Ask me how my day is going and my normal response is "never better." It is a positive upbeat response that puts a smile of the recipient's face. However, I have contemplated changing that answer to "just another crazy daze at the chamber." More than just a play on words from last weeks business community event, Crazy Daze.
It has been just over nine months since I was hired to lead and manage the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. With the help of a dedicated board, engaged volunteer membership and an energetic staff, we have been able to bring back the energy and excitement to the Chamber.
We have revitalized and reintroduced so many programs and events in the past nine months. We reinstituted the Chamber Bucks program, the best shop local program that keeps dollars within the community. I can't tell you how many people have thanked the Chamber for bring back that program.
We have started back with great success our Morning Business Brew and Business After Hours networking events, which allow our members to interact with each other and showcase their place of business.
We have reintroduced our small business seminars, where our members can lunch and learn on new and interesting topics that affect their everyday business. Our general membership luncheon series will return this fall.
We have remodeled our weekly e-mail bursts update and monthly e-newsletter with marketing opportunities for our members. Our "Just One More" membership campaign will end with the publishing of a new membership directory and official area guide book to be printed in early fall. Members keep telling me I am crazy to try to get everything done within the first year.
Internally, we have moved offices, upgraded our telephone system and purchased new computers and software. We have streamlined out accounting system, revised our articles and by-laws and are working daily to maximize our data management system ChamberMaster so our members can get the most out of their membership tools.
All this plus the craziness they call social media helps us achieve our newly established values and goals and 2015-2017 strategic plan.
Oh, did I forget to mention that within the first 60 days of my employment, I was spotted walking down Division Street dressed in a reindeer costume with a TV crew form Twin City's Live promoting the "best" winter festival event in the state of Minnesota - Winter Walk?
Yep, just another crazy daze at the chamber, and I would not want it to be any other way.