25 episodes

Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

Chats With Chambers Sami Bedell-Mulhern & Patrick Kirby

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Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    How the Carbondale Chamber Keeps a 92% Retention Rate | Carbondale, CO

    How the Carbondale Chamber Keeps a 92% Retention Rate | Carbondale, CO

    Carbondale has more than 340 business that they provide support and education for. They are between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, CO. They are at the base of Mt. Sopris, 12, 953 feet! They have a lot of toursim and hospitality as well as construction and professional services.  The Chamber is also combined with Carbondale Tourism.

    Love Local is a program the kicked off in 2020. It reminds businesses and people in the area to shop local and just support each other. It has also allowed some incredible collaborations to happen! They created vinyl decals that they could display at their business.

    Workforce and housing are a struggle. They are seeing some coalitions being formed and some other ways that they are showing up to support each other.

    Two big tips are setting boundaries, its ok to say no, and listening. They have a 92% retention rate and they attribute that to listening and sharing. 

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Carbondale Chamber all about? [1:13]
    What are some wins? [3:54]
    What are challenges you face? [7:08]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [8:10]
    How can you learn more about Carbondale? [10:08]

    Full Transcript & More Info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 12 min
    A Unique Take on Solving Workforce and Housing Issues: Ste Genevieve, MO

    A Unique Take on Solving Workforce and Housing Issues: Ste Genevieve, MO

    Ste. Genevieve is a small community (just shy of 5,000 people) on the Mississippi River. Of the 5 houses in the US built on stilts, 3 are in Ste. Genevieve. They are historical and really embrace their roots. The Chamber focuses more on businesses now that their is a tourism department that’s taken that on. It is a heavy mining community. They are home to the largest cement plant in the US. They also have smaller manufacturing companies in town. They currently have 347 members.

    They are proud of their workforce development plan. They worked with some local businesses when they realized that in 5 years they would have a 50% turnover rate due to retirement. They created a workforce development and housing plan. They were involved with a land swap with church so that the city could develop a new subdivision. It was a long-term 4-year project but has finally come together.

    They struggle with keeping an active board. They are working on building more camaraderie so they stay engaged and excited. She’s also working on building more diversity in the board. They have only their 5th female board president currently in their 98 year history.

    Dena’s tip is to reach out to your colleagues. They help brainstorm, can share resources and even just listen if you’re struggling with something inside your chamber. They understand what you’re going through and can help with ideas and feedback.

    Tip #2 – no matter how hard the conversation may be, always be honest with your board!

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Ste. Genevieve Chamber all about? [1:10]
    What are some wins? [6:15]
    What are challenges you face? [9:18]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [12:16]
    How can you learn more about Ste. Genevieve? [16:09]

    Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 19 min
    Merging With Other Community Organizations to Provide More Value: Bismarck, ND

    Merging With Other Community Organizations to Provide More Value: Bismarck, ND

    Bismarck – Mandan, North Dakota is a metro area of about 130,000 people. They have a diverse economy and are the state capital. Their economy includes 3 colleges, energy production, 3 hospitals, and helps keep the area growing and thriving.

    The chamber merged back in 2019 with their economic development group. That has been their greatest success. It has allowed them to bring more value to the area. Their events, membership, revenues and more have all increased. They have about 1,200 members currently. More than 70% have less than 20 employees. That means they can provide more value with this partnership to help bring more traffic to these smaller businesses.

    If you’re merged with other community organizations, Brian suggests picking one thing and doubling down on that if you’re having a hard time figuring out what to do with a small team.

    Their biggest challenge is workforce. Labor is a big issue for businesses of all sizes. They are working to quantify a workforce development strategy. They are working at a liner level. They have programs that are starting at elementary school and supporting people all the way through college to help develop career opportunities and keep grads in the area.

    Brian’s tip is to call someone every single day, buy lunch for someone every single day. We tend to only call when we need money. They have 13 staff. Every week each person is responsible for calling 2 members to say thank you and find out how you can support them. Their retention rate is now at 93-94%!

