When I began at American Express Financial Services, now Ameriprise Financial in late 1999, I knew that I would need to find ways to grow my client base. I also knew that I would have to join organizations to develop relationships in the community and LBCCC seemed like a natural place to start. Having been familiar with the Chamber from another job and from attending Career Women on the Move, it was an easy decision to establish a membership. The benefits and opportunities that the Chamber has to offer were just what I needed to promote myself. I began to attend some of the Business Card Exchanges and Percs, but what really helped me to increase my relationships and build my network was becoming involved in a committee. I participated on the Career Women on the Move subcommittee, became a sponsor of the event and now serve as co-chair of the new Women’s Resource Committee. By becoming involved in the Chamber I have made new contacts and renewed old ones, found ways to improve my business or skills and have taken advantage of the great benefits for small business owners.
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