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Marana chamber looks to 2011-12

New objectives, goals discussed at annual meeting

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

Improving its website and use of technology are just two of the ways the Marana Chamber of Commerce hopes to better serve its members in 2011-2012.

Chamber President/CEO Ed Stolmaker, IOM, announced the chamber’s goals and objectives for the coming year during the annual meeting, held Sept. 22.

Topping the list of was the addition of quarterly speed-networking lunches, an event that proved popular at earlier monthly luncheons. Attendees would be able to speak at their table for a minute, and then change tables.

The chamber also plans to improve its website by creating a new calendar of events, one that is easier to access.

It also will increase its presence on the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, create a new Marana chamber app for smart phones, and create a QR code for its business cards and other materials.

The chamber also will implement a Partners in Education program, to provide a means for the Marana business community and residents to meet the needs of the schools in the Marana Unified School District.

The goals were determined from the results of the 2011 membership survey, in which 23 percent of the chamber membership responded. The main purpose of the chamber, according to the survey results, is to promote the community. It was followed by 1) provide networking opportunities, 2) create a strong economy, and 3) represent the interests of businesses with government.

Services currently offered by the chamber that members found most beneficial were: breakfasts, email updates and notices, luncheons, monthly newsletters, website, and ribbon-cuttings, mixers and holiday parties.

For more information, visit the chamber’s website at

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