Exciting Times

Happy New Year! 2010 was an extraordinary year for the Chamber and 2011 looks to be just as productive with a full agenda mapped out already. Our move to new offices and the opportunities this presents to us means we are able to offer so much more to our membership in 2011–including plenty of parking! The larger space has allowed for a purpose built Professional Development & Training facility that holds up to 80 people, which can also be rented by our membership for $20 an hour for conferences, meetings and product launches. The PDTC has had an excellent year and it continues to grow the number and types of courses on offer. This new facility will only assist in that growth and allow for us to keep our prices low and our quality high. We are also able to offer small business pods for start-up members who need office amenities without the overheads.

Opening at Governors Square has also afforded us the opportunity to take on a more traditional Chamber role and open our doors as a Visitors Centre. With more foot traffic we can better promote our members to an increased number of people including tourists and would-be investors. We will also introduce the concept of Chamber TV in the New Year and give members a chance to advertise on the mounted flat screen in our reception area. We look forward to increasing our member benefits this year by using our new space and the opportunities that our continued growth brings us.

It’s exciting times for the Chamber and it is also exciting times for Cayman as we focus on our future. You will be hearing a lot about the Future of Cayman Forum over the next year in the media as well as through each issue of CHAMBER magazine that will take a look at a particular driver from the five key drivers: Develop Talent, Create a Business Friendly Environment, Build a Smarter Infrastructure, Enhance the Quality of Life, and Diversify the Economy identified as crucial to the future success of our country. In this issue we look at Develop Talent and the outcomes from this forum discussion group co-chaired by Mary Rodrigues, chief officer for the Ministry of Education, Training & Employment, and Patricia Bell, chief human resource manager for the Water Authority. A full report on all the driver outcomes and a comprehensive introduction to the Future of Cayman Forum initiative is being developed and will be released shortly. The Council and I look forward to working with the FoCF Steering Committee in achieving what we believe to be the only way forward to a recovered economy and sustainable future.

With all our key objectives met from our 2009-2010 Strategic Plan, the Council and staff look forward to meeting early in the year for a strategic planning meeting that will carry the Chamber through the next three years. We will publish the 2011 – 2013 strategic plan objectives at www.caymanchamber.ky

Also in this issue is information about the annual Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo that takes place on Friday, February 4. We encourage you to attend even if you’re not currently a job seeker. There are a number of free workshops for you to sign-up for and it’s a great way to meet some of Cayman’s finest companies and see what scholarship or professional development opportunities they have to offer. Please note that we have condensed the Expo into one day instead of the usual two this year, but we’re still at the Family Life Centre. Other big dates to mark in your calendar are the Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up on 2 April, the Chamber Charity Golf Tournament on 15 April and the Business Expo on 20-22 October. When you renew your membership you can collect your free Chamber Calendar, which has all our activities mapped out for the year so you don’t miss a thing!

We have begun this New Year on a positive note that will lead us with a clear agenda into 2011. We look forward to serving you for another year and I hope that if you haven’t already done so, you will find some time to come and visit with us in Governors Square. We’d love to give you a tour!