Editorial | Energizing our Business Community
The first six months at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce overflowed with various opportunities for our members. We aim to connect, educate, and advocate for our members and that’s precisely what we’ve been doing. Our membership is bursting with energy and I’m thrilled to see an increased engagement from our members.
We started out this year committed to our vision: to shape the future of business and our community. We use three overarching objectives to ensure we’re on the right path, these include maximizing value to our members, strengthening and clarifying our brand, and promoting the Tri-Cities as the best place to live, work, and play. With these objectives in mind, we’ve launched a number of new initiatives including two new programs, a membership referral bonus, and increased our advocacy efforts. We’ve also breathed new life into our signature events.
Two exciting programs were introduced earlier this year. First, the Tri-Cities Young Professionals which provides opportunities for professionals to build, impact, and grow. We look forward to soon welcoming its 100th member to the program! As well, our newly formed Women in Business Committee hosted two fabulous events earlier this year and are in the planning stages of their third. Stay tuned for details.
In 2018, we also initiated a referral bonus program. As a new member, if you join the Tri-Cities Chamber, or, as a current member, you refer a business, you’ll be entered to win an Evergreen Cultural Centre Theatre Series Subscription & Dinner Package for 2. The deadline to enter is Friday, August 31. I am pleased to share that, thanks to the support from our membership and the referral program, we have welcomed 116 new members so far this year!
Our Policy Committee has been more active than ever, ensuring the collective voice of the Tri-Cities business community is heard. We continue to tackle the key issues important to our members and our community, such as taxation, housing and development.
We continued to provide new and exciting opportunities for our members to connect by hosting 47 events in the first two quarters. In January, we honoured our Business Excellence Award winners at the Gala and most recently, our western themed Golf Classic was one of the most successful tournaments to date.
The second half of 2018 promises to be just as exciting with the Mayors’ BBQ, Business Showcase, and All Candidates Debates on the horizon. I invite you to check out these events to learn more about your business community and the Tri-Cities Chamber. On Tuesday, October 16 attend the Business Showcase to meet local businesses while enjoying food and beverage samplings from your favourite Tri-Cities restaurants. Save the date for our upcoming All Candidates Debates to learn more about your municipal candidates before you vote on October 20.
I look forward to meeting you this fall. Visit tricitieschamber.com more information on our advocacy efforts, these events and Chamber membership.