When I am asked “What is the Beaverton Chamber? What do you do?”, I share that we are the community CATALYST, CONVENER and CONNECTOR.
CATAYLYST: We are a broad-based business organization, representing over 6000+ businesses with 85,000 jobs in our area. We are the leaders of Beaverton that come together to work as the community catalyst. As the “Catalyst”, our goal is to be the think tank that causes activity between all of the pieces of our community, precipitates change for the betterment of our community and we are the enthusiastic, friendly, and energetic promoters of Beaverton.
CONVENER: We are the only group or organization that has the resources that can bring together all players in the community (government and electeds, our schools, parks, police, fire agencies. business leaders) to work together and make positive change in our community. For example, we hosted our first Candidate’s Training Workshop. We called together local experts to deliver a 2-hour session in an intimate and professional setting with past-electeds (Ryan Deckert & Cathy Stanton), campaign experts (Laura Terrill Patten), public relation expert (Dianne Danowski Smith), media experts (Christina Lent) – all to share their knowledge, insights and answer questions to a standing-room-only conference room with individuals considering serving their community. As the “Convener”, our goal is to strengthen the local economy, attract jobs for our citizens, represent the interests of business to government, and ensure a high quality of life here in Beaverton.
CONNECTOR: We are the only group or organization that provides the volunteers and experiences(events) that are specifically focused on engaging business people (our members) multiple times per week to grow business relationships and provide visibility. As the “Connector” our goal is to promote and foster the free enterprise system, retain jobs, promote the community and increase networking and referrals.
Coffee Connections, WTF! (Work that’s Fun), direct*CONNECT, 100 Strong and more.
I recall a member who owned a restaurant and was unhappy with their membership because we “were not putting butts in seats” a few years back. I explained to her that was a misconception of our job or role. Our job is to open doors, build awareness, and increase exposure for a broad mix of members.
We can provide experiences for you to connect and build relationships, we can provide co-op advertising that saves you money, we can open doors to specific businesses you’d like to meet when we are asked to, and if you are struggling we do have folks that we can connect you to for mentoring – or visit the Sales Tune Up for some expert relationship building advice.
If you have any ideas for new connecting experiences we should be considering, I would love to hear them!