Happy New Year to our Olivia Chamber members and here’s to a successful 2020 and beyond!
This has been an active and important year for the Olivia Chamber of Commerce as we have worked hard to better serve our members and become a more effective and sustainable organization. This has occurred through streamlining cost and the addition of significant value as part of an emerging vision for the new Olivia Chamber of Commerce that more competently serves today’s community business needs in concert with local governments and organizations, including the Olivia Main Street Program.
Streamlining expense and developing a roadmap for the future:
This Spring Olivia Chamber began streamlining expenses by empowering and challenging the Chamber Board members to take a more active role in the organization while moving away from a traditional Chamber Director in favor of an Administrative Assistant position that has been dutifully filled by Kristy Marks. Furthermore, this fall, the Olivia Chamber Board completed a roadmap for the future through a planning session under the direction of Samantha Nelson. As a result, we have a more invested, dynamic board better coordinating to create diverse, meaningful value for all its members; the highlights of which are listed below.
Adding value –– better communication, more services, improved existing programs and events
Newsletter: Here it is… The first of what will be quarterly Olivia Chamber of Commerce newsletters that will be used to better inform and coordinate membership with regard to business and Chamber events and activities.
Facility: Thanks to the Artists on Main Street Program the Chamber of Commerce has a new vibrant, exterior facade celebrating the legacy of the Corn Capital. Additionally, the board has worked to better open the space to Chamber members and organizations, making the space (and projector equipment) available to members looking to host gatherings and activities.
Educational events: This newsletter features the first of our “Emerging Leadership Institute” events, which will effectively offer a series of educational opportunities for business members to learn about new best practices and opportunities to the benefit of our businesses’ human, technical and financial resources.
Tourism and retail: The Chamber is beginning to work on new promotional materials that package and present Olivia retail offerings with shared promotions and branding.
Improving existing initiatives: Looking ahead the Olivia Chamber looks to avoid complacency and continually improve existing Chamber functions and initiatives whether it be with regard to our highly successful Career Fair (May 14, 2020 – Save the date more information coming soon) , Corn Capital Crazy Days and Young Entrepreneur event or Holiday Happenings.