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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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When You’ve Seen One Chamber…

There is a saying in the “Chamber Biz” that “when you’ve seen one Chamber, you’ve seen one Chamber.” That is so true and I am sure that many people reading this article would agree. Chambers of Commerce are usually asked to do many things and those things often change over the years as new leadership comes and goes.

Most Chambers eventually settle into something reflective of the needs, challenges, and opportunities of their community. Like most other businesses, organizations, churches, and associations, Chambers of Commerce are often reactive to the needs of their constituencies, members, and customers. And like some larger businesses with Research & Development (R&D) Departments, your Chamber also practices some R&D of its own; except we call it “Rip-off & Duplicate.” And while all Chambers seem to be somewhat different, there is in the end only one reason we exist, and that is to create an environment in our community which makes it the kind of place that people will want to risk their capital in the hopes of making a profit.

Look around and think about it; wouldn’t it be great to live, work, shop, pray, and play in a community in which all of the businesses were profitable? Just imagine the day when our ball parks have their outfields lined with sponsor signs because so many businesses could financially support the program. What if a new, larger and more modern Senior Center was located right in the center of town? What if our school kids never had to go door to door raising money for even the basic needs of our extra-curricular activities? What if we had a fully funded Arts Center? You get the idea; each community develops their own priorities and seeks out ways to meet the challenges in accomplishing and meeting those priorities.

In Mt Juliet, all dollars collected from the property tax are dedicated entirely for emergency services. That means the pressure and significance of collecting sales tax dollars from local businesses is even more critical. Your Chamber leadership understands that removing barriers to increasing sales and customer counts is one of the most important things we can do for our customers and all of our local businesses. And while you may have experiences with other Chambers of Commerce, chances are it was not exactly like this one. Do we get it right each and every time? That is clearly not the case no matter how hard we try. Do we understand that you need and expect the Chamber to work hard to create a pro-business environment in order for our customers to be as successful as possible? Absolutely! As we initiate and implant programs and services to help us meet these expectations, we both need and want your feedback.

A lot is at stake for our businesses, our community, and the Chamber of Commerce. If you have not taken the time lately to share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the business climate in your community, maybe now is the time to take a few minutes and let someone know. If there is something we can or should be doing to help, that we are not currently doing, maybe it is time we take a look around at someone who has it figured out and use our R&D Department to help us out. Given that no two Chambers are really alike, it really is true that when you have seen one Chamber of Commerce, you really have seen only one Chamber of Commerce. See you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at www.mtjulietchamber.com.

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