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Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Adopts 2008 Program of Work


December 10, 2007

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 580 area businesses, has adopted its 2008 Program of Work. 

“The Greer Chamber will continue to build on its successes in 2008 as well as implement some new programs and initiatives to better serve our growing membership,”  said 2008 Chairman of the Board Amanda Somers.

The Chamber this year developed a new three-year strategic plan, and the 2008 program will begin the new long-range strategy.  

“The Chamber has adopted a program of work that will help us achieve our overall mission, which is championing economic prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community,” said Chamber President John Kimbrell. 

In 2008, the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce will develop its membership by communicating to members and the community on a regular basis; continuing to grow the membership by recruiting a minimum of 150 new members and retaining at least 83% of existing members; developing additional sponsorship/networking opportunities for members; increasing programs and services and add additional benefits for members; expanding the Chamber’s presence in specific geographic areas to better connect the membership; and initiating feedback opportunities with the members to ensure value from the benefits/services.  The Membership Development Division will consist of four working committees and include: the Member Events Committee, the Ambassadors Group, the Executive Sales Team, and the Pelham Road Area Membership Council. 

The Public Policy Division has been renamed the Advocacy Division.  This division will develop the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda and communicate the issues to the membership; improve communication between members and local elected officials on all levels of government; plan and coordinate a Greer Day in Columbia to voice the Chamber’s legislative agenda and meet with local elected officials, strengthen the grassroots initiative, and continue to educate and inform members on important business issues in all levels of government.  The Advocacy Division will consist of two working committees which include the Business Affairs and Community Affairs committees. 

The Business Development Division will focus on strengthening the local economic environment by developing programs/services for all area businesses and industries, designing educational programming responsive to member needs of various topics, identifying web-based strategies to communicate with members, designing small group programming for members to exchange ideas; assisting business owners with small business issues or concerns, engaging young professionals in the Greer business community; and offering small business guidance to existing business owners and entrepreneurs on a monthly basis.  The Business Development will consist of two committees which will assist in meeting the focus points of the division.  The Business Connections committee will operate the Chamber Leads Group Program, the Sales Strategies for Success initiative, and the Young Professionals Group.  The Business Training committee will manage all seminars/workshops, the Greer Recognizing Outstanding Women (GROW), and the CEO Roundtable group. 

The Leadership Development Division will continue to focus on developing a corps of informed and committed volunteers through Leadership Greer and encourage them to take on leadership roles in the Greer community, coordinating the Junior Leadership Greer program to develop a spirit of coordination and understanding between students and community leaders, expanding the impact of Leadership Greer graduates in the community through the Leadership Greer Alumni Association, and developing and coordinating a leadership development series that assists with developing future leaders.

The Greer Events Division will continue to make a name for the region, the members, and the community through the planning and coordinating of 4 downtown festivals that will attract approximately 50,000 visitors.  The festivals will include the Downtown Chili Cook-off, Oktoberfest, Christmas Celebration, and the Greer Family Festival.

Other special initiatives on the Chamber’s Program of Work include the Greer Chamber Foundation and an Imaging and Re-branding committee.   The Foundation will be chaired by past Chairman Phil Feisal and will be a 501 c (3) organization that will support projects in the Greer community for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes.   The Imaging and Re-branding committee will assist in developing and implementing and external marketing plan as well as investigating, implementing, and designing new Chamber marketing materials.

“I look forward to working with the leadership team, the Chamber staff and volunteers as we endeavor to meet our members’ needs and wants,” states Somers.  “We have a very ambitious Program of Work for 2008 and I am confident that by working together, our goals can be achieved.”

The 2008 Officers and Vice Chairmen include, Amanda Somers, SSI- Chairman; Vic Grout, Greer State Bank- Chairman-elect; Jack Murrin, GSP International Airport-Treasurer; Daniel Hughes, Love Thornton Arnold & Thomason-General Counsel; Phil Feisal, St. Francis-Immediate Past Chairman; Larry Wilson, State Auto Insurance Companies-Vice-Chairman-Partnership for Tomorrow; Wanda Moore-Vice Chairman-Membership Development; Adele Langford, Langford Electric, Inc.- Vice Chairman-Greer Events; Don Foster, All Star Storage- Vice Chairman-Business Development; Rudy Painter, Countybank Insurance-Vice Chairman-Advocacy; Brian Martin, Martin & Davis, LLC-Vice Chairman-Leadership Development.

For additional information or to get a complete copy of the 2008 Program of Work please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 864.877.3131 or visit the Greer Chamber website at www.greerchamber.com.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 580 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.

