I am humbled to Chair the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2019. As I meet with other business professionals in the region, I am continually impressed at the reputation of our organization. We are known as people who welcome guests, make worthwhile introductions, and help create a positive impact on the business community in our service area.
Southern Chester County continues to experience intelligent growth. Our business community consists of enterprises, large and midsize companies, small businesses and entrepreneurships, all representing a variety of industries. Along with a host of nonprofits, we help make Chester County a better place to live, work, and play.
As we begin 2019, our objectives build on successes of previous years:
We will raise awareness and enhance the value of the Chamber. We will work with our committees to involve more Members in better defining what it means to be a satisfied Member. This will result in sustained and increased attendance and participation in Chamber programs and events.
We will improve Membership retention and growth. We want to empower all Members to better understand the contributions and capabilities of the Chamber, so that they are proud to promote their Chamber Membership status.
We will increase educational opportunities for Members. By offering more relevant programming to help Members better run their business, we are helping them to achieve success.
We will form new strategic partnerships and enhance existing relationships with other organizations. We are focused on the Southern part of Chester County; however, we live and work in a larger ecosystem. We want to assist, and be assisted, by other organizations in the region when our goals align. It’s important we leverage the collective strength of multiple organizations in the area and embrace our service overlap to work more efficiently for our Members.
The two primary functions of any Chamber of Commerce are:
Advocate and act as a spokesperson for our Membership, our business community, and our professional community, and help turn those thoughts and words into action
Implement specific services and projects that benefit our Members as a whole
The Southern Chester County Chamber is completing these functions today, and by operating with our 2019 objectives in mind, we will deliver better value to the Membership as a whole and improved service to our community.
The Chamber exists for YOU – our Members. We are a Member-centric organization that is owned by and operated for its Members. The Staff and Board cannot accomplish all of these objectives on our own, so to continue with our Member-centric philosophy, it’s imperative that Members get involved. I encourage all to serve on a committee – give something back to the Chamber and build long lasting relationships. Committee listings and descriptions are available on the Chamber’s website.
Please feel welcome to ask a committee chair, our chamber President Cheryl Kuhn, or me, if you have any questions or suggestions for the chamber as we continue to move forward, or if you would like some tips on how you can become more effectively involved in the Chamber.
Thank you to our members for giving us the reason and inspiration to continue building on the successes of the chamber. Thank you to our staff for their hard work and dedication to support us members. Thank you to our Board of Directors for helping to keep our large organization working consistently to improve the business climate of our service area. Together, we will have another successful year.
Erik Gudmundson SCCCC Chairman of the Board Pegasus Technologies, LLC
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