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Bismark Mandan Chamber all about? [1:10]
    What are some wins? [2:47]
    What are challenges you face? [6:28]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [9:45]
    How can you learn more about Bismarck Mandan? [12:11]

    Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 13 min
    Using Events to Drive Income and City-Wide Economic Support: Glasgow, MT

    Using Events to Drive Income and City-Wide Economic Support: Glasgow, MT

    Glasgow is a smaller community and economic hub in NE Montana. They are branded as the “middle of nowhere” because they are 4.5 hours in any direction from any metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people. The chamber was established in 1917! They are very event driven.  Agriculture and tourism are the primary industries. The ag industry is thriving because they are coming out of a drought.

    They run a walleye tournament that has been around for 35 years. They typically have around 200 teams that participate! The event gives out more than $125,000 in cash and prizes.

    Their biggest challenge is workforce. With COVID those close to retirement retired early and so they lost a big part of their workforce. They’re working on incentives and helping businesses with ways to recruit.

    Lisa’s tip is keep your membership dues down. Because they are an event driven organization they pull in their income from that. As a small community of only 3,400 people they have 200 members.

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Glasgow Area Chamber all about? [1:21]
    What are some wins? [5:14]
    What are challenges you face? [6:37]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [8:20]
    How can you learn more about Glasgow? [9:22]

    Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 12 min
    Creating a Community of Business Supporting Business: Fremont, NE

    Creating a Community of Business Supporting Business: Fremont, NE

    Fremont is responsible for all the Costco chickens west of the Mississippi! It’s about 25,000 situated between Lincoln and Omaha. They have a diverse business economy. Traveling nurses, tech business is growing, plus a small university helps create that diversity.

    In 2019, there was a big flood in Fremont and there was no way for anyone to get in or out. The community really pulled together and supported each other. That feeling also continued on as COVID hit and built strong bonds between businesses that even used to be competitive with each other.

    Workforce is still their biggest challenge. Their location has helped because they have larger cities they can pull from. Businesses are sharing their resources and helping to bring people in together so they can all pull from a bigger pool of employees.

    One of the things Tara wants to share is not taking it personal when a business doesn’t renew. Instead, try and ask them and get personal. What is it that they need for support? Is it that they can’t afford their membership and their might be additional resources for them? Or could it be that they’re not getting the right value.

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Fremont Area Chamber all about? [1:04]
    What are some wins? [3:14]
    What are challenges you face? [5:44]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [8:10]
    How can you learn more about Fremont? [10:58]

    Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 13 min
    How to Create a Treasure Hunt for Chamber Bucks: Beaverhead, MT

    How to Create a Treasure Hunt for Chamber Bucks: Beaverhead, MT

    Beaverhead is in the SW corner of MT and is the largest county in MT. It’s harder to get to so building and and growing is more challenging. However, they have a lot of space and area to grow. Their county is around 10,000 in population. They are now replacing their wooden water mane systems from the 1800s! They also supply a lot of talc to the country. Beaverhead National Forest takes up a lot of their county.

    The Beaverhead Treasure Hunt is a fun part of their Chamber. They created a glass artifact that represents their industries. They made 100 of them and hid them all over the county. If you find one and bring it to the Chamber offices you get $100 in Chamber Bucks.

    A struggle for them is the disruption that the water mane reconstruction is making outside of local businesses. So they created an event right in the middle of the construction to still encourage people to come down to visit the shops. They handed out hot dogs and celebrated the work that’s being done.

    They have gone from 48 to over 100 members since 2020. Part of that is the Facebook spotlights that they share. Businesses get featured a couple times a year for more visibility. This has been a great feature that businesses in the area have enjoyed.

    Questions We Asked:
    What is the Beaverhead Chamber all about? [1:29]
    What are some wins? [5:39]
    What are challenges you face? [7:29]
    What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [9:30]
    How can you learn more about Beaverhead? [11:28]
    Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

    Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

    About Chats With Chambers:
    Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

    • 14 min

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Fantastic show!

I am a chamber executive from Central Kansas and I have just spent the last 2 to 3 hours driving along I 70 in Kansas listening to this podcast. I have absolutely loved hearing from different chamber execs across the country and what they’re experiencing with successes and challenges. Thank you for putting out great contacts and giving chambers a plug along the way! ~Megan Barfield, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce

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Great Perspectives

Even though not all chambers have everything in common, we all have something in common. I enjoy hearing the perspectives and differences between ours and other chambers.

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