The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce met in regular session last Tuesday and approved adding an Executive Director role to fulfill the many needs of the organization.
Chamber President Jordan Hunter informed it has been a necessity for quite some time and as the President he has filled the shoes when needed.
He says now is the time to hire someone for the position.
“We have the funding in place for that, so we have begun actively searching for someone to fulfill that role,” he said.
Hunter informed that the perfect person for the role would be someone with enthusiasm and drive who is also a self-starter.
“That is something that it is going to take,” he said. “You’re not going to have someone there looking over you everyday, and this position can grow into whatever you want to make it.”
The executive director of a chamber of commerce is a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in a community.
According to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, there are about 3,000 independent U.S. chambers with unique goals determined by diverse groups of members. Despite differences, all chamber directors work to promote and strengthen their communities by building prosperity through a healthy economy and a strong business sector.
Chamber directors plan, organize and oversee a range of services and events for members. They typically maintain a website that features local business news and a membership directory that is available to the public and potential new customers and clients. Most chambers hold regular social events that offer members a chance to network and share information and ideas. Some directors identify common needs among local small business owners and arrange lectures, workshops and training seminars on different management issues and opportunities. And many chamber directors oversee annual award programs that showcase businesses and business leaders.
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