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 has been escalated as a temporary measure to refresh and rebuild the organization's structure, communication and financial reporting.
We have already drafted updates to our bylaws that will be the foundation of our policies, procedures and volunteer role descriptions.
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.