Businessman Shaking Hands In Front Of Mallet

"Honestly, you should pay attention, as well. Whether you’re in business or not, you have a family and a job and are a part of the community. What happens at the Capitol doesn’t stay at the Capitol."

I’m already done with pumpkin spice whatever, especially after discovering pumpkin spice Spam. Yes, it’s a thing. I’m also looking past the holidays to the opening of the state legislative session. Political junkies love this time, and those of us who are a political influence know it’s a very serious time. Honestly, you should pay attention, as well. Whether you’re in business or not, you have a family and a job and are a part of the community. What happens at the Capitol doesn’t stay at the Capitol.

Public policy/advocacy is one of the most unique and important functions of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is one entity speaking for thousands of voices from the business community, which has different forms. Most days, the chamber uses its voice to foster commerce in the form of referrals to area businesses. We also engage with our local and state-elected officials about matters important to the business community. It’s the chamber’s obligation to advocate for free enterprise, encourage business growth, and help maintain a stable economy and high quality of life.

Maybe it’s not obvious that the Southwest Valley Chamber does more than that. We are a hub of information for residents, business professionals and visitors. We know everything! Yes, I can say that with confidence. We have a knowledgeable and well-informed staff at the chamber of commerce who are very integrated and involved in the entire community. Plus, we have relationships with thousands of people, each of whom has their own unique skillset and connections. Remember, it’s not what you know, but who you know.

For business owners and other professionals, the Southwest Valley Chamber is a marketing and advertising powerhouse, a referral network, a training and education center, and a place to grow your business and build credibility. Many chamber members want to be an influence in the community, be part of something bigger, or simply make friends who think like they think. You’ll hear many of our members say, “Chamber is family.”

There are other groups, clubs and organizations who serve a needed purpose in the community. Only the Southwest Valley Chamber has the mission to serve as the central resource of a strong and collaborative business community by advancing economic growth and cultivating a vibrant business environment.

My thanks to the business owners, managers and others who are invested members of the chamber, because they support what the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce does for businesses and the community. You can find a list of members on the business directory, southwestvalleychamber.org.