The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business membership organization with nearly 1,200 member businesses. We provide a platform for our members to grow their business, and we work to expand the local economy.
Our board of directors recently approved our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, which focuses on five areas, the first being membership growth. Business members are the lifeblood of the Tri-City Regional Chamber. In order for us to accomplish our goals, we must reach our full potential in terms of membership growth and financial resources. During the next several years, we will grow our membership by attracting new members, engaging and retaining our current members, diversifying our representation, and building awareness of the chamber’s impact in the region.
The Regional Chamber continues to provide programs and events that are meaningful and of value to the members. Our members are looking to the chamber to provide connections and access to customers, and they want visibility for their company. We pride ourselves in delivering a high quality experience that meets their needs. Throughout the year, we offer more than 100 opportunities to get connected to other business leaders and customers.
We’ve recently announced the launch of the first Economic Gardening Pilot Program in the Northwest, where five stage-two companies will be selected to receive valuable assistance from the National Strategic Research Team from the National Center for Economic Gardening. Economic Gardening is a “grow from within” strategy that helps existing companies become larger. Economic Gardening specialists function much like an outsourced team of experts. Their goal is to help CEOs identify issues that might be hindering growth and point them to new tools, business concepts and information to make better decisions.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber is home to a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The PTAC program is designed to help businesses in all areas of selling to local, state and federal agencies, as well as government prime contractors. Business owners are guided through the entire process of applying for and fulfilling government contracts. Our PTAC Counselor serves Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Columbia counties.
Championing the implementation of the Tri-Cities “brighter, bolder, louder” brand will be a major focus of the Regional Chamber. During the past 18 months, we’ve partnered with TRIDEC, Visit Tri-Cities and many other stakeholder organizations to formulate a regional brand intended to increase the desirability of the Tri-Cities. The Regional Chamber will be one of the primary organizations involved in implementing the recommendations made by the branding consultant. In addition to utilizing new logos, slogans and graphics, the action plan emphasizes the need for product development projects such as a performing arts center, way-finding signage, programmed gathering places, and year-round public market.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber is the lead advocate for policies and practices that affect business. Our strategic plan outlines the continued monitoring and promotion of legislation related to critical business issues. We are partnering with 36 chambers of commerce and the Association of Washington Business to form a new Grassroots Alliance geared at being community and statewide voices on key issues. Additionally, we’ll maintain strong relations with local, statewide and federal elected leaders so as to be able to effectively promote our agenda and represent the interests and issues of our members.
The final goal of our Strategic Plan is to achieve organization excellence through continued financial stability, maintaining a diverse, high-functioning board of directors, and through the development and retention of high-quality staff.
The chamber’s job is to enhance our members’ success and advance our economy. This requires the focus and commitment of a high-performing organization. We are fully engaged and ambitious.