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New Year’s Resolution – Stretch Your Mind and Your Talents

Posted January 11, 2013 in Community Blogs, Downtown

After a holiday with a snow storm, this week may be the first normal week for you in quite a while. You may be feeling overwhelmed with tasks or a little out of sorts as you adapt to routines. This is the perfect time to dive into something new, and as you get readjusted, allow that fresh activity to become a part of your normal schedule.

When thinking about volunteer activities, the Chamber isn’t often the first opportunity that comes to mind. Yet, there are numerous volunteer needs with your local chamber. Chambers need Ambassadors, to wear a bright smile and welcome new businesses and attendees at networking events – someone who carries not only a positive spirit, but also someone who is resourceful and likes to help others.

Programs and networking events are critical to chambers. Contribute your ideas to exciting opportunities and informative programs for chamber members. If you’re a detail-oriented person, be that person who helps make the event or program seamless and one that attendees will be talking about for a long time.

Maybe you are a connector. When a new business is opening, joining the chamber isn’t always top of mind. You can connect new businesses to the chamber, to be there for them the day they open their doors and celebrate with a ribbon cutting. Connectors also help existing businesses become more visible and link them to the chamber resources they need.

If you’re looking to try out a new skill set or display your talents, there are committees who want writers, photographers, speakers, planners, thinkers and more. Contact your Chamber representative and set a time to meet and explore your skills to be matched with a committee who would benefit from them.

The Chamber is an ideal place to be noticed as a leader. Whether you join or lead a committee, seek a board position, or are present at networking events, you are visible to chamber members.

Great chambers are made of people who bring an open and creative mind to help members become engaged, work with them to problem solve, or initiate a program or new resource to help member businesses grow and flourish.

The Des Moines Downtown Chamber wants you to consider being involved this year. To begin your personal journey, reach out to any of the Chamber’s leaders, found at

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