The Chamber Membership Sales Symposium

Presented by America’s Chamber Mentor Patrick “Pat” McGaughey CPF, IOM

Upcoming Symposiums & Registration | FAQ | Testimonials



The Chamber Membership Sales Symposium is first and foremost for Chamber of Commerce Membership Directors and Chamber Executives who are required to sell Chamber memberships.

Staff Members and Key Volunteers who participate in membership sales at any level are highly encouraged to attend. Metro Chamber sales teams are applauding the symposium as much as executives from one and two-person chamber offices.

The symposium registration fee includes one, two, three or four seats so staff and/or volunteers may attend under one Chamber of Commerce registration.


The program is focused on sales strategies, skills and trends that are working for Chambers of Commerce across North America. The symposium is designed to build and retain a larger membership base including a focus on sales strategies and skills to improve presentations and closings.


These national symposiums are being hosted by local Chambers of Commerce and State Chamber of Commerce Associations on various dates across the United States and Canada.  If your state or province is not hosting The Chamber Membership Sales Symposium, look for a location closest to you to attend or ask your state association to host a symposium.

The symposium may be hosted any day of the week and it is recommended to hold the symposium between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to allow travel time across your state.

(All dates must coordinate with


There is no fee for hosting a symposium. If a Chamber hosts the symposium by identifying and acquiring the meeting location, the host Chamber pays no registration fee. The only expense to a host chamber is any cost or fee for the meeting space.


No. handles all registration sales utilizing the symposium is presented in conjunction with a state association conference it then is offered as an option to the conference registration.)


The Chamber Membership Sales Symposium registration fee is the same as the national average price of one basic membership. The one registration fee includes one, two, three or four people to attend from the same Chamber of Commerce.

Early Bird Registrations are usually offered for a minimum of five weeks for Chambers to save an average of $50 per registration.




Yes. If you don’t feel the price of registration matches the quality of information to increase membership sales by those attending from your Chamber, ask for your money back at the end of the program. It’s just like a membership; if a business joins, attends and doesn’t see the value, give them their money back. (This is another critical lesson discussed in the symposium.)

Here’s what they said at the Tennessee and Houston, Texas Symposiums:

“How to get in the door and where to sit, I’m changing my process tomorrow”
“How to overcome my fear of calling on former members was excellent”
“The lesson on setting ‘NO’ goals changed everything for me”
“I’m a good salesperson but I learned I was celebrating wrong”
“The closing transition lesson (with paper) was awesome”
“I’m going to use the ‘walk around’ strategy for sure”
“The ‘Bonus of Membership’ concept makes so much sense”
“The Einstein lesson in changing our answers was great”
“OMG! I’ve been selling Networking instead of the end result of Networking”

Oregon Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Host: Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
Location: Comfort Suites Linn County Fairground & Expo, Albany, Oregon
January 26 – April 5, 2019
$300 per Chamber admitting up to 3 representatives
$175 Individual registration
Click here to register online

Indiana Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: Monday, May 6, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Host: Valpo Chamber
Location: Valpo Chamber Office, 162 N Lincoln Way, Valparaiso, Indiana
March 11 – May 2, 2019
$300 per Chamber admitting up to 4 representatives
Early Bird savings! $250 per Chamber if registered by April 22, 2019
Click here to register online

Washington Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: Wednesday – October 3, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Host: Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Location: Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club, Gig harbor, WA
Early Registration August 7 – September 4, 2018 – $250
General Registration through September 28, 2018 – $300
Texas Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: October 16, 2018, 1:00-5:00pm
Host: San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton – San Marcos, TX
Early Registration open August 21 – September 28, 2018 – $250
General Registration through October 12, 2018 – $300
Iowa/Illinois Chamber membership Sales Symposium
When: October 18, 2018; 1:00-5:00pm
Host: Dubuque Chamber of Commerce
Location: Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA
Early Registration on August 21 – September 28, 2018 – $250
General Registration through October 16, 2018 – $300
Louisiana Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: November 2, 2018, 9:30am – 2:00pm
Host: SWLA Chamber – Economic Development Alliance
Location: SWLA Alliance – SEED Center, Lake Charles, LA 70605
Early Registration open September 25 – October 19, 2018 – $250
General Registration through October 30, 2018 – $300
New England Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: December 5, 2018; 1:00-5:00pm
Host: Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Location: First Ipswich Bank, Danvers, MA 01923
Early Registration open October 9 – November 16, 2018 – $250
General Registration through November 30, 2018 – $300


When: May 2018
Location: Tennessee Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
Host:  Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Location: Nashville, TN
Attendees: 23 Chambers of Commerce

“The symposium was fabulous.  The down-to-earth answers to every objection we hear were incredibly helpful.  I loved the website review also.” – Terri Hudson, Manchester TN Chamber of Commerce

“Thank you, Pat.  We really enjoyed the presentation and we learned a lot.” – Bob Feagins, Kingsport TN Chamber of Commerce

“Thank you! We enjoyed it! I started utilizing some of the things I learned the next day!” – Debby Haddock, Gallatin TN Chamber of Commerce

When: October 2017
Location: The Houston, Texas Regional Membership Sales Symposium

“Our staff walked away from Pat’s sales seminar with easy tips we could implement right away. Arming us with proper techniques and teaching the right approach, he helped instill confidence which translated into increased sales. The two months following his seminar our membership sales income doubled from the previous year.” Jenna Armstrong, President – Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce

Contact or call (208) 765-5494 for additional details.