Chamber updates March
The chamber has formed a committee to evaluate the strategic priorities and mission of the chamber. The results of their work will be incorporated into the chamber’s application for reaccreditation. Every five years the health and leadership of the chamber is evaluated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to submit by the August 31 deadline.
Another committee has been formed by Chairman Eric Peltier targeting a strategic and foundational effort by the chamber for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Outside consultants are being interviewed, and the hope is to have a strategy in place by the end of the year.
The Richardson Chamber ended 2020 in a better place than what budgeted. In addition, the chamber became eligible for an SBA PPP loan, which is expected to be forgivable.
In person events beginning for those who feel comfortable: both Richardson Young Professionals and the Richardson Chamber Business Network have scheduled in-person meetings.
Sylvia Palmer, our member services manager for the last 5 years, has left the Richardson Chamber to pursue a new opportunity. She will be missed!
Welcome new members of the Richardson Chamber board. On the elected board will be Darrell Beckett from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kortney Gibson, BAL Global (both moving up from the advisory committee). New members of the advisory committee include Jen Royal from State Farm, Ben Isaac from Homecare Assistance, Jeffrey Tuthill from Ryan & Company, and Christine Podraza from Fujitsu Network Communications.