Chamber Makes Case for Increased Business Connectivity

By Paolo Cisneros, The Sheridan Press, February 13, 2013. Reprinted with permission.

Representatives of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce appeared before the Big Horn Home Builders Association at the Best Western Sheridan Center Tuesday to make their case for an increased level of connectivity between area businesses.

“We feel that if we all come together and are able to communicate, then we can really move Sheridan forward,” Chamber Executive Director Dixie Johnson said.

A local organization stretching back more than 30 years in the Sheridan area, the Home Builders Association works to facilitate cooperation between members of all fields pertaining to the residential building industry. The organization counts more than 50 individuals as members.

For their part, Johnson and Chamber Board President Ken Thorpe said builders stand to benefit from joining the Chamber’s network of nearly 570 business and individual members. Thorpe said the organization’s membership represents approximately 8,300 local jobs. 

In keeping with the Chamber’s recent “Think Local” campaign, an initiative which encourages Sheridan residents to consider local companies first for their business needs, the duo touted the importance of keeping money inside the region.

“We’re talking about hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of dollars that could be circulating around our community,” Thorpe said.

Johnson and Thorpe also updated the Home Builders Association on recent projects, including a new partnership with the city of Sheridan that will allow the organization to quickly disseminate the city’s requests for project bids via email to Chamber members.

Johnson went on to tout reasons for economic hope in Sheridan including a high volume of traffic through the Sheridan Information Center on Fifth Street near the Interstate 90 interchange. In 2012, more than 104,000 people passed through the center during normal business hours. That figure is the highest it’s been since before the recession began in 2007.

In other business, the Big Horn Home Builders Association is working to finalize preparations for its annual Home and Garden Show. This year’s event will be held March 8-10 at the Holiday Inn. The show is free and open to the public.

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