Dear Chamber Members:
It is with humility and a great love for this community, I accepted re-appointment to lead the Board of Directors as Chamber President for 2021. As I have stated in the past, the chamber represents the heartbeat of our business community. We want to carry-forth with that beat throughout 2021.
The new year continues to bring with it challenges, but I know we are up to the task. Several board members terms of service expired at the end of 2020 and we express our appreciation for their service and support. We had more recommendations for new members than places to fill and we welcome all the new members to the Board. Good, hard-working, and enthusiastic people ready to serve you, the members of the chamber. Collectively, we are dedicated in serving, not only the needs of community at large, but focusing on growing and protecting the businesses interest, as well.
This past year brought many opportunities and unexpected challenges. 2020 may go down in history as having the most frustrating turn of events that many of us have experienced. In spite of the frustration and disappointment the chamber experienced, we were able to make “lemonade out of lemons” and overcome some of the obstacles. To name a few, in January, the Chamber hosted its annual Membership Banquet. We also hosted the Annual July 4th Celebration, which was also a success. The Chamber was also able to host Christmas events during the month of December, along with the very successful ‘Letter to Santa’ campaign. The Chamber Board, Officers, Chamber Link Volunteers, and Executive Director worked tirelessly to constantly think outside the box for ideas that would meet all governmental safety guidelines, to promote activity in the community. I give them all the credit and thank them for all their hard work.
We are now faced with a new year and are hopeful that the Chamber will be able to promote more events than last year that will bring more shoppers, clients, and customers to your places of business. We strive to have your support and confidence that ‘your’ chamber is serving you well and striving to make this the greatest community to live, work, shop and play.
The Chamber moto for 2021 is “together, we can succeed” and make 2021 a safe and prosperous year for all of us.
James W. Wallace
President, Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber Board of Directors
Attorney, Wallace Law Firm
Owner, Southern Wind Manor-Assisted Living
Small businesses represent the largest segment by number of most local chamber membership rolls. Results indicate the impact of local chamber membership on small businesses is very powerful. If a consumer knows a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 57 percent increase in its local reputation and a 63 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.
The Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce offers your business numerous benefits as a member including:
Membership brings credibility to your business - You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you’re identified as a member of a chamber.
Increase your visibility in the community - As a member of the chamber, you will be listed in the chamber membership directory, on Facebook, on the website and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the chamber and sponsoring events. The chamber will also promote your grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Create networking opportunities - We have numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development.
Make business contacts - The chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for Pittsburg and Camp County. The chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through other local organizations.
Receive chamber newsletter - Our newsletter provides new member information, articles about our local community, a community calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events.
Acquire customer referrals - Every day, the chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.