Leadership Development through Chamber Involvement
- Develop your key personnel
- Reach the community with your value proposition
- Effectively market your company
Through volunteering on a committee, participating in monthly programs (posted on the home page) and taking advantage of the referral groups activities. Your key personnel develop leadership skills, community connections and bring your company’s message into the heart of the business community.
Volunteering on committees requires an investment of time. While serving on a committee members work as a team to help develop and deliver specific key functions that are of value to any organization: marketing, sales and special event planning. We've developed a program that by serving on each of these committees, over a three year period, your employees develop a greater skill set, bring valuable connections back to their job, and deliver your message to the community while costing your organization nothing but the time it takes to attend a meeting.
Marketing Committee: Branding and publicity
Define the Chamber’s Brand Positioning, evaluating marketing materials and make recommendations that enhance the Chamber’s ability to educate and inform Chamber members and the community.
Marketing members should be prepared to:
- Attend scheduled monthly morning meetings
- Develop an annual marketing plan for the Chamber
- Review web site content for necessary edits
- Develop message for all PR, events, web content, and Chamber literature
Ambassadors Group: Sales and customer relations
Act as hosts for Chamber meetings and events, welcome new members to the Chamber and recruit new members through cold calling and personal visits. They help promote the programs, services and activities of the Chamber to increase participation among current members thereby improving the retention levels year-over-year.
Create a methodology to regularly communicate with members and provide valuable input to the Board of Directors and Chamber staff concerning member interests and needs. Morning meetings are held once a month at area business locations.
Ambassadors are expected to:
- Participate in monthly meetings
- Ensure that the Ambassadors are represented at events
- Contact members about events and their membership
- Participate in phoning members and prospects as well as in person visits to prospects
- Produce the program: The Value of Membership
Business Education: Special event planning/project management
The Committee plans the ongoing selection of business education classes: designing program offerings, selecting presenters and choosing pertinent business topics.
Members on this committee should be prepared to:
- Attend scheduled meetings
- Participate in the development of Educational Seminar Topics
- Support the search for Educational Presenters
- When possible attend Educational Events
Referral groups are designed to focus your networking associations, business development and community connections by offering opportunities to regularly meet with Chamber members who share similar interests, directions and goals.
Referral groups offer the opportunity to target your networking and business development with a group of like-minded business people in the Chamber. There is an exclusivity factor within each of the current referral groups offered by the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce therefore; you can expect a reasonable fee to be assessed for your participation in any of these groups either annually or on a pay-as-you attend basis.
- Business Builders Referral and Development Group - allows only one representative per industry at the twice monthly meetings. The fee to join this group is $75 annually.
- Professional Women’s Networking - is designed for business women in the community. Members of the Chamber pay $10 per meeting; non-chamber business women are welcome to attend and pay $20 per meeting.
- YP Connect - provides young professionals, ages 21-40, with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically through networking and educational programs. Programs are on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Each referral group has a steering committee that meets on a regular basis to ensure that direction; growth and membership of the groups are reaching targeted expectations and continue to meet the needs of its members.