You Can't Move Forward Without a Plan!
The Six Pillars Guide Decision Making
Each year the Chamber Board reviews the Pillars to ensure they stay focused on the right things. The Pillars are high-level initiatives and as we review issues they should support one of the Pillars.
- Economic Development - It took a couple of tries to arrive at the right economic development model, but the Hinton Regional Economic Development Coalition (HREDC) has shown real potential. HREDC is a community model for delivering economic development services. The Chamber has partnered with the Town of Hinton, local business, citizens at large and the Provincial and Federal Governments to finalize a strategy and then to manage the implementation of that plan.
- Celebrate Our Business - The businesses in our community contribute in significant ways to the success of our community. It is important that those successes be recognized. From the Business Awards Gala, where we celebrate excellence in business to the "Building Better Communities Together" initiative, The Chamber is active in promoting and celebrating all of the wonderful things that business does in the community
- Supporting Business Excellence - Success is a fleeting concept. To maintain success, businesses needs to continue to change, to improve and to focus on their customers. The Chamber has made it a priority to coordinate training and networking opportunities that support business in their pursuit of excellence.
- Support Local Shopping - Like most smaller communities, Hinton struggles with getting their citizens on shop locally. The #HintonFirst initiative is more than a shop local program. It challenges our citizens to give the local service provider the first opportunity for their business. It then challenges those businesses to provide service selection and value that will ensure that the customer is satisfied. Shopping locally allows a community to host the best possible service level and improves the overall the quality of life with businesses and citizens "building a better community together."
- Strengthening Regional Partnerships - Many of the issues that our business community encountered are repeated in the communities in this region. The Chamber is focused on finding regional solutions through cooperation with other Chambers, communities or any other groups with a related focus.
- Provide Member Representation at Municipal Meetings - The Chamber has committed to provide considered positions on issues facing our members. To provide positive, solution-focused input, it is important to understand the issues. The Chamber has attended all Council Meetings, Standing Committee Meetings or other Special Meeting where issues of importance to the business community are being discussed. Having the background allows The Chamber to be responsive when called upon for input.
"Having a solid outline ensures consistency in decision making."