July07

KCCE Announces New Executive Director

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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives Announces New Executive Director

 

Frankfort, KY (July 8, 2016)– The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE), the professional development society for local chambers of commerce in Commonwealth today announced the hire of Amy Cloud, as the new Executive Director. 

 

Cloud is the CEO of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce in Nicholasville, and immediate past chair of KCCE’s board of directors. Cloud has nearly ten years of chamber industry experience and completed programs from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management and the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development. Cloud was also awarded the 2014 Kentucky Chamber “Executive of the Year” and in the same year completed the Kentucky Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) program. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Communications- Marketing & Graphic Design.

 

“Amy has been a tremendous force in economic development and job attraction in Jessamine County,” said KCCE board chair and Hardin County Chamber President, Brad Richardson. “We’re looking forward to having her talents and deep knowledge at the disposal of Chambers across the Commonwealth.”

 

Cloud will begin her duties on July 25th at the Kentucky Chamber offices in Frankfort, KY. Her predecessor, Ali Crain, will be leaving her role for a position with U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco. KCCE thanks Crain for her tremendous contributions to the organization over the last several years.

 

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About KCCE:

 

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) is the professional development society for local chambers of commerce in Kentucky.  Established in 1965, it is a not-for-profit division of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and its primary goal is to serve its membership. Follow us on Twitter: @KyExecs


May02

Local Chambers Recognized at Annual Conference

Frankfort, KY (April 29, 2016)– The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) today recognized superior achievements and professional excellence among the Commonwealth’s local chambers of commerce at the group’s Annual Conference in Frankfort.

The highest annual honor, the 2016 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year, went to Aaron Dail, President/CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber.   “Aaron is a tremendous force in the statewide business community and his thoughtful leadership on issues such as international trade, downtown revitalization, and public policy advocacy have made a big impact.” said Ali Crain, Executive Director of KCCE. “Aaron’s leadership in Murray’s Committee to Enhance Business Process Planning, his talent retention and attraction focus in the creation of Young Professionals of Murray, and his efforts getting businesses back on their feet after a downtown building collapse and court square fire, make him a deserving recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year.”

The award recognizes a chamber professional who has made outstanding contributions and excelled in directing the future of their organization and community. A peer panel evaluates outstanding achievements, effectiveness in addressing challenges, professionalism, program development and implementation, fiscal management, and civic/charitable contributions.

Additionally, KCCE awarded the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Christian County Chamber of Commerce with the distinguished designation of “Kentucky Certified Chamber.” This one-of-a-kind program certifies deserving chamber organizations through a rigorous peer review of business practices and programs related to strategic planning, advocacy, communications, market penetration, member services, and programming. 

Other awards presented to various chambers included: Outstanding e-Newsletter, Website, Publication, Special Events, Member Retention, and Membership Growth.

Here is the full list of 2016 Excellence Award recipients:

e-Newsletter                   Outstanding e-Newsletter

(winners chosen based on layout, appeal & good mix of content)

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                            Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                          Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce                                  

Group V                           Greater Louisville Inc

 

Web Site                                     Outstanding Website

(winners chosen based on design, layout and ease of navigation)

Group II                            Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce in Marshall County

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                          Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Publication                     Outstanding Publication

Group I                             Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

                                         (Chamber Guide)

Group II                            Maysville-Mason County Chamber of Commerce

                                         (Relocation Guide)

Group II                            Woodford County Chamber of Commerce

(Woodford Living Magazine)

Group IV                          Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce

                                         (Investment Opportunity)

Group IV                          Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (Infographic)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

                                         (Magazine)

 

Special Events               Outstanding Special Event

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce (Lean 2 Green)

Group II                            Logan County Chamber of Commerce

(Heritage & Tobacco Festival)

Group II                            Woodford County Chamber of Commerce

(Women in Business Mentoring)

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce (Annual Dinner)

Group IV                          Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce

(I69 Rebranding)

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (DC FlyIn)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

                                         (Targeted Business & Industry Month)

 

 

Membership Retention Outstanding Member Retention

Group I                             Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

                                         (95%)

Group II                            Logan County Chamber of Commerce (98%)

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce (89.3%)

Group IV                          Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (95.4%)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce  (88.3%)

 

Membership Growth     Outstanding Membership Growth

Group I                             Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

                                         (61.3%)

Group II                            Logan County Chamber of Commerce (6.98%)

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce (4.5%)

Group IV                          Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (11.5%)

 

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (7.2%)


April06

KCCE Offers NonDues Revenue Opportunity

KCCE is working with Indus Travels to provide a trip to India, September 14-22, 2016, for you and your members.  This trip is considered a cultural experience trip to introduce anyone interested in doing business in India with the Indian culture, customs and history.

