YOUR Membership at Work

YOUR membership is vital to the Chamber’s mission to champion business growth and business prosperity throughout Union County.

The 3rd quarter of 2021 saw YOUR Chamber continuing that work through our efforts to bring visibility to member businesses and create a welcoming atmosphere for business growth and innovation. Read below to see YOUR membership at work. 

VISIBILITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Return to In-Person Events

YOUR Union County Chamber understands the importance of making connections to help grow your business.  We were happy to return to in-person events in August, following 16 months of virtual presentations. We kicked off the in-person events with a Ribbon Cutting at the Chamber Offices to celebrate the building refresh. 

The Chamber Board of Directors, along with Circle Investor members previewed the updates which included adding acoustic ceiling tiles and a new AV system in the main conference room, along with fresh paint throughout the building. We also installed new LED lighting inside for energy conservation and to brighten up the office.

The return to in-person events has included several Business Builder Presentations, a Women In Business Luncheon, Small Business Presentation, Young Professionals of Union County Presentation and more. 

While things may look a little different, we have enjoyed reconnecting face-to-face with members and the community.  We hope to see YOU at an upcoming event.

WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT

Early in September, the Chamber Board of Directors and staff gathered for a two-day retreat focused on the Strategic Plan for YOUR Union County Chamber.

Consultants Kyle Sexton and Eric Ryan guided us through a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the business world, and how Chambers can better serve members and the community at large. 

The retreat ended with a strong framework to guide the Chamber over the next few years. Committees will meet over the next few weeks to fine-tune the plan and will share updates soon. 

One of the first tasks the Strategic Planning Retreat sparked updating the Chamber’s Mission and Vision statements to more accurately reflect the work we do every day for our members and community.
 
We’ve updated the Mission Statement to stress our dedication to champion growth and prosperity for businesses throughout Union County. Our refreshed Vision Statement highlights the thriving economy and excellent quality of life we are building with our partners.

Mission Statement

We champion business growth and business prosperity throughout Union County.

Vision Statement

Everyone who does business or lives in Union County enjoys a thriving local economy and excellent quality of life.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Make It in Union County (MIUC) is a grassroots effort to increase awareness of the positive impact manufacturers have on our community and to promote manufacturing as a top career choice. Our goal is to increase awareness among students, parents, and educators that today’s manufacturing field is a great place to work, with excellent career opportunities and high-paying jobs. 

Due to the pandemic, we moved to a virtual setting this year. The shift allowed us to reach thousands of Union County students, parents, and educators. 

RESOURCES TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

DO BUSINESS WEB PAGE

Building a business can be challenging and lonely. Finding the assistance, information, and allies you need can be overwhelming and slow the growth of your business.

YOUR Union County Chamber has created a new webpage to help. Head over to the “Do Business” page for:

> Information and updates on news that affects you as a business owner.

> A curated list of legislation relevant to businesses with links to more information.

> Resources, documents, and links to to help you grow your business, and much more. 

CHAMBER MEMBER SUCCESS STORY - COUNCIL ON AGING IN UNION COUNTY

The Council on Aging in Union County is a nonprofit agency that serves people age 60 and older in Union County. The agency has existed for over 45 years to offer resources and services to enable our older neighbors to age successfully in our community.

As part of our efforts to help build a thriving community throughout Union County, YOUR Union County Chamber helped connect the Council on Aging with Truist Bank regarding a project they were looking to support. Andrew Friend, Executive Director of the Council on Aging in Union County shares more about the project here. 

Our newly adopted mission is to advocate for the well-being of older adults by providing services and resources for them to live independently. Our chamber has offered a wide variety of opportunities for our organization to engage with community members and business leaders. Almost immediately after joining our chamber, our agency’s visibility increased tremendously. Our vision is to be the trusted resource in our community where everyone has an opportunity to age successfully. Our membership has helped us share our story, engage our community with volunteer opportunities, partner with new supporters, and indirectly reach more of our older neighbors and achieve the goal of our vision. 

The chamber team always does a fantastic job at pairing organizations and businesses. Whether it is looking for a company to help with a project, or looking for resources and training to strategically grow, the Chamber is an excellent resource that truly fosters our business community in Union County.

Pat reached out to connect us with Truist when Todd Price, a branch manager at Truist, was interested in selecting a nonprofit project that will support their Lighthouse project. This connection resulted in Truist donating $3,000 to Council on Aging to support our medical alert button program to install life saving devices in the homes of our older neighbors. 

Our nonprofit agency has been working to increase our visibility and community presence. In many ways, the chamber has helped us become visible through networking, recommendations, training, and most importantly guidance.

THE WORK CONTINUES

It is YOUR partnership and YOUR investment that makes all of this work to champion business growth and business prosperity throughout Union County possible. 

Read the 2021 Q2 update here.

Read the 2021 Q1 update here.

You can read the 4th quarter of 2020 update here.

We mean it when we call it YOUR Union County Chamber.