Release Date: 12/23/2010
Technology is constantly charging ahead and any
successful business person knows staying on top of tech trends
in one way to keep your company in the spotlight. The Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber is helping their members stay on the cutting edge
by becoming the second chamber in the state of Missouri to join
up with MyChamberApp.
MyChamberApp is a smartphone application that provides
subscribers with a local chamber membership directory in the palm
of their hand. "This makes a great travel companion,"
said chamber executive director Cecilia Murray. "Area phone
numbers are instantly at your fingertips." With the push
of a button consumers can pinpoint, contact and with GPS-enabled
mapping, find their way into local businesses.
The Waynesville-St. Robert area sees a large number
of visitors who will find a great benefit in this app as it helps
them navigate their way through unfamiliar streets to area businesses.
Locals also will see a benefit in the opportunity to contact businesses
quicker and easily learn about any deals without any cost or hassle.
Everyone is encouraged to download this free app by visiting www.mychamberapp.com/download-2
or visiting their phone's application feature.
"We're delighted to be able to offer this benefit
to our members," said Murray; the only businesses listed
through this app are chamber members who are able to update their
listings, create coupon deals, and offer member to member discounts.
To learn more about becoming a part of the chamber contact their
office at (573) 336-5121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Release Date: 1/4/2010
If you've been to an event hosted by the Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber in the last few years you've undoubtedly spotted
the bright blue jackets and wondered to yourself who are those
people? They are members of the Chamber's Ambassador Club and
while a great deal of mystery seems to surround them their mission
and purpose are quite clear. They are the Chamber's secret weapon,
an army of champion volunteers.
In 2006 the Chamber saw a decline in its volunteers,
yet there were still those few faces that always came through
the office doors smiling and offering their support, time and
time again. In an effort to let those volunteers be recognized
for their services to the Chamber, and encourage others to follow
suit the Chamber established the Ambassador's Club. The Bylaws
and Regulations were created by comparing what other area Chambers
were doing and holding meetings with charter club members to
discuss what they foresaw for the group.
The founding Ambassadors based the organization
on one primary purpose to promote the Waynesville-St. Robert
Chamber of Commerce. They serve as good will Ambassadors, promote
understanding and confidence in the Chamber, and help promote
Chamber membership to all eligible businesses, organizations
As with any club or organization the requirements
for membership in the Ambassador's Club aren't nearly as mysterious
as some might speculate. Club bylaws state that membership is
limited to 30 Ambassadors from the general Chamber membership
who are in good standing and be voted upon by a simple majority
at the regular monthly meeting. Chamber members are also limited
to no more than two active Ambassadors at any given time. It
has always been a goal of the Club that no one business make-up
a majority of its membership.
Ambassadors Club membership presupposes an interest
in, sympathy with, and understanding of the purposes and objectives
of the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. With this
understanding there are commitments and requirements asked of
Ambassadors to remain in good standing within the Club. Most
of which includes being present at Chamber events throughout
the year to lend a helping hand or a shoulder of support.
If you've been looking for a way to make a heartfelt
connection through volunteerism and your business is a member
of the Chamber don't hesitate to contact the Chamber office
to learn more about the requirements of becoming a Chamber Ambassador.
There are plenty of blue jackets to go around! To contact the
Chamber office call 573-336-5121, e-mail email@example.com,
or visit us at 137 St. Robert Blvd. Ste. B.
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What is the
Release Date: 9/17/2009
Last month marked the 52nd anniversary for the
Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce and despite our presence
in the community for all these years the same questions always
come up. What is the Chamber? What do they do? Why should I
join? Here are some answers to those questions.
What is the Chamber? Officially the Chamber is
a voluntary organization of citizens who are investing their
time and money in a community development program working together
to improve the economic, civic and cultural well being of the
area. More simply put the Chamber is a group of businesses and
individuals investing themselves in the growth of their community.
Any citizen who is interested in helping to develop
the area is eligible to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
The work of the Chamber is financed by the investment of the
members who support it on the basis of their ability to pay
and their interest in the progress of the area. Which means
your membership dues and monies raised during fundraisers keep
the Chamber in business.
What do they do? The Chamber hosts community events
such as the Veterans' Day Parade and Community Pride Night.
We hold fundraisers such as the Taste of Pulaski County and
Basket Auction and the Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off. We administer
programs such as the CHOICES program which is presented to all
eighth graders in the county. But the majority of our work goes
unseen and that is the promotion of our membership. Through
our directories, mailings, web sites, phone calls and literally
our physical office we are able to connect the public to our
member businesses and organizations.
