What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Coastside Chamber Launches Merchant Text Alert System

The Half Moon Bay Coastside (CA) Chamber has launched a new text alert system to help merchants in their community report issues to the chamber that are negatively affecting their business. Theft, excessive or disturbing loitering, fake currency and similar issues would be reported to the chamber and then when appropriate the chamber will push information out to other merchants via the text system and inform any appropriate agencies about the issue.

The alert system will also be used to provide notice of meetings that merchants should be aware of to attend and advocate for their business needs. The system will not be used for marketing or event opportunities and participants are warned not to use it in place of reporting incidents to the sheriff.

To learn more, check out coastside365.com/new-coastside-merchant-text-alert-system-sign-up-to-receive-important-info/.

Tucson Offers New Opportunities for Members to Highlight their Business

The Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber has developed two new opportunities to help members spread the word about their business. Newly offered are “30 Seconds with the Chamber” and “Chamber’s in Your Corner.” Members can stop into the chamber’s office, at their convenience, to record a short, 30-second announcement or five-minute interview. The chamber then adds subtitles and music and features the ad on their YouTube channel and social media platforms. This benefit is complimentary for all chamber members.

For those members looking for a more in-depth discussion, the chamber also has their “The Business of…” radio show which airs on Sunday mornings. Pricing for the radio show depends on membership level.

To learn more about any of these benefits, contact .

Billings Chamber Launches New Visitors Campaign

The Billings (MT) Chamber, via Visit Billings, has launched a new national marketing campaign titled “Made for Outsiders.” The campaign provides an inside look at the impressive sights, sounds and eats of Montana’s Trailhead while highlighting the opportunities for residents to explore and be proud of the many offerings right in their own backyard.

The campaign encourages travelers and residents to forge their own path and “embrace pure, unencumbered Montana in all its forms.”

Visit their website at www.visitbillings.com to view the marketing materials, which feature the Rimrocks, Billings Brew Trail, caves, monuments and so much more!

Hawaii Focuses on Efforts to Shape Workforce

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii held two events recently to further their workforce efforts. In April, 15 Department of Education health care educators from around the state went on an educator externship to Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS). During the externship, educators learned about careers in diagnostic services and worked side-by-side with a DLS lab technician in microbiology and phlebotomy.

The educator externship was part of the Healthcare Sector Partnerships initiative with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Sector partnerships align industry leaders with shared priorities, resulting in collective action that addresses workforce opportunities. Employers are supported by partners in secondary and post-secondary education, government, workforce development, and economic development. All parties work together to build career pathways for students that provide a sequence of high-quality, work-based learning.

To learn more, contact .

During their annual Hawaii on the Hill trip to D.C., the chamber held “Kamaaina Career Connect” to convene former Hawaii residents living in D.C. who might be interested in job opportunities back home. Attendees were provided with the opportunity to meet exclusively with Hawaii employers hiring in diverse industries, including defense, tech, cyber security and more.

For more details, visit business.cochawaii.org/events/details/kamaaina-career-connect-1114314.

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