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Chair´s Column

No business is an island when you´ve got your Chamber behind you

By Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

Paul Bruflat
Paul Bruflat
2015-16 Chair of the Board

No matter your business, it can be challenging to stay on top of marketing trends, tax regulations, plus take care of your day-to-day operations. For smaller businesses, that can be even more of a challenge. But that´s where the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce comes in – you don´t have to stand alone. No business is an island when you´ve got your Chamber behind you.

With your Chamber membership, you gain access to a network of more than 2,200 businesses and individuals representing thousands of employees in the Sioux Falls area. If you´re looking for service providers, potential clients or business resources, look to your fellow Chamber members.

No community should be an island, either, whether that community is defined as an education system, county/regional government or the growing communities surrounding the city of Sioux Falls. This issue of Chamber News looks at recent regional development successes that have taken place and plans for future growth. Much of that success stems from collaboration and cooperation, often through the Lincoln County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) and Minnehaha County Economic Development Association (MCEDA). Through the LCEDA/MCEDA organizations and other collaborative groups, the Sioux Falls area clearly knows how banding together can multiply the power of one. Attracting new businesses and more people, improving the quality of life and investing in education benefits one community – but also positively impacts the entire region.

Your Chamber of Commerce operates under a collaborative nature, too. The annual legislative session illustrates this quite well. Our Chamber Board approved our annual legislative platform and policy statements in December, which help give direction while in Pierre.

But our lobbying team doesn´t just head to the State Capitol for two months with no further communication with those of us back in Sioux Falls. Our Chamber participates in both formal and informal communication with other chamber and economic development organizations throughout the week. Using technology, our board leadership also participates in some of these discussions. Our various organizations may not always share the same position on an issue, but participating in discussion and education about issues is a benefit to all.

During the session, as well as other local government happenings here in Sioux Falls, the Chamber tweets (@SFAreaAdvocate), follows bills of interest to the Sioux Falls area and compiles them in our weekly Bill Tracker. We also add context to the issues we´re tracking in our weekly Chamber Advocate email.

A lot takes place during the session and our role is to represent the business interests throughout the Sioux Falls area. We take that role very seriously and I encourage you to take advantage of this membership benefit.

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