What is ASCP?
ASCP stands for Association of State Chamber Professionals. The group consists of the top membership, marketing, and non-dues staff members from state chambers of commerce (and other organizations with similar missions, but varying names) from across the country. Our goal is to help each other succeed. Since we are not in competition with each other, the executives at each chamber can freely exchange ideas. Those ideas that worked in one state might work in another. No sense “re-inventing the wheel” when someone else may have tried an idea already! For more information, see About ASCP.
Who can join ASCP?
To be eligible for membership, an organization must be either a state chamber of commerce, or a state business association not in competition with a state chamber of commerce.
What can I learn from this group?
To put it in the simplest terms — a lot! The pool of talent and the knowledge base within this organization is phenomenal. As stated above, all of those involved with ASCP are willing to share their successes, and failures, so that others can do even better.
What topics have been discussed in the past?
Some past meeting topics include:
- The Economy and its Impact on State Chambers
- Managing Major Accounts
- Building A Strong Retention Program
- Beyond Retention – A Useful Tool for Dues Upgrades
- Developing a Web Strategy for your Chamber
- Put a price tag on that legislation
- Brand Marketing: Development of Individual Brands from Chamber programs and activities
- Total Resource Campaigns
- Effective uses of E-mail Campaigns
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The issues of yesterday might not address the issues of today, and of tomorrow.
To view full agendas and other related information, please see Past ASCP Meetings.
How do I join?
Joining ASCP is easy. Download and submit our Membership Application Form to express your interest and to provide us with the necessary information about your organization. We will then contact you to finalize the membership process.
What are the costs?
Primary ASCP membership is $375. If an additional staff member from your chamber would like to join, our Associate Member fee is $175 per person. If you’d like your entire membership / marketing department to be members of ASCP, the Organizational Member fee is $695.
How often does ASCP meet?
ASCP typically meets in-person once each year, generally in the fall. The meetings last 3 to 4 days and include a full schedule of talks, presentations, roundtable discussions, social activities, etc.
How do ASCP members communicate?
We use every means at our disposal to keep in contact with each other throughout the year – phone, e-mail, webinars, etc. We also have a Facebook page for our members.
What are likely topics for future meetings?
We encourage input from our members and other interested parties and use this information to determine what topics are most relevant and would be the most beneficial to cover. You can bet that whatever questions are on your mind, those are the questions we’ll be discussing at this year’s meeting!