President’s Report – August 2021
And then there’s August, my friends… the Sunday of Summer. The children are sun-kissed and ready for the first days of school and parents everywhere sigh in unison. How did we blink and most of 2021 is gone? I’ve already bought my 2022 planner! So far, it’s been a tremendous 2021! We’ve had a 95% retention rate in membership and a 12% increase in new membership. There are over 300 networking opportunities that the Chamber provides for its members! We love helping you build, grow, connect, and market your business!
Thank you to all those that will sponsor, participate, and volunteer for our 2021 Scholarship Bowl! We cannot do it without your support! We’re looking forward to a fun and safe time at Crest Bowl! Funds raised go towards our 2022 Scholarships and since it’s inception, the Chamber has given $100,000 in scholarships to our North County graduating seniors. We will be taking Back To School item donations during the event!
Ladies! Reserve your calendar for September 24th for the Chamber’s Annual Women’s Empowerment Seminar: Caring for Yourself! Presented by The Emerson Family YMCA and SSM Health DePaul. We have lined up phenomenal speakers for the day with Mental Health Speaker – Ms. Kennedy Brown, A.R.C. Foundation; Person Safety – Ms. Jorina Celeridad, Girls Getta Grip; Natural Health – Dr. Robyn Lawrence, Get Well Family Chiropractic; and Personal Finances – Ms. Halina Conti, Ameriprise Financial. Early bird pricing is $30! Call the chamber office today! Sponsorships are available.
Sign up now for our Membership Luncheon on August 18th at Orlando Gardens! Speakers will be Elliot Liebson, Economic Development Director for the City of Feguson; Travis Wilson, Economic Development Director for the City of Florissant; Rebecca Ahlvin, Economic Development Director for the City of Hazelwood; and Kellie Shelton, Economic Development Director for the City of Jennings.
Please join us for August’s Business After Hours on Thursday, August 12th at the Dooley’s Florist in Florissant from 5-7 p.m. Bring a friend, a spouse or a colleague! The more the merrier!
I leave you with this quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Best of luck to all our students, parents, school districts and private schools! I hope you have a very inspiring and successful new school year.