Business/Education advisory (BAC)
Ten years ago, a SMFCC president with a vision knew it would be important for business people and educators to "speak the same language" if we were to work together for the betterment of both. Long before other chambers were thinking about Business/Education, this committee was meeting on a regular basis to help each other.
Today this strong committee has established more than 300 business/education partnerships to enrich and better prepare students for the future. An annual Career Fair and Scholarship Awards program solidify that thinking and one of the first Career Mentorship programs in the state is going strong at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. We are proud to be a strong Character Counts community!
This committee coordinates and organizes the popular biennial Spring Stow-Munroe Falls Community Showcase that represents and promotes community business and organizational resources to more than 12,000 regional visitors. More than 180 exhibitors showcase their product or service over the two day event. Sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Stow and Munroe Falls and the Stow-Munroe Falls School District, the Showcase is recognized as one of the "biggest and best" in the area.
In order to maintain a strong economic base in the community, this committee encourages the retention and expansion of current business, while at the same time attracting new development to the area. It encourages ongoing discussion with existing business and industry regarding their concerns and provides advocacy to their members throughout the development process. The committee strives to promote and assist the city with pro-active business development and to keep the business community informed.
As a business membership organization, the Chamber knows the importance of legislation and governments affect on business. It also understands its importance to represent and advocate members interests and concerns. The Governmental Affairs Committee studies and reviews potential legislation as it affects business and recommends specific issues to the Board for its endorsement and support. It also organizes and sponsors the annual Public Officials Reception and Candidates and Issues Night and sponsors Town Forums as needed.
Leadership Stow-Munroe Falls
Five years ago the Chamber recognized the need to identify and develop new leadership within the community. This dedicated committee not only developed the program but also continues to volunteer its time to administer and facilitate the first year of the program. Many are still involved as are Leadership alumni.
In 2000, it began the 4th adult Leadership program and the charter class of the Youth Leadership program for high school juniors. Many have said this may be the most important project the SMFCC has ever offered the community!
As one of the most important Chamber committees, it recruits new members and builds and retains current memberships through personal contact and special campaigns. Committee members serve as hospitality greeters at Chamber functions to make guests and new members feel welcome. It also promotes and encourages support of the unique Presidents Club.
Membership organizations are responsible for providing members with a multitude of benefits to help them achieve business success. This committee does just that by reviewing expanded services to members. It also coordinates networking events and educational seminars and workshops as well as conducting Chamber surveys as needed and assists with the preparation of Chamber publications.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce created the PRIDE Festival more than 25 years ago and continues to oversee and promote it within the area. The Festival now involves many community organizations that sponsor numerous events during the two weeks preceding the 4th of July. This Festival continues to promote PRIDE in the community and serves as a thank you for their ongoing support.
Luncheon programs consistently draw well over 100 guests and it is to the credit of the Program Committee that this happens. It also sponsors the Showcase Reception and the Pride Community Breakfast, which attracts nearly 300 guests each year.
The age of technology dictated development of a committee of experts in all technological fields to provide direction and support for both our members and office staff. It ensures that the Chamber office is "technology-ready" and that the members receive support and resource sharing as needed. Check out our website a www.smfcc.com and see what we mean!
Ways & Means
What would any Chamber do without those exceptionally creative people who serve on Ways & Means Committees? They are the ones who are responsible for planning and organizing all those projects and events that fund chamber operations. Over the years the Chamber has had many different types of fundraisers and is currently involved in the Golf Outing, Raffles for Scholarships and the Disney Institute Seminars.
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