March 2013 Word from the Chairman

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpring is in the air and with the season comes all things fresh and new. Now is a great time to make a new start and begin re-connecting with your North Chamber. Why not take some time to reflect on why you joined the North Chamber in the first place? Perhaps you wanted to network, build relationships and work on business development … or maybe you’re looking for leadership or professional development opportunities.

Get Connected. Get Involved.
Whatever your motivation for membership with us, we’re excited that you are a part of it. Now it’s time to get connected and get involved. One of the best ways to get connected is to join a committee, where you can work alongside fellow member professionals to plan and implement events, volunteer for events or benefit from informational sessions on a variety of topics from government affairs and technology to social media. Learn more about Participation Opportunities.

If you require more personalized assistance, please reach out to the staff liaison for membership and marketing, Renée Crittenden-Garcia, and she will be happy to help you identify ways that you can make the most of your membership.

Remember, the North Chamber is a membership organization and all that we do depends on the volunteer participation and support of our valued member businesses. It’s your leadership and involvement that helps to keep Bexar County strong.

Social Media
I certainly recognize that your time is precious and there’s only so much you can dedicate to activities outside of your office. If you aren’t able to attend meetings regularly, you can always stay engaged with North Chamber happenings, member and community news through our social media channels.

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter, use hash tag #keepSAstrong

Follow us on LinkedIn

Additionally, the North Chamber wants to help you promote your business online. All members are invited to share their company news, which is posted to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Chairman’s Council member news is posted to the North Chamber blog and may be viewed on the North Chamber homepage, in addition to social media channels. Learn How to Submit Member News.

For those members who are working at the business of social media every day, you may want to consider involvement in the new Social Media Committee where volunteers will participate in a users’ group to provide mutual counsel on social media strategy, tactics and trends and plan and implement a social media informational/instructional event. This is the first year for this committee, which is being chaired by Lisa Lewis, CPS Energy. You’re invited to attend the first committee meeting on Monday, March 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the North Chamber office.

Mark Your Calendar
For those of you who enjoy a little friendly competition and networking with fellow members, I hope you’ll join us for the Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 9, at the beautiful and challenging TPC San Antonio. We’re getting an early start this year with tee time starting at 7:30 a.m. As we anticipate a bright sunny day (and no rain like we encountered last year), you can still register for a foursome or join Dahill in sponsoring the tournament.

Lastly, I hope you’ll continue to Buy Local. Buy North Chamber. If we each commit to purchasing from a fellow North Chamber member – imagine the impact that could have on each of our businesses! Please visit the North Chamber website Find A Member section to assist you as you review your company’s needs and consider suppliers (you can search by business category, alpha by company name or just companies offering a coupon/special offer).

On behalf of our North Chamber staff and board of directors, I thank you for your continued membership, involvement and support. We appreciate all you do and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Brad Rollins
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board