What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Chamber Recognizes COVID Safety Superstars

The South County (CA) Chambers have partnered with the City of Arroyo Grande to develop a new program to recognize businesses that are following COVID guidelines and have gone above and beyond to keep their customers and employees safe throughout the pandemic.

Businesses were nominated by the public as well as employees. Nominated businesses are then promoted on social media, receive a window decal from the chamber and are recognized by the City of Arroyo Grande for their dedication to safety. Multiple businesses are recognized each month. Currently 20 businesses were recognized at the May City Council meeting.

To learn more about the program, visit www.southcountychambers.com.

Arvada Chamber Releases Resiliency ToolKit

The Arvada (CO) Chamber is introducing 2021 toolkits for each of its seven priority areas. These toolkits will detail the specific challenges for the business community, critical supporting data, resources, and the chamber’s action plan to help their members thrive.

The 2021 Resiliency Toolkit serves as a guide for their response to the business challenges of COVID-19 and how members can thrive beyond this (and the next) crisis. Included in the toolkit is: an introduction of resilient organizations, snapshot of the latest business challenges, business recovery and innovation data, five recovery trends the chamber is watching, a member case study, and Your 2021 Resiliency Action Plan.

You can download the full toolkit at www.arvadachamber.org/maximizing-your-resiliency/#toolkit.

Glendale Chamber Partners with Local Corporate College

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and the Glendale (AZ) Chamber have announced an Education Concierge Partnership, which will provide chamber member organizations access to convenient, consolidated services to help their employees pursue a college education with the Maricopa Community Colleges.

The partnership includes skill-building workshops, talent recruitment, and access to a dedicated advising team to help remove the barriers many working professionals face when starting or returning to college. This partnership provides innovative solutions for Glendale businesses to recruit, upskill and retain top talent as the community continues to grow.

To access more information about the program, visit info.maricopacorporate.com/glendale.

Increase in Chambers Launching/Updating Job Portals

Over the last couple of months, we have seen an increase in the number of chambers launching or updating their job portals to address their community’s workforce needs. This month we have two examples for you.

• In March, the Prescott (AZ) Chamber invested in updating their job board. Members can list 30-, 60- and 90-day job listings for free while nonmembers can do so for a fee. The job board also feeds onto their chamber homepage where featured listings are highlighted. View the job board at prescott.mcjobboard.net/jobs.

• In May, the Santa Barbara South Coast (CA) Chamber launched their Chamber Job Portal, allowing members to post open positions within their companies. The chamber plans to launch a campaign in early June to highlight this new resource to job seekers. You can view their job search page at business.sbscchamber.com/jobs.

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