The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and sponsored by Indianapolis-based WebLink International. Finalists for the award ¾ of which there are three in the same category ¾ will be celebrated at a special event Tuesday, July 18 in Nashville, Tenn. where the winner will also be announced.
Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the leadership role chambers have in their communities. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life.
“Being named as a finalist is a huge honor and serves as tangible evidence of the hard work and dedication of our board of directors, staff, and members as a whole. Through their innovative ideas, collaborative spirit, and dedication to the businesses and community, the O’Fallon Chamber is able to thrive,” said Erin Williams, President & CEO of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries. “We are proud to be able to represent our membership and the O’Fallon community at the national level and are so honored to be in the same company as great organizations like the Des Moines Downtown Chamber and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce,” Williams said.
Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention.
Qualifying for Chamber of the Year is a rigorous process. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Qualifying chambers enter the competition with a written application addressing all aspects of organizational operation and programmatic work. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals.
This year's competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the United States and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on: annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors.
About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), founded in 1914, uniquely serves nearly 8,000 individuals who manage chambers of commerce. The mission of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Learn more about us by visiting www.ACCE.org.
About our sponsor, WebLink International, Inc.
Weblink International, sponsor of the 2017 Chamber of the Year award, is an industry-leading provider of integrated association management software. Forty percent of the top 50 metro chambers and 60 percent of ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalists have chosen WebLink as their technology provider. Learn more at weblinkinternational.com.
My name Is Monica Mason and I’m a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. I started using Young Living about 3 years ago when I wanted to start the journey of ridding my home of toxins. I was no longer able to use typical household cleaners, scented candles or plug-ins without causing physical discomfort. The more I learned about the junk in these and other everyday products, the more I searched for an alternative. I began learning about the benefits of essential oils and how they can replace not only cleaners but other everyday items helping to support your body rather than doing damage to it. After doing my research I decided to go with Young Living. They never buy oils from a third party and are the only company that owns their own farms as well as having partner farms. This is what enables them to maintain their strict standards through their Seed to Seal process, which you can be a part of during planting, harvesting or distilling by visiting any of their farms throughout the world.
My desire is to help others begin their journey on the road to wellness both physically and emotionally. I want you to experience the benefits of the pure essence of nature as intended for everyone. They are for your enjoyment as they support your body, calm your busy environment, and uplift your spirit.
Please welcome Mia Trout, Communications Director for your O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries. Mia is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in English. She has worked in a chamber of commerce and destination marketing organization since 2014. She was recognized by the State of Oklahoma in 2015 as having contributed substantial work to the best overall marketing campaign in the travel and tourism industry. Mia is also in her final year of course work to earn her Certified Tourism Executive accreditation from the Texas Travel Industry Association. When she isn’t coming up with awesome hashtag campaigns and designing cool graphics, she is busy spending time with her husband, Brent and daughter, Daisy. Family is what brings Mia back to O’Fallon and she looks forward to putting down roots while becoming involved in her community.
I was born and raised in St. Charles, MO until 3rd grade, when my family moved to Maryland Heights. I lived there until graduating from CBC High School in 1990. I moved away to attend Jefferson Junior College, then earned a scholarship to play Baseball at Southeast Missouri State University until 1994. When I returned from College, home was St. Ann, but I kept my connection to St. Charles by attending Lindenwood University for my MBA (2000). I met my wife, Michelle, at InCahoots (Earth City), and we married on June 3, 2000. Together, we moved to St. Peters in 2001. We now live in St. Charles with our two children, Joseph (13) and Leanna (11).
I joined Regions Bank in February 2016 as a Commercial Banker. I felt Regions was a great fit for me based on their commitment to the community and our mission to create “shared value” for our customers, our company and its shareholders, and the communities where we operate. Regions has executed on its mission statement and by doing so, created a sustainable business. More details about Regions’ Culture can be found at www.regions.com.
Being a quality Commercial Banker to me is first working with people that can place their trust in me. Second, is developing long-lasting relationships by understanding how I can help in delivering the right resources from Regions. In the near term I look forward to building relationships with members of my community so that I can provide the best value possible to those I live and work around. My long-term outlook is to develop a recognized and quality reputation for me and my team at Regions bank.
I recommend the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce to any individual that is seeking an Organization to make them feel at home. The entire Organization has always made me feel important, and part of something greater. As we all strive to be part of an outstanding community, being part of the O’Fallon Chamber is an easy first step to enjoying all that our community has to offer!
Here’s a startling fact. Americans work more hours than medieval peasants did. Nearly one in five American workers spends more than 50 hours per week at work. That's according to the findings of Harvard economics professor, Juliet Schor. For small business owners, it’s more like 60 hours a week.
If you ever feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything that needs done, you may be suffering from the phenomenon known as “time poverty.”
Symptoms of time poverty include:
• Feeling like you have been very busy, but have accomplished very little
• Feeling like there are too few hours in the day
• Trending toward taking fewer days off
• Missing family commitments due to work
• Remaining tethered to your office 24/7 via cell phone or email
To an extent, technology is to blame. The same devices that promise us freedom and flexibility also keep us hopelessly tied to the things that we need a break from. Clients and customers are able to reach us in countless ways, and in the instant gratification society in which we now live, they often expect an immediate response.
Unfortunately, not all of us are naturally prone to effective time management. But don’t worry, it’s not a hopeless case. You can overcome time poverty by applying some good old-fashioned time management strategies.
Decide what needs to get done, keeping long-term and short-term priorities in mind. It’s easy to get caught up in daily tasks and lose sight of the big picture. Refer back to your business plan (you do have one, don’t you?). Know your goals for your business and decide what types of activities you should be engaging in monthly, weekly and daily to keep you on track.
Plan your day.
Whether you do it the night before, or the morning of, you should start every day with a plan of how you will use your time. Write it down, and keep your list within arm’s reach so if you get sidetracked you can easily refer back to it and get back on task.
Define your work hours.
Setting designated work hours (and sticking to them) will help you manage your time better. It changes your attitude from “I’ll go home after the work is done,” to “I need to have this done by the time I leave at 7.” It’s like setting a deadline for yourself.
Generally, there are two reasons that people procrastinate. It’s because they don’t want to do whatever it is that needs done, or it’s because they don’t know how to do it. If you find yourself procrastinating, determine the reason. If it’s because you don’t want to do it, get over it. Or find someone else to do it. If you don’t know how to do what needs done, seek help. Ask people in your network for help, search the internet or check your library’s resources to try to educate yourself. If you still don’t feel like you are the right person for the task, then it is time to find someone else to take care of it.
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