One of the perks of being a member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is the access that membership provides to the many programs we participate in with the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance that are aimed at helping businesses save money. Contact information for each program can be found at the links below, and the Chamber staff is also happy to help answer your questions.


Save on the Cost of Health Benefits through Anthem Blue Cross Programs


We know that finding quality health benefits for your employees can often be a headache and a potential financial strain. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has helped our members save well over $100,000* off of Anthem’s standard prices through the group rated health insurance programs we offer:

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*Based on members estimated $10 million in annual premium spending.


Anthem Chamber Discount Program

We know your priority is to make the most of your company’s health benefit dollars, especially during a tough economy. That’s why we’ve made it our business to offer your business a wide portfolio of affordable plan options. As a chamber member with 2-99 employees, you will have access of up to a 1.4% savings on any Anthem group health insurance plan through premium tax credit savings.

Learn more about the Anthem Chamber Discount Program here

SOCA Benefit Plan

This plan is in the Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Blue Access PPO Network and is an alternative option to Affordable Care Act insurance plans.

The SOCA Benefit Plan is a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA). This allows multiple employers to form a single large pool to leverage purchasing power and share in the overall claims risk. The plan is available to small businesses with 2-50 employees and a minimum of two employees must be enrolled. There is also a sole proprietor option. There are additional products, including dental, vision, life and disability also available through this plan.

Why enroll in this Chamber member benefit?

  • You can use this benefit to recruit and retain employees
  • Employer sponsored group health insurance plans are more affordable and provide better coverage than most individual plans
  • Employer sponsored group health insurance plans provide tax advantages to your business and your employees
  • Access to the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Access PPO Network


Learn more about the SOCA Benefit Plan here.


Save Significantly on Your Worker’s Compensation Program with Sedgwick



Did you know that many alternative discounts are available to help reduce your annual Ohio workers’ compensation costs? Through the Sedgwick workers’ compensation program, your organization can significantly reduce your workers’ compensation costs through a variety of alternative rating programs. In fact, in 2020 alone, members of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce saved a total of over $97,000!

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Save Big on your Energy Costs Through the Chamber Energy Program


Whether you run a home-based business, a small business, or are an industrial or manufacturing business, chances are that energy costs have factored into your budgeting. The Chamber Energy Program can help members save up to 15% on their energy costs through their many services, which include but are not limited to:

  • Low fixed prices for electricity and natural gas
  • Natural gas sales tax exemptions for restaurants and non-profits
  • Utility HVAC & lighting rebates

Learn more about how the Chamber Energy Program can help you save by checking out this flyer:

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