2010 Year in Review

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Wow, what a year for the Chamber! As we look back on 2010 we can be proud of some significant achievements. We have moved to new office premises, we have expanded the Professional Development & Training Centre and trained over 1,000 people, and we have launched the Leadership Cayman programme, the BE INFORMED series and the economic development initiative Future of Cayman Forum. We’ve been busy.

Here’s a summary of our activities for the year but for a full copy of the Annual Report you can go online to www.caymanchamber.ky/reports or if you’d like to find out more information about any of the following contact [email protected]

Organised the Future of Cayman Forum engaging in discussions with private business associations, Government ministries, departments and statutory authorities
Released media statements on the national budget, reducing expenditure, opposition to any form of direct taxation and National Crime Prevention strategy
Participated in the Crime Prevention Group that led to a series of recommendations being shared with the National Security Council
Participated in review of Immigration regulations
Involved in the initial reviews of the public sector with four representatives from the Chamber serving on the review teams
Chamber asked to serve on the Data Protection Bill subcommittee. Councilor Peter Broadhurst served
Council of Associations reconvened under the leadership of President-Elect Jim O’Neill
Chamber PE Jim O’Neill appointed to serve on the National Investment Council
Chamber CEO appointed to serve as one of three constitutional commissioners
Past Councilor Woody Foster appointed to serve as deputy chair of the Port Authority as the Chamber’s representative
Launched the BE INFORMED series. Topics addressed included crime and security, immigration and the National Conservation Bill and Her Majesty’s Customs Department
Served on a discussion group to review business legislation (Sunday trading, public holiday laws etc.)
Reviewed proposal and supported the introduction of Daylight Savings Time
Invited to serve on E-Government focus group
Completed State of Business survey
Launched the second Economic Crime Survey
Established committee structure

Membership Services
Moved office locations to Governors Square and opened the Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Centre
Developed the new Chamber Champion Investment Programme
Opened the purpose built Professional Development & Training Centre to accommodate larger classes and more course offerings
Can offer conference/meeting space to our members that can accommodate up to 80 people for $20 per hour
Offering business pods for new qualifying ‘start-up’ members at minimal cost
Introduced online payment options
Negotiated $500 worth of free advertising with DMS Broadcasting for new members
Initiated review/redesign of Chamber website
Investigating the feasibility of introducing health insurance plan for members
Investigating the feasibility of member savings programme for debit/credit card transactions
Developed a list of committees for membership participation
Exploring partnership promotions for air travel and telecommunications opportunities for members
Completed Membership Satisfaction Survey
Continued to sign-up new Discount Card participants including overseas hotel accommodations and car rental companies

Programmes & Events
Expanded offerings for the Professional Development and Training Centre
Launched Leadership Cayman and completed the inaugural course
Completed selection process for Leadership Cayman 2011 and updated programme content
Held first Leadership Cayman Alumni Breakfast
Offered two business assistance seminars presented by RBS Coutts on Successful Planning and International Families and Tax Implications–both designed for family business owners
Organised successful Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo (more than 25 member businesses/organisation participated)
Organised successful Earth Day Roadside Cleanup with more than 1,500 volunteers
Organised successful annual charity golf tournament and netted more than $20,000
Organised a successful Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching at a new venue, the Harquail Theatre
Organised a Brac Business Weekend with Sister Islands Tourism Association to encourage investment into our Sister Islands and introduce our members to outsourcing opportunities
Matched 50 students with member business leaders as part of Mentoring Cayman
Awarded prizes to students at graduation ceremonies at JGHS, GHHS, Triple C, St. Ignatius Catholic School and the C.I. Law School
Organised career awareness visits for students at Cayman Prep, St Ignatius and JGHS
Organised 11 Business After Hours and two Business Connect networking functions
Organised Fraud Prevention Seminar in partnership with RCIPS and CIMA
Organised successful Business Expo with 40 exhibitors and approximately 3,000 attendees
Held medical tourism presentation for our members, presented by Dr. Devi Shetty
Held Chamber Week celebration activities including: Grand Opening of new Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Centre, Corporate Citizens Awards Ceremony, Professional Development & Training Centre Grand Opening, Chamber AGM, Environmental Partners Recognition Ceremony

Strategic Communications Plan under way
An updated logo
New stationary design and promotional items
Increased number of press releases and statements in the press
Begun work on the updated Chamber website
Launched the FLY YOUR FLAG fundraising initiative
Introduction of a mid-term review
Developed a BE INFORMED series to improve direct participation from the membership
and to receive greater influence in the public domain
Constant upgrade to correspondence and communication pieces
Created banners and marketing materials for the Chamber
Development of new corporate recognition programme–Chamber Champions
Revamp of CHAMBER magazine resulting in an increase of 97 per cent in advertising sales since February 2010
Development of materials for Future of Cayman initiative
Introduction of cinema advertising