Business Support & Development Committee
Purpose: The Economic Development Committee will facilitate and promote development of a strong economic base in the Andover community, implementing strategies aimed at business retention and attracting new business.
- Work closely with the City of Andover, creating a communication link for both the Chamber and the City of Andover.
- Work closely with Butler County government to also create a communication link.
- Research economic trends for the Andover area and become familiar with the business community in the community.
- Research the gaps of business within the Andover community and prepare a plan to address these needs.
- Create a listing of all available property and lease properties in the area ? with specs
Duties of the Chairperson:
· Plan. The chairperson studies the task, clarifies any points not thoroughly understood in cooperation with the Chamber staff. The chairperson helps to recruit individuals for his/her committee whose skills will help and are needed. He/she charts to course of action within the Chamber?s strategic plan.
· Conducts meetings. The committee meets only to utilize its members in accomplishing a goal. Meetings are to be held as needed, start and end on time, with all members having the opportunity to report, suggest and participate. The Chair keeps his/her eye on the objective and the goals of the committee and keeps the discussion pertinent to the goal.
· Gets action. The chair guides and stimulates the group to produce.
· Evaluates. The chairperson must constantly evaluate his or her work and procedures and the progress of the committee and its members.
Authority of Chairperson
The chairperson has the authority to add members as needed and release others as their function is finished. The chair does not have the authority to commit the Chamber financially to any project. This includes committing staff time or Chamber resources without approval from the Chamber president & CEO.
Committee members work toward the fulfillment of the committee?s objectives. Many committees are open to the full membership. However, a select few committees require membership appointment by the Chair of the Chamber Board or through an application process. Committee members must be a member in good standing of the Chamber. At times it may be appropriate to bring a guest or speaker who is not a member. However, they are not added to committee rosters or become a regular part of the meeting.
Specific responsibilities include:
· Attend committee meetings
· Carry out individual assignments made by the committee chair
· Participate in committee discussions and decisions
· Attend appropriate Chamber functions and events
Chamber staff members work with committee chairs to develop goals and timelines for programs and projects. They oversee the actions of the committee and make sure that all Chamber policies and procedures are followed. Staff members send out the meeting notices prior to the committee meeting and reserve meeting space. Staff initiates agenda development with approval of the committee chair. A staff representative will attend each meeting. Staff should provide direction to the volunteers based on professional judgment and Chamber policies and procedures. Chamber staff is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the work of the committee.