Collaboration is the buzz word in business today. But what is collaboration? Collaboration enables individuals and organizations to work together to achieve a defined and common purpose. Collaboration utilizes assets and resources from multiple sources to accomplish the defined goals.
As Dorchester County comes out of tough economic times, finding the assets and resources necessary to succeed can be difficult. The Dorchester Chamber of Commerce’s mission “To advance Dorchester County through educating, promoting and growing a strong business community”, can only be realized through strong collaboration among our members, local and state legislators, investors and our community leaders. Our county is poised to advance, but it will only happen if we have a “strong business community” willing to commit the assets and resources required to create growth. The Chamber is committed to directing all our assets and resources to bringing a true sense of collaboration to our community and utilizing the strength of our diverse membership to be the catalyst for growth.
The repair of the World War I Memorial Fountain at Long Wharf is an example of a successful collaboration in our community. While I was President of the Rotary Club of Cambridge we were facing a huge fundraising effort to restore this important community landmark. Rotary teamed up with the Chamber and through collaborative efforts of the business community we were able to secure the assets and resources required to make the fountain run again. This very positive experience initiated my engagement with the Chamber and lead to me taking on the role of President for 2016.
The Chamber has resources that are available to all members, and our goal is to insure our members know what is available. The Chamber Board Room is available to all Chamber Members. The next time you have a business meeting, board meeting, or employee training consider the Board Room, all you need to do is call and make a reservation. Other membership benefits include placing a flyer in our monthly newsletter (4 times per year), hosting a business after hours event, sending a constant contact e-blast, ribbon cutting events, social media posts, and more. There are also member to member offers, for example, Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery will waive the event room charge for Chamber Members. We also foster collaboration by providing our members with timely, informative and fun events throughout the year.
Explore our website (DorchesterChamber.org) or call the office to get more information on the benefits of being a Chamber Member. When you call the Chamber, you will experience what we believe is the best chamber staff in the state. Robin Marie Burton and Robin Stanley (the Robins) have a wealth of knowledge to share about Dorchester County that they have gathered during their years of service to our community.
I look forward to working with an outstanding Board of Directors that represents our diverse community and thank them for the honor of being the Chamber President.