Business & Economic Development Forum 2017
Chair - Rob Harman, Alliance Real Estate Professionals
MISSION: The committee will advocate on behalf of economic development and focus on an improved business environment and will form alliances and advocate on legislation at the City, County, and State levels that have an impact on local businesses or economic development in western Sussex County.
OVERVIEW: The committee will continue in 2017 along the same lines as in previous years as what we have been doing has been successful. Attendance at monthly meetings continues to remain high. The committee will continue the annual Businessperson of the Year Recognition Award.
FORUM: The committee will continue to provide the opportunity for State, County, municipal representatives, local civic and non-profit organizations, and local business people to interact and exchange information at monthly meetings. These will continue to be held on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30am at locations in both Seaford and Laurel. The committee will continue to encourage the general membership to attend.
BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION AWARD: The committee will initiate the selection of candidates [must be a Chamber member], and make a selection to recommend to the Board of Directors for a vote, and coordinate the presentation at the annual Fall Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The committee will explore ways for the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce to become more of an advocate for economic development and will explore forming ad hoc roundtables and sub-committees to address specific issues.
LEGISLATION: The committee will monitor and identify significant issues that have potential legislative impact at the city, county, and state level which may impact members of the Chamber. Updates can be submitted to the Chamber office for inclusion in the monthly online newsletter.
CANDIDATE FORUMS & LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST. During an election year, the committee will coordinate to schedule a Rise ’n’ Shine breakfast for Chamber members and the general public to hear from individual candidates that are on the election ballot to hear their ideas and platforms. In addition, the committee will also coordinate periodic Rise-n-Shine breakfasts for Chamber members and the public to be updated by current legislators on the school district level as well as from city, county and state officials.
TRIP TO DOVER: The committee will organize periodic trips to Dover to meet with local legislators and the Small Business Caucus in order to provide a voice from Chamber businesses and offer input in the State legislative process.
Community Involvement 2017
Chair - Denise Crockett, State of Delaware
MISSION: Build and expand relationships between the Chamber members and the community at large.
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Committee to sponsor a column in a local newspaper to highlight local Chamber businesses, discuss community-/Chamber-related topics, and to help grow the relationships between Chamber members and the community. The articles will also appear monthly in the Seaford Star. The Committee also plans to emphasize and support the relationship between the local school district, the community and the Chamber.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD: The committee has adopted a plan with criteria for the nominations for this award and will solicit nominations in order to give the award at the Fall Dinner and Award Ceremony.
- Create Business and Chamber involvement in the community and promote economic growth through the implementation of job focused workshops and job fair
- Highlight local Chamber businesses through newspaper articles
- Develop relationship with students and staff of both Seaford and Woodbridge School Districts
- Work to promote employment opportunities for those with disabilities
The Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Chamber office at 8:00am.
Member Services Committee 2017
Chair, Ellen Cohen, Original TubeT-Shirt Company
MISSION: To promote inclusiveness and enhance membership value within the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce by providing membership involvement through networking and learning opportunities for new and existing members.
MEMBERSHIP: Work in partnership with the Membership Committee and Executive Director to develop, facilitate and coordinate events of value to recruit new members.
NEW MEMBER INTERACTION: Hold annual New Member Breakfast in March (funded by sponsorships or 50/50) to educate new members of the networking opportunities and member benefits. (Pre-Breakfast - Review new member list and follow up with personal contact by a committee member to extend invite. New Member survey completed at breakfast. As well as, encourage new members to participate on committees and attend events. Post Breakfast - Continue new member outreach through the first year of membership.)
MEMBER WORKSHOP: Provide educational and development opportunities to members with an annual educational workshop. SEPTEMBER
MEMBER RETENTION: Discover any concerns, suggestions and praises members might have and report to Executive Director, by way of membership survey and personal contact. (annual or bi-annual survey). Collectively seek new ways to increase member retention.
BUSINESS NETWORKING MIXERS: Work with Executive Director to schedule mixers once or twice a month to showcase a member’s place of business and services offered, while providing a networking opportunity for those in attendance. Conduct the sale of 50/50 tickets at Chamber events. The proceeds will be used to fund such events as the New Member Breakfast.
RISE ‘N’ SHINE BREAKFASTS: Work with Executive Director to schedule an informational breakfast one per quarter to give members a chance to network and make valuable business contacts while listening to speakers offering legislative and informative topics.
LUNCH-N-LEARNS: Work with Executive Director to schedule working lunch seminars, one per month to give members a chance to gain knowledge in different areas that will benefit their business while having the opportunity to network with other members.
STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: Sponsor an annual luncheon in April on Administrative Professional Day. Coordinate menu, speaker(s)/entertainment and organize giveaways.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP DINNER & AUCTION: Coordinate the Fall General Membership Dinner meeting. Coordinate menu, decorations, and auctions (Chinese, silent and live). MID-OCTOBER
HOLIDAY SOCIAL: Work with member business(es) and area Chambers in Laurel & Delmar who will sponsor and host a holiday social for members and special guests to bring together area Chamber businesses in an informal and relaxed setting in December.
Tourism Committee 2017
Chair: Bev Blades, Callaway Farnell & Moore; Representative to S. Delaware Tourism Board
MISSION: to identify and promote the many events, activities and attractions in Western Sussex County, Delaware where we serve – including Laurel, Bethel, Blades, Seaford, Woodland, Bridgeville and Greenwood, which would attract more visitors and overnight stays in our local hotels, motels, inns and marina.
- Continue to update the rolling calendar of events that will be highlighted in the Biweekly newsletter, website and the monthly Chamber newspaper page.
- Maintain a separate tourism platform on the Chamber’s website, featuring recreational activities and attractions, events and festivals, dining and shopping, etc – serving as a virtual ‘Visitor Center”
- Collaborate with City and towns, local organizations and Chamber members in the planning and coordination of local events – i.e., Seaford Christmas Parade, Live for Chocolate, Bridgeville Beer & Barrel Festival, etc.
- Develop/maintain a distribution plan of tourism collateral pieces.
- Coordinate with local tourism partners; i.e. – hotels, restaurants, attractions to educate and inform of upcoming community events and festivals to develop strategies for “More heads in Beds!”, including holding an annual Western Sussex Partners workshop and information meeting.
The Committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 12noon at the Chamber office.
- Work with SDT to create options for hosting more travel writers here on the Western side of the County.
- Pursue help with applying for grants to support activities and future events.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & PROMOTION – The Greater Seaford Chamber, along with the Laurel Chamber of Commerce and our tourism partners will continue to assist in any way possible in marketing, planning and carrying out local events - Party at the Pond (Family Jeep Jamboree), Broad Creek Bike & Brew, Nanticoke Riverfest, The Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival, Little League World Series, Woodland Ferry Festival, Apple-Scrapple Festival, other events that are marketed through the Chamber in print, television, and online advertising. Additional events that draw visitors to the area will be marketed as needed. Furthermore, the Chamber will actively participate in promoting the support and advertising of the Nanticoke Heritage Byway.
SOUTHERN DELAWARE TOURISM - The Chairperson or a member of this Committee will attend Southern Delaware Tourism meetings as a board member with voting privileges. The Chamber’s Executive Director is only eligible to vote in the absence of the designated representative. Each year, a funding report is required to be prepared for Southern Delaware Tourism in order to receive Chamber’s share of accommodation taxes. The funding report is also presented verbally to SDT by the Executive Director and Tourism Chairperson.