Seeking full time Executive Director for busy Chamber Office located in beautiful Port Orchard. Director is responsible for overall management and coordination of chamber organizational activities. Experience in community programming and/or chamber work preferred. Not-for-Profit experience a must; Wage DOE.
Interviews will be conducted May 13th – 24th, 2013.
Tentative start date of June 3rd
Job Description is posted at www.portorchard.com
For two years in a row the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped to put more than $30 billion into the hands of small business owners across the country. In Fiscal Year 2012, the SBA loan programs posted the second largest dollar volume ever, surpassed only by the dollar volume in FY 2011, which was heavily boosted by the loan incentives under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The pace of SBA loan-making is a healthy sign for the national economy and the credit markets and is one of the foundations for ensuring the availability of financing to small businesses trying to establish themselves, grow and create new jobs for Americans.
Over the past year, SBA began streamlining and simplifying many of the loan programs to provide more access and opportunity for both lenders and small businesses. As part of this effort, SBA encouraged lenders to use more of their own paperwork and less of ours. And the agency's updated our processing systems, so that more than 80 percent of its loan applications can now be processed online.
These efforts, along with other loan enhancements, have resulted in nearly 1,300 lenders returning to SBA lending, and have opened up more points of capital access for small businesses wherever they do business.
As we look forward to 2013, SBA stands ready to help you start, grow or expand your business. We're ready to put money in your hands. For more information about our loan programs, visit: www.sba.gov.
As I continue to get to know this community, I realize people have moved here from a variety of different places and for different reasons. It may even seem at times we have nothing in common with our community. The one thing I realize we almost all have in common in the northwest is we all hope for great Spring weather. The smiles and positive attitudes are infectious as we all are bonded with this wish, especially when it seems our wish is coming true. I encourage everyone to take this positive energy and create more connections. Perhaps it's the new hobby you wanted to start, a new restaurant you've always to try, or maybe just the neighbor you should get to know better. I think you will find we have more in common than you think.
Have a great Spring!
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Business Matters- Christine Daniel
Executive Director, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
“A chamber of commerce is founded on the belief that people working together can achieve more than any of us can individually. Only by working together will we truly succeed in maintaining a quality community....” Steve Leahy Former CEO and President, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce“Treat it (chamber membership) as a long term investment. What you put in today in dollars or in time will pay off, but it will probably be further down the road in ways you don’t expect.” Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival-the Rural and Small Town Business Resource
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce are business and community associations, a type of not-for-profit. They are not part of local, state, or federal government and usually not supported financially by government entities, though they often partner with them to accomplish their work.Chambers are funded by membership dues and non-dues revenue through events, sponsorships, contracts, and sales of various products and services. Most chamber members are small businesses – on average fewer than 20 to 35 employees. The size of membership in a Chamber varies, but the average is 1000 members.Today’s Chamber, rather than being narrowly focused on one particular industry, issue, cause, or activity, focuses on a broad range of activities and support for businesses AND community.Generally, Chambers of Commerce serve the following purposes:·
As long as there has been commerce, those trading with each other have joined together to protect against enemies, to govern their own conduct, and to influence governing authorities.The first known use of the term “chamber of commerce” occurred in Marseilles, France. It is professed the first Chamber appeared there in 1599. Chambers then spread to Germany, and throughout Europe. The first Chamber of Commerce established in America was in New York City in 1768 by John Jacob Astor, John Pierpont Morgan and others. By 1870, the number of local Chambers had increased to 40. Today there are over 7800 Chambers in the U.S. Early U.S. Chambers primarily promoted the sale of materials and goods, outlined the rules of trade, organized markets and the opportunity for sales, even worked to protect goods in transit. Their activities were limited to those directly connected with commerce or trade.It was much later when local business people understood their success and prosperity depended on developing the community as a flourishing whole, that Chambers began serving as a true community organization.
The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce incorporated in 1945 and is the second oldest Chamber in Kitsap County. Presently, the Chamber has 350 members, a Board of Directors, full time Executive Director and part-time Administrative Assistant. While a relatively small Chamber located in a relatively small town, South Kitsap has seen a lot of growth and the City of Port Orchard has entered a revitalization phase. The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce plans to grow in size and strength along with the community. Join us! Annual Business Memberships begin at $190. Call: 360-876-3505 or go to www.portorchard,.com for more information and for the sources for this article.
Resources:Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Encyclopedia, Mary White-American Small Business News, Becky McCray -Small Biz Survival-the Rural and Small Town Business Resource, Wikipedia and Ameican Chamber of Commerce Executives.