The Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the needs of Thomasville and Thomas County’s diverse business community. With such a large and active membership, this is no small task and would not be possible without the active involvement and support of the Chamber Ambassadors Program.
The Chamber Ambassadors are a group of professional volunteers from local businesses and various backgrounds that serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber. This active group of Ambassadors is highly visible in the community by welcoming new members, assisting with ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, Business of the Month presentations, member events and Cham¬ber functions throughout the year.
The Qualities of a Successful Ambassador
The most essential function of an Ambassador is to represent the Chamber in a positive way. Therefore, a successful Ambassador will be positive, outgoing and professional. Further, Ambassadors play a critical role in attaining member feedback and, to this end, need to have good listening skills and be comfortable in initiating open, honest dialogue. A genuine appreciation and understanding of the Chamber’s mission, vision and core strategies is also key to an Ambassador’s success.
The Role of an Ambassador in Member Relations
- Ambassadors are encouraged to attend Chamber events to help new members make connections with their peers. By attending these events, the Ambassador also gains valuable oppor¬tunities to build relationships with business associates.
- Ambassadors play an important role in gaining valuable member feedback that is critical to the Chamber’s on-going success by soliciting feedback and maintaining dialogue between themselves and members.
- Ambassadors also help the Chamber by recruiting prospective members. Ambassadors are encouraged to share the names of companies that opened up recently in the area and the names of their colleagues and friends.
The Benefits of Being an Ambassador
- The Ambassador and their company will be visible at Chamber related functions and through Chamber promotion. Ambassadors will be representing themselves and their businesses by participating in event photos that are shared through social media, the newspaper, billboards and other various media outlets in the community. There will also be an Ambassador page on the Chamber website to include headshots of each Ambassador as well as links to their business website. Those who win the Ambassador of the Year Award will be recognized at the Annual Chamber Awards banquet and receive promotion through this events for themselves and their business.