What an honor it is to be a part of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce! Thank you for your constant support and encouragement as the Chamber continues this journey with each of you. I am very excited about the continued growth and opportunities for each business/organization, Sampson County, and for the Chamber. As I reflect briefly on the first half of 2014, I encourage you to continue to engage yourself in the programs, partnerships, and benefits of being a part of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.
Although much has been done thus far this year, there is still more to be accomplished. For the remainder of the year, I am excited to continue Chamber Day in each municipality within Sampson County. The Chamber will continue to offer premiere networking and educational opportunities for the remainder of 2014 as well. And, I encourage you to consider being a part of the Adult Leadership class of 2014-2015 (more information to come at a later date). Planning has also begun for annual events such as Christmas in the City, Christmas in Clinton Parade, and the Chamber Coat Closet Project.
I encourage Chamber members to take full advantage of their membership and join us for “Chamber 101” with two opportunities to participate. Join us on either Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. as we review the online marketing and advertising opportunities included in your Chamber membership. I encourage you to bring events, coupons, and other information you would like posted on the Chamber’s website and calendar. Let the Chamber work for you!
I also encourage you to consider taking part in the 2014 Business Showcase on Thursday, Sept. 11. From 5 until 7 p.m., members are invited to set up a booth-style exhibit to showcase your business to the community and other business partners at the CenturyLink Building in downtown Clinton. Hosted by CenturyLink, it’s a time you can enjoy live music, door prizes, delicious hors d’oeuvres and more. Booth space is limited. For more information and to apply for a booth space, please visit the website (www.clintonsampsonchamber.org).
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your constant support of the community, the Chamber, and Sampson County. I ask and encourage you to offer suggestions and feedback of how the Chamber can continue to grow and maximize your member benefits. If you ever have any questions about your benefits or Chamber investment, please give us a call. Our goal is that each of our members continues to grow, succeed, and prosper as well as be a part of the Chamber family.
Lastly, I hope to see you this Saturday, June 2, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Sampson County History Museum (313 Lisbon St., in downtown Clinton) as the Museum Board of Directors celebrates with the Friends of the Museum and thanks David and Jeannie King for their dedication to the museum and to preserving Sampson County’s history. Enjoy live music, food vendors, museum tours, blacksmith demonstrations, and more. A special program will be at 11:30 a.m. recognizing museum sponsors and the Kinsg. For more information about this event, please call the Chamber at 592-6177 or the Sampson County History Museum at 590-0007.
As always, it is a complete joy to be able to be a part of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce. I am very excited about the remainder of 2014 as well as the future for each business/organization within Sampson County. There are exciting opportunities and growth to come and again, thank each Chamber Member for your continued support of the Chamber and for allowing the Chamber to work for you!
Janna Bass is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce and a weekly columnist for The Sampson Independent.