Programs and Events Committee
Purpose: The Programs and Events Committee exists to create opportunities for Chamber membership to interact, network, and build relationships. Additionally, the programs and events are designed to increase visibility for our membership, foster involvement in the St. Bernard Chamber and business community, provide opportunities for business referrals, and cultivate professional development and growth.
Description: The Programs and Events Committee is the largest of the St. Bernard Chamber’s committees. For each program or event, the committee is responsible for selecting guest speakers, determining venues, coordinating catering, providing decorations, etc. The Programs and Events Committee is responsible for four primary functions:
- Planning Monthly Chamber Luncheons
- Planning Networking/After Hours Events
- Planning the Annual Chamber Roast
- Planning the Annual Event
Purpose: The Membership Committee works to ensure that new and existing businesses in St. Bernard are aware of the benefits of membership in the Chamber. While much emphasis is placed on the recruitment of new members, the membership committee also serves as the liaison to existing members. The committee is charged with communicating the needs and expectations of the membership to the Board of Directors.
Description: The members of the Membership Committee act as representatives and ambassadors of the St. Bernard Chamber. The committee is responsible for aiding in membership and sponsorship campaign efforts, and attending ribbon cuttings and grand openings on behalf of the Chamber. Additionally, the committee aids in the distribution of membership certificates.
Description: The Advocacy Committee is responsible for helping determine Chamber Policy on issues important to business, for developing a legislative agenda, for communicating issues to the Board of Directors and general membership, and for building relationships and networks between the St. Bernard Chamber and elected officials across all levels of government.
Purpose: The St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of the business community in St. Bernard Parish. The Advocacy Committee ensures the interests of the St. Bernard Parish business community are protected by participating in local, regional, state and federal advocacy efforts. Moreover, the Advocacy Committee serves as a hub for legislative and business related information relevant to our membership and St. Bernard Parish.
Business Expo Committee
Purpose: The Business Expo Committee works to ensure that Chamber members in both the service and retail industries have an opportunity to showcase their business to the general public in a professional, exposition/trade show setting. The St. Bernard Chamber Business Expo provides businesses the opportunity to reach out to a new client/customer base by providing visibility and credibility to the Expo participants.
Description: The Business Expo Committee plans and produces the largest physical event of the year for the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce. The committee is responsible for all aspects of planning, coordinating producing, setting up, breaking down, and securing participants for the Business Expo.
Shop St. Bernard Committee
Purpose: The Shop St. Bernard Committee works to provide Chamber members with retail businesses or restaurants an opportunity to showcase their businesses during the peak holiday shopping season. Retailers and restaurants have opportunities to boost sales, win new customers, increase visibility, gain business referrals, and promote the premier “shop local” event in St. Bernard Parish.
Description: The Shop St. Bernard Committee plans and produces the longest running event of the year for the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce. The committee is responsible for all aspects of planning, advertising, and securing participants for Shop St. Bernard.
Business Resource Committee
Purpose: The Business Resource Committee works to ensure that new and existing businesses in St. Bernard have the knowledge, information, and resources to successfully open, manage, and expand their businesses. The St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce serves as a partner to the business community, and by compiling the resources and providing the support that so many small and medium businesses require, we are able to help our members and St. Bernard Parish to grow.
Description: The Business Resource Committee serves as a single point of contact for businesses that are struggling to find resources and answers for their questions. Efforts by the committee include the planning and development of a “one stop shop” concept for businesses that will feed into the creation of a New Business Tool Kit, as well as more developed information and resources for inclusion on the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce website.
Purpose: The Nominating Committee works to ensure that the future of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce is accounted for by the nomination and ratification of dedicated, involved, energetic individuals who understand the structure, goals, vision and mission of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce.
Description: The Nominating Committee can serve as one committee, or may be broken into two separate committees - an Officer Nominating Committee and a Board Nominating Committee. The Committee is appointed by the Chairman of the Chamber and is responsible for reviewing candidates for nomination for the Board or for an Officer position. According to the Bylaws, the committee is comprised of no less than four and no more than seven persons. The committee’s recommendations and nominations are subject to ratification of the Board of Directors