Building Update from Chamber CEO – Adam Legge
September 17, 2012
We continue to transform. Our transformation journey launched in May represents a refreshed organization. One where we exist to help make our members’ business more successful. Simple as that. And we do that through creating connections – to customers, peers, ideas, knowledge, tactics and practices – that will help to solve a business challenge. Because, let’s face it, every business has something that keeps it up at night. Whether it is not enough business, more business than it can handle, keeping pace with the constantly changing technology environment or trouble getting enough qualified labour, every business has a challenge. And we want to be the first organization you think of when you need help.
This fall will be an exciting one for us. Nominations for the Small Business Week Awards is in full swing and this year, the Calgary Chamber has partnered with ATB Business to launch www.SmallBusinessWeekCalgary.com to be the single-largest touch point for all events and activities relating to Small Business Week in Calgary. Be sure to take a look and find something that works for you and your business.
We will be also be launching a variety of new programs to help solve those challenges of yours.Street Smarts for Business is a unique two-part program that provides businesses with an overview of a topic in the first session, and then a chance to convene again a week later to dig into the issue using your own business as the case study for the second part. Our Connect for Lunch series is a new type of networking event where you are placed at a table with pre-selected individuals who you have a good chance of doing business with – call it matchmaking for businesses.
More great ideas will flow from our Aboriginal Business Connections 2 series – where businesses will learn how to work collaboratively with Aboriginal communities in meaningful ways. Our Energy Smart series will be starting shortly to look at the future of natural gas and how we can work to grow this resource’s potential in Alberta. You will also hear from a raft of business, government and community leaders talking about the issues we face and how we can collectively work together to address them across our city, province and country.
We will also be taking our members’ priorities on the road as we advocate for their interests at the Canadian Chamber AGM policy resolutions debates. These priorities are then presented to government, advocating for the necessary policy changes to make like better for business. Ensuring that Calgary companies continue to grow and thrive through federal level policy, regulatory and legislative change is critical and we intend to deliver.
And there is more to come. As we continue our transformation, we will continue to offer more – to meet the needs of our members, and to make them successful.
But we couldn’t do this if we weren’t able to focus on the needs of our members. The sale of our building has been a tremendous benefit in being able to focus our attention on our members. It was made public today that we have sold the building to Allied Properties REIT, a national leader in the preservation of historic commercial buildings. They will take awesome care of the building and will make it a shining jewel in the core. We couldn’t be happier that it is Allied who will take over the care of the Odd Fellows Temple.
As for the Chamber, we are in the final stages of securing our new location. We expect to be able to announce something in the coming weeks but I can tell you that it will be a great space that reflects our brand commitment of connecting to solve business challenges.
But in today’s world, our physical location is not as important as how we deliver our services to you. Now that we don’t have our own building, we will be introducing more digital and virtual program delivery – take in a speaker or workshop from the comfort of your own office. And we will be taking the Chamber on the road out to you – our members. We will be delivering programing throughout the city in convenient and easily accessible locations that better match your business needs.
What is exciting is that this transformation journey is an ongoing experience. We will always be evolving to better meet our member needs, technologies, and business issues.
Thank you for being part of the Calgary Chamber, and I truly hope that you feel that it is a place that goes beyond membership, to a place where you feel you belong.
Adam Legge, President and CEO