Darlene Stanley, Chairperson of the Board
As board members of the Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to ensuring that the dollars you invest with us are re-invested back into programs, activities and initiatives that further advance the Chamber’s mission. I am humbled and excited to have been selected to work with the current board to continue this mission to promote and serve our membership and our community.
As we look into 2021, our efforts will be focused on maintaining and strengthening the relationship with our Chamber members as well as working with and welcoming new businesses into our community.
The Chamber will continue hosting our monthly Huntington County Coffee Connections on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m., during the school year. This event enables attendees to share information or to update community leaders on important matters taking place in your business.
The Chamber office is now moved into its new location at the Arts & Entrepreneurial Center. The Chamber subleases space from Huntington University where the mission is to work more closely with faculty and students. We plan to serve those students by assisting them in finding internships and/or employment. For those interested in starting a business, there is a plan in place to help those students too. Our goal is to retain more of the graduating students and attract more students to the university.
The Chamber is also partnering with the Downtown Business Association to help bring more people to the downtown area throughout the year. We will continue working with those purchasing buildings and revitalizing them, those wanting to start a business and the entrepreneurs that need help with startup through our SCORE mentorship program.
We are also evaluating new programs that will further expand the networking opportunities to help those attending create stronger relationships within the community.
Our mission is to support local businesses and to promote an atmosphere in which businesses thrive and the quality of life in our community improves. As we work to fulfill that mission, the Chamber will work hard to support businesses and organizations that help to make Huntington County a great place to live, work and play.