Chamber Celebrates Year of Growth

Last year was one of growth for the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.

Delivering her year-end report to the members gathered Wednesday for the monthly luncheon, CEO Dixie Johnson recapped the highlights, beginning first with the history of the organization.

She said 2013 was the local Chamber’s 100th birthday, established originally as the Sheridan Commercial Club with a roster of 83 members. That number has grown, she said, to 605, last year, with a 95 percent retention rate, which is up five percent from the year before. Of those 600, plus, she said, two-thirds are small businesses.

She went on to say the operating budget for the year was $398,000, derived from memberships, programs and contracts, government funding and events. She said the focus for the year was advocacy, which, she said, the Chamber accomplished through support of issues like the capital facilities tax initiative and hosting a legislative forum for business leaders to meet with state legislators.

She said the Chamber’s success is due to synergy, as she called it, which she described as the collaboration with business and government leaders.

Following the report, she said as they move into 2014, they’ve adopted a new slogan, which was unveiled on a banner that said: “Think Local, Buy Local, Be Local.” Membership to the Chamber can be purchased at various levels. For more information, we’ll send you to the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce website -- http://www.sheridanwyomingchambe...

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