“As an area chamber serving these three communities, we are creating a new image and want to focus on how we can help our businesses. We want to become the major source for helpful information and to provide effective solutions on issues faced by small business owners,” Young said.
“We are hoping to re-engage with former members and possibly expand our board of directors, as well as inviting prospective members to join our new effort,” Young said. “We are open to people from other communities also because networking is really essential to business success.”
“In communicating with our businesses we have learned that a major concern seems to be marketing,” he said. “Our workshops will be designed to provide information to business owners on the best way to attract attention to their businesses. We are planning to hold the workshops in the evening because, hopefully, it will be easier for business owners to attend at the end of their business day.”
“We are working to build the attendance at our events,” Styles said.
Before his appointment, the chamber had operated for an entire year without a director.
“During that time, the organization just kind of floated along and suffered a loss in membership,” Styles said. “So now the focus of our efforts is to let people know this is a new, different chamber with a purpose.”
“We had a successful breakfast in April with Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun as guest speaker,” he said. “We will host a luncheon in May and then a breakfast in June.” Dates for those events are still to be determined.
“Networking is the best advertising, and information about all our events is on the chamber’s website,” Styles said.