I would like to thank the Board for putting their trust in me again this year as Chairman of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has come so far in the past few years. I look forward to this year with great anticipation and to being a part of the excitement as we work to attain even more as a local business community. I would like to thank all who have supported the Chamber through your membership or sponsorship. Our members are what makes the Chamber the vibrant and thriving organization it is today. For those of you visiting our beautiful county, I hope that you will use this directory and resource guide to help you unlock all of the beautiful treasures of Dorchester County that still remain secret to some.
As a chamber we have been working to offer more member services than ever before. We have provided many training opportunities across all areas of business operations. We continue to focus on advocacy for businesses in our community by tracking, taking action, and reporting on key legislative issues at the local, state and federal levels. We organized candidate forums for all key local races in the 2022 mid-term elections. The forums were live streamed and recorded to allow residents to learn more about each of the candidates running for office. We continue to strengthen our relationships with other business development organizations in the region to provide more comprehensive resources to a greater number of businesses in Dorchester County.
In 2023, we will continue working on these areas while creating new ways to make our networking events more valuable to each of you. I encourage all of you to ask yourself the question, "How am I using my Chamber membership?" A Chamber membership is like a gym membership, you only get out of it what you put into it. I ask you to put more into your Chamber membership by getting involved in committees, attending our events (annual meeting, business after hours, lunches, training sessions, etc.) and giving us feedback to help us meet your needs.
Please know that the Chamber Board and staff are here to serve you. You are welcome to contact us with any questions you may have about the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. As you know our President/CEO, Bill Christopher, and staff are totally dedicated to making our Chamber and community better every day.