Advocacy is a big part of what we do as an organization. I’d bet you’d be surprised to know that in the last month alone, your chamber attended more than 20 government meetings on behalf of our members. We don’t go because we enjoy attending yet another meeting, we go because what happens in those meetings can directly impact you and your business. We want to not only be aware of what’s happening, but when appropriate, to help influence what’s happening for the betterment of business.
What takes place in government has an impact on your business, yet most of us are so busy in our day-to-day schedule that we don’t have time to get involved and stay informed on what’s happening in government. Public/private partnership is crucial to the overall health of our economy.
Not only do we attend various governmental meetings on your behalf, we meet one-on-one on a regular basis with your elected officials at the local, state and federal level. Our goal is to ensure they understand what’s happening in the Lowcountry business community and enlist their help in passing legislation that doesn’t hinder business, but that helps foster growth and success. We also have a very active government affairs committee that meets each month. If it’s a topic that interests you, I encourage you to get involved with this group and help us be a strong advocate for business in the Lowcountry.
Last week we launched a new section of the Monday Morning Briefing to let you know what governmental meetings your chamber will be participating in on your behalf. It’s one of those quiet, behind the scenes efforts that we undertake for your benefit and it’s one that has a very positive impact for our 1,600 members.