It’s been an unexpected year for business, for politics, for the health and safety of our world. As the sun sets on 2020, I want to reflect on the year’s impact on the Greater Phoenix community, businesses, and this Chamber.

Looking Back on 2020

In March 2020, life as we know it shifted dramatically. Our booming economy halted overnight; but our community has come together to support each other by shopping at small businesses, patronizing local restaurants, contributing to nonprofits, donating devices to schools, and in many other ways.

As a chamber of commerce and community convener, our core pillars were deemed unsafe. We could no longer shake hands, gather in-person, or even safely work at our office desks.

In a matter of weeks, my team was forced to innovate and adapt to virtual everything—offices, events, and community connections. And, while it was challenging, the team pushed forward so that the Chamber could continue to take care of business and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From launching a new webinar series to creating economic development and business growth resources—like the Arizona Economic Dashboard and the Arizona Business Index—and continuing to advocate for businesses at every level of government, the Chamber doubled-down on our community and cultivating programs for business success and survivability during these challenging times.

Throughout this crisis, we’ve led by example and supported other organizations and community efforts along the way. Our team worked with key organizations, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, City of Phoenix, GPEC, and the private sector, to link platforms that connect individuals to opportunities and streamline hiring for these organizations.

The lessons we’ve learned as a result of this global crisis have informed the Chamber’s core work. We will carry these lessons forward with us.

Looking Ahead to 2021

Heading into the new year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber will move our community forward, provide critical support for existing businesses, and advocate for pro-business, pro-recovery policies at the federal, state, and local levels.

In January, we will be hosting our annual Legislative Kick-Off event to provide insights into the upcoming legislative session and connect businesses with policymakers.

In the new year, we will also be releasing our Diversity and Inclusion Employer Toolkit, which is a module-based system that allows companies to determine a starting point based on their unique situation. This program provides toolkits to help company leaders and internal teams utilize relevant resources at every stage of its diversity and inclusion implementation process.

And, of course, we will continue to focus on growing our economy from within as we double down on our economic and workforce development efforts. Finally, you can expect us to serve our community as a central hub and connector with virtual connection and professional development opportunities available every month.

While much of 2021 can’t be predicted, you can rest assured that the Chamber will be there for your business.

 

 

 

 

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