Bill Chambers: Chamber a ‘vital institution’

It is truly and honor and privilege to live in such a welcoming community and lead the historic Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is truly a vital institution in the region and I am humbled to be a part of such a remarkable organization.

My wife, Cindy, and I are lifelong Marylanders. Cindy is a native of Calvert County, and I was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Montgomery County. I graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park and spent 32 years in the sports and entertainment business, managing a 6,500 seat Sports Arena and a 130-acre Equestrian Complex located in suburban Washington.

Cindy is a graphic artist by trade and now is a professional abstract artist, and owner of Blue Brush Art Studio. Recently, we moved to Hebron, here in Wicomico County, with our Golden Retriever Sophie. We look forward to many years on the Lower Shore.

Cindy and I are parents to four adult children who reside in Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit and Solomon’s, Md.

The role the Chamber plays in the community at large is critical to the sustainability of the region. The Chamber membership is a very diverse representation of home-based businesses, brick and mortar storefront establishments and significant corporate giants.

The overarching mission of the Chamber is to be the voice and resource for business, education, agriculture, civic and community organizations throughout Delmarva. The way the Chamber supports that mission is through advocacy, education and making connections.

The advocacy piece is working with city, county, state of Maryland and federal officials on issues that impact business in our region.

We will be advocating for a pro-business environment to allow business to locate, grow and expand. We will be working against state and federal measures, such as employer mandates, unnecessary fees and taxes, and regulatory hurdles that stifle business development.

Additionally, we will be advocating for the best public education system in the state — this is an essential tool for economic development  and sustainability. The Salisbury Area Chamber will be at the forefront of advocating strongly for the business community at large, regardless of whether a business is a member of the Chamber.

The Salisbury Area Chamber will begin offering, as a new member benefit, a comprehensive menu of new business workshops. These  workshops will range from Google opportunities for business, a series of seminars titled “Money Matters for Business.” forums that educate businesses and their employees on the ins and outs of the Social Security maze, hazards in construction, wage and hour Information and laws workshop, and prevailing wage and worker classification.

These educational opportunities are all free of charge to Chamber members.

The Chamber works hard on making connections for members: Connecting the right people to solve governmental /regulatory issues, connecting fellow Chamber members to conduct mutually beneficial business initiatives, and connections with entities that will help a business prosper.

Chamber networking opportunities abound and are also a key component in the connections piece of our work for members.

The June 6 Chamber Legislative Breakfast at Wor-Wic Community College will give the business community a chance to hear from the Lower Shore Legislative Delegation on the outcomes from the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly session.

Also important are the monthly Chamber General Membership luncheons, monthly Business After Hours events and the recently added Chamber Golf Classic. Scheduled for Sept. 29, this will be the premier business networking golf event on the Shore.

The Salisbury Area Chamber is on the move and looks forward to working with our community to continue the tremendous progress already made.

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

 

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