What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Business Leaders Book Club

The Gilbert (AZ) Chamber is hosting a quarterly series where a business leader from their Small Business Council sponsors and hosts the reading and discussion of a business and leadership book of their choosing. This has offered members the opportunity to interact virtually while gaining professional development and growing together. A new book is chosen each quarter with meetings every Friday morning for discussion.

This event will continue as a hybrid event with the next session taking place in April. The event involves limited staff time and has generated sponsorship revenue and admission fees for the chamber.

View more details about the upcoming session at www.gilbertaz.com.

Carlsbad Chamber Launches New Job Board

The Carlsbad (CA) Chamber has launched a new valuable, viable, and high search engine ranking job board to connect job seekers and businesses with open positions. Posting is free for chamber members and remains a low-cost service for nonmembers. There is also the opportunity to upgrade your listing for a small fee.

This new job board offers their community ease of use and a more hyper-locally focused job search than other job postings online.

Check out the new job board at https://carlsbad.mcjobboard.net/jobs.

Tacoma Chamber Offering a Path to Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racist Business Workshop

With the mission of “making South Sound the most equitable and inclusive place to do business in Washington state,” the Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber has created The Progress Process. This six-session interactive workshop explores organizational transformation with a lens on equity and anti-racism.

The sessions are designed to engage participants who are looking for space to discuss equity literacy and organizational development. The facilitators are experienced equity practitioners and established leaders in the public and private sectors. Participants gain knowledge and skills that will help them navigate a roadmap to practice and achieve levels of equity, inclusion and anti-racism in their businesses.

To learn more about the program, visit www.tacomachamber.org.

Grand Junction Chamber Exceeds Goal for Total Resource Campaign

With the unpredictability facing business and with the focus of continuing to be the voice of business in their community, the Grand Junction Area (CO) Chamber held a Total Resource Campaign at the end of 2020 to help fund chamber programming and resources in 2021.

Chamber staff, campaign chairs, board of directors and volunteers took on the challenging goal of raising $225,000. After weeks of hard work, they were able to get 93 individual businesses to commit to sponsorship and support for 2021, 21 new businesses to join, and exceeded their monetary goal.

View an article about their efforts at www.gjchamber.org.

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