Chambers of Commerce

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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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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Four Years Of Institute…How Quickly It Passes!

July 09, 2014

New IOM graduates, pictured left to right: Larkin Simpson, IOM, Chamber Director & Project Manager, Jones County Chamber of Commerce (MS); April Bragg, IOM, President & CEO, Milledgeville­Baldwin County Chamber (GA); Brian Tucker, IOM, Director…

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A Foundation’s View On Outcomes

June 04, 2014

The Central Florida Foundation (CFF) is a public grant-making foundation that serves as a trusted philanthropic home for more than 400 charitable funds throughout Central Florida.    Convergent has had the good fortune to get…

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Midwestern Chamber Executives’ Fundraising FAQS

May 06, 2014

By Mark Bergethon Every year chamber professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma gather together at Big Cedar Lodge to learn from one another, and this year the main goal was to “Get Real.” Session…

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