What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Hawaii Holds Future of Work Conference

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Workforce Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is holding its inaugural Future of Work conference.

The conference features workforce insights and forecasts from leaders in Hawaii’s top seven employment sectors, including tourism, defense, construction, health care, technology, energy and the public sector.

Attendees will hear from dynamic speakers in each sector as they present in-demand occupations and forecast their growth potential and projected workforce development needs in 2024. The event will also feature an economic forecast.

This new annual event aims to convene leaders and influencers while providing an integrated approach to sharing job outlook information across major employment sectors in Hawaii. The event has in-person and virtual attendee options.

Find out more at business.cochawaii.org.

Parker Chamber Debuts New Women’s Leadership Program

The Parker (CO) Chamber is excited to announce the launch of an exciting new 10-month leadership development program specially designed to help professional women “achieve more, do more, and earn more!” The Women’s Experience will provide top-notch professional development training for a select group of 15–20 women starting in January 2024.

Training topics will include Resilience: Dealing with Crisis and Conflict; Sales & Presentation Skills; Setting Professional Boundaries; Boosting Professional Confidence; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Mental Health, Burnout, and Stress Management; Setting Professional Goals & Action Plans; Mastering Change and Career Shifts; and Mentorship and Feedback.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this program is free to the participants. Participants will also be required to raise funds to sponsor a woman for the 2025 class as well as agreeing to mentor future classes.

Find out all the details and watch the video at www.parkerchamber.com/we/.

Eugene Chamber Hosts New Community Solutions Summit

A local business community is only as strong as the ecosystems of support that exist to promote a healthy economy. These ecosystems might include available and affordable housing, a trained and ready workforce, strong and equitable public safety systems, or access to mental health services.

The Eugene Area (OR) Chamber is providing opportunities for local business leaders to learn about these ecosystems, their impacts on the local economy, and opportunities for leadership to right the course. With this in mind, the chamber hosted a Community Solutions Summit. This new event will be held annually and will focus on different advocacy or community development topics that are affecting the Eugene business climate.

This year’s event focused on the homeless, housing and public safety challenges facing the community — and how the chamber and broader business community can help to drive solutions.

To learn more about the event, check out web.eugenechamber.com.

Billings Chamber Launches New Tourism Ambassador Program

The Billings (MT) Chamber’s new Tourism Ambassador Program is a multifaceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees, volunteers, and citizens to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience elevating customer service and connection within their city. When visitors have a positive experience, they are more likely to return in the future and share that experience with others.

The certification program requires participants to attend training, complete required readings and assignments, and pass an open-book examination.

At completion, participants receive the official CTA designation on behalf of the Tourism Ambassador Institute. Training modules include: The Power of Tourism; Discovering Montana’s Trailhead; Knowing, Finding, Using Resources; and Exceeding Customer Expectations.

Want to know more? For full details, visit www.billingschamber.com.

Are We on Your Mailing list?

Information featured each month in Around the West is taken from chamber newsletters and websites that W.A.C.E. receives from its members. We try to share best practices, innovative ideas and programs from chambers working hard to be Catalysts, Conveners and Champions and make a difference in their community. Make sure to subscribe W.A.C.E. to your mailing list, if you haven’t done so already, and you may be featured in a future Insider!

Send e-newsletters to: .

Send mailings to: W.A.C.E., P.O. Box 1736, Sacramento, CA 95812-1736.