The chamber is the best place for newcomers and long-established business people alike to get involved in the community and make a difference. Volunteers help build the community’s “social capital,” the networks and reciprocity that arise when people work together. Volunteer opportunities include serving on committees and task forces where business professionals can get exposure to potential customers. Other committees set chamber policy on key legislative issues. Volunteers can choose to work on a one-time project or serve on standing committees.
The purpose of the Ambassador Council is to strengthen the chamber membership by communication with new and existing members. The group represents the chamber at ribbon cuttings, grand openings and networking events. They act on behalf of the chamber to: answer questions and concerns, disseminate important information, and aid the members in making the most of their membership benefits. The ambassador's group is open to any chamber member interested in multiple networking opportunities.
The Membership Council maintains the heartbeat of the chamber by researching ways to add benefit and value to the membership. Volunteers become part of a critical team that helps recruit and retain members. The council plans and implements membership drives as needed and works to recruit a diverse membership base representative of the business community.
Small Business Council
The Small Business Council directs programming provided for small businesses throughout the year. The feedback and opinions of this group are gathered at 2-3 meetings per year.
This forum meets on a monthly basis and encourages business leaders to be actively involved in area schools. The council markets and encourages participation in the Alamance County School-to-Careers Partnership while supporting activities such as job shadowing, internships, Junior Achievement and Career Fairs. The council finds practical ways to support local teacher recruitment and retention efforts. Good education is good business.
Legislative Action Committee
This committee meets regularly to discuss local, state and federal issues affecting local businesses and to advocate for business interests.
Industrial Personnel Management Council
The Industrial Personnel Management Council conducts monthly meetings of industrial personnel human resource managers. This council is also responsible for hosting the annual NC Department of Labor Safety Awards luncheon.
Volunteers on this committee focus on promoting and marketing agriculture in Alamance County. They help plan the annual Agricultural Appreciation Banquet held in March and Farm-to-Table held in September. Committee members meet sparingly to plan both events.
Are you an event planner? If so, join this committee and help coordinate a fair that provides a means for area high school seniors, college graduates and the general public to find employment. Local businesses and industries with hiring needs are on hand to talk with potential employees. Committee members meet on an as needed basis to plan and implement seminars and activities surrounding the event.
The chamber’s Annual Meeting, traditionally held in January, draws over 300 businesses, community, and civic leaders. The event highlights the year's accomplishments, outlines strategic goals and includes several prestigious community service awards. Committee members meet on an as needed basis to develop a theme, select menu, decorations and entertainment for the premier event.