The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce believes that healthy communities begin with prosperous businesses. By taking action in key areas–ADVOCATE, CONNECT, and GROW–we are the unified voice of business for the improvement of our communities.

The Chamber’s Priorities for Action is our strategic plan as approved by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. This compilation of action items is the result of interviews and online forums, member surveys, and conversations with regional partners and stakeholders. Our Priorities for Action is a “road map” that keeps Chamber directors and staff focused on the economic and community needs of our region that are consistent with the mission and guiding principles of the Chamber.


ADVOCATE

Effective advocacy is founded on accurate and substantiated information. We remain a locus for facts and primary resources on issues important to business owners.

  • Engage Elected Officials. We will leverage our strong personal relationships with federal and state officials and government agencies to influence public policy, deliver funding to critical community services, raise awareness of economic and community needs,  and connect them to our network of resources.
  • Center for Reliable Information. Provide resources and contacts to members seeking assistance with municipal officials.
  • Unified Voice of Business. We continue to seek opportunities for input from businesses on public policy issues. 
  • Creating Access for Members. We will host a Legislative Forum, featuring state and federal elected officials, to give members better access to information, personal contact, and direct discussion with officials. 

CONNECT

We bring measurable value to Chamber members through high-quality core services, business promotion and recognition, and networking events.

  • Member Services and Cost Saving Discounts. The Chamber offers many valuable benefits that may be extended to member employees, aiding in staff retention. We will seek ways to better communicate the available benefits to members.
  • Networking and Recognition Events. The Chamber hosts dozens of events during the year, including monthly breakfasts, business awards, golf tournament, and evening receptions.
  • Support Start-Up and Remote Business Owners. The Chamber, working with business partners, will host opportunities for micro-business owners to meet, work, and share strategies.  Our Co:Work Wednesday series may springboard to other learning topics and social events.
  • Encourage Young Professional Engagement. We will build on the initial support shown for the  efforts of our 2023 Emerging Leaders program participants to host gatherings that highlight education, mentoring, and social connections. 

GROW

We leverage the knowledge of members, regional government, education, business, and non-profit stakeholders to address critical county needs.

  • Public Transportation. The Chamber will use the knowledge gained through its transportation planning process to be a resource to the County government and others seeking to develop public transportation options. 
  • Mentor Students. We will join our regional chamber colleagues and area BOCES centers to match current high school seniors with mentors from local businesses.
  • Connect Employers and Schools. We will develop a strategy to strengthen business connections with local schools, including mentoring and shadowing experiences, advisory board participation, and career day presentations. 
  • Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program. Preparing the next generation of civic leaders who can drive community change, our 2023-2024 program concludes in June.  We will begin a  new program in October. 
  • National Civics Bee.  We will partner with the US Chamber to host a regional competition as part of the National Civics Bee.  This contest, open to middle school students, will highlight the importance of civics knowledge and engagement as a workforce development strategy.  
  • Build Community Capacity.  Working with stakeholders through the Regional Innovation Council, we will discuss, plan, and implement strategies to advance community and economic development goals.