The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce is pleased and excited to announce that after an extensive interview process, Allie Williams, IOM, has been named President/CEO.
Williams brings more than 20 years’ experience as an association executive spending time at the helm of the Title VII Administrators Association (VIIAA), Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA), Director of Organizational Development at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Director of the Office of Chamber of Commerce Relations at the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Guest blog by Brandan Stuckey, Bethesda Transportation Solutions
I’m not sure how we entered a space where the same few platitudes are thrown about, seemingly every other sentence. Counting how many times you see words like normalize, robust, engage, or deliverables, used in our corporate lexicon can lead to the most intense interoffice game of bingo this side of Cordell Ave. Words, are powerful. Words have meaning. Words have impact. And there’s nothing more impactful than hearing vibrancy in the context of downtown. Vibrancy is often used when speaking of outdoor spaces. However, its usage must become more than the latest platitude; Vibrancy has to become a call to action. For instance, Bethesda Urban Partnership answered the call to help by creating the Streetery, a broad collaborative effort to sustain businesses during the pandemic. That’s Vibrancy.
Guest Blog by Joseph S. Barone, Network Bethesda
A recent Office Depot/OfficeMax Survey of over 1000 employees in the US asked the question: How can employers better introduce new technologies?
Here is how they responded:
Guest Blog by Bola Audena, Partner, MBA Growth Partners
Let’s share a moment of transparency: the journey and process of self-actualization is a wild ride! As a new business owner (we launched our Consulting Practice, MBA Growth Partners, a year and a half ago), I can personally attest that the path to accomplishing one’s dreams is not linear; it’s full of highs, lows, ebbs, and flows. And rather than seeing those ups and downs as negatives or positives, we have to think of them as mere twists and turns in the pathway. What I’ve learned in a year and half is that you have to embrace these twists and turns. And let’s face it, our stories wouldn’t be nearly as colorful and vivid without them, anyway!
Guest Blog by Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
For business owners, managers and facility owners, there are new practices and new signage needed to help employees and customers stay safe. Signage will also draw customers to your business or restaurant, which will increase your revenues.
The Chamber aims to help our members in any way we can. We're launching a Guest Blog program - to bring pertinent information to our members, and to let our members show their knowledge and expertise. If you have something you'd like to share with the Chamber community, see below for some of the details!
For 32 years the Bethesda community, led by Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce along with the BCC Rescue Squad, have made a tradition out of celebrating the holidays with those in our community who need a little extra. Unfortunately, the onset of COVID-19 has made that need greater and more urgent than in years past. However, we knew we didn’t want to do the same thing in the name of tradition when the need and resources were more different than ever. Through our connections in the area came…
Guest Blog by Adam Murphy, Mon Ami Gabi
We are living in challenging times. We've all experienced so much change in such a short amount of time. Covid has upended our lives in a way few of us could have imagined just a short time ago. With this disruption, we seem to all be craving comfort and familiarity. A place I have always found these things is in my favorite neighborhood restaurant. You know the place. You probably have a favorite room. Maybe even a specific table that you prefer. The place feels good as soon as you walk in. It feels even better when your favorite server greets you with a warm smile. The beautiful plate of food looks up at you as you share this moment with your family, your friends, your colleagues. That first bite, that first sip of wine - you remember why you chose this restaurant. It is a part of your life. A familiar part of your routine. It makes you feel, dare I say it, normal.
Networking and connecting with businesses in the community remains critically important. The Chamber is working to bring businesses together to continue growing their network – virtually! We’ll be holding Zoom networking events and seminars every week to continue providing the benefits members have come to expect. Check out our calendar for up-to-date information about upcoming programs and events.
Here’s a peak into last Friday’s Networking at Noon conversation:
Attendees had a chance to introduce themselves and share what services their businesses are currently offering. The discussion shifted to how to best support one another, as well as how to pivot to be successful and generate income during this time.
Some key tips were shared, including:
Two events have been scheduled as a result of this conversation! Join us for:
4/8 @ noon: Top 5 Small and Medium-Sized Business Social Media Tips from IdeaFire Consulting
4/9 @ 4:30 - Virtual Off the Clock + Specialty Cocktail Class with Silver
Let us know if you have any tips on how to help support fellow businesses during this time, or if you have an idea for a seminar topic.
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