This semester I interned at the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. This was a spectacular way for me as the Junior Chamber President and a college student to get involved in the Greenville community. As the intern I worked at least twice a week in the office under the direct supervision of the Office Manager, Janice Schwanbeck. I worked with her on several projects including the annual Community and Business Expo, Chamber Annual Auction, several seminars, special events, and other projects. All of these projects involved preparation work, including spread sheets of those involved, planning of the actual event, and implementation ideas the day of. For example for the business expo, I created spreadsheets displaying where the businesses were located within the Thiel Dome. Throughout my internship I also worked on expanding the chamber's business perks program, which are discounts and offers chamber members offer to each other. While I have been working on this project, I added ten businesses to the perks program which gives a direct benefit to the chamber membership. I have also coordinated contracts with five amusement and theme parks to give group rate discounts to the chamber members as another added benefit. By attending the events in the evening such as the 40 Under 40 recognition and the member refresher, I gained so much knowledge in how business owners interact with one another and how I can network with others better. Additionally, I helped create a new unique relationship with Thiel College, who is assisting the chamber with the Business Next Door video series. This partnership will continue to benefit both entities now and into the future. Being an intern at the chamber was an amazing experience that has allowed me to gain knowledge in so many different areas. This has been such a positive experience for me, and I look forward to applying the skills I have learned in my education and into my future career in business.
The term “chamber of commerce” is a widely known organization that is associated with business. But really what does this organization do? The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives defines this phrase as “an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation.” (acce.org).
The chamber of commerce is the major support system of community businesses, bringing all types of industry together to achieve a common goal. Having large and small businesses working together to improve the region is what provides not only strength to the commerce of the Greenville area, but it is what makes communities stay strong and grow. The more members the Chamber has, the better we can represent the business community. We accomplish collectively what no business could do alone.
The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce relies upon its members to participate and make the community stronger. Through events, seminars, and community gatherings the chamber offers so many different opportunities for individuals and businesses to meet new people and improve their networks. The wide variety of events, when taken advantage of, can greatly improve your business and open you to opportunities that are only available with your participation in this chamber. The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting businesses throughout the region, it is you who must decide if you want to join and reap the benefits or watch from the sidelines.
Chambers are an important component of any community, and I'm excited to be a part of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to meeting and working with its members on our various initiatives and goals. This is an especially exciting time at the Chamber with the introduction of the new enhanced tiered membership program. If you haven't yet made your selection, please visit the membership dues section to review the benefits of each tier.
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