Guest Blog by Elise Ambrose, President of Elite Personnel
Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) is not just the right thing to do, it is also an integral component of organizational success. Organizations with diverse workforces have access to broader perspectives, increased innovation, expanded market share, and a wider pool of talent.
As a nation of diverse backgrounds (race, religion, national origin, gender) employees bring different viewpoints, priorities, expertise, and knowledge to the workplace regardless of whether they are regular full-time employees or part of a contingent workforce. Organizations also stand to gain and prosper from the aggregation of these multifaceted attributes. Narrow demographics leads to a narrow point of view, a narrow body of knowledge, and a narrow perspective of how people work.
Guest Blog by Kay Loughrey, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Sweet Life Wellness
When you've had a stressful day, one way to slow down and feel less stressed is to enjoy eating mindfully. In a fast-paced world, how can we pay attention to the process of eating and enjoy eating mindfully? After all, eating is one of life’s simple pleasures. Instead, it often seems quicker to eat while multi-tasking so we can get on to “more important things.” Then, we tend to overeat and gain weight. Why should we take the time to enjoy eating mindfully?
Mindfulness means paying attention the present moment. Mindfulness can help you make better food choices. Mindfulness can help you tune into whether you are hungry, decide whether, what and how much to eat, and stop overeating.
When we slow down and enjoy eating mindfully, it benefits us in three other ways. We take more pleasure in our food. We also tend to stop eating before we’re full, and can more easily lose extra weight.
“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
- George Bernard Shaw
As we enter our 95th year of service to the business community, the leadership and staff of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce take Mr. Shaw’s words to heart. Our responsibility and future is NOW. We have advocated for the Bethesda region during times of growth, recession, war, and change. We continue to advocate for business by providing a strong voice of clarity through the uncertainties and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been a helping hand, a (virtual) shoulder to cry on, and an encourager, while providing clarity about the confusing maze of resources designed to help sustain businesses.
Happy Spring! March marked the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 World-Wide Pandemic. It’s hard to believe that it has been one year. At times, it felt like 10 years and in other aspects, it felt like the last 12 months flew by.
During that dreaded and fearful March of 2020, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had dropped by nearly 36%. All of us were in fear for our health, our families, our children, our jobs and our savings. With that historic market drop came a scary time for small businesses. Restaurants that rely on patrons to enter their doors were forced to close. Some for numbered days while others forever. Every business in Bethesda (and worldwide) was affected in one way; most in a painful way. I remember putting my children to sleep one night in late March and just sitting outside their bedroom door, on the floor and wondering what will be. What will become of our family, our community, our county and even what of our world. I cried silently in the darkness of our home. That day I was not able to see the light.
Guest Blog by Mike Shelah, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Advantage Industries
Back in December 2020, My colleague Russell and I shared a webinar with Chamber members (you can watch it here https://youtu.be/Wsidf2Q-wYM ) about simple , effective and low cost cyber security tips that every business should follow.
Here is a hard truth, the days of having an “IT break fix guy” that puts out fires for you when something breaks are long gone. It is super easy for a hacker to steal your information today, you really need to be proactive and work with a team to keep everything up to date. That said, there is plenty you can do as a business owner to better protect your company, your data and your reputation.
Today, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce celebrates standing with our local business community for 95 years. We have advocated for the Bethesda region during times of growth, recession, war, and change.
We continue to advocate for businesses, providing a strong voice of clarity through the uncertainties and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve been a helping hand, a (virtual) shoulder to cry on, and an encourager, while also providing clarity about the confusing maze of resources designed to help sustain businesses.
Guest Blog by Ellen Coren, President & CEO of Chesapeake Public Strategies
Successful public policy efforts call for sincere engagement with community residents and civic leaders. Whether for a development project or a legislative issue, effective outreach campaigns establish meaningful dialogue, stakeholder agreement and active support. A successful civic engagement strategy will help you ascend the Community Engagement Ladder.
One of the most rewarding benefits of my position is getting out and meeting with our community leaders. During this unprecedented year of uncertainty related to the global pandemic, we are all hindered with being able to safely and carefully do so.
In the past few weeks, I have been fortunate to visit a few of our leaders and learn more about the impacts of effective operations.
I had a terrific meeting with Jim Willard, General Manager of Euro Motorcars Bethesda.
During February, I realized that inspiration comes in many forms. On a national level, vaccines are rolling out and slowly but surely, we will all have our turn at the shot. Here at home, the Chamber’s inspiration has come in the form of Allie Williams. As you know, Allie officially started as President and CEO on January 1. In two months, he has increased our membership and is working to make us a bigger and better organization. He is questioning why and how things are done; improving our internal processes and systems and taking to the streets to meet current members and bring on new ones.
Today's Black History Month Spotlight is Travis Royall, the Director of Community Relations of Brandywine Living at Potomac!
Q: What is the most important event or milestone to occur in your lifetime?
A: There are several things, but the one that sticks out the most is that my oldest son Tyler has received a partial athletic and academic scholarship to play football at Assumption University in Worcester, Mass. Seeing him get the opportunity to pursue his dreams is extremely rewarding.
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