Membership Matters Growing the Chamber will benefit the community, new Chair Paul Bruflat says
Paul Bruflat has experienced the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce from a number of areas – he´s a Leadership Sioux Falls graduate, chaired a Membership Task Force last year and served on a number of committees. On Oct. 1, he took over as Chair of the Board in the organization´s 109th year.
Bruflat has two main goals for the next year – to grow the Chamber and to complete a successful Forward Sioux Falls 2021 campaign. To successfully achieve both of those goals will take the continued time and investment of other community leaders and the region as a whole to believe in a shared vision of growing the Sioux Falls area. It will also involve looking differently at the way things have always been done.
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has a reputation for being a leader in the Chamber industry. It´s the largest chamber of commerce in South Dakota and across the region. The organization is financially solvent, maintains strong programs and services and conducts a successful advocacy program. Because of that, Sioux Falls has hosted chamber leaders from several other communities who want to learn from the Sioux Falls area community leaders...
"If you don´t know where you are going, you´ll end up someplace else." – Yogi Berra
It´s true – if you don´t know where you´re going, you might end up somewhere else. Or better stated – if you don´t plan for the type of community you want to live and work in, you´re going to end up with whatever you get. And getting whatever we get is not the way we do things in Sioux Falls.
Would Sioux Falls be the successful community that it is today without the efforts of the Chamber? You could argue that we´d still be South Dakota´s largest city and a strong economic engine for the region and the state. But without planning, collaboration and vision, would we still have those attributes that make us uniquely Sioux Falls? Would we have the same philanthropic spirit that supports the Sioux Empire United Way so that we´re second in the nation in per capita giving? Would organizations like Feeding South Dakota have such strong support from the business community without the Chamber´s Community Appeals process? Would we place as much emphasis on recruiting new businesses and helping other...