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Greer Chamber Releases 2009 Program of Work

December 8, 2008

(GREER, SC) In November, the Greer Chamber Board of Directors approved the 2009 Program of Work.  Incoming Board Chairman, Vic Grout states, “Like all businesses, the Greer Chamber must have a business plan in order to be successful.  The plan provides the blue print that the Chamber will follow in 2009.  We know 2009 will be a challenging year for many businesses, so the Greer Chamber adopted a Program of Work that will provide the necessary programs and events for our members to be successful.  I applaud the program steering committee for their hard work in developing this Program of Work.  I am looking forward to working with the numerous volunteers who will assist the Chamber staff in accomplishing our goals and objectives.”

The Program of Work is divided into 5 divisions.  The divisions include Advocacy, Business Development, Membership Development, Greer Events, and Leadership Development. 

The Advocacy Division will be chaired by Donna O. Smith of Prudential C. Dan Joyner and its purpose is to provide leadership in support of pro-business legislation and access to elected officials on a local, state, and national level.   The Legislative Affairs committee will communicate with both state and local officials to remain a strong voice for business as well as develop and communicate the Chamber’s annual Legislative Agenda.

The Business Development Division will be led by Marvin Robinson of Greer State Bank and its purpose is to strengthen the local economic environment by developing programs, events, and services that assist business owners in growing their customer base and business.  The Business Development Council will oversee programs which include:  GROW, Sales Strategies for Success (SSS), IGNITEGreer, and the Chamber Leads Group Program.  The Council will also develop and oversee a new event, the Community Commerce Convention which will be structured for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and women in business.

The Greer Events Division will be chaired by Don Foster of All Star Storage and is designed to expose the Greer community to visitors and newcomers through the implementation of community festivals and events.  The Greer Events Council will oversee the Greer Chili Cook-off, the Greer Family Festival, and the Greer Station Oktoberfest.

The Leadership Development Division will be led by Alexis Lockyer of Sports Spine & Industrial and is designed to develop a corps of informed and committed volunteers through appropriate programming.  These programs include Leadership Greer, Junior Leadership Greer, and Leadership Greer Alumni Association.

The Membership Development Division will be chaired by Wanda Moore and its purpose is to enhance the membership base of the Chamber through member development initiatives, member communication, member engagement and member services/benefits.  The Membership Development Council will oversee the recruitment and retention efforts of the Chamber along with connected members through communication and special events. 

John Kimbrell, President/CEO of the Greer Chamber states,  “The Chamber staff is excited about implemented the 2009 goals and objectives as outlined by the Board.  We encourage all members to consider being a part of this program by volunteering to serve on a Chamber committee.”

For additional information or to review the entire Program of Work please call the Chamber at 864.877.3131 or visit the website at

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 590 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

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