Business owners have an invaluable resource in the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce and its staff – and that is no small thing as entrepreneurs navigate the ins and outs of running a business and juggling the many roles that requires.
JR Humphries, Development Manager for the Chamber, said opportunities to grow and network are abundant.
“We are the economic engine that powers the local business community. We advocate for our members and work tirelessly every day to make Simpsonville a better place to live, work, and play.”
Simpsonville businesses look to the Chamber for opportunities to increase their visibility and their bottom line, and they know that the Chamber represents them at the local and state level when it comes to legislative issues and important decisions.
Humphries is passionate about the role that Chamber membership can play in personal relationship building, professional networking, and the business growth that results. He is a firm believer that Chamber membership leads to new friendships as well as business contacts, and both contribute to the success and growth of a business.
“We strive to offer a high value to our members – from our online resources, to professional development sessions, to advertising opportunities, he said. “No matter what your business needs to grow, membership with the Simpsonville Chamber will provide access to the tools your business needs to succeed.”
The Chamber also hosts numerous annual events that are open to the entire community, which give local businesses an opportunity to connect directly with their target markets. Jennifer Richardson is the Chamber’s Corporate & Community Event Director, and enjoys matching members with events that will best serve their business goals. The Annual A-List Awards, Swing & Shuck (a combined golf tournament and oyster roast), Sippin’ In Simpsonville Tasting Tours, Health Fairs, and Christmas Parade are just a few such opportunities that offer fun experiences outside of the usual business routine.
The Leadership Golden Strip program is another signature offering and is lead by the Chamber’s President Allison McGarity. “Our Leadership program is a dynamic journey designed to cultivate our local corporate and community leaders. Many Leadership Golden Strip graduates go on to serve on the Chamber’s Board, earn promotions at work, and get elected to public offices.” More information about this program can be found in the article on page 12 of this book.
As Simpsonville’s business community continues to grow, McGarity is excited about the future of the Chamber and its team of staff and board members. “We are constantly looking for new strategies to shake things up and increase the value that our organization provides here in Simpsonville,” she said. “We are all committed to being a positive force in providing leadership and advocacy to unite and improve our local business environment.”