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…

Are You Strong Enough?

To those of you who read follow me weekly, here’s the latest update following last week:  my sister’s husband is recovering from his medical emergency and on route from Iowa to his home in New Jersey. For those just glancing at this today, let me give you the short version.  My brother-in-law had a medical…

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…

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…

Developing a Bigger Pie

“That caye is a private island.  Norwegian Cruise Lines purchased it to create their own exclusive port for their cruise ship passengers,” our tour guide said with contempt. It seems Belize wrestles with many of the same development debates I was hoping to escape for a few days as my family vacationed in this beautiful…

Your Passion Defines Your Path

My son graduated from culinary school this weekend in a lovely ceremony celebrating the hard work, internships and learning required to earn the title “Chef.”  We are very proud and excited to follow his future career choices in this wide-open, in-demand field. With opportunities that range from restaurant to corporate to small business to health…