I have only been a member of the WBC for about three years. When I started my new position three years ago, transitioning from an outside sales job where I traveled the state to a position that is Capital Region focused, I had literally no connections to speak of and no networking resources.
I knew my organization belonged to the Chamber of Commerce but was not sure if I could use our membership. I did know that I needed to get to know people in the area and I felt like I needed to brush up on certain skills I did not possess or were at least rusty from disuse. So I just started out by signing myself up for events. I was wondering if someone from my organization would say something to me about using the membership but no, no one did. I have come to understand that our membership is here for employees to use and in my case, I can bring interns along too.
I have benefitted from volunteering for the WBC Communications Committee by meeting people who are experts in their fields. I have taken advantage of networking at lunch and networking before 9. I have taken classes at the Chamber that have been enriching and great for professional development. I am even thinking about participating in Leadership Tech Valley and recently, a fellow Committee member and I reserved a room at the Chamber to work on a new project for the blog.
There are so many great resources at the Chamber and if your company or organization is a member, you can use the resources too.
Here is a link to a Maximize Your Membership meeting and Leadership Tech Valley.
Please let us know if there are any resources I have missed and that you can suggest by leaving a comment.