North Augusta Chamber Updates to Help Businesses Move Forward
By Kristina Baggot
The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce has been moving business forward in our community for more than 60 years. Founded in 1951, we knew then (as we do now) that local businesses needed an advocate, a resounding voice, amplified by hundreds of members united in the desire to see our businesses prosper and grow.
Fast forwarding to the present, the North Augusta Chamber board leadership and staff still hold fast to these same ideals while working to ensure that we are continually innovating and looking forward.
So, we looked in the mirror and realized … North Augusta doesn’t look the same as it did 10 years ago, so why should its chamber?
Step 1: Minding Our Mission
After speaking with chamber members, boards members, local business and government officials, we realized that our mission needed to be less focused on our community and more focused on the business of growing business in our community. This realization led to a mission statement that truly reflects our focused approach to moving business forward: Our mission is to promote and meet the unique needs of local business and industry in order to strengthen the community in which we live, work, play and do business.
Step 2: Looking the Part
Everyone knows that to be successful, you must “look the part.” We took a look at ourselves and realized that our “look” — our brand — did not reflect our commitment to innovation, forward thinking and progress. So we did something about it.
We looked at our community, our businesses and our relationships, and we designed a brand that reflected our goal to move business forward in our community.
The distinctive “chamber arrow” can now be found in all of our branding and reminds us that our sole purpose is promoting local business and industry. When you see our arrow, you can be assured that your business and our business are pointed in the same direction — toward growth, toward prosperity and toward a better, stronger community for all of us to live, work, play and do business.
Step 3: Going to Work
It’s time to get down to business. Your business.
We are proud to be your advocate, the voice that will help move your business to the next level. The North Augusta Chamber has the unique ability to unite your business voice with the voices of hundreds of other local business leaders to ensure that your needs are heard, loud and clear.
So, join us. Your business is our priority, and we are excited to see how we can move forward together.
The North Augusta Chamber: Where Business and Community Meet.
Be sure to check out our new website for more ways that we can help move your business forward at northaugustachamber.org.
Kristina Baggott is a member of the Executive Committee of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is employed by Augusta University and serves as the associate vice president for Volunteer Services and Engagement. In that role, she is focused on strategically connecting the university and medical center with our local community through voluntary service efforts.