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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Feedback from Past Chamber Days:
603 Visited During ‘Chamber Day’
“Positive feedback provided to Chamber volunteers by businesses.”
More than 600 businesses were visited during the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Day on Wednesday, marking another successful year for the program.
“We were pleased by what we accomplished today,” said Royce Hickman, President and CEO of the Chamber. “This is about making sure businesses are heard. We may be able to guess what’s going on in the trenches, but unless we actually get out there and talk to the businesses themselves, there’s no real way to know.”
Approximately 100 volunteers – which included assistant city managers from both cities, both police chiefs, fire officials, business owners, Chamber Board members, Chamber ambassadors, and other volunteers – hit the streets in small groups. During “Chamber Day” visits, the Chamber and its volunteers took the opportunity to thank local businesses for doing business in Bryan and College Station as well as to inquire about how the economy has affected them and how overall business is going. They also gave the businesses the opportunity to discuss any problems or concerns they have and any other issues affecting them.
The groups wrote responses they gathered from each business, which the Chamber will process over the next few weeks. The Chamber will then provide those findings to the city officials, as well as provide the info to its members.
“We heard many positive things, we had some areas that the businesses asked for help on, and we heard a few negative things,” Hickman said. “Most importantly, while the economy may still be tight, the majority of the businesses we spoke to today still have high spirits. We were very pleased with the overall feedback we received.”
During “Chamber Day”, the volunteers visited with both Chamber members and non-members. Any visits made to non-members were not sales calls to recruit new members, and no information or solicitation about joining the Chamber was passed out unless the business requested it.