In 2014, Chamber members benefited from all of the high quality initiatives that members have come to expect: The School is Cool Program, the Community Improvement Awards, the Taste of Wayne County, Chamber Network Nights and Mornings, and the political debates hosted with WCTV. Additionally, members have benefited from the work of the Chamber’s action committees, special informational events, and unique opportunities to showcase the quality of life in Wayne County.
The Issues and Advocacy Committee was truly an asset to Chamber members this past year. The insight of the committee has allowed them to address key issues facing the business community in Wayne County. Throughout their examination of topics such as power rates, local political action, regional drug issues and other topics, this committee has truly been a force for good in this community.
The Member Outreach Committee also went above and beyond to achieve their goals this past year by successfully planning and executing two “New Member Breakfasts.” Despite the name, these events reached out to all members in an effort to help them better understand the value of membership. With additional encouragement, many attendees chose to become more engaged in the Chamber.
The Business-Education Committee also achieved quite a bit this past year. The Internship Sub-Committee planned and executed a successful education event titled “Internships: A Two Way Street.” The goal of the event was to educate the business community on the possible benefits of offering internships. Guidance was offered by IndianaINTERN.net and EARN Indiana to help establish and fund new internship programs.
Finally, as an added benefit to Chamber members, the Chamber successfully hosted a dinner on behalf of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference. This conference brought in over 300 community leaders from around the Midwest to explore the quality of life in Richmond and Wayne County. Many attendees lauded the Chamber’s dinner as the best in recent memory.