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									                   Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce


Media Contact:
Jonna Palmer,Vice President, Communications and Marketing
843.805.3031
jpalmer@charlestonchamber.org

Emily Watts
Public Relations/Publications Manager
843.805.3053
ewatts@charlestonchamber.org.



Vision
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is successfully positioning our region as America's
best location to live, learn,work and play.

Mission
Through leadership, relevancy, diversity and innovation, the Charleston Metro Chamber of
Commerce is the catalyst for advancing our region's economy, improving our quality of life and
enhancing our members' success.

Who We Are
    •   Oldest local Chamber in America (Est. in 1773)
    •   Five Star Chamber Operation, one of only 29 in America designated by the U.S.
        Chamber
    •   2,300 members
    •   $4.6 million budget
    •   Professional staff of 42
    •   Led by more than 900 active volunteers

What We Do
    •   Convene
    •   Educate
    •   Unify
    •   Advocate

Strategic Planning Process
Four year Strategic Plan (FY2007-FY2010)
Annual Program of Work (begins July 1 each year)
Members, Board and Staff Driven
Four Strategic Goals
Region's Economy: Promote and enhance a vibrant, diverse and sustainable economy through
measurable and actionable strategies.
Quality of Life: Maximize the benefits for a diverse population and culture by fostering a high
ranking quality of life for all residents of our region.
Members' Success: Provide targeted products, services, events and programs that members
consider as essential elements of their success.
Organization Improvement: Position the Charleston Metro Chamber organization to be
innovative, resourceful, responsive and effective for long term sustainability.

Chamber Core Values
What the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce "values1' as most important points 1 aspects
of its vision, mission and organization.. . leadership, relevance, integrity, diversity and
innovation.
     • Visionary and inspirational leadership within ourselves and in the community.
     • Being focused and relevant in all that we do.
     • Credibility, integrity and honesty in the workplace.
     • Recognize and value members' and employees' diversity.
     • Being innovative and creative and always willing to learn and adapt.

Operating Divisions
Goals and objectives will be carried out through these 12 staff divisions:
Program Divisions                                    Finance
Business Development                                 Membership Development
Hospitality Development                              Organization Development
Innovation
Member Programs                                      Initiatives
Public Policy                                        The Education Foundation
Regional Advancement                                 ThinkTEC
BACPAC                                               ExecNetSC
The Education Foundation                             FasTtracSC
                                                     Charleston Young Professionals
Support Divisions
Communications & Marketing
How Members Benefit from their Charleston Metro Chamber membership

Smart Buys
Members-only discount program will:
Add value to your membership
Reduce business expenses
Impact your bottom line
Networking.. .
Area Business Councils
Business After Hours
Special events

Exposure
Advertising
Sponsorships
Conferences
Member news in eUpdate

Be Involved
Volunteer opportunities
Committees, task forces, councils

Be Heard
   • Voice in government
         o Legislative/Public Policy Agenda - Active lobbying effort
             ChamberWatch grassroots network - Local, state and federal issues
         o Voice of the business community
         o Member surveys for input
         o Ambassadors
         o Speaking I presentation opportunities
         o Area Business Councils
             Conferences I Partnerships

Be Informed
    • News you can use
           o Business Advocate
           o eUpdate newsletter
           o www.charlestonchamber.net


Professional Development
    • Leadership Charleston
    • Conferences and workshops

Community issues and information
   • Area Business Councils
   • Economic Outlook Conference
   • Center for Business Research

Unique Distinctions / Recognitions of the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce ...

   •   America's First Chamber - oldest continuously operating municipal chamber of commerce
       in America established in 1773
•   Five Star Chamber, one of only 29 out of 6,936 chambers in the United States, 300 are
    accredited and among them only 29 have achieved five star status. Designation was
    received in 2005 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
•   Named the Best Overall Operation of any Participating Chamber in an American
    Chamber of Commerce Executives Association (ACCE) study of operational performance
    in 2006
•   Selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2006 as a "Best Practices Model" for its
    Human Resources Management operation
•   One of three finalists in 2007 for the "Chamber of Commerce of the Year" Award by the
    American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association (ACCE)
•   The Chamber's technology initiative (ThinkTEC) was recognized as a finalist for the 2007
    Innovator of the Year by the Charleston Regional Business Journal in 2007
•   Recipient of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Support Award
    in 2002, 2005 and 2007 for superior military / community relations. Competition is among
    the U.S. Air Force Bases of Air Mobility Commands and the communities where they are
    located
•   There are only 200 active Certified Chamber Executives (CCE designation) in America
    and the Charleston Metro Chamber has two of them - Charles Van Rysselberge and
    Mary Graham. CCE is the highest professional designation one can achieve in the
    Chamber management field, awarded by American Chamber of Commerce Executives
    Association (ACCE)
•   The Charleston Metro Chamber has a nationally recognized Certified Community
    Researcher (CCR) Mary Graham received CCR designation from C2ER, the Council for
    Community and Economic Research which demonstrates a master level of economic and
    demographic research analysis and an ability to utilize this knowledge for practical
    community research applications

								
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