Small Business Development Committee Update - April 2016

Under the leadership of Rhonda Smith of Rhonda Smith Coaching and Training, the Small Business Development Committee is busy planning the Chamber’s upcoming salute to small businesses with our Small Business Week Breakfast. The committee received more than 180 nominations for small business awards in 5 categories. Determined by an independent panel of judges, the awards will be presented at the Small Business Breakfast, to be held at Heathrow Country Club on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, beginning at 7:30 AM. Guest speaker for the event will be Chrystal Scribner, one of the owners of the Chamber’s 2015 Small Business of the Year, Look Local. Block the time now and plan to attend.

Secondly, the committee is working in concert with the Economic Development Committee to plan the Chamber’s annual Silent Auction. The auction is planned in conjunction with the Industry Recognition Dinner on September 14. This initiative provides an excellent opportunity for our members to receive visibility with attendees while supporting a not-for-profit that the committee will select to receive a portion of the proceeds. Speak with any committee member now to get involved.

Finally, the committee is working with local company Convergent Partners to determine on-line opportunities for training, small business visibility and growth. More information about this initiative will follow as it develops.