By Joe Catrambone
While ushering in September, 2013 (the final month of our fiscal year), I had a moment to reflect, recap and review our performance as a chamber.
I took the time to review my calendar and the website for events, committee meetings, the adult and youth leadership programs and other functions we were responsible for.
Admittedly, I know we offer many networking opportunities to our members, however until they are documented and totaled I didn't realize just how many.
To summarize, from October, 2012 until August, 2013 we held 34 breakfasts, 32 of which are no charge to our members, 12 monthly luncheons, 11 business after hours, three trade shows, two leadership graduations (adult and youth), our annual installation banquet and Operation Thank You.
We conducted in excess of 30 various committee meetings, participated in five Council of Chamber functions, sponsored and hosted the annual Treasure Coast Legislative Conference in Tallahassee, and held three new member receptions.
Not included are the many ribbon cuttings conducted by staff and our ambassadors, nor are the several seminars we hosted.
During that period, we've published our Resort & Business Guide and our annual area map. We also maintained our website www.stuartmartinchamber.org and the daily operation of the chamber, including answering dozens of calls and tending to visitors every day.
We introduced a new program for the nonprofit sector called "Chamber For Good." We are vigilant in protecting our businesses' abilities to conduct commerce on a level playing field.
In other words, we attempt to protect against egregious legislation hampering businesses while supporting positive legislation for business. We maintain a strong relationship and enjoy a great rapport with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and our Legislative Delegation.
We are active supporters of the Business Development Board and many times assist them in their efforts to create jobs in Martin County. I could go on but won't.
So many times we are asked, "What does a chamber do?" We answer the best we can at that moment but never adequately. I now have a written answer!