The Chamber Board recently adopted the 2015 Business Plan after soliciting input from members and other community stakeholders.  The goals and some key action steps are shown below:

Goal 1:  Develop a skilled workforce by working collaboratively with education and industry partners Strategies include:

  • Develop skilled employers who can successfully manage the multigenerational work environment of today by providing educational opportunities
  • Work in closer collaboration with employers and education to showcase all career paths available to today’s students including those that do not require a bachelor’s degree.
  • Strengthen the school to work link by offering more opportunities for job shadowing, mentorships and apprenticeships such as Hire Me First
  • In partnership with other economic development entities continue to offer the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Goal 2: Be the Voice of Business with Government Strategies Include:

  • Revive and expand the Listening to Business program in collaboration with other economic development partners in order to be a stronger better voice for business
  • Identify regulatory hurdles for business growth and seek solutions and resolutions on behalf of businesses
  • Continue advocacy at the state and federal level on behalf of local business
  • Through the Mesa County Leadership Program assist business leaders in understanding the community and the complex issues it faces

Goal 3: Assist the Private Sector in Creating Jobs Strategies Include:

  • Foster speed, reliability, accessibility and affordability of broadband service needed by all businesses to be successful in our community by working with all potential partners.
  • Participate in and support the development and implementation of the Economic Development Marketing Plan
  • Assist existing businesses and other economic development partners in identifying business opportunities and job creation opportunities through joint participation in the Global Petroleum Show in June of 2015
  • Continue to support Western Colorado Manufacturers through participation in regional meetings and projects

Goal 4: Provide Members with easily recognizable benefits from their investment in the Chamber

  • Partner to provide learning opportunities that lead to improvement in business management practices, including greater use of Chamber University
  • Utilize Save Local Now, Mesa County Library’s Business Connect and other venues to show members the benefits of various marketing strategies to promote their businesses
  • Offer networking sessions
  • Research and evaluate potential business models for the Chamber with an emphasis on future funding and nature of membership
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