Non-dues revenue will be provided for any chamber that has members sign up for the trip. If you are interested in promoting this trip to your members, please let the KCCE office know by Friday, April 29.  Indus Travels will work with you individually on marketing materials.  The total minimum attendance is 15 passengers and the deadline to RSVP is July 14 (final payment due).

Go here for the itinerary and link to the registration page.


March17

Business Profile - Tilson

Tilson is the integrated management solution for companies and organizations of all sizes and industries so that they can focus on their core business.  A professional employer organization, Tilson provides comprehensive services including payroll and benefits administration, medical and workers' compensation programs, personnel records management, liability management, recruiting and selection, performance management and training and development services.  The company's core services are completed by a web-based platform that provides clients and employees with HR information and resources.

Tilson provides higher levels of efficiency and productivity for their clients that often leads to a more satisfied work force and increased profitability.  The tools and education resources they provide allows HR and business professionals to become more confident, engaged leaders, thus driving performance and excellence within the workplace.  The company has been nationally recognized as a leader in the industry and currently provides services to companies throughout the United States.  For more information about Tilson, visit TilsonHR.com

 

Thank you to Tilson for being a Silver Sponsor at the TriState Conference last fall!


September18

Personal Branding

What is personal branding?  Do you know what your personal brand is?

 

Branding is how others see you; what they expect from you. It is about who you are -- your authentic self how you portray yourself -- the image of what you represent.

 

If you don’t know what your brand is, how can you get started? How do you determine what it is?

Asking for feedback - especially for our blind spots

Have a 360 done

Assessments (Strengths Based Leadership; Values in Action; Myers Briggs)

Think about what is important to you; what you are good at; what you enjoy doing.

All of these things help you understand your professional reputation and gain clarity about yourself. It may not always be fun or easy conversations to with people when asking for feedback or doing a 360, but if you are open to learning more about yourself and potentially working on areas of concern this is a great way to get started.

 

Why Build Up your Personal Brand?

Makes you more effective (sales, retention, advocacy, etc.)

Increases credibility

Opens up career opportunities

Provides connections (a lot of what happens is still about who you know & who will take your call)

Perception -- especially with millennials

 

Have you googled yourself recently? This is something we should all doing on occasion to make sure our brand is showing up the way we want it to online. 

Your brand should clearly and consistently express who you are both online and offline.  Does anything need to be cleaned up?

 

Social Media

Do your social media profiles represent your brand? Are they consistent?

Name: Use your real name - be professional! Don't use weird / random names and/or joint accounts Own the same name on ALL platforms

 

Picture: it's suggested to have the same photo on all sites.  I believe it's a personal choice. For me, several of my social media profiles are very personal and so my photo is personal, but tasteful.

 

Bio: be consistent and make sure it is updated

 

LinkedIn: remember this is a professional platform. This is the one place you SHOULD use a professional photo. And make sure all your information is filled in and completed.

 

Random Thoughts:

*Do your connections / followers / friends show that you are connected & powerful? This shows social proof

 *Tone & Demeanor - be cautious on what you say regarding politics and religion; don't complain about businesses or service issues (would a non-member want to join when they see this? would a member want to continue when they see what you say about others?); be as positive as possible at all times (no it’s not easy but sometimes you just have to fake it)

*Grammar / Spelling - proofread & edit!

 

My personal philosophy

Facebook is my personal page -- I am friends with many colleagues but I don't feel I have to be friends with everyone. I am cautious of what I post and everything is available for everyone to see.

Twitter & Instagram are very personal.    While I will occasionally post something on these sites related to work and I know that people who know me know where I work and what I do, these are my personal spaces with no reference to my job.

Blog - very personal

LinkedIn – professional, but I will only connect if I know you, we've done business together or could do business together -- there has to be a reason that makes sense

 

All of my platforms carry my name, all are professional in tone even when very personal and show my authentic self (who I am and what I care about).

Personal branding represents your image. Are you presenting the image you want to be known by?

 

Written by

Ali Crain, MS

CCE, IOM, KyACE

KCCE Executive Director

 

 


June25

What Does Certification Mean To You?

