Member Services is the third division of the Chamber. You are already familiar with many of the events and programs but there is a lot more to member services. Tina Gienger is our Member Services Manager. She manages all of our member meetings, Business after Business, Mini-Golf, Networking WOW, Technology Series and Golf Outing. She also helps with special programs and services in addition to our newsletter and e-links. She would be happy to discuss sponsorships and any ideas you may have.
The Chamber sponsors Legislative Updates and, occasionally, meetings for special segments of the membership such as the Smith Lake Improvement Project meeting for our manufacturing members. We sponsor focus groups and new member orientations and offer special training and educational programs. We manage the administrative activities for the Young Professionals Association.
It is challenging to determine what will have a broad appeal and where we need to offer specialized programs for segments of the membership such as owners, managers or employees. We utilize our members’ expertise and seek outside experts when necessary. Just as I discussed in the Economic Development and Business Advocacy divisions the past two months we do many things in cooperation or collaboration with other organizations like the Medina County University Center and SBDC. This month we are offering a Candidate University in cooperation with Cleveland State, Leadership Medina County and the Chambers of Commerce of Medina County.
We have co-sponsored the Safety Council with the Division of Safety and Hygiene for over 50 years. We also look for cost-saving programs for our members such as a discount through Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CompManagement Workers’ Compensation Group Rating and Humana Vision Care.
We are working with the City of Medina on an Entrepreneurial Program and with Medina City Schools and you, our business leaders, on a possible young entrepreneur program. We are looking at a supervisory training program with the University Center.
We continue to develop other opportunities that will provide you, our members, with marketing, training, networking, sales or cost-saving products and services. We know you invested in our organization to improve your bottom line; something we take seriously and support. Watch for new programs and events as we examine our existing programs and explore new ideas. This is your organization and your needs and expectations come first.