Bill Chambers: Chamber succeeding in ‘advancing advocacy’

The three pillars of the Salisbury area Chamber of Commerce are Education, Connection and Advocacy.

The Chamber has undertaken an aggressive campaign of new educational forums and workshops for the regional business community, including all members of the Chamber. Workshops on business compliance requirements, retirement planning for small businesses, how to effectively utilize all that Google offers for businesses have been offered and attendance has been remarkable.

 The education component will ramp up again for the fall and winter months as new offerings will include: workshops for business from the State Comptroller’s office, Social Security changes and planning for employees, a continuation of the “Money Matters” series, a seminar on Facebook for business, and forums on HR to assist small and medium size businesses.

These educational opportunities are free of charge to Salisbury Area Chamber members and are open to all businesses not currently members for a nominal fee.

These platforms for assisting businesses in sectors that have real fiscal impact on their operational success are in combination with the efforts in areas of advocacy and making impactful connections for Chamber members.

The overarching goal of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide real value to our members and the business community as a whole. Advocacy efforts have expanded with the Chamber reaching out to state leaders to continue to expose the economic opportunities that exist in Wicomico County and the great City of Salisbury.

Aside from the recent events which featured our governor and Maryland State Senate president, the Chamber will host a variety of state leaders in the coming months in our effort to increase awareness of the region as the prize jewel in economic prosperity for the state

While other regions in Maryland have reaped the rewards of their proximity to the federal presence, our regional economy is poised to be the next “gold rush” for Maryland.

The Chamber campaigns strongly to our state leaders and representatives for recognition that our public-school system deserves to be among the elite systems in Maryland.

The Salisbury Regional Airport needs amenities that will make it a self-sustaining economic hub.  Our agricultural economy requires a continued sharp emphasis on their technological and business growth needs.

These are just a few issues that the Chamber focuses on and will advocate for.

The July 20 Chamber Member Luncheon features one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet members, Budget Secretary David Brinkley. Later this month, Secretary Jimmy Rhee, State Special Secretary of Minority Affairs, will be a guest at the Chamber Board of Directors meeting.

In November the duo of George Owings, State Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer will address the Chamber at the General Membership luncheon.

These events help the business community make vital connections across the board and collectively influence investment in our region. There will be many more to come.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the regional business community to join our efforts in making our community and Delmarva the “place to be” now and in the future.

Bill Chambers is President & CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.


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