2016 bodes well for our businesses, with a slow but steady improvement of the U.S. economy. It certainly is a far cry from the Recession of 2008 that lasted longer than any of us would have liked.
According to National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), current consumer trends indicate that small businesses edged out the big box stores during the 2015 holiday season in terms of total retail sales growth. That’s not to say that the larger businesses didn’t exceed in actual volume of sales, it’s just that savvy shoppers are looking at both options and seeing what works for them. As a result, our small businesses saw a boost to their bottom dollar.
Each year the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce works to support the continued growth and prosperity of its business community. We offer tangible benefits such as representation that ensures governmental bodies and agencies understand the impact of their decisions to our members. Other advantages include educational programs, enhanced marketing options, and increased advertising exposure to potential and existing consumers and clients. Networking venues are available each month as well as member to member discounts.
In 2016, the Chamber will continue to provide regular monthly Breakfast Programs, After Hours networking venues and scheduled Lunch and Learn classes. Events such as the Mukilteo Car Show in June, Movies in the Park in August, Beer Garden in September, and Holiday Tree Lighting in December will be returning. New to our roster of events will be a Health and Wellness Fair at Rosehill Community Center in February, a Wine/Distillery Tasting in April and an Amazing Race: Mukilteo in July.
As an added component to our Chamber, this year we will be instituting a Young Professionals group. Our goal is to target the 20-40 year old demographic (or young at heart), and offer tangible ways for them to be an active member of both our business and personal community of connections. Baby Boomers are edging into retirement age and Millennials and Gen Xers will need to assume the mantle of leadership. The Young Professionals group is an effective way of building a bridge between the two, merging two vital pieces of the membership.
The Mukilteo Chamber’s 2016 pledge is to be responsive, serve as an advocate, and dovetail both service and integrity in a manner that supports and bolsters economic viability for our chamber members and businesses.
For more information on how we can help your business, call 425-347-1456 or stop by the office: 4902 – 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275.
By Kim Voetberg (published in the Mukilteo Beacon)