Resource for Business Community

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director 
by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column
of  The Sheridan Press, January 29, 2011.

 Several years ago our Board of Directors revisited the Vision of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, asking themselves, “What do we want to be for the community?”  The resulting vision statement was clear: To be the #1 Resource for Business in Sheridan County.  

What does that mean? We’re not talking about providing labor, supplies, or financial capital to the businesses.  But we are talking about other critical resources that support the prosperity of our businesses and our entire community (including schools, government agencies, and the many nonprofit organizations in our county). And all of you help us do that, through your active participation and by bringing ideas to the table. We’re in this together.

One way we accomplish this is by being a resource to our business community.  This is partially done through special events, such as the summertime Third Thursday Street Festivals, and through other promotions that bring residents to the businesses and visitors to the community.  Another avenue is by offering many networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings so that people can meet and build relationships.   Chamber-sponsored seminars, luncheon programs, interactive forums and brainstorming sessions help educate and inform the public of current opportunities, as well as issues.  Additionally, we offer a high-quality health insurance program for business owners and their employees.  And, we focus on keeping ourselves informed and work together to meet the needs of our business community.

 The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce also sends out member alerts to help keep others informed of current issues facing our community.  For example, last week, the Chamber membership received an alert about the new city ordinance banning the sale of products containing the drug “spice”, as well as a summary update on business-related bills just introduced in the State Legislature, and an update on the upcoming student-business Job Shadow Day. Providing information to meet the many needs of our members is a critical and integral part of what we do.

 Another way we accomplish this by being a resource about our business community. We help new businesses announce their presence, offer a variety of promotional opportunities, take issues to legislators on behalf of the business community, and distribute an e-newsletter where member businesses share news with each other.  We also answer a wide range of questions from those who call or stop by, from where to purchase lump coal to where to have an outdoor wedding.  One of the most frequent questions we’ve had recently is, “When is rodeo this year?”   We happily do our best to assist each caller or visitor and give them complete, accurate and fair information about our community.

 The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is always evolving and growing, thanks to you, our supportive community.  And, as we grow, we hope to help you grow.  Through our alliances with other Sheridan organizations and agencies, we will continue to strive to be the #1 Resource for Business in Sheridan County.  Let us know how we may help you.   

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