John A. Jaros, Esq.
2017 Chairman of the Board
(Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco Attorneys at Law)

Dear Members and Friends,

I'm very proud and honored to be acting as Chairman of the Board for the Chamber this year, having served in this position in 2008.

Southern Chester County continues to thrive. It has become inhabited with large, midsize and small businesses to essentially constitute a place where people continuously want to live and work. In the nine years since last serving in this role, I have not only seen the region grow, but I've seen this Chamber grow as well.

Our members constitute influential business leaders and professionals, not-for-profits, institutions, legislative leaders and more. Now located in the former Dansko headquarters building in West Grove, owned by Cabot Kjellerup Realty Trust, the Chamber hosts more than 70 events and programs each year and offers a maximum return on investment that extends beyond your business to the communities we call home in the Southern Chester County Region.

Southern Chester County continues to offer a distinctly favorable business climate that stimulates economic development and business growth. There are two primary functions of the Chamber of Commerce. First, it acts as a spokesperson for the business and professional community, and translates the group thinking of its members into action. Second, it also renders a specific project or service that can most effectively be of a benefit to you, the organization members as a whole. As we move forward into 2017, our objectives this year are simple and focused ones.

The first goal is to have a member-centric focus, concentrating on you, our membership, to discover how we can become a better organization to serve you. Who better to direct us as to how we can continue to make this Chamber an organization to better serve you than our existing members? We are adopting a member-centered philosophy which through our various committees, especially the Member Retention Committee, communicate directly with you, our membership, as to what you need and what you desire and how we can better service you.

Our second goal this year is, as it is every year, to grow membership. An organization such as ours must grow in order to continue to provide the best service and opportunities to its membership. One of the basic fundamental business principals out there is that if you are not growing, then you are headed for irrelevance. Dynamic organizations such as ours figure out how to reinvent and reinvigorate their membership development and membership retention practices, and pay very close attention to what their members want and need and reassess what they offer.

Our third goal this year is to continue to enhance the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce's image, visibility and presence. I plan to work with our committees and their respective chairman and members to enhance, and hopefully invigorate our image throughout the region.

I want to thank our leadership – the Board of Directors for their teamwork and united governance of the Chamber; and to the Chamber staff - Cheryl; Melissa; for their continued hard work and dedication.

I want to pose a challenge to our members and ask that you participate in one or several of our various committees. Our committees consist of the Ambassadors Committee, Communications Committee, the Community; Government Relations Committee and the Membership Committee. So please, I encourage you to reach out and join one, or more than one, of these committees and get involved. Your participation is invaluable in moving our organization forward.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Chairman this year and I look forward to talking with many of you in the several months to come.