BY LEANN DILBECK –
Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Benner has announced the launch of a new ‘Ambassador Program’ that the board hopes will further increase the Chamber’s presence in the business community as well as provide an additional avenue for pro-business and future business leaders to become active and involved.
Executive Director Paula Bailey said the program is closely modeled after another community’s program that has experienced very favorable results. She will be speaking at various civic organizations and presenting at local schools over the coming weeks.
The program’s mission is to develop a core group representative of the membership for the purpose of supporting and promoting a sound business environment through successful retention of members and attraction of new members; active participation at Chamber of Commerce events; creation and implementation of ideas to ensure organization strength and facilitate growth; and establishment of a rapport among the Ambassadors that serve the Chamber by its example of integrity and good will among the entire membership.
The Chamber Ambassador Committee will be a chosen member group by the acting Chamber Board of Directors, following an application and scoring process. This group will volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber, its members, and the county at large. Ambassadors, like the Board of Directors, will be in the center of the business activity of the community and enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening business relationships and accessing resources to further their own success. They will represent the Chamber through referring new members, participating in events, such as ribbon cuttings, chamber coffees, and more support activities.
“This is also a great opportunity for our future business leaders to emerge,” said Benner. “We hope we can provide a community-based platform that will attract young business leaders to get involved and gain valuable experience and at the same time provide a new youthful insight to the Board.”
Applications are available at the Chamber office at 524 Sherwood Avenue or by calling 479-294-2912. You may also download the application using this link: http://mypulsenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Chamber-Ambassadors.pdf. Spots will be limited. The deadline to submit your application is September 1, 2014.