Chambers of Commerce

KS Chamber Hosts Forums for Vision 2025

By Stacie Strader  |  Fox 14 TV  |  Full Article “Southeast Kansas will play host to forums aimed at getting public input for the state’s strategic plan. The Kansas Chamber is hosting its second round…

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Rumler to lead Quad Cities Chamber

Congratulations to Paul Rumler, who was recently named president/CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber. We look forward to working with Paul in his new position. By Todd Mizener  |  Quad-Cities Online  |  Full Article “Quad-Cities…

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Economic development, branding campaign continues for northwest Houston communities

By Tamra Santana  |  The Houston Chronicle  |  Full Article “The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has raised $615,000 in its campaign to expand economic development and to better brand the community… ‘We are encouraged…

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Montana Chamber of Commerce announces 10-year plan

By Lewis Kendall | Bozeman Daily Chronicle | Full Article “The Montana Chamber of Commerce recently released its 10-year strategic plan, which includes goals to increase wages, encourage business growth and improve the state’s infrastructure….

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North Carolina Chamber Receives “State Chamber of the Year” Award

We’d like to send a big “Congratulations” out to our friends at the North Carolina Chamber! They were just named the “State Chamber of the Year” by the Council of State Chambers. “The purpose of…

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Gainesville, FL: CEO Unveils ‘Bold But Achievable’ Goals For Local Economy

“CEO — the economic development arm of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce — held a kickoff to its new five-year plan called Transforming Greater Gainesville — a Game-Changing Plan at the Gainesville Country Club…

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More Than $1 Million Already Raised For Chamber Project

The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce held a public kick off event for its capital campaign Saturday night… The campaign, aimed at raising $1.4 million to restore the block of buildings owned by the chamber,…

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Redefining ROI: Moving from a transactional to a transformational mindset

April 24, 2018

We’ve all been there. You go in to meet with a potential investor, begin to outline your strategic plan and funding needs and are having a great dialogue. Frankly, you’re in the zone and loving…

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Did you #AmplifyACCE this year?

July 25, 2017

This year’s Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Annual Conference was, quite possibly, the best ACCE conference we’ve ever attended! From line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon (what a hoot!) to ACCE President…

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Think Big, Be Bold – Insights from MAKO Chamber Conference 2017

May 02, 2017

Every year Mark attends the MAKO Chamber Conference. This annual meeting of chamber professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma has grown drastically since its inception, and this year had the largest attendance yet. After each conference, Mark usually shares a few of the “Frequently Asked Questions” he heard about chamber fundraising and our services during the conference, but this year, we thought we’d change things up a bit.

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The Benefits of Hiring Outside Fundraising Counsel

September 12, 2016

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article “Counterpoint: Feasibility Studies and Other Reasons Outside Counsel Can Help Small Nonprofits,” recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Principal Mark Bergethon. To read…

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Fundraising FAQs from Tennessee Chamber Pros

August 29, 2016

I very much enjoyed yet another Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) conference this year. Kyle Spurgeon and his team from the Jackson Chamber of Commerce were out in full force playing gracious host and…

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24 Hours at the ACCE Annual Conference

August 22, 2016

I pulled up to the hotel and heard familiar sounds, sensed the savory smells and felt the energy that was unmistakably Savannah made. The Florida storms had wreaked havoc on the interstates, so it was too…

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10 Tips for Effective Community Partnerships

February 18, 2016

This article was originally written for and published in the International Economic Development Council’s “ED Now” newsletter. We are excited to make it available to non-IEDC members here for the first time. Economic development organizations increasingly are…

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Highlights from the ACCE 2015 Annual Conference

August 26, 2015

We had a great time in Montreal and we hope you did as well! As always, the ACCE Annual Conference provided a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, clients, and colleagues, and make new…

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4 Steps to Keep Your Board Engaged in a Capital Campaign

March 30, 2015

Initiating a capital campaign is an exciting opportunity. It’s a time when you can help move your organization forward in a very dynamic way, although there are always a few challenges that will arise during…

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7 Fundamental Principles Of Major Capital Campaigns

October 10, 2014

By Mark Bergethon We are excited to have Principal Mark Bergethon featured in FundraisingSuccess’s “ProSpeak,” which features essays about “the nitty-gritty of fundraising, written by the people who do it every day.” Here is a…

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