Most chamber initiatives are conducted at the divisional level and then presented to the full board for discussion/approval. Our chamber is comprised of five divisions, with various committees organized within the divisional structure. Currently constituted divisions are listed below, with areas of responsibility:
This division is responsible for oversight/management of the chamber’s operations and financial position. Financial oversight is accomplished through review and approval of the annual budget prepared by the Executive Director (ED), as well as a monthly review of financial statements and related variance analysis. Operational oversight occurs through timely discussion of chamber issues, periodic review of personnel and other policy manuals, the by-laws, and formation of nominating committees.
Marketing & Promotions Division:
This division is responsible for development and coordination of the chamber’s marketing efforts. This includes branding and messaging through various appropriate media. Also inherent in their focus is the buy local campaign.
Strategy Statement: Tell positive stories about Anacortes and help local entities (businesses, civic organizations, chamber members, etc.) to become part of the story. To be good stewards of our promotional responsibilities, creating public outreach programs that encourage visitors to invest in our community.
This division is responsible for ensuring that the membership value is optimized through development, maintenance, and communication of a quality membership plan. As such, all aspects of member benefits and pricing are reviewed. An annual survey is produced, conducted, and evaluated and appropriate enhancements made. A key element of this effort is the chamber’s ambassador group, which is instrumental in various events.
Strategy Statement: To provide existing and offer prospective members value that outweighs their investment and the opportunity to get involved and stay connected.
Economic and Community Development Division:
This division initiates strategic reviews of Anacortes—its infrastructure, key economic drivers, and perceived trends. A key by-product of this effort was the Futures Project report, inherent in this review is optimization of the city’s economic base through appropriate policies and the recruitment of desired employers.
Strategy Statement: Lead the partnership among the business community, land owners and developers, the city, the port and other organizations to communicate, develop leadership opportunities and support and develop programs that benefit the economic core of Anacortes.
Governmental Affairs Division:
This division educates membership and the board on important governmental activities which affect member businesses. This is done through liaison with city and state government, facilitated through chamber and industry trade associations, such as the Association of Washington Business and the Skagit Business Alliance. This division provides regular legislative updates to membership, works with the SBA to organize weekly conference calls during session in Olympia, and prepares chamber response to items of particular interest.
Strategy Statement: Monitor and filter key issues in concert with county- and state-wide business organizations for recommendations to the board and membership. Strive to encourage and develop business friendly candidates.