meet to talk about the future
challenge for businesses today is having time to take advantage of various
services. Nearly 200 executives from Washington and Oregon Chambers of Commerce
met last week to hear perspectives on how to help local businesses move into the
speaker told the audience that while people are busier, they still expect to see
a return on the cost of their dues. Each generation of the workforce has its
preferences on how services are delivered. We have become a knowledge economy
with personalization critical to providing relevant services to the business
community. Political advocacy was highlighted as a critical service and one that
gets to the values held by businesses such as controlling the cost of labor,
taxes, and regulation.
people seek and demand a return for membership, including tangible member
services, high levels of accountability, identifiable career advantages, a sense
of professional community, and opportunities to serve within associations."
This was a quote I thought worth repeating about Millennials (people born
between 1981-2000), talking about the future of association participation by
William E. Smith, Institute for Association Research.
conference was thought provoking and it gave both Mark Johnson and me the
opportunity to talk with Washington State executives about two critical issues
for next year's legislative session.
an evening reception and handed out the latest information on the negative
impacts to local businesses if the out-of-state resident sales tax exemption is
removed. This issue came up last session and could come back again. We said we
were very hopeful that a back-to-school sales tax free holiday would pass next
year. We also attended a wrap up legislative strategy meeting and highlighted
these issues to the executives as they discussed their statewide legislative
platform. We felt as though both issues were well received by everyone and that
when the time comes, we can ask for chamber support during session.
I am a
firm believer that Chambers of Commerce play a critical role in the
legislature. They have been our allies for many years and as we continue to
work together on key issues, the business community's views grow