Gathering and Belonging

The Business View – May 2017 / From the Publisher – Bill Sisson


Exciting changes are taking place all around us. Multi-generational work forces have become the norm in work places throughout the world. And these changes are forcing membership organizations like ours to take a serious look at the programs and services we provide, making sure we continue to meet the needs and wants of an ever-changing business community.


Chambers of commerce have always excelled at programs and services related to belonging and gathering. Our chamber is no different. In fact, with more than 100 events a year, we are naturally an events driven organization. Without question, significant changes are coming in how companies choose to join business organizations and how they choose to engage in networking.


If members no longer find value in traditional events, should we drop some of these and re-direct staff resources to make an even greater impact? I think the answer is “yes.” For our chamber to remain strong and to be as impactful as possible, we must continue to adjust programs and services. Providing enhanced programs and services for our membership will continue to be a focus of ours. But to do so, we need to fully understand your individual and business motives for chamber involvement.


Please reach out to us to let us know how we can better serve you by contacting Shelly Mattingly at We look forward to hearing from you.


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