I’m not only the executive director, I’m also a member. That phrase may remind you of a popular commercial in the late 80’s, but it’s the truth. I am a member of three chambers. I knew understanding things from a members perspective would help me create an environment where our members needs come first.
We want to create value for our members. Understanding that each business has unique needs and faces different challenges helps us create and adjust programs to meet their needs. Two of the first things I ask someone interested in joining our chamber are why they want to join and what they expect. We want to exceed our members expectations.
Prior to this position, I was a small business owner. I know first-hand some of the challenges small businesses face. A small business will benefit from additional marketing, training classes designed to save time and increase the bottom line and networking events.
There is also value for large businesses. According to a study conducted by The Schapiro Group, “when consumers know that a large business is a member of the chamber, they are likely to patronize the company more often and to express favorable opinions.” Large businesses can also easily enjoy the many benefits of being involved in the community through chamber membership.
Finally, I would encourage nonprofit organizations to join. We offer a nonprofit training day and other helpful programs, all free with your membership. Our networking events could easily lead you to your next supporter or volunteer.
If you own a business or run a nonprofit organization in the Greater Beech Grove area, I invite you to consider joining our chamber. I would be happy to talk with you about ways that we can work together. The Greater Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce is partnering to build a dynamic community. I invite you to join us.