Chamber Director Delivers Year-End Review

 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 12, 2012.

Last Wednesday, we were honored to have so many attend our luncheon for the annual Chamber Address.  Preparing for this event afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the past year as this organization’s Director (my “rear view,” so to speak).  When I stepped into this role a year ago, I was unaware of ALL the ways in which the Chamber serves our community. 

Recently, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee organized and hosted the Legislative Forum, which annually provides businesses, organizations and individuals the opportunity to visit face-to-face with area Legislators.  Next month, the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee will again host its Job Shadow Day on February 3rd.  This annual event provides our future workforce the opportunity to try out a career by matching high school students with professionals for a day. 

The Chamber’s 2012 Leadership Sheridan County class completed its orientation retreat this past weekend, and the 25 attendees have made the commitment to spend the next eight months learning about our community and sharpening their leadership skills. This year marks the 19th year for this successful program that has seen upwards of 300 complete.  And, next week, we will be working in conjunction with Sheridan College’s Center for Workforce and Community Education to provide training for our business community through our Accounting for Non-Financial Managers seminar (and registration is currently under way). 

But that’s not all.  The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce remains purpose-driven for business, thanks to the dedication of our Board of Directors.  Fifteen strong, this devoted group of volunteers remains focused on our vision:  to be the number one resource for business in Sheridan County; as well as our mission:  to be the proactive voice of business, working for the promotion, protection and prosperity of our members. February 3rd and 4th will provide an opportunity for our Board to review our existing strategic plan and most assuredly develop a new road map for our organization’s future.  Public input is welcome and may be shared by calling or emailing us at the Chamber. 

So, here we are, fully embracing 2012 and looking forward to a busy, productive year ahead.  We vow to remain hard at work ~ for our community.  But, before I go, I’d like to share some additional fun facts from 2011 – AKA, my rear view – and glimpse a few of the many ways your Chamber of Commerce serves our community:

  • In 2011, we issued $33,785 in Chamber Bucks, of which 100% was spent at Chamber Member Businesses.
  • We mailed 216 relocation packets to 39 different states.
  • We had over 128 Employees and their families participate in the Chamber Health Benefit Plan in 2011.
  • Our Ambassadors Committee conducted 27 ribbon cuttings in 2011.
  • Over 540 members took advantage of the various member benefits in 2011.
  • We welcomed over 100,000 people through our doors, during business hours alone, in 2011.

For more information or to share your ideas and suggestions, please give me a call at 672-2485.

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