The EFLV is a group of business owners and key decision-makers. Members of the EFLV are individuals who make things happen in their company and who get things done. They are leaders in the business community as well as in their own company. Membership is exclusive to one business in a category so your competitors will not be present.
You must be an owner or primary decision-maker in the business. Your business must also have been in existence for more than two years. Finally, your business must be active in the community.
Our two rules of membership are (a) Pay membership dues (currently $995 annually or $248.75 per quarter) and (b) Attend 75% of our regularly scheduled meetings. Our meetings are the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 am. The cost of your breakfast at the meetings is included in your membership dues, so you will not pay anything extra throughout the year unless we have a unique event. In order to gain the greatest benefit from your membership, we expect you to get involved and become a resource for the group by providing content for a meeting, advising the group on a business issue, or by sharing your contacts with someone looking for a connection.
Our meetings vary greatly. They often include presentations by members with a small info session on what their business does and valuable information they have gained over the years. Topics range from customer service to marketing to employee retention. We also tour local businesses for a behind-the-scenes look at their facilities and hear about their processes. Local business leaders are invited to speak and update us on what is happening in the Lehigh Valley. In the past, we have heard from Congressman Charlie Dent, Mayor Sal Panto, and LVEDC President Don Cunningham. We also hear from local colleges and educational facilities (LV Charter School for Performing Arts, BAVTS, Kutztown University) to discover their expertise and the contribution they are making to the business environment. One of the most valuable parts of our bi-monthly meetings is that you get to see members twice a month to exchange ideas, pass along contacts, and request assistance for situations in your business.
The EFLV has a unique atmosphere of camaraderie and cooperation – simply having each other’s backs. We like to call it our “business support group.” The fact that we can enjoy each other’s company is evident at the meetings. But we know when it is time to get down to business and we can enjoy working together on projects. We know that we can count on a forum member to get the job done, whether is it for us for one of our clients.
We have many ways members can contribute to the success of the organization. We have a marketing committee, new member committee, events committee, long term planning committee and a finance committee. Select a committee that speaks to your skills and contact the committee chair to attend. Each committee has varying time commitments that would suit any schedule.
The dues for 2022 are $950 if you make a one-time payment. The dues for quarterly payments are $237.50.
Add an answer to this item.Approved members can receive their first name tag by clicking on this link and filling out the online form. This form can also be used to replace lost or damaged cards.
Each business is assigned a category. In the event of an overlap of services, we encourage members to discuss directly with each other to come to a resolution. If you are unable to come to an agreeable resolution, you should bring your concerns to the board to reach a conclusion.
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