WCCE is fortunate to continue the strong leadership of the organization with the installation of Mike Steele, Executive Director of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, as the new board chair for 2016. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the organizations leadership role. Mike would like to encourage all Washington state Chamber professionals to join him in working to build a strong Chamber network and professional development association through the WCCE!
Is your Chamber a member of the AWB Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance? Here is your opportunity to join with over 50 of your Chamber (colleagues) to work together to better the legislative business environment through this effort facilitated by the Association of Washington Business. If you are interested in more information and how you and your Chamber can join the Alliance, contact Rich Hadley through the AWB offices.
The Tri-Cities hosted the Washington Chamber Executives for it's first annual statewide conference in three years. For the last 3 years, WCCE and the Oregon Chamber Executives has hosted a joint conference in the Portland/Vancouver area. The Three Rivers Convention Center and the SunnyHill Suites was Chamber central as Chamber professionals from around the state congregate to hear, share and experience the latest in the Chamber Leadership profession.
Cathi Hight is a Kaizen consultant and President of Hight Performance Group was a featured presenter at this year's WCCE Chamber Leaders' Conference. Considered as the Membership Guru and the developer of The Member Retention Kit and A New Approach to Tiered Membership, she provided realignment strategies that help chambers of all sizes manage constant change, deliver benefits that members value, leverage volunteer and staff resources efficiently, and effectively communicate the value of membership.
Other topics included "Economic Gardening", Innovative Chamber Social media strategies, Chamber 101 for the new CEO, Chamber Tourism, The Chamber Legislative game plan for 2016, "Ladder of Leadership Influence" and a number of breakout and workshop sessions.
A special thank-you to Lori Mattson, President/CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber and Chair of this years conference for a job well done!
If your Chamber has an upcoming event that have statewide appeal, contact the WCCE Offices to see about listing it on the site. Great way to get the word out to Chamber professionals and the public alike!
WCCE will be offering several upcoming webcasts in December. Be sure and check the WCCE Calendar for subjects, dates and time!