Chamber Chat: The Power of Connections

May 13

By Meg Moss


Connection: a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else. For small businesses, connections and networks continue to grow in importance, and organizations like our Chamber of Commerce serve a very unique and important purpose locally.


Everyone has connections within the community, and the more connections you have, the more you can grow your business. The Chamber of Commerce can help you grow your “power of connections”. Are you utilizing this resource?


Today, I want to share with you an example of a connection made through the Chamber that pulled on my heart strings a little. About six months ago, the Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Tournament reached out to us looking for sponsors and partnerships. And while this was not something that fell into our Program of Work, I saw a benefit for some of our Chamber members to partner with this organization.


One of our members that I reached out to about the event was Jordan Lake Journeys (JLJ), which offers scenic pontoon boat journeys just outside of Lee County. I thought owner Randy Johnson may be able to offer assistance to the folks at the Bass Tournament.


Just this week, I received the following email from Johnson:


“I wanted to update you on the Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Tournament that was held last Friday, May 4th at Jordan Lake.  First of all, I want to thank you for letting me know about this event! I did a Courage sponsorship and was a boater volunteer; my business got some good exposure from this event. It was so much fun, met lots of great people, and even got to see two skydivers jump out of a helicopter from 2000 feet, with smoke trails and USA flags flying from their feet, as the Star Spangled Banner was sung over a PA system with the sun coming up at 7am… gave me chill bumps!!  And they landed on the boat ramp! Then 150 boats took off for their day of fishing. The other part of my job that day was to take the other volunteers out for boat rides. 


My plan is to do this event next year and hopefully for the next several years, I had a blast.  Thank you for telling me about it and forwarding that email six months ago! I had heard a little about this thing before but your message gave me motivation to get involved.”


You can find out more about JLJ at I took my family on a tour with Johnson last summer and my kids had a blast!


Johnson’s email went on to say that “(while) it’s hard for me to participate in most of your (Chamber) social events due to my full time work schedule, I know you are always working on behalf of our members. Keep up the good work!!”


It goes to show that even when you can’t attend every Chamber event, there are still ways to make connections.


And a few weeks ago, at the ribbon cutting for the new non-profit in Lee County call I Am My Sister’s Keeper, the CEO Karolyn Johnson made a call to action for attendees to donate books to her organization. And it just so happened that Kamilah Davis, a representative from the Lee County Library, was in attendance at the ribbon cutting. What a great connection!


Are you using the Chamber to help with your “power of connections”? Call me at 919-775-7341 if you want to increase your power. I can help show you how.


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