Chamber reaches membership milestone

The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours–style event July 9 to celebrate the gaining its 100th member. The gathering also allowed Chamber members to interact with each other in a casual, social event.

The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated a milestone in its membership during a reception July 9 recognizing that the organization has gained its 100th member.

“This may seem like a small number, but for us it significant,” said Chamber President Chris Dotson. “This shows there is an upswing in the Tug Valley. It shows there is growth and that is exciting and encouraging.”

Wes Wilson, chamber executive director, said there has been a small surge in membership since last month.

“Even though we are celebrating the fact that we have reached 100 members, that number is even higher now as we have had even more businesses join since getting number 100,” he said.

Wilson said the last time that chamber membership has exceeded 100 members was in 2004.

Both Dotson and Wilson discussed the role of the chamber in helping to foster businesses in the region and to assist in growing the local economy.

“When the water gets deeper, all of the boats float higher,” Wilson said in reference to the growth of the Chamber. “Our businesses are growing and the economy is getting better. We are here to help our members network with each and to promote opportunities for businesses to support businesses.”

During the reception, Wilson also took the opportunity to announce the Chamber will be hosting two ribbon cutting ceremonies next week.

“Part of our goal — as a community — is to see our area grow,” he continued. “We are seeing people wanting something that is bigger than themselves. It is amazing.”

Dotson also pointed out that the Chamber membership is extremely varied.

“I love the fact that we have a diverse group of members. You cannot grow without diversity,” Dotson stated. “It is nice to have a variety of perspectives and different points of view.”

Wilson said the Chamber membership runs the spectrum from businesses and professionals to non-profit organizations, governmental bodies and individual members.

“We have every type of member from artists to hospitals to HAVC companies and everything between. We are can’t wait to see what the future holds for us,” Wilson said. “The growth we are experiencing is contagiously exciting.”

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