Chamber Evolved: Now is the Time
By Brittany Quick-Warner | CEO, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
Change is one of those things that people either love, or they hate. Usually, it’s for the same reason—it makes them uncomfortable. Our first instinct as humans is to seek stability, to find level ground, to avoid change at all costs. But sometimes when changes comes at you sideways and takes you by surprise, you have no choice but to accept it. If there is one thing I have learned this past year, it’s that change is inevitable. When stability is not an option, we find out what we are really capable of doing.
It’s as true in our personal lives as it is in our businesses. Whether you find yourself battling unexpected competition in the market place or helping your organization and community overcome the loss of a trusted leader and mentor, how you show up and face change defines who you are and what you become.
Which is why last year, in the face of change, our organization, staff, volunteer leadership and members had to proactively and courageously battle through uncertainty and uncover the opportunity that change presented. We discovered our tenacity and passion for this community, as well as a drive to pick up this work and move it forward. We came together in a way that positioned our Chamber and our business community to evolve.
There is no better time for us to be having this discussion. Now is the time to evolve.
YOUR BUSINESS IS CHANGING.
Decades of foundation-laying, coalition building and great leadership have brought us to a place in our history where we get to decide our next steps. How are we leveling up as a Chamber, as businesses and as a community? What have we learned from the past, and how are we going to use what we’ve learned to create a better future?
It’s time to evolve, and it’s going to take courage, creativity, commitment and compromise. This year, we faced change. Now we’re focused on what we’re able to accomplish moving forward.
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