The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador League is enrolling new members. Chamber Membership Director Tanya Taylor said this is a great leadership opportunity for employees who are team players and want to become more involved in the business community.
The ambassadors are a group of no more than 25 chamber member volunteers who work to support the chamber’s mission to “advance, promote, and encourage successful business growth” of their members. Ambassadors will participate in chamber events and activities throughout the year, receiving points to reach quarterly levels of participation. The points collected will determine incentives and will ultimately contribute toward the decision of the Ambassador of the Year.
Taylor said 17 ambassadors have signed up so far. There is no cost to the business or the ambassador, only a small commitment of time.
“Ambassadors will learn team-building skills, networking skills, will build relationship for businesses as well as relationships for our chamber. They will help us uncover member needs, inform members of benefit opportunities in the chamber and opportunities they can take advantage of that will help their business,” Taylor shared. “This opportunity provides an excellent way to get involved in the chamber and allows them to network with other businesses. We also have guest speakers to come in and speak to the Ambassador League, to provide them with personal growth opportunities.”
The Administrative Professional Day Luncheon is on April 23, which is the first big event that involves the ambassadors. Taylor said there will be a few ambassador meetings and other events prior to that, such as an orientation event next week, “Double Your Contacts, Double Your Income: Networking Secrets of the Pros,” on March 26 — a member/guest event where members can bring non-members in order to receive chamber discounts. If the non-members sign up that day, the referring members will receive a special gift, like an advertising blast. Taylor said the ambassadors will be able to attend this event and help promote it as well.
Events the ambassadors help with are the Administrative Professional Day luncheon, Chamber Awards Luncheon, the annual meeting, Business After Hours events, surprise patrol visits, Drop In/Pop In visits, silent auction, golf tournament, speed networking, membership drives, ribbon cuttings and other events that may be scheduled throughout the year. Other activities include recruitment of new members, meeting and greeting guests, registration event set-up, breakdown and cleanup after events, distributing and creating name badges, or helping to distribute handouts.
At the end of the year, each ambassador who completes the program with a minimum amount of points required will be presented with a certificate and the Ambassador of the Year will be determined by the amount of points, as well as additional comments and input from other ambassadors, staff members and membership input. The Ambassador of the Year award is announced at the Annual Award Luncheon.
All ambassadors should be willing to keep in contact with the chamber’s members throughout the year, and will be given a contact list. Ambassadors will contact members to remind them of upcoming events and encourage participation.
Ambassadors will work with their businesses in order to network with other chamber businesses, promote their business and increase visibility. Employers must be willing to work with their ambassador employee in order to support their commitment to the chamber and the Ambassador League. An employer/supervisor pledge of support must be signed before the ambassador can participate.
Only two members per business are permitted to serve on the Ambassador League at the same time.
“We have a lot of fun with the ambassadors. One example of that is how our ambassadors provide the entertainment at the Administrative Professional Day Luncheon, which is a great event. The ambassadors are perceived by many as the most active business-oriented group around. This builds credibility, visibility of their business and credibility as a professional as well.”
To receive an Ambassador League Handbook and/or to ask questions about participation, or to sign up as an ambassador, contact Tanya Taylor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-6116, ext. 4.
Jessica Johnson may be reached at 336-719-1933 and on Twitter @MountAiryJess.