The mission of a Chamber of Commerce is to promote and be an advocate for local business. Every month we endeavor to provide local business with information to work smart, explain legislative decisions that will impact your business, help local business navigate their way through City Hall AND facilitate regular forums where local business can network with others sharing best practices. In the case of the MBCC we do monthly happy hours which we call our MBCC Socials. We offer networking lunches, which we call Lunch&Learns. Every lunch includes a guest speaker with a 15-minute presentation about a topic that generally impacts everyone. Topics include marketing with social media; how to efficiently network; business consulting; economic forecasting; local/state politicos; health tips…you get the point.
Our communication to members is more intense than a regular business because we deal with a lot of dates, times and deadlines. Some people get frustrated with lots of emails from a company. I never really get frustrated because up in the right hand area of my keyboard there is this wonderful button that says DELETE and it only takes a nano second to handle the task. My experience has been that for everyone who complains about all the emails there is many more that appreciate the communication.
Stay tuned for the MBCC Newsletter which will help consolidate some of the timely info. Of course, you have to read the newsletter.
Another issue is how long should our networking/informational events last. Most of our events are two hours. Yet occasionally we do an all day event packed with great speakers, relevant presentations, inspirational talks, meaningful networking, give aways, B2B booths and breakfast/lunch. I had an executive who said, “I cannot let my people go to something like this because I can’t have them out of the office.” Well I put this in the category of short term thinking vs long term. At the minimum if your people go to a business summit and walk away with one good idea that may translate into new revenue, a healthier=happier employee, a more inspired employee then I think that is money well spent for a few hours. Then there is the morale issue. Sometimes giving permission to your managers to attend a business leadership summit and let them hang around other business people in a business setting is just good old fashioned positive management of letting your people out of their bubble for the day. Maybe you offer the business summit as a reward for hard work or for setting high standards or over achieving on their goals. I repeat, which is better? An inspired, refreshed employee or the employee who has been living the definition of insanity…continues to do the same thing for modest results. Change it up; get some light bulb moments happening with staff. Ideas and innovation usually is the by-product of these summits.
With all that said, did I neglect to mention that we have the MBCC SOUTH BAY BUSINESS LEADERS SUMMIT 2017 coming up on May 9 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel? A networking breakfast sponsored by Manhattan Beach Toyota and lunch sponsored by West Basin MWD. The opening/closing keynote speakers are Gil Garcetti, former LA DA turned world traveling photographer with seven published photo books and Dr. Wanda Austin, former CEO of Aerospace Corp, author of the leadership book, “Making Space”. We will have an economic forecasting panel, presentations on customer service and participatory presentation on setting and achieving your vision. Stuffed in between will be breakout sessions on efficient networking and marketing with “content beyond words”. OH, DID I MENTION A FREE PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT HEAD SHOT FOR ALL ATTENDEES! AND A B2B EXPO WITH 27 BOOTHS! Drawings for great prizes!
For more details and to register go to www.manhattanbeachchamber.com.
See you May 9 at breakfast, neighbors!