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  • Re: Open for Business

  • Re: Open for Business

    Re: Open for Business

    Through the past few months, our community has displayed its resilience and resourcefulness as we’ve navigated the current crisis. As businesses and the economy are beginning to reopen, we have updated our website and social media pages with new tips and resources to help businesses figure out what they need to do in this ever-changing environment. While we don’t know exactly what the future holds, we are hopeful, and will continue to represent and serve you.

    Things won’t look exactly as they once did for a while, but this time showed us how to adapt and innovate. Shifting to virtual events and learning how to work remotely while still serving our membership was a valuable experience for our team. We learned new lessons that we can carry with us into this somewhat-still-uncertain future. And we’re looking at how to continue to offer a variety of experiences, both in person and online, as we continue down this road.

    Inside this month's Bridge and online, you’ll find some news we are truly excited to share – that we were one of four chambers in North America to be selected in our category for Chamber of the Year. Put on by our industry association, ACCE, the award recognizes the great work and forward momentum that chambers provide their communities. Assembling the rigorous application made it apparent that we have much to be proud of. Because of our work together, we have been able to accomplish so much that serves our region’s professionals and celebrates business. Much of this work is in large part due to the leadership from Craig Whitney. We know he would be over the moon about this recognition. From our policy efforts to events, programs, membership and more, we’ve never been prouder to be in this role – or so fired up to keep up this work on your behalf. Stay tuned later this fall when we find out the winners.

    We can’t say thank you enough each and every one of you that makes this work possible. Our members, volunteers, board, staff and partners, are the backbone of what we do. Thank you for being there with us.

    We are also pushing on with the search for the next Chamber president & CEO. The board’s executive search committee has selected a national firm with chamber experience to lead the effort. This firm has held conversations with the board and staff, and has begun work to find the best qualified candidates. While we can’t say for certain how long it will take to have someone selected, we hope to be able to share this by the fall.

    Remember that we’re here for you. Please continue to tell us what you and your employees need. By working together, sharing ideas and overcoming challenges, we will become stronger and thrive once again while ensuring we don’t increase risks associated with the virus. If you have questions in regard to reopening or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

    We can’t wait to see you again. Until then, stay strong and stay safe.

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