Marysville Tulalip Chamber touts member benefits
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
January 9, 2013 · 11:05 AM
MARYSVILLE — The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce has long touted its membership benefits, but Chamber President and CEO Caldie Rogers wants businesses to know about the Member Value Program available through the Association Benefits Corporation.
“We enjoy having big businesses such as Walmart and Cabela’s, but 95 percent of our businesses have five employees or less,” Rogers said. “The MVP will provide an umbrella for them through Washington state’s chambers of commerce.”
The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce is the first in the state to offer the MVP, which includes not only medical, dental and group life coverage, but also disability insurance, senior benefits, and business, auto and home policies, in addition to critical illness and 24-hour accident insurance.
According to Rogers, these same benefits will eventually be extended to “smaller neighboring chambers” whose membership numbers are too small to qualify for the program. Bill and Jason Yeager, the co-owners of the Lynnwood-based Association Benefits Corporation, have joined Rogers in meeting with representatives of the city and school district of Marysville, as well as other members of the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, to explain the benefits program, which also offers discounts on dining, lodging, travel and home repair, in addition to coverage for Chamber members, their businesses and employees, and their families.
“The one condition is that you cannot access any of those benefits without being a Chamber member,” said Bill Yeager, the CEO of the Association Benefits Corporation. “If you drop your membership, you don’t get them.”
“It’s a broad spectrum of benefits,” Rogers said. “Some of them will be things that members really want, while others will be things that they don’t need, depending upon the members.”
“You can just sign up for the ones you really need,” Yeager said.
The MVP affords Chambers access to their choice of services, such as identity protection, roadside service and ADT home security monitoring systems, as well as college scholarships and even pet insurance.
Yeager explained that, the more members that chambers such as the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce have, the more those chambers can provide such services to their members in turn.
For more information of the Member Value Program, call the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce at 360-659-7700, or log onto www.associationbenefits.us.
Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at email@example.com or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.