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”


Mississippi Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: September 7, 2018, 10:00a.m. -2:30p.m. Lunch included
Host: Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)
Location: MSU CAVS Extension Center Auditorium, 153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton,MS 39046
Early Registration July 10 – August 24, 2018 – $250 per Chamber
General Registration August 25, 2018 through September 5, 2018 – $300 per Chamber
Click here to register online
Alabama Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
When: Wednesday – September 12, 2018, 10:00am-2:30pm. Lunch included
Host:  Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Location:  Auburn Chamber of Commerce (Chamber office Conference Center)
Early Registration open July 17 – August 24, 2018 – $250 per Chamber
General Registration August 25, 2018 through September 7, 2018 – $300 per Chamber
Click here to register online
Florida Chamber Membership Sales Symposium
(In conjunction with FACP Conference)
When: Tuesday – September 18, 2018, 8:00am-12:00noon
Location: Sundial Resort & Spa – Sanibel Island, FL
Presented at: The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Fall Conference
Registration offered through FACP @ $150 per person
(Single person registrations only at FACP)
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
Click here to register online
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
Click here to register online


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.