Now in its 27th year, the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce prides itself on being not too big or too small.

Says Rich Arnold, chamber president: “We are not too small that nothing happens and not so big that you get lost in the crowd.”

Dave Klotz, regional director for Deerfield-Township-based Trak-1, a firm that does background checks, joined the Sharonville Chamber two years ago and serves on its Ambassador’s Committee.

Chamber members, he says, “want to help each other do business, and have fun at the same time.”

Since Arnold became president in 2007, the Sharonville chamber has grown from about 76 member businesses to 302, both in and outside of Sharonville, by expanding programs and services to members and their employees while maintaining a small-town feel.

“I know most of the members one way or another and this group all knows one another. The business between members is unbelievable,” he says.

For example, the Sharin’ Business Network, a networking group that meets every other Tuesday, did almost $750,000 in business last year through referrals within the group.

Befitting its growth, the chamber earlier this year moved into new offices at 2704 E. Kemper Road, which is five times larger than its old space off Reading Road. The new office also has a conference room where members can hold meetings for up to 30.

“One of our goals is to help you prosper and grow through education, reducing costs and networking,” says Arnold.

Other networking events include Business After Hours, held at member businesses every second Wednesday; the monthly Business Connections luncheon; and Sharonville Chamber University, held twice yearly, offering sales and networking skills.

Another big benefit of membership is the discount program for a variety of things, such as office equipment and prescriptions, that’s extended to not only business owners but also all their employees and their families.

“We’re a chamber that cares,” says Arnold. “We don’t just care about one or two; we care about the entire team. Without the team there isn’t a company.”

That’s one of the things that impressed Mary Mendel, account manager at courier service City Dash, who joined the chamber a year ago.

“We have 180 employees and after I joined, they gave me enough discount cards for every employee,” she says.

At City Dash, which is in Bond Hill, the safety manager has taken advantage of Mendel’s membership to participate in the chamber’s Northern Cincinnati Safety Council, held with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which offers insurance rebates for participation.

Mendel says she was impressed Arnold met her the same day she called to discuss chamber benefits. Within a week she was volunteering for her first chamber event, the annual Ohio Winter Food Festival.

“It’s like a big family,” says Mendel.

Besides the Ohio Winter Food Festival, formerly the Taste of Northern Cincinnati, to be held March 1 at the Sharonville Convention Center, other big annual chamber events include:

The Sharonville Classic Car Show, held the last Sunday in April, bringing more than 400 classic vehicles to downtown Sharonville.

The golf outing, this year Aug. 17 at Heritage Country Club.

The annual Wine, Art, Beer & Cigar Festival in the fall.