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Lending a Voice

Posted August 15, 2012 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Betty Ridout, President Windsor Heights Chamber

What do you do when you feel you aren’t being heard? Do you speak in a louder voice, use dramatic hand gestures, or maybe even s-l-o-w d-o-w-n y-o-u-r s-p-e-e-c-h?

For people in business, particularly for people who own a business, it can feel at times like nobody is listening, especially in the government sector. Along with solid resources and support, you need a team of people who not only listen but understand and can help you grow your business. Read on below to learn how the Windsor Heights Chamber can give you not just a voice, but an influential political megaphone.

The Chamber is a powerful collection of merchants with like-minded concerns who have limited time but need to find and keep customers, train and retain employees and navigate the rules and regulations required to operate their business. For this article, we’re focusing on how the Chamber amplifies your message to local, state and national politicians, letting them know what is important to you as a business owner and professional.

At a recent monthly Windsor Heights Chamber luncheon, we were fortunate to have Threase Harms, CEO of Advocacy Strategies, join us to talk about the role of the lobbyist in navigating the political sphere on behalf of organizations. The Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and most influential organizations in the U.S. working on behalf of business interests.

If you have concerns about taxes, healthcare or any legislation that directly impacts your business, then being a member of your local Chamber exponentially raises the power of your voice. This significant impact comes from the collective membership of many — which is why your involvement in your Chamber is so important — both to your bottom line and to your community. The Chamber of Commerce truly works for business professionals who want to be heard and by their political representatives.

Annual Chamber golf event Sept. 12
Another of the many ways the Chamber works for you and the business community is to sponsor events that help business people network and promote their services. The Windsor Heights Chamber annual golf outing has been successfully bringing individuals together for an afternoon of fun for the past eight years. Please sign up with a foursome and consider helping sponsor this event. Get to know your fellow professionals, and learn more about them and what they do. Sign-up forms are available at Windsor Heights City Hall and at the home page of Windsor Heights Chamber website. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with shotgun start at noon. Play will be fast, fun and furious with prizes galore to be awarded. You’ll be able to meet and talk business with colleagues while you have a blast. Then finish the day off with a succulent steak dinner and Hawaiian luau, provided by Chamber member Windsor Heights Hy-Vee. Make it your business to be there — it’s the social event of the summer.

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