Building a New Year

01 January 2016

Building a New Year

    David Merhib  In 2016 the Chamber will build upon our key objectives that were set in place in late 2014. The past year and a half has been a period of change including five new members to the Board of Directors, an organizational restructure and adoption of a new strategic plan. Looking ahead, the Chamber will focus on five key objectives; organizational excellence, member and community outreach, small business, leadership and development and government affairs. Through these key areas the Chamber will continue to offer its valued programming like Leadership Brookings, Connect 2140 and Women in Leadership and Learning as well as introduce concepts that will enhance existing programs.

      Brookings prides itself on the strength of creating a vibrant, sustainable environment for businesses to succeed and with small business development at the forefront of our strategy to develop success, the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to small business development. The Chamber has identified gaps that impede small businesses from reaching their potential and in September of 2015 the Chamber began a monthly program, Leadership, Exploration and Development (LEAD,) that addresses the needs of the small business community. These needs were identified during a series of five small business focus groups, conducted in March of 2015, which looked at small business development and leadership needs.

      Our small business community needs resources to better position themselves for success within our community. The Chamber feels we can assist these small businesses by leveraging our partnerships with larger businesses to create a business climate to recruit and retain a quality workforce. The creation of a leadership and development program has already enhanced existing programs like Leadership Brookings, Women in Leadership and Learning and Connect 2140. These ongoing programs offer unique opportunities for Chamber and community members to engage and learn from regional leaders.

      Economic development hinges on building the next generation of leaders and looking ahead our programs will raise the bar in leadership and development opportunities for our area. To learn more about these great programs and others, please visit our website at

      The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the business community. Have a happy and productive 2016!

- David Merhib, Executive Director