TROY/MARYVILLE/ST. JACOB/MARINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES 500 CHAMBER MEMBERS
The news is exciting -- the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce is celebrating reaching 500 Chamber members! “This is something that we have strived for the last couple years” said Dawn Mushill, Executive Director of the Chamber. “Our members are the best, and bringing all of these businesses together means a stronger business community”.
What does the Chamber do? They are a 501c6 non-profit organization funded through membership dues, sponsorships, tourism funding, non-dues revenues and donations. They work with the business members to help grow their business, promote their business and provide opportunities within the community to show off their business. They also provides networking opportunities each month so businesses can look for business-to-business partners. Currently the Chamber is working on educational and training opportunities, more promotional opportunities for businesses and new community events.
The Chamber serves their members in many different ways – through connecting the member businesses, promoting the member businesses and also providing networking opportunities. They serve the community through organizing free community events such as the Community Expo, Troy Family Summer of Fun events, Troy City Wide Garage Sale, E-cycle Day and also promotion of other community events. In addition, the Chamber provides new resident packets, serves as an informational resource for questions, works with Triad School District to assist in a variety of ways and also provides resources such as a community calendar, job opportunities and more. “We are always looking for new ways to serve both our members and the community. Anyone with ideas should contact the Chamber office at 667-8769” said Mushill.
The Chamber is governed by a fourteen member Board of Directors and serving as president this year is Deanne Stegeman (CountryFinancial). “I joined the Chamber when my business was a few years old, and I find the friendships I’ve made through Chamber events are an invaluable part of doing business in my community. You become a resource to connect your clients to the goods and services they need. It’s much better than any online referral “list” in my opinion” stated Deanne. Ambassadors are also a huge part of the Chamber’s success. The Ambassador Committee has two lead Ambassadors – Mark VanZeyl (Bullseye Promotions) and Ryan Sautman (Just4You Insurance). The Ambassadors assist at networking events, welcome new members and attend ribbon cutting ceremonies .
The Chamber office is located at 647 E. US Highway 40 in Troy, the location providing good access to all four communities. “In 2009 we approached Maryville about adding them to the Troy Chamber. Then, in 2011 we spoke with St. Jacob and finally, in 2013 the Chamber added Marine. That is a long phone greeting – for sure” laughed Mushill. “All four communities bring their own flare to the Chamber and we are honored that all four communities are so supportive of the Chamber” said Mushill.
The Chamber is a Chamber without borders, which means that if the Chamber can assist any business, no matter where they are located, the Chamber can help them. We always encourage the members to be a member in their community Chamber as well. “I think the biggest misconception of Chambers is that you can only be part of the Chamber for which your business is located. Really, if you think any Chamber can benefit your business, give them a try” said Mushill.
Recently, the Chamber has added a digital billboard on 55/70, with another one coming on 270. They have also added a wrapped Chamber car that is an eye-catching green color that you will see from a long way away. The Chamber’s website has been revamped to include a responsive site, which is good for cell phone usage.
In addition to Mushill, the Chamber has a full-time Marketing & Event Coordinator (Travis Stutsman), a part-time Membership Coordinator (Jessica Hutt) and a part-time Accounting Coordinator (Kim Lange). This semester, the Chamber will be hosting their 190th college intern. The interns are offered the opportunity to do real-world work at the Chamber, including attending networking events, designing flyers, writing press releases, updating the website and yes, taking out the trash. “Our interns are well rounded once they finish their internship. At that point, they have made many contacts with members about future employment” said Mushill.
There is a 500 member campaign going on now. You will see many of our members promoting the 500 members, in their own way. You can visit the Chamber’s FB page, their website (www.troymaryvillecoc.com) or stop by their office. The Chamber is here to serve you!