by Mike Eyster, Board Chair
Recently I’ve been thinking about why people participate in the Chamber? Why do they participate in business after hours? Why do they come to committee meetings at 7 AM? Why do they come to Greeters at 7 AM? Why do they say YES when Robert or Judy invite them to join the Chamber? Of course there are a variety of reasons - some know that belonging to the Chamber gives their business a level of status and legitimacy in the community. Some know that belonging to the Chamber provides a cost effective network for marketing their business or products.
Some are aware of the outstanding job the Chamber does of advocating for business. Some participate because they recognize that when businesses ban together they can create a vibrant business community that improves the business climate for ALL businesses. Our members realize that it is the success of our business community that provides the backbone for the quality of life of our ENTIRE community.
Increasingly, we are finding that people are joining and participating in the Chamber because they recognize the Chamber is an avenue for improving and giving back to the community. They recognize that business is in a unique position to have a positive impact on the quality of life in our community and that when they ban together they can do more than they can on their own. Increasingly our members recognize that the very important function of making our community a better place to work, live and play is something that they want to be a part of. They also recognize that their contribution to this effort MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
On Dec. 21, the Chamber held our second annual Chamber Champion’s breakfast to recognize the important role these champions play in the Chamber and in the community.
Our champions recognize that a successful business community and a successful community in general relies upon a group of leaders who are willing to give a little more, work a little harder, provide good jobs for a lot of people, and not only do a good job in their own businesses, but also share some of their knowledge and resources with others to make the entire community a better place. Our Chamber champions are leaders who have made a commitment to the success of their own businesses, to the broader business community and to the community in general.
The front page of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce membership brochure is headlined by the words, “Building our Region Together”. The footer on the same page reads, “Partnerships”. The strength of our local businesses and our community is built upon the commitment of leaders who take these words seriously and take seriously, their responsibility to contribute. Indeed our champions take these words seriously and their responsibility seriously to collaborate in contributing to the greater good.
The work of the Chamber is to provide a forum for organizing this work, assist community leaders in incorporating a business agenda into the work, and recognize and thank the leaders who take this work on. Below is a list of our Chamber champions. If you would like to join the list and become a champion, call the Chamber at 541-746-1651 and ask for Robert.
- 9Wood, Inc.
- Arclin USA LLC
- City of Springfield
- Eugene Airport
- Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
- Hexion Inc.
- IEQ Technology, Inc.
- International Paper
- Johnson Crushers International, Inc.
- Kaiser Permanente
- Kernutt Stokes LLP
- Lane Transit District
- Leahy, Van Vactor, Cox & Melendy, LLP
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center
- Murphy Company
- Northwest Retirement Services, Inc.
- NW Natural
- PacificSource Health Plans
- PeaceHealth Laboratories
- PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend
- Roseburg Forest Products
- Royal Caribbean International
- Sanipac, Inc.
- Springfield Public Schools
- Springfield Utility Board
- The Register-Guard
- Three Rivers Casino Resort
- Umpqua Bank - Mohawk
- University of Oregon
- Weyerhaeuser Company
- Willamalane Park & Recreation District