Highlights of the Year
Chamber Facility: Chamber member Tony Tate Landscape Architecture sponsored a detailed landscape design for the Chamber property. Gained Town approval, sent RFPs, awarded contract and installed gutters and hardscape. Planting completed October 2016.
Legislative Action: Adopted resolutions on two legislative issues. The issues related to healthcare and the Wake County transit plan.
Process Improvements: Greatly reduced Chamber office paperwork by transitioning all member files and accounts payable files to an online system. This not only reduces paperwork, but also makes the data more quickly accessible.
Expansion at White Oak: Continued to welcome new businesses to White Oak and performed ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Member Engagement: Broke both attendance and sponsorship records for each of the Chamber’s annual events: Expo, Broadway Voices, Raffle, Women in Business luncheon, CONNECT Conference and Summit Awards.
Expo: Re-branded and re-created the Business Expo, resulting in increased participation by Chamber members. 99 members exhibited, an increase of 15%.
Raffle Profit Record: For the first time, the event was held at Wake Tech Community College. Event profit exceeded prior year by 42%.
Connection Through Digital Communication: The Chamber’s electronic reach has expanded to a monthly average of nearly 11,000 Website page views; 4,700 e-News opens; and more than 2,000 Facebook “likes” (41% increase over past year) with monthly reach of 46,000.
Chamber Staff: April Wood and Beverly Adams joined the Chamber staff, filling the vacant Membership Development position.
Broadway Voices in the Limelight: The success of the series continued through its sixth season, bringing additional acclaim to Garner through a regional marketing campaign.
Maintained Solid Financial Position: Review by and independent auditing firm acknowledged the Chamber’s solid financial position.