When I began my role as Executive Director of the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce last year, one of the first conferences I attended was the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) Institute. It’s a 2 day conference with curriculum for first year and second year Chamber Executives. I was able to complete the curriculum this year and officially earn my diploma. It is always rewarding to be surrounded by my counterparts from Chambers across the state. The relationships we’ve formed over the last two years have been mutually valuable for improving our organizations. We’ve bonded over the sharing of challenges, opportunities and experiences that only we can truly understand. I am so thankful that TCCE exists and continues to provide quality professional development, networking, resource exchange opportunities so that I can apply best practices to positively impact our Chamber.
One of the main themes I learned from this year’s curriculum was the importance of establishing relationships. Taking the time to meet with people, to listen to their needs and concerns, and to genuinely take interest in the things that keep them up at night will make the most impact. Sometimes just being present can show key stakeholders and community influencers that you are authentic. As a Chamber we strive to create an environment that allows our members to develop meaningful relationships that will not only propel their business forward but also provide them a nurturing environment and support system.
Relationships are key to the success of any individual but even more critical to the success of a business. When starting your career, relationships become the most important component for growth. The people that surround you become your foundation, sounding board and referral base. If you are looking for a safe place to establish your business family, I encourage you to visit a Spring Hill Chamber event and meet other business professionals that genuinely care about you and the future of your business.
Together we make a better Spring Hill,
Executive Director, Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce
“When my family and I were considering moving here back in 2012, we visited the Spring Hill Chamber to learn more about the area. In 2013 we moved to Spring Hill and I attended the Chambers’ Yearly Business Expo to see what businesses were around and get familiar with the area. In 2014, I started my own business, Orderly Manner and the Chamber was the first place I considered being a part of. The people were so friendly and I felt supported and connected right away. Now 4.5 years later, I am still a part of the Chamber and have loved being plugged into our community and with other businesses. I have been an Ambassador for 2 years and it has been a blessing getting to know the people of Spring Hill. I’m excited to see the Chamber continue to grow. I also look forward to getting to know the members more and support them so they can flourish here in Spring Hill.”
– Tina Plichta, Orderly Manner