of Commerce to spread the joy of the season and to support our local retailers during the holiday season.
- Darien Wellness Week: An opportunity for residents to discover the many wellness options in Darien during a week in early Spring.
- Holiday Lights – a fundraising effort and celebration to light up the lamp posts along the Post Road in Darien to celebrate the holidays.
- Your job openings can be posted on our website. This is a free resource to all Chamber members. Posts expire after 30 days, so our jobs page is always up to date!
- As a member you will receive our monthly e-newsletter! It brings residents and businesses the most up to date information to buoy Darien! Here you will find member businesses, information, events, deals and inspiration while keeping our community economically and socially healthy!
- In addition, you will be sent a weekly (member-only) e-blast. The weekly e-blast further includes “Business Resources”, “Member Announcements”, and Chamber member-only event listings.
Advertising Opportunities (for additional charge)
- Member advertisements in the digital directory & website
- Event sponsorships – Darien Sidewalk Sales is a great opportunity!
- Monthly e-newsletter
- Darien Dollars, e-gift card launch.
- Community App (coming early 2022).
Premier Chamber Fundraising Event
Our Annual Fundraising Event benefits the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation (DCCF) which raises funds for college Scholarships and The Holiday Lights program, when we decorate the Darien lamp posts with lights during the holidays. The event also benefits selected local charities. This event strives to bring Darien residents and local businesses together to inspire a vibrant and strong Darien!
Participation in the Town-Wide Gift Certificate Program
- LAUNCHING DIGITALLY in early 2022.
- Every member is eligible to participate in the program. Members may opt in or out.
- Gift Certificates can be purchased at DR Bank by anyone, our gift certificates are a popular choice by the Town of Darien and Darien Public Schools for employee and teacher gifts.
- Gift Certificates are used just like a travelers check at participating merchants.
- Merchants will accept the gift certificates from customers.
- Merchants will forward the used certificates to the Chamber to redeem certificate value and a check will be mailed to the merchant by the Chamber.
Local Government Liaison
- Access to US Chamber of Commerce online Small Business Center.
- Discounts through partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce.
Other Chamber Benefits
- B.A.S. (Business Alert System) participation with Darien Police Department to protect your business. Decal available to Chamber members only.
- Eligibility for annual college scholarship to Chamber member families and Chamber member employees.
- Chamber Membership Decal demonstrating “Seal of Good Business” in Darien
Member Discounts & Offers
- Cross Private Client Insurance offers an independent evaluation of your current insurance coverage to make sure your coverage is appropriate for your needs.
- Noble House Digital Media Group will review your digital marketing strategy with a follow up recommendation given at no charge.
- Venture Photography Update your business profile with a new headshot taken professionally with Venture Photography. 50% discount offered to DCC members. Rate is $175 for 25 minute professional photo shoot in our state-of-the-art Greenwich, CT studio. Two lighting styles and use of our changing room for wardrobe changes Contact sheet and follow-up consultation to select images 3 fully retouched digital images, with license to use and reproduce. Mon-Friday only with advance scheduled appointment. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Retail & Fitness Offers to Chamber Members (as of July 2021):
- Club Pilates : offers any Darien Chamber member a waived enrollment fee ($59 savings) & 10% off your first 3 months of membership to Club Pilates in Darien. Become an Unlimited Member and you can also use the New Canaan and Westport studios!
- Darien Auto Specialists : 10% Discount on Automotive Repairs
- Huntington Learning Center:10 % Discount to Chamber Members on an educational program for your student. The academic evaluation, typically offered at $195 can be done for $79 for Chamber members.
- JoyRide:Any existing Darien Chamber member of JoyRide can earn a 10% discount on classes. Darien studio @ 203.202.9712
- Julia’s Salon & Company : 20% on service to Chamber of Commerce members (tip excluded)
- OsteoStrong-Darien : Free one month membership to listed DCC member. Sign up at: https://osteoct.typeform.com/to/GxFLSa
- Salt Cave of Darien : offers Darien Chamber members a 10% discount off an adult or child’s salt cave session. Please use code “DCCMEMBER19”. The Salt Cave of Darien offers 45 minute sessions that allows you to relax while breathing in healthy salt that contains 84 essential minerals and negative ions. This leaves you, at the minimum, rejuvenated and for some people with respiratory and skin conditions, it can help them over time.
- Venture Photography :Update your business profile with a new headshot taken professionally with Venture Photography. 50% discount offered to DCC members. Rate is $175 for 25 minute professional photo shoot in our state-of-the-art Greenwich, CT studio. Two lighting styles and use of our changing room for wardrobe changes Contact sheet and follow-up consultation to select images 3 fully retouched digital images, with license to use and reproduce. Mon-Friday only with advance scheduled appointment. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Williams & Company Day Spa : 10% discount on service, product and gift certificate (TIP excluded). When making your appointment or at check out, please mention the chamber business you are associated with for eligibility.
- YMCA -Darien : A 15% discount on membership for Chamber members and their employees is available. This membership is available for payment on an annual or monthly basis and includes use of pool, wellness center with cardio and weight machines, 100 classes a week, and weight training room with crossfit equipment and free weights and more. Call the Chamber for more details.