Program gives insights into the business world

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The West Chamber is offering members and business owners a new vision for staying on top of changes, trends and information.

The chamber’s Business Insights initiative aims to educate, inform and connect businesses through discussion. It intends to target the most up-to-date information in the community, which will allow businesses to do more strategic planning. Panelists will also add their expertise to the discussions.

Meetings of Business Insights meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month and include a breakfast or lunch.

The meetings will cover a range of topics, from Amendment 64 to health care, presentation improvement and the art’s effect on local economies.

“We want to make sure that businesses can get information that will help them with planning for their business,” said Brian Willms, West Chamber president and CEO. “If businesses are aware of what’s going on in the community, they can develop and strategize around it.”

The initiative had its first meeting on April 23, and discussed the impact of the W Rail and the opportunities it will bring.

“There are some hidden opportunities that people many not think of, especially in regards to something like the W Rail,” said Amira Watters, West Chamber director of programs. “We’re trying to help them think ahead about these chances.”

Willms said that issues like Amendment 64 and health-care reform will be extremely important for businesses, and since there may be features of these issues that businesses haven’t accounted for, the chamber wants to share all it can about them.

Whenever possible, the issues covered in the meeting will be tied into events going on in the community, according to Watters. For instance, the discussion on arts & culture as an economic catalyst will be in June, the same month as INSPIRE! Week.

As with any new program, it will take time to get completely organized, and Willms said that the chamber encourages feedback from attendees on changes and issues they would like discussed.

“You can read about these things, there is something really powerful about having an actual discussion,” he said.

For more information on the Business Insights initiative, visit www.westchamber.org.