BACK FOR MORE – CROSS TO LEAD 25TH ANNUAL CHAMBER CHASE CAMPAIGN
Business View – May 2021 / Chamber Chase
Back row (left to right) Rachel New, Trustmark Bank; Nate Patterson, A Culture of Excellence; Cross; Ryan Allenbach, Alabama Power; Janet Johnson, Century Bank; and seated, Linda Faulkner, Evonik (retired) and James Alexander, BancorpSouth. Photo by Chad Riley Photography
The Mobile Area Chamber kicked off its total resource campaign in late April. Chamber Chase is a multi-week campaign in which volunteers and staff recruit new members, secure sponsorships for Chamber events and more to help the Chamber continue its mission.
The 2020 effort was a unique opportunity – and even with social distancing, still reached the campaign goal and broke many “COVID” records for the campaign – a favorite mantra set by Melissa Cross, president of McAleer’s Office Furniture and 2020 Chamber Chase chair.
“I really enjoyed the time during the 2020 campaign, even though it was a challenge for our volunteers to sell sponsorships – but they really pulled it off and made a huge impact on Chamber initiatives,” she said. “This year will be groundbreaking.” Cross was asked to bring her energy and enthusiasm back to serve as chair for a second year. She hopes to lead Chamber Chase volunteers to break even more records during the 2021 campaign.
“People are ready to get back to meeting in person and being involved with the Chamber, even with some restrictions, but we can make events work again and network with our friends, colleagues and other business professionals,” she said.
“Volunteers have unique interactions with the business community by contacting their clients and customers,” said Carolyn Golson, the Chamber’s vice president of membership. “Teams benefit from the exposure and networking with other volunteers, and it’s a link to developing stronger relationships with customers. The volunteers can let their customers know about opportunities available at the campaign to open doors with potential customers.”
When asked why she participates each year, Rachel New of Trustmark Bank said, “I participate to enjoy the friendship with fellow Chamber Chase volunteers, to network with employees of other companies and help grow the Chamber. Mobile has so much to offer, and I want to be a part of the growth.”
“I participate because I believe the Chamber is an essential driver of economic development in our community, which directly results in more jobs, better salaries and, ultimately, a higher standard of living in our community,” said James Alexander of BancorpSouth.
The campaign goal is $1.2 million. To get involved, volunteer, participate with a company team or donate a door prize for the volunteers, contact Carolyn Golson at 251.431.8622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can the business community be a part of the Mobile Chamber’s annual campaign?
▪ Visit the campaign website, chamberchase.com, for ideas.
▪ Join the Chamber.
▪ Raise your visibility by joining the Chamber’s Board of Advisors.
▪ Gain exposure for your company by sponsoring an event.
▪ Promote your business with an advertisement in a Chamber publication.
▪ Contact Carolyn Golson at 251.431.8622 for details.
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.