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Diplomats in our midst

Jack Taylor

On a daily basis, we see and hear stories about the challenges of international relations and the advice various parties have for improvement. Accurate communication among stakeholders is usually at the top of the list of those challenges. At the Summit County Chamber, we have members who are willing to assist member businesses and others with the tests they face right here at home. Members taking care of members S a source of pride for our Chamber Diplomats.

Without the help of our diplomats, it would be nearly impossible to staff the events put on by the Summit County Chamber. Our small staff, while incredibly energetic, would not be able to address the myriad of details that go into the planning and execution of some of these gatherings without help. Our diplomats pitch in wherever and whenever they are needed to help us deliver the quality of experience our members have come to expect.

If you attend one of our monthly After Hours Mixers, you’ll see the diplomats hard at work. In addition to the staff, these folks are a wealth of information about the Chamber and it’s members as well as about the local business climate. It’s been my experience that, if they don’t know the answer to your question, they’ll refer you to someone who does.

Anyone who is successful in business knows that a primary ingredient in that success is establishing relationships. Business referrals are the lifeblood of a thriving organization and can easily be the difference between success and closing the doors. Diplomats are serious about this role in the economic success of fellow Chamber members. These folks share information they hear about business opportunities with fellow Chamber members regularly. It’s rare that a day goes by in which I don’t hear a story about a shared lead resulting in a business transaction

In addition to the mixers, the diplomats volunteer at local events. If the Summit County Chamber has a presence at an affair, it’s likely that a diplomat is staffing the booth along with the staff. Sometimes, these diplomats are staffing these booths themselves. It’s important to these volunteers that the community is aware that our organization is involved in events throughout the county.

Volunteer recognition doesn’t happen as often as it should. I’m proud to take this opportunity to recognize ours.


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