Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

Businesses to receive invitations to join chamber of commerce

January 26, 2006

The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce is extending invitations to local businesses to become a part of the organization and join its efforts to continue improvement of the Leavenworth-Lansing area as a place to do business.

Selected businesses will be mailed an invitation to join the chamber and a follow-up call will be made by a chamber ambassador or member of the chamber's board of directors, said Charlie Gregor, the chamber's executive vice president.

Sam Maxwell, newly elected 2006 president of the chamber, said many businesses not involved in the chamber had not been a part of the organization's many programs because they had never been asked.

"New businesses and even many businesses that have been here for some time really have no idea what the Chamber of Commerce does for them and why it is to their advantage to participate and support our efforts," he said.

Maxwell, a small business owner himself, went on to say that once a business understands and appreciates what the chamber does for them and the community, most are eager to become a part of the organization and participate if their schedules allow. He said many businesses become a part of the Chamber and support Chamber efforts on behalf of local businesses even if they don't have time to participate themselves.

"We understand," he said, "that running a small business is a tough and time consuming job, and that's why we fight on behalf of our members to reduce taxes and other government-imposed costs that eat into profits."

Maxwell said the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce testified every year before Kansas House and Senate committees on taxes, health care, worker's compensation and other issues that impact its members on a day-to-day basis.

"When we go to Topeka and stand before the Senate or House taxation committee and make a case for our members, our strength is in our numbers, in the number of businesses we represent. When we speak for hundreds of member businesses, legislators listen," he said.

Business owners are urged to call the chamber office at (913) 682-4112 if they have questions or want additional information about the organization.


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