What is the Chamber?
The Chamber of Commerce is an entirely self-supporting organization. No tax
dollars are received by our group. There are two paid full time staff, a President
and an Executive Vice President. Every other resource is either a businessperson
or concerned individual lending us their time, talent and energy.
Business Development: We make sure that the Sanford area remains
a vital place to start a business and prosper. Our members can come to us
for help in opening their new businesses, relaunching an existing business
or finding employees for a relocating business.
Advocacy: We are actively involved in activities that improve
the quality of life in the area to insure growth of business and the economy.
Our Congressional Action Committee keeps track of legislation on the board,
voicing support and concern to both state and national representatives. The
issues we track are wide and varied. Recently the tax receipts withheld and
the options to reclaim some of those funds have been top on the list. We are
concerned about education, employment, state spending and any other issue
that effects business in Lee County.
Our relationship with local elected officials is also an important part
of keeping Sanford thriving. Both City and County officials are ex-officio
members of our Board and lead us in a very real way.
Promotion: We are the front door to the community. "The
Chamber" is a nationally known brand. Whenever a new person or family
comes to the area, we are often the first stop - whether in person, by phone
or through the website, people know that the Chamber of Commerce will tell
them what is happening in a town. This is particularly interesting with those
being relocated – they want to know everything from schools, realtors,
the arts, decorating, restaurants, shopping – you name it we get asked.
(We’ve even had someone looking for a dog training school!)
Event Engine: We serve as a resource to the community.
Our members and staff are involved in just about everything that is going
on. Within this newsletter you will see many of these events. Cycle NC, Mug
N Lunch, AutumnFest, Teacher of the Year, Dine Out for Quality Housing, Broadway
Area Business Expo, Leedership Sanford, and our annual Golf Tournament are
just a few things coming up in the next 60 days.
Tourism and Community Marketing: We promote Sanford to surrounding
communities. This is particularly important as we work with sister Chambers
in the Moore, Wake, Franklin and Lee Counties. This network of fine groups
is a lean mean promotion machine!
Town Crier: Information goes to the intersection of the
Chamber – our role is to make sure it gets to the appropriate people
in the community. It might be something as clear as a new business or industry
in town. It might be a new trend we are seeing. For instance someone must
recognize Sanford as a growing market – we are seeing many new sales
reps from Fayetteville and Raleigh in our offices asking for membership directories
and maps. Some of them are even becoming members! Our job is let our membership
We are open to all businesses in the Sanford/Lee County area as well as
individuals that are concerned about the business community. We encourage
you all to come and join us in making Lee County all it can be.