MEMBER BENEFITS - WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN OHC TODAY
BUSINESS BUILDING EVENTS
A key component to the success of Oregon Horse Country has been our ability to unite all discplines of the equine industry. In doing so, we have had amazing partnershpis formed, vital assistance found, and lifelong friendships created.
Consider joining us for one of our many opportunties to network and enjoy the best of Oregon Horse County!
Since OHC members are located all throughout Oregon, we have focused our networking events by region. Please watch our event calendar for a list of upcoming events near you. OHC members are always encouraged to attend, as these events are complimentary as part of your membership dues. Non-OHC members may attend as a guest twice in order to learn more about the organization. After two visits, non-members can continue attending for only $10 per event (payable by cash, check or credit card at the door)
We are always looking for new hosts, let us know if you want to show off your property or business
EQUINE & BUSINESS EDUCATION
We have heard from many equine business owners that, while they are great with their horses, they often feel lacking on business experience. One of our manin focuses is strengthening those business skills so they can make better decisions, grow their customer/client base, and make more money. We also bring important equine and property topics to our members and guests.
In 2017 we have implemented quarterly in persn educational sessions hosted across the state and monthly webianr sessions that focus on business topics that are commonly needed by everyone – nutrition, mud & Manuare management, insurance, legalities, and marketing for example. We offer these events for free to our members and for $10 to non-members.
Our goal is to make it easy for you to strengthen your business!
MARKETING & PROMOTION
OHC hosts booths all over the state at a variety of equine events in order to promote our members! Golden Horseshoe members are invited to provide brochures, flyers, and business cards to be distirbuted from our booths.
As the Go To resource for all things equine, the OHC staff refers thousands of people to our members every year. Membership allows you the exclusive privilege of having your information on our website.
We also produce a bi-weekly e-newsletter which keeps equine enthusiasts informed and engaged. Members can submit events, announcements, and information to be included in these. We also include pertinent industry specific educational pieces and information.
Our online business directory has over 3,000 views a month! Each member receives a complimentary profile in the Business Directory under every category that fits their business. This includes links to your website, a YouTube video, photo gallery, a detailed description of your business and more! This expands your business’s reach on the web as we have a very search engine optimized site. Many of our members find that their profile will come up before their own website on Internet searches.
Our website, www.oregonhorsecountry.com, is the place to go for resources and information. Hosting an online Business Directory of members and an Event Calendar full of equine events and activities from all over Oregon – our website is a one-stop destination for anything equine related in Oregon. Low cost banner ads and display advertising are available on our site as well.
Oregon Horse Country, as a business association, provides an opportunity for equine business owners to be represented to their city, county, and state elected officials. We have coordinated meetings with elected officials and equine event coordinators to help them better understand why county codes have limited shows from growing (and ultimately providing more transient room tax dollars for their region), with our contacts at the state level we have assisted in keeping equestrians tail options open at state parks, and have assisted facilities with code issues.
Our staff also sits on the Oregon Sports Marketing Coalition and Travel Oregon's Agri-Tourism Council representing the equine industry.
There are several ways that Oregon Horse Country can support your equine business or a local equine issue:
- Write letters to ask for equestrians to be involved or considered in community planning.
- Provide facts that assist equestrian facilities to remain in business.
- Assist with negotiations between equestrian show/event coordinators and their local government.
- Aid in the collection of data that can be used by equine enthusiasts across Oregon to support their projects.
- Work with tourism entities to promote and ensure the equine events are equally considered when funding and support is available for events.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR MEMBERSHIP BY JOINING TODAY!
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