Remember to use the Chamber´s advocacy resources
By Dana Dykhouse
2014-15 Chair of the Board
2014-15 Chair of the Board
Why did you join the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce? Networking with other members in the business community to expand your customer base? Leadership development programs? Information about issues that affect your business? Educational tools for you and your employees? Promotional opportunities available only for members?
Our Chamber of Commerce strives to provide programs and services throughout the year that appeal to the broadest base of our 2,200-plus members – whether they´re utilizing our networking or educational opportunities.
But perhaps one of our most undervalued yet priceless membership benefits is the emphasis we put on advocating for business –businesses of all sizes and services.
While you´re busy running your business and making contact with your customers, we´re paying attention to issues that affect your bottom line for you. We are a resource for our members throughout the year, but perhaps even more so during the annual legislative session. This issue of Chamber News showcases our Sioux Falls area legislators who, like our public affairs staff, are preparing for the 2015 legislative session. The Chamber provides several opportunities to interact with our elected officials and I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. See the calendar on page 28 for more information.
If you´re not able to actively participate, we´ve got you covered. Throughout the session our staff will be communicating legislative activities in the weekly electronic newsletter, The Chamber Advocate (along with government activities at the local and federal levels, too). You can get instant information via our advocacy Twitter handle, @SFAreaAdvocate (and those of our legislators). The Chamber also tracks a number of bills throughout the session, ranking them in tiers by their level of importance to the Chamber´s legislative platform. The Bill Tracker can be sent to you via email or you can view it each week at siouxfallschamber.com. Want our staff to track an issue for you? Let us know and we´ll add it to the list.
We strive to actively engage our members in our legislative process. All members should have received our annual issues and advocacy survey. We use this information to develop our annual legislative platform and update our policy statements, both of which our Board of Directors will approve later this month.
Our advocacy efforts are successful because of the strength of our membership base. We represent many voices that are stronger because we´re working together to maintain our excellent business climate and quality of life. Thank you for your continued investment in the future growth and progress of the Sioux Falls area.