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The Chamber offers members many opportunities to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community.
- Leadership Shawnee.
Leadership Shawnee is a comprehensive program designed to identify, develop, and motivate new leadership for the Shawnee community. Program objectives are accomplished by team-building activities and exposure to local issues, regional resources, and various community leaders. Youth Leadership Shawnee introduces high school students to city government and the importance of being involved in your local community.
- Ambassador Club.
The Ambassador Club serves as a liaison between the Chamber Board and its membership. The Ambassadors act as an extension of the Chamber staff to strengthen membership, acquaint new members with Chamber benefits and programs, represent the Chamber at various functions and determine possible problem areas with the membership. The Ambassador's Club is also responsible for hosting ribbon cuttings and grand openings; make member visits, participates in events that enhances the visibility of the Chamber.
The Chamber understands and supports the economic impact made by the agricultural industry. It sponsors the annual Pott County Jr. Livestock Show and Premium Auction, hosts Agri-Business Career Day for Pottawatomie County High School students, organizes an annual Farm Tour, sponsors and promotes the Farmer's market, and sponsors an annual Farmer/Rancher Appreciation Event.
- City Beautification.
In coordination with the City, the Downtown Shawnee Association, and garden clubs, the Chamber is working to develop a master plan for landscaping and maintaining primary entrances to the City and major thoroughfares. Biannual cleanup campaigns are sponsored to promote pride in our community.
The Chamber is actively involved in promoting Shawnee as a pro-education community. We are promoting a partnership between the business community and educational institutions in developing long-range plans for improving education experience, services, and facilities. "Adopt-a-School" and "Adopt-a-Class" are programs sponsored by the Chamber. We are also working to implement a program designed to educate and enhance a quality workforce.
- Economic Development.
The Chamber works in partnership with the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation in an effort to bring more business and industry to the greater Shawnee area to insure progressive, diversified economic growth, yet maintaining the outstanding quality of life.
- Business and Government Relations.
The Chamber serves as the business voice of the local government. We continually monitor state and federal legislation that affect local business and industry for the community. Chamber members are invited to participate in the Washington, D.C. trip for the purpose of discussing critical community issues with our representatives. Candidate Forums and Legislative Luncheons allow members to stay up-to-date on current legislative issues.
- City Government Relations.
The Chamber works in cooperation with the City of Shawnee in the development of the Overall Comprehensive Plan, the development of our transportation system, recommends and supports improvements to over all infrastructure improvements, and promotes development of affordable housing. We work at keeping membership informed on issues such as labor, regulatory issues, short and long-term planning and capital needs.
- Legislative Action Committee
This committee will represent the legislative interest of business on local, state and national levels and inform members of issues which impact business and the greater Shawnee area in general.
- Small Business Council.
A group of business leaders gather monthly to discuss common business goals and problems and to development plans to vitalize Shawnee's business community.
- Leadership Opportunities.
Leadership opportunities exist for all members. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are elected from the membership representing industry, small business, professional, financial, health care and retail.
- Annual Meeting.
Chamber members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and Banquet. Outgoing Board members, the chairman, and chairman of all committees are recognized for their accomplishments. Awards are presented, including Small Business Person of the Year, the Gordon C. Richards, Sr. Service Award, Neill & Mary Wiley Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and Agri-Business Person of the Year.