The Voice of Business in Longmont is Here!admin
Good afternoon. Welcome to the new Voice of Business blog. I am Kyle Snyder and I’m the Chairman of the Board of
Directors for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. It was my idea to set up this page and it’s my responsibility to fill it with content. You can expect to see two posts a week from me or any number of contributing writers. What you can expect to see here is a collection of the Message from the Chair articles that go on our Voice of Business page in the Times Call. Also, we will have periodic reports from some of our standing Chamber committees: Public Policy, Education, etc. Additionally, we will post items of business interest. This might be an article, an opinion or just an observation of business happening in Longmont.
The most exciting part of this blog is that you, the reader, can participate by submitting your comments. I will have to approve them before they are posted so please keep them constructive. Ideas are always welcome. Our basic goal here is to do a little more to support the business environment in Longmont. So, without further delay, here is a reprint of my first Voice of Business article, which is an edited down version of my installation speech back in November.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy and participate.
Message from the Chair
Kyle Snyder, Land Title Guarantee Company
2016 Chamber Chair
Ten years ago, I took a job with Land Title Guarantee Company. I hadn’t lived here since I moved away to college and I needed advice from someone I could trust, so I called my father, Al Snyder. Well, Big Al tells me he is working on this guy’s building and I should meet him. On July 15, 2005, after a handshake and some pleasantries, this guy, Chris Treharne, leans in to me and in his very serious tone, says: “If you want to be successful and get to know the business community in Longmont, you need to go join the Chamber and get involved”.
Thankfully, over the past ten years my wonderful wife and awesome kids have been there for support, guidance and balance as I became involved. They put up with the early morning meetings, the After Hours events and sometimes missing a family dinner to work on my business and engage with this wonderfully diverse and vibrant Chamber.
If you were to look at the list of past Chamber Board Chairs you will see 112 years of Longmont business leadership. They laid the foundation for the future that is ours today. Our job today is to keep their work moving forward. It is my honor to have this opportunity to lead this dynamic and involved Board.
The future of this Chamber is as bright as it’s been in a long time. We have a tremendous group of new Board Members. I firmly believe we’ve positioned the Chamber for solid and sustainable success under our new President and CEO, Bruce Partain. As Board Chair, I will do my best to keep the ship on course, while pushing for innovation that can benefit our membership.
Over the past year we have marked a couple of achievements that have helped solidify our course. With the work of staff and Mr. Rick Accountius of Indian Peaks Web Design, we now have a web site we can all be proud of and can log in to (www.longmontchamber.org). It also makes me proud to know we are the only Chamber in the state offering e-Certify, an electronic Certificate of Origin service for companies shipping goods overseas.
Relevance is one of the things Chambers regularly discuss and rarely achieve. We are reaching for incremental increases to the business climate. Innovative solutions will drive people and their wallets off their couch, out of their house and into our businesses to shop, dine and drink a pint of some darn good beer.
Achievement will show the small business owner that we are working for him or her, even if they don’t have the time to steal away from their shop to attend an After Hours event and get involved like many of the rest of us are able to.
When you were growing up, your mom probably told you it’s always better to give than receive. There was also the Golden Rule: Do unto others as we would have them do unto us. In both of these rules, the giving comes first. The Chamber can create value by being giving, by listening, by doing and by being innovative. If we are truly the Voice of Business, we should use our Voice to improve the business environment and place a firm foot upon our value and relevance in this community. Our good deeds and stewardship will spur growth of the Chamber. If you have an idea – big or small – that you think might be good for the business environment in Longmont, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.