2015 Chamber Committees Defined
Attending Chamber events to network is one of the main reasons many businesses join the Chamber. Every program and event holds the opportunity for your increased marketing presence within our business community. If you want to build that exposure and give an additional boost to your marketing efforts, we suggest that you sign up for one of the many Chamber committees described below.
Committee volunteers tend to develop a network within a network. They often form working partnerships with other members that they might not have otherwise had a chance to work so closely with. At meetings, there is often an exchange of information that has a high business value in spite of being exchanged in a comfortable and somewhat informal environment.
Sharing committee responsibilities and working as part of a team to achieve common goals provides members with a networking opportunity that goes well beyond that of a handshake and a quick exchange of pleasantries. Give a little of your time and effort to a Chamber Committee – it’s good for the Chamber and it’s good for business!
Business and Community Development
Purpose statement: Promoting our community to attract and retain business.
The Education Committee facilitates interaction between the business and education communities to better prepare our future workforce; collaborates with other community, government, and professional organizations that have a business/education focus; and supports the role of education as an economic force in our communities. Additionally, the committee organizes events to recognize outstanding students in Monroe County’s public schools through the STAR Student/Teacher Program, as well as the Rising Star Program. The committee will be instrumental in 2014 with evaluating the possibility of reinstating Monroe County’s Youth Leadership Program.
The Unifying Voice of Business
Purpose statement: Shaping public policy.
Governmental Affairs Committee
The Governmental Affairs Committee provides leadership and support on governmental and legislative issues that may affect Monroe County businesses. The Committee will work to ensure that member businesses are consulted and advised on important legislative and governmental issues that may affect the vitality of the Monroe County business community. Additionally, the Committee will be responsible for coordinating and hosting legislative updates as needed.
Purpose statement: Promoting tourism and attracting visitor.
10 member committee appointed each year by Chamber Chairman to review and offer recommendations for Tourism Plan of Work/Budget. The Tourism Advisory Committee will include as standing members the Chamber President, Tourism staff, and the City of Forsyth appointee. The additional seven members are to include 3 representatives from the hotel-motel industry, 2 representatives of local restaurants and 2 representatives of retail businesses.
The Tourism Advisory Committee works on developing yearly promotional materials and activities including: Visitor’s Guide, Advertising Campaigns, Brochures, and a Community Video. Furthermore, the committee is responsible for reviewing and approving applications from community groups for funding through the hotel/motel tax funds.
Events and Programs
Purpose statement: Connecting members through Chamber events and activities.
The Special Events Committee is comprised of subcommittees/taskforces working together to assist in planning, organizing and promoting the different functions and fundraisers that best serve the membership.
Leadership Monroe Committee
Leadership Monroe is designed to promote awareness of countywide issues by bringing diverse leaders from every area of our community together to learn more about and discuss current matters. Through hard hitting annual programs, Leadership Monroe allows leaders to gain a deeper insight into these issues and prepares them for a more active role in the community. This committee will focus on establishing an alumni program from the past graduates that have gone through the program and identify the next set of attendees for the program. Finally, the committee will annually review the program of work to ensure the program remains fresh and informational to the attendees. Lastly, in 2014 this committee will work in tandem with the Leadership Committee on reestablishing the Youth Leadership Program.
Forsythia Festival Committee
The Forsythia Festival Committee establishes guidelines for food vendors and arts/craft vendors; review applications; identify and coordinate entertainment applicants; and volunteers as needed to assist the Director of Tourism. This committee is also the backbone of volunteers that makes the event successful. Various taskforces spin-off from this committee.
Hometown Holiday Parade Taskforce
The Hometown Holiday Parade Taskforce selects the theme for the Parade; assists with applications; and volunteers on the evening of the Parade.
Special Events Committee
Special events committee creates new non-dues revenue generating events; identifies and secures a venue for each event; identifies and secures a speaker(s), selects menus, etc.
Business Expo Taskforce
The Business Expo Taskforce will determine the best month, venue, and format for the 2014 Business Expo.
Purpose statement: Providing benefits and services for business prosperity.
Membership Development Committee
Purpose Statement: is to execute an overarching membership communication and action-oriented strategy that focuses on new member recruitment and retention as well as ensuring that member and nonmembers understand the value of membership.
Purpose statement: is to promote goodwill and community awareness at Chamber activities and events.
The Awards Committee organizes nominations, marketing/PR, judging and presentations of all the Chamber annual awards (i.e. Small Business of the Year, Golden Nail, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, etc.).
Purpose statement: Being recognized for leadership in serving the needs of the business community.
Budget & Finance Committee
Members – Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer and Past Chairman
Leadership Development Committee
The purpose of this committee is to identify, engage, and sustain board leadership in order to carry out the Chamber’s mission. Specifically, this committee will focus on accountability of board members, investigative research for potential new board members and implementation of an annual self-analysis of Board effectiveness.
The taskforce is challenged with evaluating the current dues rate to ensure the rate and value is equitable. Additionally, the taskforce is tasked with exploring the potential development of a tiered dues structure.