The Blaine Chamber of Commerce experienced both challenging and exciting moments in 2009. Those events traditionally sponsored or supported by the chamber of commerce have been highly successful this year. The Bite of Blaine, Wings Over Water, Fourth of July, Drayton Harbor Days and Holiday Harbor Lights have each brought significant attendance and many positive comments from participants.
We welcomed 16 new members to the Blaine chamber in 2009, bringing our active membership total to 77. The current recession has presented many businesses with a very substantial set of barriers to navigate. It has been the goal of the chamber board this year to be of greater service and support to both chamber members and the overall business community. To that end, we have partnered with the Center For Economic Vitality (CEV) to present two seminars covering timely topics. The participation level in these seminars has been high and we look forward to additional opportunities of this nature in 2010.
The chamber is continuing to upgrade the website with the intent of providing for a maximum level of access to business information in time for the upcoming Olympic Games. It is the opinion of the chamber board that funds invested in assuring for timely information access via the internet will pay dividends both short and long term. We encourage you to visit the website and check back often.
Monthly chamber meetings continue to be well attended, and serve as a key venue for the sharing of information important to our members.
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year in 2010 with the anticipation of a turn in the economy and greater prosperity for the Blaine business community.