2010 ACE: Bronze
After a successful merger with the Lubbock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the subsequent creation of the Hispanic Business Division in the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, staff and volunteers recognized the need to create an event designed to encourage connections within and directly to the growing Hispanic market. The Business Mercado, patterned after the Chamber’s successful Business Expo, achieves this objective and in a very short time has become a cornerstone of not only the Hispanic Business Division, but the Chamber as a whole.
2010 ACE: Bronze
Started in 1981, the Small Business of the Year Awards program was implemented to recognize outstanding Tampa Bay area small businesses (250 employees or less) which make up nearly 90 percent of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerceís membership. The awards process spans eight months, culminating in an awards banquet that is the highest attended Chamber event of the year. The finalists, semi-finalists and winners of these awards receive copious exposure throughout the judging process via newspaper advertising, editorial coverage, on-line postings, the Chamberís quarterly printed newsletter and weekly electronic newsletters, the judging process, in-house signage, a finalistsí luncheon and the awards banquet. The 2010 event generated a profit of $50,000.
2010 ACE: Bronze
The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida noted the need for a series of professional development seminars to assist local small businesses to adjust to the changing business climate on the Florida Space coast. We combined the talents of a local artist, voices of a cadre of local members and exposure by internet, Facebook, Linked-In and e-publications to market these seminars. The objective was to fulfill requested support by our small members for specific education. We feel that those efforts, as part of an overall retention campaign, helped our membership drop rate decrease by over 25% from 2009 to 2010.
2009 ACE Awards: Excellence
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce partnered with a local marketing firm; Miller White, LLC. The Chamber and Miller White began working on new ideas on how to market the largest business networking event in the Wabash Valley. How do we set ourselves apart… how do we continue to set the pace?
Soon after our speaker, Astronaut Greg Harbaugh, confirmed his attendance… we came up with an idea out of this world, an animated invitation, setting the standard of our annual event to the next level. The animated invitation written and produced by MillerWhite, LLC became the ‘talk’ of the event. Soon after the invitation was launched, television advertisements began engaging excitement about the character of the advertisement.
Award Level: Merit
The Greater Des Moines Partnership led a delegation of 173 business, civic and community leaders on its 30th Anniversary advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. The June 2009 trip featured a powerful lineup of speakers and advocay efforts focused on federal support for projects and policies that enhanced business competitiveness. The trip was the culmination of a months-long process that included the development of a federal agenda, education of participants on that agenda, and coordination of the trip itinerary. The lobbying effort resulted in 27 Central Iowa federal priority projects included in FY10 appropriations bills ammounting in nearly $50,000,000.
Award Level: Merit
The Greater Des Moines Partnership aligns with 22 regional chambers of commerce and business organizations over a three county area. The Partnership has taken the lead as the regional business voice of the community connecting more than 4,400 businesses and organizations. To educate our regional members and investors, the Partnership launched regional membership directory to show these new members that together, with 4,400 businesses we could unite to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, and as one region.
Award Level: Honorable Mention
At the 2008 Annual Planning Conference, Chamber members, including Board, Ambassadors, committee members and general members came to an ultimate focus - ďLOOK FIRSTĒ to the Chamber for your business needs. As a part of that new focus the Director of Business Development decided to carry this sense of ďlook firstĒ to the design of the 2008 annual report.
The 2008-09 Welcome: A Guide to Union County, the Chamber newcomers and visitors guide, was designed to reflect the branding of the Chamber and a new look. One of the goals was to create an Annual Repot that could be used in concert with the newcomers guide. The end product was a piece that gave the marketing publications for the year a cohesive look and feel, helping to reflect a positive and professional Chamber image.
Award Level: Excellence
2005 marked the beginning of the Baton Rouge Area Chamberís (BRACís) dramatic transformation into a regional economic development organization. In 2006, BRAC launched The Campaign for a Greater Baton Rouge, a five-year economic development campaign centered around seven core strategies. As the mid-point for The Campaign, 2008 was a climactic year of results worthy of great mention and recognition. BRAC continued as a catalyst for change in the Baton Rouge area by emerging as a leader on several community issues and as a driver of economic development activities
for the Baton Rouge area.
BRACís 2008 annual report, entitled RE:SULTS, needed to succinctly report the many accomplishments of BRACís productivity for the Capital Region. It not only had to maintain a feeling of the organizationís bold direction, but also to creatively summarize the organizationís results of the past year. Additionally, it needed to emphasize the importance of the strategies of BRACís very ambitious regional economic development program, The Campaign for a Greater Baton Rouge.
Award Level: Merit
The Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC) is a subsidiary of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Though the activities of SBDC are of interest to all Chamber members and are reported within the Chamberís annual report, SBDCís successes are of particular interest to a targeted group who choose to invest specifically in economic development. The SBDC Annual Report is a primary means for the Chamber to report on the details of SBDCís economic development achievements to its member investors. The 2008 report served the additional purpose of acknowledging the 25th anniversary of the SBDC and celebrating milestones of the organizationís 25 year history.
Award Level: Grand
Every year, the Chamberís Education Report Card Committee releases the Education Report Card for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to evaluate the progress of Metro Schools and provide recommendations for improvement. The school board and administration carefully consider the Report Cardís findings and recommendations and report back to the Chamber and the community each year on what they have done specifically to address these recommendations. On February 19, 2009, the 43-page 16th Annual Education Report Card was presented and made available to the public in print and online. The report received wide exposure through the Chamberís marketing efforts and local media coverage.