Chamber is ready to jump into the new year
Here at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center we are ready to jump into 2020 with the same mindset as in the past.
Our goals continue to be to create, participate in, support and further initiatives that promote growth and development of businesses within the county. We are committed to take a leading role in economic development for the area, participating in economic development initiatives and supporting economic development activities. We also are proud to be the most comprehensive central source of information about the community for members, businesses, community members and visitors, while also being the community's leading organization in the development and promotion of tourism to the region. Lastly, we consistently strive to improve our organizational function, operational efficiency, customer service and professionalism with the overall goal to set the standard for local business to follow.
The Prineville-Crook County Chamber grew in 2019 with 65 new members, many of them new businesses in Crook County. Our retention rate was more than 85% and we are now nearing 400 members. Event attendance also showed a growth with our morning perks sometimes doubling in size.
We added two events to our calendar — the Leather Show and the Mac and Cheese Tease, which brought many newcomers into our town and supported our local businesses. For 2020, we plan to continue to grow our current events and possibly add more.
We also added several new programs to our agenda. The addition of Jason Carr as our intern coordinator proved to be a lucrative decision. Through his appointment and diligent work, we have 29 businesses in our community that have opened their doors to student interns. Six students are currently working locally through this program, with several more seeking employment through the program.
This program gives our businesses the chance to possibly hire the students as full-time workforce and gives students the opportunity to learn about industries they consider for a future career. The internships available are varied, with a few examples being health care, social media management, legal assistance and restaurant work.
One of the newer programs we have started here at the Chamber is the Customer Service Excellence award. The goal is to encourage businesses to maintain an acceptable level of performance and consistently exhibit excellent customer service. The Chamber sees this program as a valuable and valued component of local recognition efforts and wants to send the message to our business community that we notice and appreciate the hard work being done in Crook County. We hope to recognize our stars locally and help them feel proud of the efforts they have made not only for their employer, but for Prineville's patrons as well.
One of the achievements most visible was the launch of our redesigned website. This gave us the ability to update our look and have a wealth of information available to prospective visitors, new residents and businesses seeking to know about Prineville and Crook County. Our current members can update their information online and add events to our all-inclusive calendar, which serves as one of the most comprehensive resources for what is happening in our community. If you haven't already checked it out, the calendar can be viewed at https://prinevillechamber.com/ under the events tab.
All in all, 2019 has been amazing for Prineville and Crook County. At the Chamber, we give much of the credit to our member businesses and the community that supports us and our mission. We continue to support our members, do our best to put Prineville on the map, and be the most thorough resource for those in our community and those coming from elsewhere. We love to connect people through events and experiences and you will see us maintaining that objective in the new year.
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