In this issue, the spotlight is placed on Involvement and I sincerely thank all of you who have responded to our surveys or attended a presentation, sponsored an event or programme or just called to voice your opinions. It all matters.
In fact, it is through your active involvement in our State of Business Survey that a Future of Cayman Forum has been developed. Public and private sector stakeholders industry association leaders, private business owners, representatives from the public sector and government leaders will meet and develop an economic development strategy for our future success for a one day forum on 11 November.
Our Leadership Cayman programme that was launched this year is a prime example of Involvement. Twenty eight men and women gave their time and enthusiasm for the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills so that they may better serve the community in which we live. Our Be Informed series, also launched this year, provides yet another chance to get involved as we connect our members with experts on key issues and concerns. In addition to these new programmes we have had many other successes including a number of excellent programmes and events, the expansion of the Professional Development & Training Centre and a leap forward in our communications.
The Chamber’s move to new offices in Governors Square will provide our members and community with more ways to get involved. In answer to an important action item in our three year plan, we are pleased to say this move not only creates an opportunity to expand our membership and training facilities but it also allows us to open as a visitors centre for tourists and would-be investors. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our influence and play the more traditional Chamber role of information provider.
Many of these improvements are made possible by the hard work and support of the Chamber staff. Programmes & Events Manager Joanne Diaz-Berry has revamped our entire programmes & events calendar and has turned our Professional Development & Training Centre into one of the most sought after and highly regarded training centres in the country. Communications Manager Roberta Bostock has also made a significant impact on the organisation and our communications, including the CHAMBER magazine. Operations Manager Kerry Pratt keeps all our financial and operations systems up to date. I am truly grateful to all the Chamber staff for their many hours of dedication and professionalism.
I must also take this opportunity to recognise Stuart Bostock who I have enjoyed working with over the past two years in his capacity as Chamber president. It was my pleasure to work beside him over this period. He is a visionary leader and has contributed a tremendous amount of time and talent to fulfilling the Chamber’s objectives. Councillor Peter Broadhurst will also be stepping down this year and I would like to say what a tremendous asset he has been. I sincerely thank them both for their service and the staff and I look forward to working with the remaining and new council members next year.
And finally, October has always been a month to get excited about new products and business development as the Business Expo takes centre stage in our community. We are pleased to announce a full house of exhibitors for this year’s event. We are grateful to LIME, which has once again stepped up to be our title sponsor and we thank all our other contributing sponsors who have once again made this event something to look forward to. Please support these businesses that are working hard to keep the latest products and services available to us locally. Hope to see you at the Expo!Be Involved