2008 Involvement Opportunities

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2008 Committees – Check your top 2 areas of interest: (see descriptions of committees/programs on back of this form) Public Policy – Governmental Affairs Health Care Professionals Membership Drive Manufacturers Roundtable (for plant managers/CEOs only) GATE (Gaston Advisory Team Entrepreneurs – for small business) Education/Workforce Development Initiatives Land Use Committee Ambassadors Young Professionals Network (must be 35 years or younger) Professional Women’s Network Heart of Business Gala (event to recognize Small Businessperson of the Year) Future Economy Extreme Make Over – Building Renovation Please send me information on joining the Economic Development Division of the Chamber – a 501C3 that raises private-sector funds to provide to the Gaston Economic Development Division and the Gaston Chamber Governmental Affairs Initiative. Minimum investment: $3,000 annually to participate. Please send me information on Leadership Gaston – an annual leadership development program to learn more about Gaston County and develop leadership skills. Participation cost is $650. The next class will begin in Fall 2008 and will meet 1 full day per month for 10 months. Please add me to the email database for: (check all that apply) 5in5 Speed Networking (bi-monthly morning meeting to generate new leads for your business) Leads Group (for sales professionals – meets twice monthly in mornings) Business After Hours Sponsorship (monthly networking event – 75-125 members attend) First Friday Focus Sponsorship (monthly chamber breakfast – 125 attendees - $1000 to sponsor; $500 to Co-sponsor) Business Expo (June 5, 2008 – see enclosed flyer) I need Membership Mailing Labels or Membership CD in Excel I am interested in placing a membership flyer insert in an upcoming edition of Chamber Matters – Cost $150 and you provide insert I am interested in advertising my business on the website – more than 600,000 open page views per year! My preferred method of communication is: Email U.S. Postal Service Fax

2008 Involvement Opportunities
EDD (Economic Development Division) To provide funding to Gaston County EDC and input on matters that support economic development. Future Economy Provides collaborative forum for business and public servants to discuss local, regional, national and global trends and issues affecting economic development long-term. Land Use Provide forum to support from business community for county-wide water and sewer and other land development issues Manufacturers Roundtable Provide form for manufacturing plant managers to discuss workforce development and other issues affecting their company’s ability to do business in Gaston County. For manufacturing plant managers only. Extreme Make-Over Develop renovation plan for existing building and implement by June 1, 2007. Golf Tournament Provide fundraising opportunity for chamber and networking opportunity for members and their customers Governmental Affairs To provide collaborative forum for chamber member volunteers to address pertinent public policy issues affecting the Gaston County business climate. Ambassadors Attends ribbon cuttings, calls on existing members and assists staff at Chamber functions. GATE (Gaston Advisory Team for Entrepreneurs) An assemblage of small business owners brought together to learn from each other, help each other, mentor each other for those with 25 or fewer employees. Membership Drive Following an intense PR campaign for the chamber and development of a “targeted prospective member list”, a volunteer-driven campaign to recruit new members to occur in the fall. Healthcare Professionals Network Forum for healthcare professionals to discuss issues relevant to their business and provide educational opportunities for other business to gain a better understanding of healthcare issues affecting their bottom-line cost of doing business. 5in5 Speed Networking Forum for businesses to network and meet potential new customers. Leads Group Form for businesses to exchange viable business leads. Professional Women’s Network A networking forum for chamber member women business owners/managers to share information. Business Expo Event designed to expo members’ products and services to other businesses in the community. Heart of Business Ball An Event to recognize the Small Business Person of the year and recognize the contributions of small business to the local economy. Young Professionals Group Provide networking and community involvement opportunities for young professionals working in Gaston County.