Weekly Update 4.3.19

 

What does it mean to be a Chamber member?

Business, is your business evolving at a rate you planned for? Are you feeling nostalgic for the way things used to be, but you know you have to innovate in order to stay relevant. How do you innovate when you are just trying to keep your employees engaged, keep your head above water, navigate social media, learn the new tax laws, whatever your current predicament may be.
As a Chamber President, I have access to hundreds of different companies and learn little snap shots about how each one works and what they are working towards. I try to share best practices, and remind business leaders of the network of innovative thinkers they are already connected to. But what does that really mean? How do you hustle everyday to move the needle when you are limited by your resources? Maybe you got into the healthcare business because you really wanted to help people, but now find out that you in fact need to be an expert at social media and pay-per-click and human resources. I bet some days it all feels overwhelming. Let me say this, you are a rockstar. If you don’t read any further, know that you are amazing just for getting this far! You don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to be an expert at all the other stuff. In order to be successful, innovative business leaders you need to be authentic in where you began. What you need, and what you have joined, is a powerful network of like-minded individuals that want to see you succeed.

The Chamber, the Richfield Chamber, is full of forward thinking, innovative experts in their field that want nothing more than to share their knowledge, share their best practices and collaborate with you on how to succeed. Maybe you’re in the same industry, maybe you’re not. Most businesses face universal processes. Our Chamber, your Chamber, is here is help you leverage all that knowledge.

At our last Board of Directors meeting, we discussed how we are telling our story. I had to think about that. It seems like an easy concept. If I asked you today, what is the Chamber story? Or, more even what is your story, would you be able to share it? Would your employees be able to share your company story? Would your clients be able to share your company story? Stories are powerful and they create authentic connections between you and your audience. Authentic connections are how you grow your network, how you increase your visibility and your share of the marketplace.
At the Richfield Chamber, you are part of an authentic network that wants to see you succeed. Your peers want to share their best practices. They want to save you mistakes they have made along the way. So, our story, the Richfield Chamber story, is this. You are part of a group of like minded individuals who want to see business in our community thrive. You are part of an organization that is interested in connecting, sharing knowledge and creating positive impact. Whether you are in your first year of business or your 40th, your insight is extremely valuable to your peers. Whether it’s seasoned knowledge, or a fresh take on an old problem, you have incredible value.

So let me ask you this, who are you sharing your knowledge with? Who are you connecting to? When was the last time you leveraged the power of the Chamber to help create a positive impact? The story of the Richfield Chamber is that it is here to help you make those connections. It is here to help you grow and thrive and what it asks of you is to participate. Participate in seeking out other Chamber members to do business with, offer advice to, give back to the community, tap into a wealth of knowledge that is just waiting to have someone to share it with. Here, at the Richfield Chamber, we are part of a community that is invested in the success of everyone. Our success, is your success. Everyone has value. There is plenty of business to go around and you are here to be a part of creating a prosperous business environment.

How can you do that? Reach out, send me an email. Let me know what your strengths are and who you want to connect with. Let me know what clientele you are looking to expand. Come to the next coffee meeting. Show up. Invest in the power of a one-on-one connection. The possibilities of where this Chamber community can take you are endless and I ask you, what are you willing to do to take your business to the next level?