If you own a business anywhere in the U.S., you’ve probably either joined or been approached to join the local chamber of commerce. Chamber membership can provide a great resource to any size or type of business - if the organization is well managed.
What is a “chamber of commerce?” A chamber of commerce is a not-for-profit, regional organization of business owners, entrepreneurs, and private citizens who come together in an effort to promote the interests of their local business community. Chambers are typically run by a paid staff, led by the CEO or Executive Director with input from a board of directors.
Chambers of commerce leverage their group resources to help member businesses of any size obtain affordable healthcare, discounts on member products and services, and save money on promotions and marketing. That said, every chamber is different and the overall personality, value, and effectiveness of each membership depends largely on three things: 1) the size of the region being served, 2) the size of the organization and 3) the leadership of the chamber.
In this episode of 3-2-1 PROFITS - THE PODCAST, host Gery Deer has a conversation with Wendy Rodgers, President and CEO of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce in Greene County, Ohio. Gery talks to Wendy about her experience as the newly-minted head of her chamber and how the members have responded to the work she and Operations Manager, Chris McClure, have done to add value and grow relationships within the membership.
But that’s not all! This episode of 3-2-1 PROFITS - THE PODCAST was recorded in front of a live audience of chamber member professionals and local business owners! During the episode you’ll hear our audience’s responses to the conversation and a few of them have some questions for our guest as well!
More About our Guest
Before being hired to this position, Wendy Rodgers served three years on the chamber board of directors where she held positions as 2020 Board Chair and 2021 Vice Chair. Wendy has been a licensed realtor since 2018 and is currently with Irongate Realtors in Beavercreek. Prior to that she spent almost 20 years as a certified paralegal.
Wendy’s drive for community service certainly does not end at the chamber’s office door, however. In addition to her duties there, she is also president of the Beavercreek Kiwanis Club, served on the Beavercreek Zoning and Appeals Board and is involved in many other community outreach and volunteer programs.
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