Valkyries Come For Our Fallen Hero

Val Camilletti deserves all the good said about her in the wake of her passing last week.  She was a tremendous person for her kindness as much as her influence and knowledge. I can only add my own admiration to what already has been said. So let’s talk about Val’s Halla instead. This “little” record…

Eventful: From Block Parties to Golf Outings

My block party morphed from the traditional potluck into a paid affair.  For the two plus decades I’ve lived here, we alternated one side of the street bringing appetizers and the other bringing entrees.  I’ll admit it was always a gamble, usually resulting in an overabundance of pasta salads. Still, I was shaken when the…

Local Economies Should Make the Short List

A consultant listed four of the most pressing issues in our community:  education, housing, food security and transportation. Because people do not have equitable access to these four intrinsic needs, he said, people’s access to livelihood, opportunity and quality of life are threatened. Yet missing from this list of top things we were to care…

Networking for Introverts

“The Chamber?  Isn’t that just a networking group?” Well, first of all, no, it’s not “just” a networking group.  We create a supportive community for small business owners interested in becoming business leaders, learning and promoting their business.  We offer digital and “in real life” products and services to make that happen. Today I wonder…

Renewing Our Point of View

My favorite part of reality tv show “Project Runway” is Tim Gunn’s exhortations to budding designers that they find their “point of view.” One fashion designer might believe the world needs more beauty. Another’s perspective could be there should be no gender differences.  Designers refine and communicate their individual points of view throughout the series…

If You Have Seen One Chamber…

“If you have seen one chamber, you have seen… one chamber,” goes the industry saying.  Each chamber is unique, molded around the needs, interests and make-up of its particular business community. Although we share the name “chamber of commerce,” chambers are not affiliated with each other.    Nevertheless, it is a real joy for me to…