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• Donna Best
and our volunteers are so much a part of this. There is a place for anyone who would like to be involved.
2012 chair of Chamber of Commerce
Donna Best is the chairman of the board this is a great way to do so. of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. As the Kansas City area escrow How have the needs of chammanager for First American Title, she ber members changed over manages escrow offices in Blue Springs, the years? Our members needs Independence and Gladstone. have changed because our business climate has changed. The way we used What role does the chamber to do business is not the same as only have in helping the city grow a few years ago in large part due to the and prosper? The Chamber of Internet and social media. That has Commerce has become an integral part opened a new world of doing business. of growth and prosperity within our Marketing strategies and how our busicommunity. Our chamber brings forth nesses reach their client base are draand addresses issues that pertain to matically different than years past. We our business community whether that as a business community must learn to be legislatively or by providing educaadapt or be left behind. The chamber tional opportunities. We continually provides informative and educational look for opportunities for our members monthly luncheons as well as additionto showcase their businesses. al networking opportunities between One of our main focuses has become our members. Our members get a lot that of bringing people to Blue Springs of exposure on the chamber, Buy Blue as well as keeping our community Springs and Discover Blue Springs shopping and spending their dollars websites as well as the MyChamber within our own community. We promote app. Sometimes the best help for a what Blue Springs has to offer to our business is that of another business – a residents and to our visitors. Buy Blue support system or mentor. We all help Springs and Discover Blue Springs are one another. a direct response to this initiative. The chamber has also been very inChambers of commerce run on volved in Downtown Alive! Blue Springs. volunteers. Where are the Blue We want our downtown area to be one Springs chamber’s most pressof our destination points. Many of our ing needs? We have a great group of own residents are discovering and volunteers and continue to build our rediscovering what our downtown area volunteer base. We are always looking has to offer. for new and innovative ideas. The Blue We are in the process of developing Springs Fall Fun Fest is our biggest an innovation grant for one of our comevent and thus requires the most volmunity businesses in to be awarded in unteers. But that being said, there are 2013. We hope this will become an anmany opportunities for involvement. nual award for a business that submits Again, fresh new ideas or suggestions an innovative idea of doing business on how to build on what we have thus within our community. The grant is exfar are always welcome . We have many pected to be a $5,000 award. It is excit- committees that fall under Community ing. Our businesses should be looking Development, Member Services and for additional information soon and Business Support. It is through these if someone would like to get involved, three divisions of the chamber where contact the chamber office. We want to we strive to develop, promote and faciligive back to our community and think tate a strong economic environment,
How did you get involved in the chamber? I initially attended the luncheons with the chamber because that is what I thought I needed to do as a business. At some point, I was asked if I would help on the golf committee. I am not a golfer, but I accepted and I enjoyed being involved. I continued to serve on that committee and was asked if I would be interested in participating as a board member. It didn’t take too much consideration on my part before I accepted. I love Blue Springs. I graduated from here. It is my home and where I work. I wanted to give back to the community and do all I could to make our community even better. The chamber is a great platform to grow your business and meet some
How much time, on an average day, do you devote to chamber activities? That is hard t o answer because there are days that I don’t spend any time on chamber activities and then there are days where I may have several chamber functions. I will say that you get out of your membership what you put into it and that includes your time. Because of my involvement with the chamber, I have built a network of people I do business with, many of whom I call friends. I know who I will call when I need something. And that is a good feeling. When you are involved in the chamber you are building your business. My involvement with the chamber has opened many avenues and opportunities for me and my business. I am glad I got involved. – Jeff Fox
• Chamber of Commerce
More ways to shop The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce continues to emphasize its “Buy Blue Springs” program, saying that spending locally keeps money in the community and helps local entrepreneurs and other businesses. The program’s website lists many local businesses with discounts and other offers. It’s at www.buybluesprings.com. The chamber also holds a monthly luncheon, runs the Leadership Blue Springs program, holds ribbon cuttings and sponsors the Fall Fun Fest
each September in downtown Blue Springs. The chamber also is supporting the Downtown Alive! effort. The chamber is at 1000 Main St., in downtown Blue Springs. The phone number is 816-229-8558. The president of the chamber of Lara Vermillion. The 2012 chairman of the board is Donna Best of First American Title, and the chair-elect for 2013 is Bill Fickle of Side Pockets. The chamber’s website – www. bluespringschamber.com – also has a directory of members.
• Business groups u American Business Women’s Association: The Dynamic Connections Chapter serves Blue Springs, Kansas City, Independence and Lee’s Summit in Eastern Jackson County. Monthly dinner meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Visit www.abwadynamicconnections. org or e-mail email@example.com for more information. u Blue Springs Business Associa-
tion: The association meets at 8 a.m. one Thursday a month at the Blue Springs School District central office, 1801 N.W. Vesper St. Contact Ken Billups Jr. at 816-229-4100 u Eastern Jackson County Builders and Developers Association: The association usually meets on the evening of the third Thursday of the month at the Elks lodge at 100 N.E, Brizendine Road. Call Fred Byam at 816-252-3519.
Published on Sep 17, 2012