The chamber world has changed over the years. At one time, members joined because of the infinity programs that were offered and not available anywhere else. But today, it's about relationships, investment in the community, and helping one another. Sure, we still have some programs that can help save costs, but the overall benefit is answered by a question that is asked around the country, "what does a Chamber of Commerce do?".
To answer that question, one of my counterparts in Waxahachie, TX, wrote an article that answers it best. With his permission, I'd like to share it with you. It really does explain our role and why we value you as a member.
You might know chambers for their activities-perhaps ribbon cuttings, or the Chamber's annual golf tournament or you know that they print the business directory, hold lots of meetings and have some fun events. But what does the Chamber really do beyond those tactics and why is your annual investment so important?
Chambers should offer its members P.E.A.C.E of mind.
P is for Problem Solving-The Chamber is a resource for solving challenges and needs our members may have, as well as being a hub for discussion on key issues, affecting the business community.
E is for Economic Development-The Chamber is an engine for economic development through work in business retention and expansion, helping solve workforce issues and helping members grow.
A is for Advocacy -Simply put, Chambers fight for the interests of our member at the local, state, and even federal levels and provide forums for you to voice your concerns and ideas to leaders at all levels of government. Sign up, join in and engage when we host these events. Adding your voice makes every business in the community stronger.
C is for Connection-Whether it is networking receptions, thousands of referrals we provide, cost savings programs, tools we provide on our websites to connect our members with other members and the public, business expos, partnerships we can help build between businesses and community non-profits, or connecting our members to new customers through our social media platforms, the Chamber can connect companies to those they need to do business with every day.
E is for Education-Whether it is policy events, candidate forums, business education series', information-packed weekly newsletters, business councils or other events throughout the year, Chambers give you the information you need to succeed. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities that make our businesses more informed and more prepared to address the challenges of the day!
PEACE of mind doesn't come easy; it takes a full team committed to core values to serving you. It's not just staff-the board of directors steer the ship for each organization.
Chamber boards are the principal governing and policymaking body of the organization and are integral to a Chamber's success. The board represents a variety of sectors within the economy and the community. They are equally committed to adding value to the business community through the Chamber's programs & advocacy efforts.
So, to answer that earlier question of "what does the Chamber do?" Together, our staffs, and boards help create PEACE of mind to the members of the business community.
Pete Havel, President & CEO, Waxahachie, Texas Chamber of Commerce
The board of directors and staff at your Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce works to provide the same experience. We want P.E.A.C.E. of mind for our members. That's why we work so hard on our relationship building, sharing ideas with one another, and encourage you to be part of the rebuilding of Chillicothe and Ross County.
Again, thank you for your investment and please call us if you want to increase your business activity through the chamber. Or if you have a need, contact us.