I am ready for the unique challenges that come with my new position as your Wellington Chamber of Commerce President. Although 2021 was a banner year for retention and events, my goal is to grow our membership substantially this year. With a solid infrastructure in place, we can manage a larger investment of members while maintaining our boutique chamber feel. In that, I want to challenge each member to consider inviting a potential new member to an upcoming Chamber event. I am confident once people meet us, our members and our leadership team, they will join. The larger the membership, the stronger our referral base.
One of our unique initiatives is through our small business committee, our “CHAMBER COLLABS” video series. Here, we ask Chamber Members who have met and partnered up on business endeavors to send us a video letting everyone know about their partnership. This is a great tool to not only promote our businesses but to lay the groundwork in becoming a self-sustainable entity. Meaning, why go outside our own chamber for referrals, partnerships and collaboration. We have a dynamic group already in place, and I personally trust we are all making sure to employ the CHAMBER MEMBER first policy!
As you know the vast majority of our events sold out fairly quickly in 2021. As we re-emerged from the pandemic our members came out to support events in numbers we have not seen to date. My goal is to grow these events in 2022 to best align our businesses and our brand with the community. With so many new businesses entering the marketplace, we want Wellington to shine as the premier destination to live, work and play as our philosophy as a municipal and boutique Chamber is to take care of our own four walls first.
Our Ambassadorial team has kicked off a retention program reaching out to members we have not seen at events or who may not be as engaged as we know they can be. We want to know what our members want from their investment and how we can best serve them and assist in their success. In that, my door as well as our Executive Directors door is always open, stop by, say hello and let us know what we can do. We love ideas and we are not afraid to try new things.
I am honored to take the helm his year and look forward to this adventure and to getting to know each of you much better. Please be sure to say hello after our event today and let me know how I and your Chamber can make your 2022 the best ever!
Scott H. Sweigart, Esq.
Wellington Chamber President 2022/2023