Thursday, March 28, 2013

Exclusive Corporate and Personal Benefits with Chamber Membership



Exclusive Corporate and Personal Benefits

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce offers many valuable exclusive benefits to its members. As the largest Chamber in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with more than 200,000 employee members, The Chamber is able to negotiate cost-saving programs for services and products that are commonly used by businesses across the Valley.

The Chamber offers several exclusive benefit programs and will continue to add programs that are of a common interest to its membership. (Visit the Chamber’s website at www.LehighValleyChamber.org for the most current list of benefits.) In addition to the exclusive benefit programs, there are also several member-to-member discount programs, which all members are encouraged to offer.

For more information about the programs outlined below, or to present a program that could be considered as an exclusive benefit for Chamber members, please contact Gina Martens at 610-739-1511 or email ginam@lehighvalleychamber.org.

Health Insurance:
Capital BlueCross
The Chamber is the only one in Pennsylvania with a direct plan with Capital BlueCross. For more information about the five different health plans, contact any Capital BlueCross licensed broker or The Chamber’s consultants at Caruso Benefits Group, 610-865-0261. The Chamber also offers life, dental and vision plans. This program is only available to businesses in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.

Voluntary Insurance:
Capital BlueCross
Several voluntary benefits are offered through this program, including PersonalBlue PPO (for individuals), short-term major medical, group term life, accidental death & dismemberment, long-term disability, Accident-Cancer-Critical Care Elite and long-term care insurance. Call 1-800-451-1181 for more information.

Aflac
Aflac’s nationwide service and reputation make it natural to offer to our members. Aflac policies are designed to pay cash benefits to employees to help cover expenses associated with serious illness or injury. Because Aflac products are employee owned, group rates apply and premiums are deducted on a “pre-tax” basis. These policies pay in addition to any other insurance policies your employees currently have. Plans include Personal Accident, Sickness & Catastrophic, and Specific Health & Cancer cash benefits. For more information, contact Bob or Maureen Friedman at 610-398-3727, bobfried@ptd.net or maureens@ptd.net.

Business Insurance:
Penn National Insurance
This program offers business insurance to qualified, participating member businesses at competitive prices with specialized coverage, claims and loss control services, plus the potential to earn dividends based on group loss experience. For more information, contact Program Administrators: John Yurconic Agency at 610-770-6600.

Prescription Discount Program:
The Valley Rx Card
The Chamber is proud to offer a FREE Prescription Assistance Program - The Valley Rx Card - as a way of responding to the rising costs of prescription drugs. The Valley Rx Card is FREE to all residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley area and provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs at most retail pharmacies.  This program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out. Just go to www.LehighValleyChamber.org and click on the Valley Rx Card icon to print out your new card and start saving today!
Intelligent Energy Solutions:
Constellation
The Chamber’s Electricity Procurement Program provides access to competitive pricing for electricity as the Central Pennsylvania region lifted rate caps/deregulated.  Constellation helps members like you develop intelligent energy management solutions to stabilize their energy budgets, reduce energy costs, improve facility operations, and advance sustainability goals. Learn more at www.constellation.com/lehigh.

Natural Gas Savings:
Shipley Energy
This program provides members with savings on mounting natural gas costs. The program provides a discount on Shipley’s already competitive natural gas prices exclusively for Chamber member businesses. Members save on natural gas costs, as well as secure a locked-in rate for ease of budgeting and planning. For more information contact Joe Facchiano at 610-442-9076
or jfacchiano@shipleyenergy.com. This program is only offered in Pennsylvania.

Merchant/Credit Card Processing Program:
Embassy Bank
This program offers businesses a true flat rate credit card processing program tailored to the individual merchant based on monthly sales activity. No more trying to decipher multiple rates and unknown fees! For more information, contact Bryan Lobach at blobach@embassybank.com or 484-821-1205.

Print-to-Digital Publishing:
P2iWebBook
The Chamber has a program that helps maximize your printed marketing investment by transforming printed materials into a fully-functional digital publication, enhanced with a host of interactive features. Convert PDF files into hosted, interactive, web-based publications; create online versions of books, brochures and documents. This is also great for the small business owner that doesn’t have the time our resources to host a website. For more information, contact Tom Butera at 610-332-2884 or email thomasb@p2ionline.com.

Office Supplies & Furniture:
Jiorle’s Office Supplies
This program offers an average of 50-60% savings off manufacturer’s list price on more than 26,000 office supply items and an average of 30- 40% savings on furniture, janitorial supplies and technology products. These items are available for free next-day delivery. Individual price plans are developed for each customer based upon their unique needs. Orders may be placed online at www.jiorles.com, by phone at 908-454-3433 or via fax at 908-454-1748.

Recycling & Remanufactured Toner Cartridges: 
Recycle Rewards
This program enables businesses to dispose of and recycle toner cartridges and cell phones. Participating members receive free collection boxes, complete with pre-paid UPS return labels. This program does not accept previously recycled toner cartridges, only new cartridges. For more information, contact Gina Martens at 610-739-1511 or ginam@lehighvalleychamber.org

Office Space:
The Office Quarters – Allentown
Chamber members receive discounts on office suites and virtual office suites at The Office Quarters. The Office Quarters offers special packages for Chamber members that provide a range of spaces – both physical and virtual – as well as business services like telephone, internet, receptionist, copying, faxing, etc. For more information, contact Brenda Ptacin/The Office Quarters, Allentown, at 484-224-3000, brenda@theofficequarters.com, www.theofficequarters.com. Also, call The Chamber if you’re looking for lease space in other Lehigh Valley areas, as we work with Ashley Development Corporation/Bethlehem and Unistar Advisors/Easton.

Email Marketing Template Service:
Constant Contact
Chamber Constant Contact offers e-mail templates as well as survey templates for every occasion to improve customer service and gather customer feedback. Plus, users get a lot of back-end functionality with reporting functions, so you can track who is reading your e-mails and what links they click on, etc. Chamber members get a 20% discount for 6-month contracts and 25% discount for 12-months. There are also discounts for non-profit organizations. To get started, visit chamberprogram@constantcontact.com.

Member to Member Discount Benefits

Make Your Best Offer to other Chamber Members with Our FREE Member-to-Member Discounts and Coupon Program – Log in to The Chamber’s Members Only section of www.LehighValleyChamber.org and go to our Coupon section under Membership Information. Fill out the online coupon form, putting in your discounts, specials, expiration dates, etc. The discount appears with your online profile and has a dedicated page on the website and on a homepage link. This information is also linked to The Chamber’s weekly email blast/eConnections to all members. A real-time full listing of member discounts is also posted on The Chamber’s website at www.LehighValleyChamber.org/Coupons. (Offer at least a 20% discount, an exclusive package or special offer, etc.)

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