In addition our Government and Military Affairs
committee has been the driving force in the establishment of
the Veterans' Memorial to be placed in the Veteran's Cemetery.
Our Economic Development committee has also worked to develop
a demographics package for the area in the absence of a County
Why should I join? Besides the obvious marketing
and networking benefits being a Chamber member marks you as
a community leader. The results of a survey conducted by the
Shapiro Group to determine the effectiveness of an active membership
in the local chamber of commerce and its impression on consumers
were enlightening. Results showed a chamber membership as an
effective tool in helping to enhance a business' reputation.
In particular consumers believed that businesses involved with
their local chambers use good business practices, have a good
reputation, care about customers and are involved in the community.
That study aside the Chamber hopes that the connections
made and good feelings from being a part of a larger whole make
membership worthwhile. For more information about membership
please contact our office at 573-336-5121 or visit our website
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Release Date: 7/14/2009
Have you called your business lately?
As the local Chamber of Commerce we are constantly
asked for marketing advice. Below we have compiled a list of
simple things we've learned over the years that businesses can
do to stand out from the crowd.
Professional Marketing: It goes
without saying, but if there is money in the marketing budget
hire a professional. They will know how to reach the local customer
base better than anyone and can provide key insights.
Customer Service: How often have
you called your own office? Do you know how your employees are
presenting your company on the phone and in person when you're
away? Make it a habit so that your potential clients don't hear,
"Oh, he's here somewhere, running around with his head
Google Yourself: You can imagine
our surprise when we Googled the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber
of Commerce and it brought us to the Rolla Chamber with a St.
Robert address. In addition to links to your own websites, search
engines, such as Google and Yahoo, lead you to online business
listings which include maps. It is your responsibility to update
contact information and locations. Most sites will lead you
through the process and it literally takes minutes and can provide
you with that much more business and feedback information.
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons: Coupons
are often the simplest, most cost-effective way to get your
business name in front of a consumer. They are inexpensive and
even when they are not used they are often items that people
pick up, hold on to and give more attention. The Chamber offers
its members the opportunity to post coupons through our website,
free of charge, if you aren't already taking advantage of this
benefit there's no better time to start! Members are also welcome
to include coupons in the Chamber's Newcomer packets.
Network: By recognizing and respecting
the true power of networking you open up a virtual world of
free publicity. For example, you attend the Chamber luncheon,
you visit with two other business owners you are not familiar
with who then return to their offices and tell a fellow employee
about your business, who then goes home and tells their spouse,
who goes to work the next and
well you get the point. The
key is being confident in what you are doing and not being afraid
to show-off your business. No one can sell you better than you
For the Consumer: Don't be afraid
to speak up about your transactions. Whether you have a good
or bad review, visit the Better Business Bureau website and
leave your feedback. You can also leave comments on both Google
and Yahoo and write letters to business owners. There's no telling,
you might help a dedicated employee get a promotion or raise
by sharing your experiences.
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Release Date: 6/24/2009
The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
is excited to announce the building of the Veterans' Memorial
to be placed in the Veterans' Cemetery in the Fort Leonard Wood-West
Waynesville Area. It has been a long time in the making but
ground has been broken and the Memorial is only steps away from
The Chamber began working on this project in 2004 and since
then the location and design has changed. When it was decided
that the Memorial would be placed in the Veterans' Cemetery
we were genuinely honored that all those names and good wishes
would be viewed and visited by Veterans and their families.
Through negotiations with the Missouri Veterans Commission an
estimated of $50,000 and a cap of 500 bricks was established.
The Chamber's Military and Government Affairs Committee began
fundraising efforts to meet that goal and after only a few short
Currently the Chamber, and community, has raised
the funds needed but we are 85 bricks shy of meeting the 500
total. On July 15th the Chamber will be wrapping up the brick
portion of the Memorial and while 415 bricks is an impressive
amount, it is our goal that no brick goes empty. This is the
final stage of this project, once the bricks are ordered no
additional bricks can be placed at the Memorial.
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These bricks not only make up a large portion of the Memorial
but they also serve as tributes of gratitude to the veterans
who have dutifully served their country and the many sacrifices
made. We are asking our community not to let this once in a
lifetime chance pass them by, bricks are $50 a piece, with your
choice of inscription (within the designated space). Purchase
your brick before July 15th by visiting the Chamber office at
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B or call (573) 336-5121 for more
Release Date: 4/17/2009
Throughout the country, neighborhoods are coming
together and finding ways to support each other and one of the
biggest grassroots efforts making a comeback is shopping local.