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Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Adopts 2008 Program of Work


December 10, 2007

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 580 area businesses, has adopted its 2008 Program of Work. 

“The Greer Chamber will continue to build on its successes in 2008 as well as implement some new programs and initiatives to better serve our growing membership,”  said 2008 Chairman of the Board Amanda Somers.

The Chamber this year developed a new three-year strategic plan, and the 2008 program will begin the new long-range strategy.  

“The Chamber has adopted a program of work that will help us achieve our overall mission, which is championing economic prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community,” said Chamber President John Kimbrell. 

In 2008, the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce will develop its membership by communicating to members and the community on a regular basis; continuing to grow the membership by recruiting a minimum of 150 new members and retaining at least 83% of existing members; developing additional sponsorship/networking opportunities for members; increasing programs and services and add additional benefits for members; expanding the Chamber’s presence in specific geographic areas to better connect the membership; and initiating feedback opportunities with the members to ensure value from the benefits/services.  The Membership Development Division will consist of four working committees and include: the Member Events Committee, the Ambassadors Group, the Executive Sales Team, and the Pelham Road Area Membership Council. 

The Public Policy Division has been renamed the Advocacy Division.  This division will develop the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda and communicate the issues to the membership; improve communication between members and local elected officials on all levels of government; plan and coordinate a Greer Day in Columbia to voice the Chamber’s legislative agenda and meet with local elected officials, strengthen the grassroots initiative, and continue to educate and inform members on important business issues in all levels of government.  The Advocacy Division will consist of two working committees which include the Business Affairs and Community Affairs committees. 

The Business Development Division will focus on strengthening the local economic environment by developing programs/services for all area businesses and industries, designing educational programming responsive to member needs of various topics, identifying web-based strategies to communicate with members, designing small group programming for members to exchange ideas; assisting business owners with small business issues or concerns, engaging young professionals in the Greer business community; and offering small business guidance to existing business owners and entrepreneurs on a monthly basis.  The Business Development will consist of two committees which will assist in meeting the focus points of the division.  The Business Connections committee will operate the Chamber Leads Group Program, the Sales Strategies for Success initiative, and the Young Professionals Group.  The Business Training committee will manage all seminars/workshops, the Greer Recognizing Outstanding Women (GROW), and the CEO Roundtable group. 

The Leadership Development Division will continue to focus on developing a corps of informed and committed volunteers through Leadership Greer and encourage them to take on leadership roles in the Greer community, coordinating the Junior Leadership Greer program to develop a spirit of coordination and understanding between students and community leaders, expanding the impact of Leadership Greer graduates in the community through the Leadership Greer Alumni Association, and developing and coordinating a leadership development series that assists with developing future leaders.

The Greer Events Division will continue to make a name for the region, the members, and the community through the planning and coordinating of 4 downtown festivals that will attract approximately 50,000 visitors.  The festivals will include the Downtown Chili Cook-off, Oktoberfest, Christmas Celebration, and the Greer Family Festival.

Other special initiatives on the Chamber’s Program of Work include the Greer Chamber Foundation and an Imaging and Re-branding committee.   The Foundation will be chaired by past Chairman Phil Feisal and will be a 501 c (3) organization that will support projects in the Greer community for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes.   The Imaging and Re-branding committee will assist in developing and implementing and external marketing plan as well as investigating, implementing, and designing new Chamber marketing materials.

“I look forward to working with the leadership team, the Chamber staff and volunteers as we endeavor to meet our members’ needs and wants,” states Somers.  “We have a very ambitious Program of Work for 2008 and I am confident that by working together, our goals can be achieved.”

The 2008 Officers and Vice Chairmen include, Amanda Somers, SSI- Chairman; Vic Grout, Greer State Bank- Chairman-elect; Jack Murrin, GSP International Airport-Treasurer; Daniel Hughes, Love Thornton Arnold & Thomason-General Counsel; Phil Feisal, St. Francis-Immediate Past Chairman; Larry Wilson, State Auto Insurance Companies-Vice-Chairman-Partnership for Tomorrow; Wanda Moore-Vice Chairman-Membership Development; Adele Langford, Langford Electric, Inc.- Vice Chairman-Greer Events; Don Foster, All Star Storage- Vice Chairman-Business Development; Rudy Painter, Countybank Insurance-Vice Chairman-Advocacy; Brian Martin, Martin & Davis, LLC-Vice Chairman-Leadership Development.

For additional information or to get a complete copy of the 2008 Program of Work please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 864.877.3131 or visit the Greer Chamber website at www.greerchamber.com.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 580 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.

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