I've been on this earth 41 years now and the last 10 of those with the Chamber. I've learned many lessons from some very amazing and phenonmenal people. I've been taught by wise men and women and watched examples of worthy mentors. I've even learned "the hard way" though much "trial and terror" as I'd like to call it. Parables, or stories that I can relate to, have been a major influence daily. Recently, one of those inspiring parables, the principle of forgiveness, needed to be applied in my life.
I appreciate the rights we have for spirited, open dialogue here in Boulder City. However, sometimes the comments made in the media can lead us to jump to anger and/or be hurt at the hands of others who may not have all the correct information. This leads me to remember the parable and realize that sometimes I too need forgiveness and mercy for my own actions. I can't expect to receive it, if I don't give it.
I feel it's important that you have all the information regarding your Chamber.
The Boulder City Chamber was created in 1932. It is one of the oldest business membership organizations in Boulder City. Our Bylaws were established then and have been amended as needed to reflect our changing world and times. One of the original guidelines states: Article IV-Membership, Section 1: The Chamber shall be composed of business, associate, supporting and honorary members. Section 1, A: Business Member: Any person, association, firm, partnership, estate or corporation, licensed to do business, and any non-profit, service, or fraternal organization in sympathy with the object of this organization as stated in Article II, shall be eligible to apply for Business Membership.
For my 10 years, the Chamber has been fortunate to welcome members from Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Overton, Mesquite, Laughlin, Searchlight, Dolan Springs, many Northern Nevada communities. Our membership reaches as far as Virginia. Per the laws that govern our organization, the Boulder City Chamber welcomes businesses within and outside of our City limits.
These companies may not have a physical presence in Boulder City, but join for various reasons. They may provide services. (repairmen or technicians) They may be a supplier of items or services that we do not have in Boulder City. (car dealer) They may be a utilility provider. (cable or phone service) I am grateful not only to each of them for their loyalty to the Chamber and its mission; but, also because they are giving to our community. Their membership dues or corporate partnership dollars directly impact each of you by providing much needed revenue that allows the Chamber the ability to complete its goals each year.
Your Chamber leadership represents you successfully in activities in and around the City, County, State and Washington DC. It is important we reach out to our neighbors and show Boulder City's support of their organizations and businesess. Building this network of leaders in the Chamber with surrounding communities and municipalities, promotes relationships that have powerful positive consequences. This positive action equals a positive return on the investment we have committed to our members. It is a great honor to stand proudly and represent Boulder City on so many levels.
In a time of a "rocking and rolling" economy, it is important to remember that you can count on the Chamber to value your investment. You have never needed the Chamber more than you do right now...The Chamber has never needed you more than we do right now. This is a partnership that we want to fully maximize. We help to make your business thrive, to make you a success.
When a business does have to close its doors, it's painful personally, as well as to the community. There are always reasons that should not be discussed in a public format. I wish I could swoop in and be a magic fairy with all the answers and capital to make it all "better". But reality sets in; lessons are learned; and it is our hope that another great addition to our city will be able to move in and join our business community.
The Chamber is striving to assist your success in several ways. The Ambassador program that was established several years ago, can be a true asset to you and future business owners. We have grown by over 60% in the last 10 years. While it becomes more difficult to meet one on one with each of our members, the Ambassadors are going to make that happen. Their goal is to show you how valuable your membership, thoughts and suggestions are to the success of the Chamber and the City. This is YOUR Chamber and we need to visit with you to see how you want to improve your organization.
The new group insurance program will be launched September 1, as well as the new FREE Boulder City App on IPhones and Android Smartphones. The Chamber Board is introducing several new events while improving others, all to keep us efficient and effective in bringing customers in your doors.
The establishment and January launch of the Economic Vitality Commission will play a very strong role in bringing new businesses to Boulder City while giving us a voice on the State's Regional Economic Development Association. We will be represented as part of Governor Sandoval's new catalyst fund.
The Chamber works hard each and every day for you. We follow all Bylaws and Policies and Procedures set forth to govern our non-profit organization. We are searching diligently for new and effective marketing and business promotion programs. We are being proactive in assisting business owners with ways to stay ahead of the curve with benefits such as group insurance. We are looking out for your best interest and your collective voice of business.
It is my hope that we continue to show the value of your membership with the Boulder City Chamber, and will do so by following the guidelines set forth by the founding board members. The leadership of the Chamber will continue to represent you honorably in this, here in Boulder City and other neighboring communities.
We may not always agree, but we can show civility toward each other. We can try to understand and do better at reaching for our business goals. We can minimize our negativity and maximize our opportunity. We will be a stronger association in the end.