It sounds like a simple enough concept, but in truth it goes
so far beyond that, that the full effects of this 'simple' act
are often overlooked. Sure shopping local helps support area
businesses but it also keeps government moving forward, strengthens
community spirit, helps reduce our carbon footprint, and keeps
our community alive!
Every dollar you spend is taxed in one way or
another, so why not keep those tax dollars local? We are fortunate
to live in a community that is continually experiencing growth.
Just think what would happen if our cities were to lose tax
revenue? New infrastructure would come to a halt, maintenance
would suffer, and our neighborhoods would literally go into
disrepair. Shopping local keeps your tax dollars in your community.
Think about that the next time you want to drive somewhere down
the road to go shopping.
Speaking of driving down the road, shopping local
saves you gas and lessens the negative environmental impact
of the food we eat. According to the Leopold Center for Sustainable
Agriculture, "Food, Fuel and Freeways" by Rich Pirog,
Timothy Van Pelt, Kamyar Enshayan and Ellen Cook, the average
apple travels approximately 1,500 miles just to get into your
shopping cart. Let us not add more miles to that number.
In 2003 the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
and Friends of Midcoast Maine commissioned a case study that
found that every dollar spent in a locally owned business had
three times the impact as that spent elsewhere. Speak to any
of our area non-profit organizations and they will tell you
the truth in that statement cannot be reiterated enough. Some
of our largest area donors and supporters are our own neighbors
who give because of what they get back in both business and
These are just a number of reasons that inspired
the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce to create our
own shop local program called, "Buy Chamber First."
As part of the 'Buy Chamber First' Program the
Chamber has begun offering its membership coupon opportunities
through the Chamber website. They have also begun selling official
'Buy Chamber First' shopping bags, available at the Chamber
office for $5 each. The over-sized blue tote with the Chamber
logo and 'Buy Chamber First' slogan are great ways to show your
community pride and spirit as you shop local.
In the coming months the Chamber hopes to offer
more ideas, concepts and programs that help to support our community
and the 'Buy Chamber First' Program. For more information about
this program or to submit your own ideas please contact the
Chamber by visiting us at 137 St. Robert Blvd. Ste. B, calling
us at (573) 336-5121 or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Behind the Scenes
Release Date: 3/17/2009
We are officially in our new offices and just
in time! March brings one major event to the Chamber and that
is our upcoming Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction.
This event is the Chamber's largest fundraiser of the year and
we really strive to make it a fun experience for everyone who
attends. There is a lot of work that goes into making sure everything
goes off without a hitch. Besides the usual advertising and
logistical preparations we also keep our staff and Ambassadors
busy collecting donations, setting up the Community Center,
providing entertainment and getting menus from participating
The Basket Auction really begins in January when
we begin advertising the event, notify restaurants and soliciting
for basket donations and sponsorships from our membership. (For
the record, ANY business in Pulaski County can take part in
the Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction, you don't have
to be a Chamber member.) As February rolls around and we're
securing the details of the event, things at the Chamber office
are put on standby (to some extent) until the big day is closer
March is when the real fun begins! Once restaurant
registration is closed the menus are sent to the printer so
that work can begin on the event directory. Next thing on the
list is the collection of basket donations. This is just one-way
Chamber Ambassadors play a tremendous role. On a fateful Friday,
Ambassadors take their lists and begin stopping by all our donating
members, picking up their baskets. I have to tell you being
at the office is both fun and hectic at this time. Because while
it's exciting to check out all the great donations it is also
hard to keep up with checking them off, typing up descriptions,
and also going over what is yet to come in. Once everything
is accounted for the basket run-down is sent to the printer
to complete the event directory.
Once the big day arrives, for us staff the main
focus is just getting through it with all our t's crossed and
i's dotted. Invariably things always seem to go just as planned,
if not better. We owe the success of this event to our community,
our membership and our Ambassadors.
This year, despite everything going on in the
financial world, the Chamber is optimistic that the Taste and
Basket Auction will be as successful as ever. The theme for
this year is "A Day at the Circus!" If you're in the
neighborhood on March 28th, and hungry, stop by the St. Robert
Community Center! For $10 an adult and $5 a child (12-5 years
old, 4-under free) you will be treated to a virtual all-you
can eat buffet (including drinks) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
courtesy our area restaurants and you'll also be entered to
win door prizes awarded throughout the event. Chances are you'll
be signing up for your auction paddle once you look through
all the unbelievable basket packages we'll also be offering.
Hope to see you there!
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