by Maria Nieves, President & CEO
Since 2011, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce has grown quite dramatically. When I started at the Chamber in November of that year, our membership was approximately 280. Five years later we are now serving 576 members, which represents a 100 percent increase.
That’s amazing growth for any Chamber. It’s a reflection of the dynamic business community here in Hudson County and the result of the improved programming, our improved communications and advocacy, and also our partnering with organizations such as the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. It’s also the result of strong board leadership and more engaged Members who have helped us by recruiting new members and building programs such as our new monthly Breakfast Club Meetings.
As with any business, there’s no time to sit on our laurels! We plan to continue building on this growth. And to that end, recognizing that we need to ensure the organization has a long-term plan, the Chamber’s Board of Directors recently engaged in strategic planning and approved a new mission statement for the organization:
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is the leading resource for driving economic growth–providing education, advocacy and access to our members within and throughout each community in Hudson County.
While our new Mission statement describes the organization’s purpose, the following new Vision statement is what we’d like to achieve in the next few years:
To be recognized as the premier leader in advocating for commerce while creating an environment in which business, government and community work hand-in-hand to drive economic vitality.
And we’ve already mapped out four goals to help us achieve our re-newed Mission and Vision:
- Improve Membership engagement and retention processes. Deliver high quality programs and services that will increase chamber membership and add Member value.
- Ensure a strong, well-managed and financially stable organization.
- Serve as the voice for Hudson County commerce with government and community to promote the value of doing business in Hudson County.
- Expand reach, presence and influence throughout Hudson County.
There is much work to be done to achieve the goals outlined above and fully activate our plan. If you’re a Member of the Chamber, who has made a financial investment through annual membership dues, I want to assure you that the leadership of the organization is planning for how we can better serve you and continue to be a relevant organization as we approach our 130th anniversary, which is upcoming in 2018. We want to be here for the long-term and continue to serve in the best way possible what I consider to be the most dynamic business community in New Jersey. And we’ll continue to let you know of our progress and to seek input from our Members. As always, thank you for your support of the Chamber and of the business community.