Chamber’s Strategic Plan Focused on Growth, Support
This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspective” article in The Sheridan Press, April 19, 2014.
As your Chamber of Commerce continues to focus on serving and strengthening the Sheridan County business community, I thought it would be beneficial to share with you our strategic plan, which was adopted by our Board of Directors in February of this year.
The following strategies and priority action areas were identified:
1. Business and economic development: To support the health of our business community in creative and innovative ways. Priority action areas: play an active role in helping member businesses grow and expand; actively participate in economic development efforts, with partner groups and organizations; stay abreast of current issues and trends affecting economic climate; strengthen business advocacy program.
2. Membership retention and enhancement: To develop, implement and evaluate programs and services designed to increase engagement and enhance value of membership. Priority action areas: engage and recognize members and volunteers in meaningful ways; further develop and leverage communication network and/or system; recruit and retain member investors; strengthen fundraising program.
3. Workforce development, training and education: To be proactive in assessing and creating professional development opportunities. Priority action areas: continue to increase leadership capacity in Sheridan County; be proactive in the analysis and implementation of professional development opportunities; liase with educational institutions and industry leaders.
4. Organizational sustainability: To ensure the health of the Chamber organization by focusing on internal procedures and fiscal responsibility. Priority action areas: review and update, where appropriate, by-laws and policies; identify, recognize and formalize mission-critical partnerships; crease and implement a strategic planning calendar, explore additional revenue streams and practice sound fiscal management.
Your Chamber of Commerce remains the proactive voice of business, working for the promotion, protection and prosperity of our members and community. Our vision is to be the number one resource for business in Sheridan County.
I’d like to applaud and acknowledge our board of directors for providing the Chamber with outstanding leadership and direction and for remaining committed to our business community. Our current board is comprised of: Tim Barnes, Black Tooth Brewing; David Berry, ACT; Eric Brandjord, Inter-Mountain Labs; Nicole Chirstensen, First Interstate Bank; Erin DeFries, Farm Bureau Financial Services; Jeff Feck, Vista West Engineering; Jerry Foster, Wyoming Wireless; Richard Garber, NST Investments & Construction; Theresa Hamilton, Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge; Cheryl Harrelson, Steady Stream Hydrology / Plaza Gallery & Frame; Laura Lehan, PeAk Consulting; Stacia Skretteberg, Sugarland Enterprises; Wendy Smith, Sheridan College; Stacey Staben, ERA Carroll Realty; and Ken Thorpe, Powder River Heating & Air Conditioning.
I welcome you to contact me or any of our board members with comments or suggestions at any time.
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