Interim Executive Director’s Report: Your Chamber in Action

Max Neal, Interim Executive Director

Max Neal, Interim Executive Director


“Relevancy” is a word you will hear a lot in the coming months as the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce embarks on its 2017 Program of Work. This is something we need your input on. Is the Chamber meeting its mission? What benefits do you love? What benefits don’t you utilize? Are there benefits you may not even know about? What benefits or programs could we add to our program of work that will benefit your business? What value do you see in your Chamber membership? What can we do better, or initiate, to serve your needs.

With those questions in mind, we are crafting a membership survey which will arrive in your inbox within the next couple of weeks. We have designed it to take up very little of your time, but will get you thinking about the Chamber, membership benefits and your engagement with the Chamber. Your response will be greatly appreciated and your willingness to help shape the direction of your Chamber is vital to its relevancy and growth.

Committee News: The Backbone of Chamber Work

Marketing and Branding Committee:
The Marketing and Branding Committee, chaired by Dawn Archbald, has spent the summer focusing on customizing the Chamber’s website so it’s user friendly, more modern and to include more marketing options and advertising opportunities for Chamber members. Great Big Graphics and Vermont Web Marketing have volunteered their time and expertise to making sure the customize it done effectively, efficiently and well.

If you have questions about the website project, please reach out to

Events Committee:
After planning and executing a successful Amazin’ Grazin’, the Events Committee, chaired by Tracy Baker of Bourne’s Energy, is now planning the Annual Meeting and Celebration, scheduled for February 1, 2017. Bid requests have gone out to several venues so stay tuned for more information on this fantastic event.

Membership Committee:
The Membership Committee and its Ambassadors, Rich Jacobs, (Edward Jones Investments), and Michelle Legere, (North Central Vermont Recovery Center), are diligently working to reach out to Chamber members to gauge their level of satisfaction with the Chamber and its benefits. We encourage you to candidly discuss your membership with the Ambassador that calls you. Again, your input is key to the Chamber’s success, relevancy and growth.

A Chamber member kindly reminded me that you get back from the Chamber what you put into it. What incentives could the Chamber provide to get you to be more engaged with committee work? Do committees meet too often or at an inopportune time? Please reach out to me with your thoughts on the Chamber’s committee work.

For your Calendar:

Business Seminar with Mike Moser of the VT State Data Center:
The Census and Its Impact of Doing Business in Lamoille County
Monday, November 14 — 7:30 -9:30 a.m.
Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College
Breakfast Provided

Mixer at Stowe Bowl, a new Chamber member
November 30: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Mixer at Sushi Yoshi, a new Chamber member
December 14: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Visit for more information on these events.

Food For Thought…

Speaking of success, growth, and relevancy, here’s an excerpt from a study conducted by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE.)

In 2014 ACCE launched a group with an admittedly aspirational name… The Horizon Initiative Task Force. It is purpose was to tap into collective chamber wisdom and offer resources to predict what Chamber life would be like in 2015. The results were amazing and a document called “Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2015 emerged. Briefly eight influences were identify that will shape the next decade of Chambers of Commerce. They are:

  • The Nature of Belonging and Gathering
  • Communications and Technology
  • Scarcity and Abundance
  • Global Impacts
  • Population Shift
  • Political and Social Fragmentation
  • Resource Alignment
  • Catalytic Leadership

Call the Chamber or visit for a copy of the full report. It is awesome, and clearly provides a blueprint for Chamber success, relevancy and growth.

So….let the work begin, and it can begin with YOU becoming more engaged in your Chamber through Committee work, supporting our programs/events, being cheerleaders for your Chamber; and engaging in thoughtful dialog with Chamber leadership.

Max Neal
Interim Executive Director