Our Vision is to be recognized as the Voice of Business in promoting and nurturing a prosperous Belleville community.
Our Mission is to help your business prosper by connecting you to the community, representing your business needs to all levels of government and sharing your contributions & milestones with each other.
We will achieve this vision through proactive leadership under the tenets of
Connect. Represent. Share.
We will achieve this vision through proactive leadership:
- By acting as a strong advocate of business to ensure government policy will create sustainable economic growth
- By providing a means of networking amongst our members to enable both business and personal development opportunities
- By nurturing partnerships in economic development, education, training and the environment
As a non-profit organization we are required to have a volunteer board of directors who will ensure the Chamber’s constitution and bylaws are adhered to. Additionally, our board members each bring a unique set of skills and perspective to the Chamber that we would be wise to acknowledge and utilize when possible. Recognizing that each board member has other interests and commitments and therefore limited time to commit, it is imperative that we utilize their time, knowledge and skill in the most efficient manner possible in achieving the Strategic Plan.
The Chamber is contracted by the City of Belleville to provide the following services:
Supports the City Events Coordinator position that provides the development/execution of 6 events per year
Visitor & Information Services
Supports the Visitor Services Coordinator that encourages & measures visitor/local interest in tourism activities
These contracts are renewable every four years and currently coincide with the election of Municipal Council. They are supported through bi-annual stipends billed through the Chamber and the Board of Directors provides the oversight of the application of these funds. Reports are also required to be submitted by the Chamber CEO to the City. Contract revenue is not applied to the fulfillment of the strategic directives of the Chamber to its membership.
Membership dues and non-dues revenue are allocated to the Vision & Mission of the Chamber (and are not used to support the mandated activities).
Goal #1 – Be the Voice of Business:
Our desired outcome is to be sought out for our advice and opinion on issues affecting the economic climate in Belleville. We will accomplish this by developing the Chamber as a proactive policy advocate recognized by all three levels of government.
- Background: Traditionally the Chamber has been expected to be the “voice of business.” Our ability to meet this expectation depends on several factors – willingness of our members to bring their issues forward, their perception of our ability to make their issues known to the appropriate level of government and the willingness of government to deal with these issues. We will need to develop an effective communications mechanism that will ensure these issues flow effectively between our members and policy makers
Objective 1: Leverage chamber network relationships
Share Information & Resources provided through the provincial & federal Chambers
Objective 2: Identify members need for representation on specific issues
Engage with membership with opportunities for input
Goal #2 – Grow membership:
Our desired outcome is to be recognized as Belleville’s leading business organization. We will accomplish this by growing our membership through a strong recruitment and retention plan that reflects the needs of all aspects of the Belleville business community.
Background: At its core, the Chamber is a membership organization therefore we need to grow and develop our membership base to ensure it meets the needs of the entire business community. Membership based organizations are facing increasing difficulty in retaining and growing their membership as the face of the business community continues to change. To achieve success in this strategy, the Chamber will need to focus on both retention of current membership and the attraction of new members. We will need to adapt our approach to retention and attraction of members to recognize the changing needs of our membership.
Objective 1: Maintain a 90% retention rate
- Provide consistent communication
- Enhance Networking/Reinforce Connection Opportunities
- Build the M2M program
- Increase Member Exposure/Promotion
Objective 2: Recruitment - rebuild membership base to 500
- Maintain a presence with other membership organizations
- Facilitate and attend Grand Openings
Goal #3 – Role model sound business practices:
Our desired outcome is to be recognized as a leading example of sound business practices. We will accomplish this by developing the operational capacity of the Chamber to deliver our strategic initiatives and business commitments to deliver the desired results in an efficient and productive manner.
Background: The chamber should be viewed as an example of a highly efficient and professional business organization making use of leading edge business practices and tools. Investments in productivity improvements and staff skills development have been minimal for the last several years and as such, we now face serious limitations in our ability to collect and track data including membership information. Improvement in internal communications systems will create a more effective team environment.
Our desired outcome is to develop and demonstrate a strong and effective governance and committee structure that leverages the significant skills and network of the Chamber’s board of Directors in supporting the achievement the Chamber’s Strategic Plan.
Objective 1: Achieve Accreditation status in 2021
Objective 2: Demonstrate sound non-profit governance