Chamber Priorities from the 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Recently, your Chamber Board of Directors met to review strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities facing our member employers, our Chamber itself, and the greater Sarasota community. To stimulate their discussions, they started the work session by looking at eight trends that will affect your businesses, local organizations, and The Chamber between now and the year 2025.

BOD 2015-2016

As we approach our 95th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon, we reflect on success of the past year, but also look to the following priority areas and objectives for our fiscal year running from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Continue reading “Chamber Priorities from the 2015-2016 Board of Directors”

Using Data to Develop Talent

Feature by Young Professionals Group Coordinator Mimi Fleck, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Less than a month ago, people all over Sarasota County added a few extra minutes to their commutes to accommodate school zones. Area colleges filled their dorms with anxious freshmen, and parents everywhere scrambled to find folders with tabs and pockets for their child’s school supply list. While many see back to school as a new start, local community leaders were gathering all summer long to prepare Sarasota for something much more challenging.EducationFlorida is bracing for a disaster that is beginning to brew below the surface. We need talented and skilled individuals, and we need them now. Sarasota County is expected to see a job growth of nearly 30,000 jobs by the year 2020—only half of which is for the replacement of retiring boomers (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity). And while many of these jobs will require a post-secondary degree, only 40% of Sarasota County’s working age population (aged 25 and older) have obtained some college, associates, bachelors or a graduate/professional degree. This is a challenge that has deep roots. Nearly 1 in 4 of our students entering Kindergarten are not ready to learn, and 30% of our students do not demonstrate reading proficiency by 3rd grade. In a recent Chamber Member Intel survey, 60% of employers reported having difficulty filling open positions in the last 12 months, with respondents sharing that too few applicants applied and/or that the applicants lacked occupational skills. Continue reading “Using Data to Develop Talent”

Chamber Member Intel: On Employee Recruitment Issues and Best Practices

Chamber Member Intel_bannerEmployee recruitment is considered a very important tactic in growing your business. If fact, Steve Jobs, among many other elite businessmen and women, would agree that hiring is the most important job of any business.

"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world." - Steve Jobs. Continue reading “Chamber Member Intel: On Employee Recruitment Issues and Best Practices”

Chamber Member Intel

Chamber Member Intel_bannerIn an effort to continuously improve the business climate in Greater Sarasota, to gather and share information useful to members, and to better understand the business goals of our dedicated membership, The Chamber is asking for valuable input from members in a series of business-related questionnaires we’re calling Chamber Member Intel. Results will be summarized to help members maximize their success and used to address information gaps/concerns and develop or adjust programs to better fit the needs of our diverse members.

So far, members have provided their feedback on Internships, Recognizing Achievements and Factors Limiting Business Success. And the findings are curious.

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