What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Superior Chamber to Hold Inaugural Women’s Business Conference

The Superior (CO) Chamber will hold their Inaugural “SuperiHER” Conference this fall. The conference focuses on empowering and supporting women in business while providing networking, professional development, and inspiration for women from diverse industries and backgrounds.

Women face unique challenges and opportunities in the workplace which the conference will address, providing insights and strategies to overcome barriers and thrive in their careers.

Topics include leadership development, work-life balance, entrepreneurship, business management, personal branding, marketing, and technology.

In addition to the educational and networking aspects, the conference provides opportunities for attendees to showcase their businesses or products through sponsorships or exhibiting at the Women’s Expo. Sponsors and exhibitors allow participants to connect with potential clients, partners, or investors, expanding their professional networks and promoting their brands.

To learn more, visit member.superiorchamber.com/events/details/superiher-women-s-business-conference-15070.

Helena Chamber Introduces New Podcast

The Helena Area (MT) Chamber recently started a podcast called “AM Chamber Chats.” The podcast is generously sponsored by a local business owner and was created to offer enlightening conversation and inspirational stories while being an invaluable resource for businesses and community leaders alike.

AM Chamber Chats is currently available on the Helena Chamber website and YouTube channel with plans to expand to iTunes and Spotify in the near future. In their first episode, President/CEO Callie Aschim answers questions about the chamber and discusses what a chamber does and why they do it.

For more info, contact amulcahy@helenachamber.com.

Tucson Metro Chamber Provides Access and Opportunity to Latina-Owned Businesses

At the recent Hope2Women Summit, the Tucson Metro (AZ) Chamber announced a new partnership with the Women’s Business Center at the YWCA of Southern Arizona to bring access and growth opportunities to local Latina- and women-owned businesses in Southern Arizona.

Facing alarming statistics that although women are now majority owners in 38% of U.S. small businesses, only 4% of commercial loans are made to women, the chamber sought to remove a potential financial obstacle by bringing membership access to local Latina business owners in an effort to expand their networking opportunities to grow their businesses.

The combination of the chamber’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA), YWCA’s mission of empowering women, and the Women Business Center’s focused training for women, immigrant and minority entrepreneurs made this a natural collaboration. They believe this partnership will further create an equitable and accessible culture in the Tucson community.

A reduced tier rate of $150 for the first year and $325 for the second year under the chamber’s Startups Membership Plan provides equitable access to Latina-owned small businesses so that they can take advantage of full member benefits.

Want to know more? Contact Frank Velasquez Jr., director of workforce initiatives, at fvelasquezjr@tucsonchamber.org.

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