After five and a half years on the Chamber staff, I experienced my turning point. I looked around the faces at a Chamber event and realized I recognized more than not. This is an important moment in a Chamber career, which is ultimately based on building positive relationships with the business and community leaders who choose to invest in you.
A couple months later came another turning point: I’ve barely glimpsed the surface of the inner workings of the team of people who keep Fargo Moorhead humming.
Outside of the 8 to 5 crew is another set of business people: the creative shops, the consultants, the artists, the framers and galleries that support the artists, the coders, the writers, the candlestick makers… As a Chamber professional, it occurs to me that our workday doesn’t match theirs. If we are to engage these vital players in Chamber initiatives, we’ll need to do so on their schedule.
What if a Chamber created a staff position with hours that more closely match that of this niche community to allow for after hours meetings and Chamber support at gallery openings and poetry readings? Talk about taking a Chamber in a new direction.