Chamber members make a difference in our communities in a variety of ways. First and foremost they provide products and services that people need and want for their own personal or business reasons. They create jobs that employ thousands of local people. They provide needed tax revenue to our communities. But most do much more than that through their community support of local organizations, non-profits, sports groups, cultural institutions and many others.
Each year, we get to recognize a few of those members whose success in business and support of the community stands out among others. We are currently accepting nominations for our Annual Awards which are presented at the Annual Meeting in January. I encourage you to consider nominating a member business or individual whom you feel is worthy of such recognition. Simply download the nomination form and return to it to the Chamber office.
Several Chamber members were making a difference for local high school students last month at our "Business, Marketing and Finance Seminar" in cooperation with the School To Careers Partnership. The program was held at Canton High school and included 175 students from area high schools.
Chamber members in the fields of business, marketing and finance shared with students insights into their professions; how they got to where they are; what a typical day is like; what they love about their work, etc. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and even role play in a few instances.
The student feedback was great and included comments such as:
"Being able to connect with and learn from other people who are not teachers is so valuable."
"Presenters messages of having a plan; be social (network); don't give up; recognize opportunity and don't be afraid to ask were universal and inspiring."
The Chamber is grateful to our members who participated by sharing their time and wisdom with these young people as they begin to make decisions about their futures. You are making a difference.
President and CEO