Presidents Message

Feb 14, 2018

From the Desk of Kristi Howell

President / CEO of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Since today is the last day of 2018 it seems appropriate to spend a few minutes to reflect.  2018 was filled with new opportunities for me person, our Chamber and you, our members.  There is also room for new opportunities and certainly improvement.  As I close the door on 2018, I will leave it open just bit so I can look back on lessons learned as we continue to open new doors of opportunity for you, our members.

Thankful.   Over the last several days many of us gathered with family & friends and shared what we are thankful for.  I am so thankful for you, our members.  I am  thankful that you have chosen to spend your marketing dollars with us and that you have made being an active  part of this business community a priority.  I am thankful for the opportunity to share ideas & best practices with some of the best business people and thought leaders in our region.  I am thankful that together, we can connect business for growth & success in our region.

Connections come in many different shapes & sizes.  As someone who is in business development myself, I understand the need to target your “A “client or customer.  But as the Chamber CEO, I always understand that you don’t know everyone knows.  That small business owner could be doing businesses with some of the largest companies in the region.  Going to an event, even being a member of the chamber isn’t about the immediate connection.  Our network has network.  It is wide & it is vast.  Be mindful of the doors someone can open for you & you for them. Networking is simple if you are mindful and present…connections can be endless.

BCRCC offers vast opportunities for your business to Connect, Grow & Succeed.  From educational articles to educational programming, networking opportunities, direct referrals and more.  2019 planning is underway with new programs to include the Executive Women’s Connection Network, Technology Council round tables, HR round tables and more.   Look for reinvention of some of your favorite programs and more.   You asked for new programming & we listened!  We are excited to offer you new opportunities in 2019 to Connect, Grow & Succeed.

I can’t believe that Labor Day weekend is upon us already.  Not only does this mark the beginning of our Fall event season, but it also marks the beginning of planning for 2019.  I’m sure most of you are thinking about that as well.
At BCRCC, we pride ourselves on delivering programming to you that is designed to meet your needs.  To that end, over the next few weeks, you will receive small special interest surveys to help us plan 2019.  I promise they will take less than 5 minutes to complete.  Please take some time & share your thoughts with us.  

Your Opinion Matters.  Someone recently asked me why I think we have such a great chamber.  My response was our members.  They are engaged.  They are responsive.  They walk the walk.  I like to think that as an organization we are responsive to your needs and keep our programming fresh and up to date.  Some things need to go away and come back and some things just need to go away to make room for new ideas.

BCRCC is currently working on our strategic membership initiatives as well as 2019 planning..  Over the next few weeks, you will receive requests from us to complete surveys.  We will keep them short, but please take some time and give us your feedback.  We can only be responsive to your needs if you tell us what they are!

Summer is upon us.  Kids are out of school and they are looking to gain experience.  I’ve learned that these kids are smart and eager to learn. Summer interns can help take the burden off of your team while members are on vacation while helping a young person gain vital experience in the workforce.  I often hear that the younger generation doesn’t know how to communicate in a business setting.  Well, neither did I until someone gave me the opportunity to learn. Consider giving someone else that opportunity this summer.

Summer is here!  I often find myself making great plans to get out early and enjoy the summer days.  Then before I know it Labor Day is here and I’ve spent the summer at my desk.
I have made pledge to not do that this year.  Summer is a great time for team building activities.  Take the time, the work will always be there. Get out and enjoy the weather.  Plan something great to do with your team like a ball game or charitable event.
Whatever you do, don’t let summer pass you by.

As spring arrives, for real this time with the right weather, I want to get of out the office & see you.
I’d love tour of business and the opportunity to meet your team and learn how we can help you connect your business.  I will be reaching out to many of you, but if you’d like to set up a visit, please call or email me.

Happy Spring!  Or at least that’s what the calendar says.  The calendar also says that we have just about completed the first quarter of 2018!  Where did time go?  Are you where you hoped you’d be by now?  I’m not, but I know that Spring is a time of growth and rebirth so its time to reconnect & prioritize.  Reset your goals, perhaps they have changed.

Spring is a great to refocus on growing your business thought BCRCC.  There is no time like the present to engage in a new program, participate in round table, attend a lunch or just meet with me about introductions.

Spring has Sprung!
There is no time like the present to Grow your business.

Connect. Grow. Succeed.  Its not just our tagline; its how we operate at BCRCC. We want to help you connect with fellow members and resources to help you grow your business. It’s not always about a lead; sometimes its a resource or a person to share ideas. It’s putting like-minded people together for discussions whether is our Executive Connection Network; healthcare professionals at our Healthcare Issues roundtables; hospitality professionals at our HRET Council; or technology professionals at our new Technology Council, and many more opportunities. We are here to help you and your business.  Give us  call.  Drop me an email.  Buy an ad!  Update your member profile. Attend an event! Connect with us to grow your business.

January Welcome to the first issue of The Connector, our new on-line monthly newsletter. I’m pleased that are now able to present a content driven newsletter where are members can share their expert advice. Over the next few months this will evolve. By March, the Connector will also live on our website for a month.  We need your help to make this a success!  While we have developed components to get us started.  We are looking for contributors.  Not every section will run every month. We are looking for members to commit to provided one article a quarter for 2018. Of course, we need your news too! Please keep posting your news on in members in the news and we’ll run it here too! Look for The Connector in you in box on the 3rd Monday of each month. Thanks for reading our first issue.