It is a both a privilege and an honor to Chair the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2018. I am blessed to be part of a group of business leaders who are committed to excellence in our business community and I am humbled at the opportunity to lead such a powerful group for the year to come.
Southern Chester County continues to grow and thrive. Our business community is comprised of large, midsize and small businesses that all constitute a place where people continuously want to live, work, and play.
Our members constitute influential business leaders and professionals, not-for-profits, institutions, legislative leaders and more. Our Region continues to offer a distinctly favorable business climate that stimulates economic development and business growth.
As we move into 2018, our objectives will build on the successes form 2017 and remain relatively simple and focused:
1. We are going to grow our Chamber membership, by both retaining current and welcoming new members. Each Board member has committed to share responsibility in meeting this goal by reaching out to new members, renewing members, and potential members, creating touchpoints that will strengthen relationship building and create opportunities for value - driven growth.
2. We will continue to build on being a member-centric organization: We incorporated a member-centric approach more than a year ago at the Chamber’s annual retreat, and have continued to shift our thinking to listen more, ask more questions, and anticipate the needs of our members.
3. And we are going to continue to enhance our image, visibility and presence by proactively communicating what sets the Southern Chester County Chamber apart. Specifically, we are going to utilize our new website to drive our reach to our membership, our community and the public.
Meeting these goals will ensure that we are meeting the two primary functions of a Chamber of Commerce. First, to advocate and act as a spokesperson for our membership, the business and professional community, and translate the group thinking of our members into action. Secondly, implement specific projects or services that can most effectively be of a benefit to you, the organization’s members as a whole.
That said, the Staff and the Board cannot do this alone. Because of our member-centric approach, it is now more vital than ever for our members to provide input, feedback, and ideas. It is crucial that our members have voices on our various committees. Therefore, I encourage you all to participate in one or several of our committees. The standing committees consist of Ambassadors, Communications, CGRC and Membership. Your participation is invaluable in moving the organization forward.
Remember - the Chamber’s values, mission, and organizational structures exist for YOU - the members. Not the management or employees of the organization. The bottom line is that a member-centric organization is truly owned by and operated for its members.
I want to thank you, our members, who provide us the reason to do what we do best - listen and support you to the highest degree possible. I again want to thank our leadership – the Board of Directors for working together towards the success of the Chamber – and to the Chamber staff, Cheryl and Julie – for their continued hard work and dedication. Together, let us all make this a great year.