The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s job is largely to support the businesses that make up its membership. 

Chamber CEO Dennis Beson is on the lookout for ways to increase the value of Chamber membership.

 Wednesday he said he’d discussed possible ideas with incoming Chamber board chairperson Stan Hambright recently.

Beson wants to “convey the value” of belonging to the Chamber to both potential new members and current ones.

This year he plans to make strides toward convincing people to not just shop local, but shop with members so that “when they do shop, they shop with a Chamber member. If you can’t buy it with a Chamber member, then you move on.”

This is the mentality he wants to promote in 2017.

Currently, the membership sits at just under 350, Beson’s goal for this year. 

He may yet reach this mark, as there are several potential new members considering the possibility of joining. Next year, he wants to see it increase to 400.

In the last month, the Chamber gained several members and lost several more.

Recent new members include J-N-K Lawn and Home Care, Jack Peterson M.D. Plastic Surgery, and Keller Williams Real Estate.  

Dropped members this past month include Jack and Dick’s Pawn Shop and J.C. Auto Sales.

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