The Fuquay-Varina Area Chamber of Commerce has 10 standing committees to address the needs of the Chamber and our members. Participation on the committees is open to all members and we encourage our members to be active in the areas that interest you. Work on a committee is a way of learning issues that are happening in town and the Chamber as well as a good way to get to know your fellow Chamber members. There are also committees that meet as needed for the planning of Chamber events. The standing committees are:
Chair: Paulette Jackson
The Ambassadors committee was established to serve new members and prospective members of the Chamber of Commerce. This committee is involved in active recruitment and expansion of membership. Once a business joins the Chamber, Ambassadors assist the member in transitioning to become active and involved in Chamber functions. The final responsibility of this committee is to help educate new members and prospects about the benefits of Chamber membership, while acting as a liaison between the Chamber and the general membership.
Business Development Committee
Chair: Linda Frenette
The Business Development Committee acts as the Chamber’s vehicle to identify, target, retain and recruit small business. This committee works closely with the Economic Development Commission and the Town to foster economic growth in the community. The creation of new jobs, the retention and expansion of existing business and industry and the recruitment of new business will contribute to a strong local economy, a rising standard of living and an enhanced quality of life for all the residents of Fuquay-Varina.
Chair: Wanda Denning
The Education Council serves as a clearinghouse of information regarding educational issues in our area and facilitates a vital relationship between Fuquay-Varina’s schools and community businesses. The Education Council works to ensure that achievements in local education receive the support and recognition they deserve. By capturing the energies and capabilities within our community, we will actively connect young people with the resources they need to lead healthier and more productive lives.
Chair: Nancy Johns
The Event Committee oversees all the major fundraising and community events organized by the Chamber of Commerce. It is comprised of the Chair-Elect and Past Chair of the Board of Directors, the Chamber staff, and the committee chairs of each event planning committee. It meets monthly and actively seeks volunteers to help with the Chamber’s major events during the year.
Government Affairs Committee
Chair: Glenda Gibson
This committee was established to help assure a quality economic and business environment through government interaction. The group’s goals include keeping members informed on proposed legislation or actions that may have an economic impact (mainly at the local and county levels) and to present policies and agendas to these governmental units. The group also identifies and establishes contact with key members of government. When necessary, the group will develop action plans that will encourage participation by Chamber members at the local or county level to develop cooperation among other organizations of commerce. When appropriate, this group will cooperate with Town officials in a team approach to present information to improve understanding of a local issue, such as transportation, infrastructure, etc.
Chair: Virginia Johnson
The Marketing Committee was developed to assist the Chamber with promoting events and services of the Chamber to its own members and the Town of Fuquay-Varina. The group aims to present a consistent image for the Chamber through its collateral marketing materials, the web site, events promotion, answers to travel and tourism related inquiries and distribution of relocation information. This group seeks to present the benefits of Fuquay-Varina to potential visitors throughout Wake County, the state of North Carolina, the nation and the world.
Chair: Gina Savarese
The Membership Committee was created in 2010 to provide direction and assistance to the Chamber, and specifically the Director of Member Services, in the area of membership recruitment and retention. The goal of this committee is to help “create an exciting and productive business networking environment within the Chamber that evokes a driving desire to be involved.” To this end, the Committee will initiate networking opportunities and events that are fun and introduce members to lots of other members ~ making the Chamber the “must do” networking venue for Fuquay-Varina and encouraging new membership as well as renewal by existing members.
Senior Services Council
Chair: Stephanie Galloway
The Senior Services Council is an invitation-only group of senior service providers and organizations who have a vested interest in senior issues. Meetings are on the last Wednesday of every month at the Chamber, and different organizations take turns presenting what they do and discussing issues that pertain to the senior community. Interested community members are also often invited to participate. For more information or to discuss possibly membership, please call the Chamber office.
Chair: Britt Davis
The Sponsorship Committee is comprised of several members of the Board of Directors and selected members of the Chamber community who have some experience with or interest in developing mutually beneficial relationships with businesses in the Fuquay-Varina area who actively support Chamber programs and initiatives in a variety of ways. Participation in this committee is selective and approved by the Board.