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The Greenville Chamber from a Millennial Perspective

Posted by: McClain Lilly on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I was one year graduated from the University of Georgia and making a move from Georgia to Greenville, SC. I was on the job hunt, and I wasn’t finding many things that piqued my interest. It seemed like every job description I read had some aspect that I didn’t like or didn’t seem to fit my skill set properly. Determined to find the perfect fit, I kept searching and eventually found that the Greenville Chamber was hiring a Marketing & Communications Coordinator. From what I read, it seemed like this job was tailor-made for me. But before I even applied, I asked myself, “What is a Chamber anyway?”

I knew the essence of what a Chamber did, but upon accepting the job, I realized that not many people my age are aware of the true mission of a Chamber. Some of my friends think that I work for the government, others think I’m in tourism. Now with a year and a half of Chamber work behind me, I’d like to educate those who don’t know about what a Chamber REALLY does.

WE ARE NOT YOUR PRO-BONO MARKETING FIRM. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF.

I’ve found that an overwhelming number of businesses join the Greenville Chamber under the impression that we are here to assist them with their many marketing woes. Not the case, but we are more than happy to help by referring you to local marketing and public relations experts who make it their mission to help small businesses.

Our purpose is to lead, convene and mobilize the business community to drive regional economic growth. We connect people to programs, information and resources that they need to help their businesses succeed and capitalize on new opportunities.

Come to our events ready to put your best foot forward. Bring business cards, brochures, and sponsor events to put the spotlight on your company. We are here to help foster meaningful relationships between members of the local business community, and all of these things help us help you!

WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE CITY OR VISITOR’S CENTER, BUT A STAND-ALONE 501 C (6) ORGANIZATION OWNED AND OPERATED BY OUR INVESTORS.

Our vision is a globally-competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. We are a convener of community leaders, a champion for Greenville and a driver of economic growth. We are an advocate for the business community, and our goal is to deliver transformative value and exceptional service.

We give back to our Investors by directing all revenue to provide networking events, professional development opportunities, accelerate economic growth, act as the voice of the business community at the local, state and federal levels and ensure that our community is a reflection of it’s diverse citizens.

Although the Greenville Chamber is managed by a President/CEO and staff, the Board of Directors is responsible for determining initiatives that the Chamber impacts. Our board is made up of 30 community leaders that represent Greenville across all industries. They ensure that the Chamber provides the highest and best value to all of our Investors.

WE ARE NOT THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OR A CONSULTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT WE CAN PROVIDE THE RESOURCES YOU NEED.

We can’t revise your vision and mission, give you a business license or advise you on your balance sheet, but we can connect you with the best and brightest in order to help you achieve all your goals. Our events cover topics ranging from social media marketing strategies, to funding for small businesses and even brand awareness. Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on our staff to help connect you with the solution you need to solve your issues.

Additionally, this year we have partnered with Piedmont SCORE, an organization designed to foster vibrant small businesses through mentoring and education. This gives all of our Investors access to not only Greenville Chamber events, but SCORE events & programs as well. You can use SCORE to help you develop a business plan, find a mentor or find additional online resources to help you succeed.

WE ARE NOT THE “IN-CROWD” OR JUST THE A-LISTERS, THE GREENVILLE CHAMBER IS THE PULSE OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

We are a group of dedicated professionals who are passionate about the success of Greenville. We work hard to be a valuable resource for business and set our region up for ultimate success. The Chamber creates personal and professional connections that help move Greenville forward.

Questions? Not an Investor and interested in joining? Check out our website or call (864) 242-1050 today!

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