As a volunteer-run non-profit organization in service to our members and the broader community, we strive toward increased transparency and consistency in our communications and records. Even before the crisis of COVID-19, there was a general understanding that the Chamber was entering a period of transformation. As a result, there may be gaps in certain past records.
We are indeed a non-profit and also, because we recently took the steps to formally organize as a 501 (c )(6), the Belleville Chamber of Commerce is in itself, a business. This requires a more formal type and volume of record-keeping; a challenge for any volunteer group.
In 2019, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce leadership reached out to staff at Belleviile Village Hall for guidance on how to move through this exciting and also challenging time. Simultaneously, the Village had already recognized the need for a coordinated effort to improve and promote the many business opportunities and community events & amenities. Positions were created to coordinate efforts in that regard.
In the Summer of 2020, the Village hired an Economic Development & Marketing Specialist full-time to provide business recruitment & retention and event promotional support to to our community. Because a resilient chamber of commerce organization is in a unique postion to build and promote a sustainable business community, in Autumn of 2020 this position was also directed to act as Chamber Liaison. While the liaison portion of this role is expected to be permanent, the expected level of support provided to the Chamber by the liaison was escalated as a temporary measure to refresh and rebuild the organization's structure, communication and financial reporting.
The first Chamber Liaison, Becky Olson, helped fill vacant Chamber Board positions, made recommedations to the membership process that rebuilt the active membership roles from 4 businesses to over 30 in just 3 months, reviewed and made recommendations to the Chambers financial policies and researched, drafted and facilitated approvals to our bylaws. The latter will be the foundation of our policies, procedures and volunteer role descriptions from this moment forward. As such, it is now up to us as members and volunteer Chamber Board Directors, to operate this non-profit business in an open and professional matter, that brings value to our businesses and the broader community.
We hope you will join us! Members are always welcome at our Board of Directors meetings.
There are openings on the Chamber Board of Directors & Officers - this committment requires interested members to nominate themselves (self-nominate) at or before the Annual Membership Meeting.
Descriptions of many of these duties, may be found in the bylaws, below.