This year has been a year of connecting for the Chamber. The move to Governor Square has given us the excellent opportunity to reach out to our membership and provide more services and benefits than we have ever done before.
Our affordable conference facility for members is almost constantly booked and has provided our members with a first class facility in which to hold meetings, presentations and product launches. We are very pleased to be able to share our offices in this way.
We are also pleased to offer business pods to qualifying start-ups who want to enjoy the benefits of a premier office space without all the costly overheads. We have three available at present that we’d love to see filled with new Caymanian businesses.
Our Professional Development & Training Centre is also evolving as we assess our offerings to meet the needs of our members. A recent training survey has provided us with in-depth information to ensure that we are providing the types of courses most useful to our membership. Work has begun on our 2012 course calendar and we look forward to sharing it with you at the end of the year.
We’ve added new staff members in 2011, which means our Visitors Centre is staffed full-time. Members are encouraged to submit any brochures that you want displayed. This is just one more way we can promote our members’ products and services to visitors and potential investors.
In short, the Chamber has become a hive of activity allowing full interaction with our membership and community through training, meetings, BE INFORMED presentations and other events and activities. It was always our vision and we are excited to see it come to fruition. There are more than 100 volunteers now serving on various committees and groups involved in the Future of
Cayman economic development initiative. We are always encouraging members to get involved in the work of the Chamber. Our success depends on your active participation.
But it’s not our style to sit back, and we are already working on the website development for www.showmethemoney.ky that will become the top reference tool for students and those looking for career advancement or change. We have collected information on the majority of scholarships and training opportunities from our members but any outstanding information can still be sent to us at [email protected] . Working together with the Cayman Islands Students Association and the Develop Talent driver group from the Future of Cayman initiative we hope to develop the perfect tool to connect our young people to the opportunities they need for success and professional development.
Our recent Strategic Planning session held with Council members and staff led by facilitator Rod Waddell has mapped out an exciting three year plan 2012-2015. It is our goal to continue to expand member benefits and this coming year will see an emphasis on more value for our members. For example, we are making great progress with developing a multi-employer health insurance plan, which we look forward to unveiling in the New Year. If your firm is interested in receiving information and a presentation please contact our office.
Please mark your diary to attend the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 30th November, at the Chamber’s offices in Governor’s Square. It will be a time for us to share our successes, recognise members and volunteers, elect new leadership and share the vision for the next three years. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get involved!