Greetings fellow Chamber members, I'm John Fry Agency Manager for the White & Associates Insurance office here in Union City. White & Associates Insurance is an independent insurance agency group serving our region since 1976 with locations in Southeast Missouri, West Tennessee.
I have had the good fortune of managing businesses in Union City and Obion County since 2002. Before that I worked in management for businesses in other communities. I have had the opportunity to work with several Chambers and while they all have strong attributes, they stand in the shadow of our chamber. When asked to come up with a few words to describe what our chamber means to me, I realized that I would have trouble keeping it to just a few words.
If you look up the definition of Chamber of Commerce, you will find the following:
A chamber of commerce is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses.
If you consider the definition, you will realize that our chamber is a group effort. But many businesses simply pay their annual membership fee and little else, thus getting very little in return from their investment. Lindsay and Katie along with their board do an excellent job of working for all of us behind the scenes and creating opportunities for us to extend our reach in the community, but it's really what we do as chamber members that allow us to reap the full benefit of our membership.
At White & Associates we get full value for our membership. We look for every opportunity to network with other chamber members. While it may be difficult for some business owners and managers to always find the time to attend chamber functions, I believe that each business should still be represented. Find someone within your organization that can serve as your chamber liaison for the times that you can't attend chamber events. This would greatly benefit both your business and the chamber. After all, we are all working toward the same goal: operating successful businesses in a thriving community.
I look forward to seeing a representative of your business at the next chamber function.
Remember: Teamwork makes the dream work!
John A. Fry
White & Associates Insurance