Annual Plan of Work

Membership Objectives

There is no better investment for a business or professional firm than membership in the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. We work to connect member businesses across the county. Acting as the voice of Wayne County business for over 40 years, the Chamber represents over 500 members. With that in mind, here are the membership objectives for 2015.

  • Membership growth of 5-10% during 2015.
  • Increase member retention through an increased focus on service.
  • Present an increased focus on membership value through committee work and strategic programming.
  • Increase awareness among members of member benefits, committees, programming and the partners program.

Partners Program Objectives

The partners program presents a unique way for Chamber members to enhance the value of their relationship with the Chamber. Partners get increased recognition from the Chamber in addition to special benefits at events throughout the year. Partnership objectives for 2015 include:

  • Provide specialized outreach to all partners throughout the year.
  • Increasing the value of all partnership levels through committee work, strategic programming and business advocacy.
  • Retain all partners for 2016, increasing levels of commitment when possible.
  • Increase the partnership support by 5-10% for 2016.

Action Committees

In an effort to increase action, outreach and reaction for our Members, the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has established volunteer committees. Any employee of a member business is welcome to visit any committee without any obligation, and your level of participation is up to you.

Agribusiness Committee

The mission of the Agribusiness Committee is to promote agriculture as a major segment of the local economy, lead community efforts regarding agribusiness and economic development, and unite and network groups and activities to address issues important to agriculture, and serve the agribusiness community by recognizing outstanding achievements. Agribusiness meets as needed.

Awards, Celebrations and Events (ACE’s) Committee

The mission of the ACE’s committee is to serve as ambassadors of the Chamber celebrating member events, grand openings, ribbon cuttings, chamber network nights, and assist the chamber staff in carrying out two major fundraisers each year: the annual Chamber dinner and the spring golf outing. The ACE’s other purpose is to provide leadership and service in the area of beautification, cleanliness, and issues related. The Committee receives nominations and decides awards to businesses that contribute to the physical beauty and cleanliness of our community. The Committee assists the chamber staff with the Spring Clean-Up Event, the Adopt-a-Street Program, and in planning and carrying out the annual Community Improvement Awards Luncheon. ACE’s meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Chamber Board Room at noon.

Business Education Committee

The mission of the Business Education Committee is to serve as a think tank, planning table, and support vehicle for implementation of the Chamber’s Business Education Liaison Program. The Program includes, but is not limited to, activities related to business-education partnerships such as the Chamber’s Information and Referral Service, Fall Career Conference, and forums and networking events intended to bring business and education together. Helps direct the Workforce-Education Information Resource and Referral Service. Business Education Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Chamber Board Room at 8:00 a.m.

Buy Local Committee

The mission of the Buy Local Committee is to promote Chamber members (local retail businesses, suppliers, and service providers) and educate the general public about the economic benefits of shopping and buying locally. The Buy Local Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon and the meeting location changes monthly to different local member restaurants.

This year, the Buy Local Committee will be examining a different business category each month. A Chamber member representing that category will be invited to speak to the committee about what “Buy Local” means to them. Committee members will then follow up with other members from that category, highlighting the unique qualities of each business. This information will then be shared as part of the Chamber’s marketing strategy for the year.

Issues and Advocacy Committee

The Issues and Advocacy Committee makes a concentrated effort to utilize trained volunteers supported by the Chamber for outreach, research, and response to the broad range of issues affecting the business community. The Issues & Advocacy Committee meets the challenges of keeping individual business research data confidential and at the same time addressing issues and directing appropriate material to other Chamber committees, policy makers and government officials to support existing businesses. The Issues & Advocacy Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Chamber Board Room at noon.

Membership Outreach Committee

Serve as the link between the Chamber and its members. Welcome new members and seeks to deliver and receive valuable information regarding events, activities, concerns, challenges and any other issues members face. Overall goal is to communicate with new and existing members and support events that benefit or recognize the members in any way. Membership Outreach Committee meets the first Thursday of each month in the Chamber at noon.

Strategic Programs

In an effort to increase action, outreach and reaction for our Members, the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has established volunteer committees. Any employee of a member business is welcome to visit any committee without any obligation, and your level of participation is up to you.

School is Cool

The School is Cool program is a partnership between the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, First Bank Richmond and Wetzel Family Auto Cruise that recognizes the connection between school achievement and workforce development. The over-all goals of the program include:

  • Continue to promote the idea that school is cool.
  • Recognize and celebrate students who achieve perfect attendance.
  • Grow the number of students who achieve perfect attendance.
  • Encourage all students to aspire to achieve perfect attendance and graduate from high school.
  • Promote the importance of education to all students, parents, and the community at large.
  • Highlight the important connection between showing up ready to learn for school every day as a young person and showing up ready to work every day as an adult.
  • Grow business and community participation for entire program and especially year-end Senior Celebration.
  • The Chamber’s goals for the 2015-2016 School is Cool program include:
  • Utilizing this program as a tool to increase the working capacity of potential employees in Wayne County.
  • Increase recognition of the program and sponsors.
  • Raising awareness of this program among members.

Chamber Network Nights and Mornings

Chamber Network Nights and Mornings are events that all Chamber members are able to attend to network and enjoy themselves among other members. The Chamber invites everyone to come build new relationships in a relaxed, social and fun atmosphere. The goals of this program for 2015 include:

  • To increase the value that Chamber Network Nights and Mornings provide to members.
  • Increase the attendance at Chamber Network Nights and Mornings.
  • Invite multiple businesses to contribute to each event.
  • To increase recognition of the nonprofit groups highlighted at each event.

New Member Breakfasts

New Member Breakfasts, despite the name, are open to all Chamber members. These events allow individuals to acquaint themselves with Chamber staff and learn about the benefits of Chamber membership. New Member Breakfast goals for 2015 include:

  • Hosting a New Member Breakfast each quarter.
  • Increase awareness of Chamber benefits and value.
  • Increase awareness of all Chamber programs.
  • Provide a welcoming and introductory network opportunity for individuals unfamiliar with the Chamber.

Business-Education Breakfasts

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Center City Development Corporation and the Innovation Center, are pleased to again be offering this important program to Chamber members. Each month, a different speaker is chosen to discuss a topic relevant to the local business community. The goals of this program for 2015 include:

  • To increase the value that this partnership provides to Chamber members.
  • To increase the attendance of Chamber members at business-education breakfasts.
  • To utilize these events to garner new members.

Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat is the television show that is produced with Whitewater Community Television. This show presents members with the opportunity to approach a local audience with information about their businesses. The goals of this program for 2015 include:

  • To continue to raise awareness of Chamber programs and initiatives
  • To continue to raise awareness of Chamber members and community events

Manufacturing Matters

Manufacturing Matters is the regional training initiative addressing the manufacturing skills gap in Eastern Indiana by providing certified workers trained to meet a common need. The Chamber’s goals for this program are to:

  • Raise awareness of this opportunity among the community.
  • Utilize this program to increase the value of membership in the Chamber.

Partners