As we embark on 2019, myself, the Executive Vice President, the staff and the Board of Directors would like to remind each of us of our mission statement which, is to:
We are here working diligently for our businesses, our cities and each of you, our members. Not just for today or this year but to help build a better future for the cities that we serve.
Looking at the future, my focus for 2019 will highlight the following areas; environmental, tomorrows leaders and keeping you, our members informed.
As the president of the chamber, I believe that the Chamber is most successful when we actively engage in the many committees and activities that are held each month. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join in, I encourage you to. After all, what you put in to the chamber is what you will get out of the chamber.
Thank you each for allowing me to serve our businesses, cities and most importantly you, our members.
P.S. I look forward to seeing each of you on Canal Street for our Home Show and Business Expo on Saturday, January 19th!
The Chamber was firmly established by 1926 with over 2,000 members, but it wasn't until 1932 that the first official charter was adopted. In 1933 construction of a chamber building began using federal funds and in 1934 the new Chamber of Commerce opened.
Throughout the ensuing years, many of the ideas that resulted in progressive milestones for Southeast Volusia originated within the Chamber. The Chamber championed projects such as laying the foundation for better road systems, a stabilized inlet, new and improved bridges, river dredging, a new hospital and golf course for our area.
The Chamber has continued to be the catalyst for community expansion, and has supported many causes to enhance economic growth. Recently, the Chamber petitioned the County Council to reform County Impact Fees related to new business construction, and has promoted referendums in area cities to grant ad valorem (property) tax exemptions to encourage investment in new and expanding businesses.
The Chamber's first official charter in 1932 stated its mission as "promotion of civic, economic, and social welfare of the people of New Smyrna and vicinity..." Half a century later, the Chamber is proud to honor that promise.