SBTM October 2015 - Page 22

SPECIAL FEATURE Peggy Wilson and Darija Shephard review recent growth in the chamber. very bright future. She recognizes that she couldn’t have accomplished as much as she has without the help of the Chamber’s working Board of Directors and dedicated staff. HMC Ambassador Committee is instrumental in reaching out to members to find out what their needs are and then letting the Chamber know how to assist that member. “There are a lot of competing organizations; however, HMC is specifically designed to grow our members’ businesses,” explained Peggy. “Every event is an opportunity for a member to exchange business cards, brochures, and develop referrals with like-minded people who are interested in the same thing. The Houston Metropolitan Chamber’s membership took a definite uptick as soon as oil prices went down. As a result, the Chamber had a lot more inquiries due to the fact that businesses seem to be reaching for every opportunity to have a competitive edge. In addition, HMC is organized as a 501(c)(6) so business costs are tax deductible. That helps too!” There is a saying, “If you’ve seen one Chamber, you’ve seen one Cham