To be the Region's foremost advocate for business.
“Increasing business growth through Development, Advocacy, Resources and Education.”
D - DEVELOPMENT: Provide opportunities for business and community development.
A - ADVOCACY: Represent business needs to lawmakers, and track trends that affect business.
R - RESOURCES: Provide the necessary resources to support healthy businesses.
E - EDUCATION: Provide opportunities to grow business through a variety of educational events.
RALLY, RADIATE & RAPPORT
Our theme for 2016, besides being our 70th year in business, include the 3 R’s. Probably not the 3 R’s you think I might bring up…Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic. No, the 3 R’s for 2016 include Rally, Radiate, and Rapport. The Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce will rally behind its core values and objectives, rally around the cities we serve and rally around the citizens that make up this integral part of St. Louis County. Rallying means the Chamber will continue to develop business and be their advocate, function as the business resource to members and the general public, and to educate our membership to help them grow as business and community leaders.
Now, of course, the Chamber has always been an advocate and a resource for business. And as we continue in our 70th year – we’re going to kick it up a notch!
Over the last several months, the Chamber board of directors has been hard at work looking at our programs to make sure we serve you better.
This year, as the Chamber radiates, we want to expand the traditional geographic reach, provide members even more opportunities for enrichment, and deepen our relationships with non-traditional allies and organizations. Economic Development will be a major focus. By working more closely with state and local government officials to help attract new businesses, we will improve the business climate, increase revenues and draw more customers to our region.
We must also strive to increase our rapport, not only with the governmental groups listed above, but with leaders in the business industry. We must take advantage of the resources provided by State and Federal agencies and make our membership aware of those resources, and we must continue to encourage networking among the membership to build friendships that lead to more business for all participants.