Our Spring Hill Chamber closed out another year at our December State of the Chamber luncheon this past week. While this year brought many unexpected challenges, our business community continued to thrive and our Chamber continued to serve. We are ending the year with 400 total members and an 82% retention rate. We are extremely grateful to our members and new members that saw value in investing in our mission. We were able to safely host 18 Ribbon Cuttings, 3 mixers, 12 luncheon events (virtual and in person), and 4 Chamber 101 courses. Our Committee on Political Affairs was able to host its regularly scheduled events including a new Mayoral Forum event.
COVID-19 prompted additional events and resources. We offered virtual Happy Hours to keep us connected, industry-specific Call In events to share information and best practices, and weekly Prayer calls to keep us encouraged. We were also able to offer several webinars to provide our members with necessary information surrounding COVID-19 and available relief funding. We are thankful for the collaborations with our regional partners that gave our members access to time sensitive resources. Our annual community event, Experience Spring Hill, was creatively positioned as a Passport event to still accomplish its mission of bringing our residents and businesses together. We appreciate the support of our sponsors, members and residents to make it a success. Our digital footprint was maximized on www.experiencespringhill.com with additional resources and exposure for our members with initiatives like Meet Me in Spring Hill. Our annual fundraiser, Mayor’s Ball, did not look the same but it was still a success thanks to our presenting sponsor, John Maher Builders, our additional sponsors, our members and donors, and our dedicated staff.
We have all learned something new about ourselves and our abilities this year. Our chamber leadership and staff learned to harness our innovative strengths to stay on course with our strategic plan and to continue to put our members first. We were also able to witness our members do the same. 2020 brought us all closer together and I’m looking forward to its positive impact on the way we do business in 2021 and beyond.
- Rebecca Melton, Executive Director, Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce