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Membership

Membership

The Greater Freeport is a public/private partnership where we combine the traditional functions and activities of a chamber of commerce, economic development corporation, convention and visitors’ bureau and main street program. Your membership in the Greater Freeport Partnership benefits and supports all of these activities.

Benefits of Membership

Your membership supports a wide range of activities and programs that are designed to advocate for the region, drive economic growth and champion a talented, workforce-ready community.

  • Efforts to attract and recruit new businesses to Stephenson County.
  • Addressing workforce issues in Stephenson County, including employee recruitment and retention.
  • Support of existing businesses in the County by providing educational, promotional and other resources.
  • Promoting economic development opportunities in the County.
  • Promoting tourism and visits to Stephenson County and the communities within Stephenson County.
  • Hosting numerous community events and more than 30 networking events each year.
  • Encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship within Stephenson County.
  • Advocacy of business and community issues of importance to our stakeholders and members.
  • Supporting your employees through engagement and affinity groups such as the Young Professionals Network (YPN), the Women’s Enrichment Network (WEN), the Partnership Ambassadors and educational programs throughout the year.

General Member Benefits

There are a number of services offered to all members. These benefits work toward our strategic goals of helping business owners and organizations become more involved in the community, providing education, promotion of business topics and offering services to compliment and move your organization forward.

General Member Benefits include:

  • Weekly membership e-newsletter
  • Weekly tourism and events e-newsletter
  • Notification of information and regulation important to local businesses, especially in times of duress and crisis
  • Opportunity to include your news and events in the weekly e-newsletters
  • One set of membership labels including all members of the Partnership each year
  • Community welcome packets for prospective employees and/or company visitors
  • Customized community tours for VIP employee recruitment
  • Free use of the Partnership conference room when available
  • Discount ad in the community guide
  • Opportunity for first rights to sponsor Partnership events
  • Opportunity to be a host of Partnership events such as Business After Hours, Rise n’ Shine, YPN events, networking activities and meetings and events such as the Pretzel City Winefest.
  • Opportunity to attend the Partnership Golf Outing
  • Priority involvement in Partnership events and seminars
  • Priority listing in the Partnership Community Guide
  • Use of the Partnership A-Frame signs and other special event equipment.

What Else Can We Do for You?

The benefits listed above are a great way for us to introduce you to the wide range of services and assets we can offer your organization, but it may not be exactly everything you need. Every business is unique, and we want to hear from you!

Whether you are in search of specific data services, employee training, recruitment tools, a prospect introduction or any other needs, the Partnership is happy to help or connect you with to the resources who can.

Levels of Membership 

The Greater Freeport Partnership has two primary levels of membership.

Basic Members

This is our primary level of membership. Members at this level can take advantage most of our member benefits and can be involved in all events and programs, get involved on our committees and participate in our networking groups.

Partnership Level Members

Partnership Level members are those members who make an extra donation to support the work of the Partnership, especially economic development, workforce development and community improvement efforts. Partnership Level members provide us with input on areas we should focus on, opportunities and threats to the business community of Stephenson County and northwestern Illinois. Partnership Level members, to show our appreciation for their extraordinary support, receive sponsorship credits, get invited to exclusive issue briefings and updates, and more. If you are interested in becoming a Partnership Level member, contact us!

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Enterprise Zone – A Tool for your Project? January 20, 2023 The cold winter months are always a great time to plan for the upcoming spring construction project. While you plan, something to consider is potential cost reduction tools, such as the Northwest Illinois Enterprise Zone. As economic development professionals, one way we support growth and development is by ensuring businesses know what cost reduction tools are available to them. Locally, […]
Celebrations of Service January 19, 2023 On Friday, the Greater Freeport Partnership Ambassadors celebrated the end of their 50th anniversary year with a dinner where Ambassador alumni and employers joined current Ambassadors in celebration. It was a fun event geared towards commemorating all the Ambassadors stand for and all that they have accomplished.  I have been involved with the Ambassadors since I joined the Partnership more […]