We've had some discussion recently in our organization on what certification means, represents and how to promote and encourage more executives in our state to get some letters behind their name.

As an industry professional who currently has three separate credentials hanging out after my name and about to add a Masters of Science there, I am obviously a proponent of those letters.  But why?

Is it the actual letters?  It was noted recently I have more letters behind my name than are actually IN my name. But no, for me it is not about the letters. And it never has been. I use them to for credibility purposes - which I'll get to later.

Certification, for me, is about the process you go through in order to GET those letters. It's about the professional development you have to have, which forces you to attend conferences and training and in turn puts you in contact with amazing speakers and even more amazing peers from all over the place.

It is about learning - gathering new information, new ideas to help your organization move forward. It is also about finding out things that you should have been doing that you didn't know about and now you need to get fixed. And it can be confirmation that you've been doing the right thing.

Finally, it's about credibility. It is recognizing that you are in a career, that you are a professional.  It's letting your board know that you know what you are doing. And for me, the credibility is what it's about. With the consultation work that I do, the certifications show I'm an expert in chamber and organizational management.

So what does certification mean to you?

 

by Ali Crain, CCE, IOM, ACE

KCCE Executive Director

 


June15

Are breakfast meetings professional?

Not too long ago I read a post from someone who was uncomfortable meeting a member of the opposite sex for a breakfast meeting. This person was in sales and the meeting was requested by a prospective member. In the post, the sales person (a female) noted that she didn't think this was professional and she was uncomfortable having a meal with a male business person because she felt it could be misconstrued and people would think it was personal - not business.

I've struggled with writing this blog for some time because my initial reaction was that just because you are breaking bread with a member of the opposite sex does not mean that you are involved in anything untoward. However, in thinking more about it I realize that in some communities this could very well be the case. And a person can have lots of reasons for being uncomfortable in a situation like this.

Maybe it's because I've spent 17 years conducting business over a meal with the many different people, male and female and of all ages and varying cultures, that I see nothing wrong with it. I've been in many situations that made me way more uncomfortable than trying to make a sell or convince someone to follow my lead.

So ask  yourself if you are comfortable having a meal with a member of the opposite sex and if you think this is professional behavior. And when you see a male and female having a meal, consider that they may be conducting business.  But also be remember to open to the idea that someone may not be comfortable having a meal with you.

Written by:
Ali Crain, CCE, IOM, ACE
KCCE Executive Director

 


May29

How do you spend your lunch hour?

As a chamber/association professional, most days you probably are in meetings or at an event during lunch. So what do you do on the rare days you don't have meetings or an event? If you are like me, you may find yourself still sitting at your desk trying to catch up on work, or watching a YouTube video, while eating a Lean Cuisine.

I'd like to offer some alternatives to help you grow professionally and personally.

1. Lunch Date - while I haven't read the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, I understand the concept of building relationships and surrounding yourself with people you can learn from. So set a lunch date with a mentor and discuss the challenges going on in your life currently; the insight another person can provide can be invaluable.

 

2. Read a book - and I'm not talking about 50 Shades of whatever! At least once a week read a chapter or two from a book that will help you in your career.  I currently have on my desk two books: StandOut by Marcus Buckingham and Building an Association Management Company by Robert Harris and Calvin Clemons. One is for me personally and the other for my organization - both will help me professionally.

3. Get away & explore - the most important part of this is to leave your desk! The explore part could be anything. Depending on where you live and what your interests are, there may be hidden treasures in your town that you never knew existed (or haven't taken advantage of due to time constraints). Maybe it's a park, or a museum, or a cute little shop, or even a neighborhood. Whatever and wherever it is, take time on occasion to explore something new and different and you may learn something you never expected.

We are all tempted to shovel down a salad (or maybe a protein bar if lucky!) and continue working at our desks. But this does no one any good, truly.  So the next time you find yourself doing this take a moment and determine if that's what you really WANT to be doing or if one of these options could be done instead.

 

by Ali Crain, CCE, IOM, ACE

KCCE Executive Director

 


April28

Certification and Awards given to local chambers

At the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) last week, the organization designated four chambers in the state as Kentucky Certified Chambers.  This new designation is a peer reviewed, best practices certification awarded to chambers who meet nationally benchmarked criteria on internal organization, processes, financial controls and service to members. The four chambers that were honored with this designation were Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Kyndle (Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement), Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.   The Kentucky Certified Chamber program is the third of its kind outside of the U.S. Chamber Accreditation. It helps chambers analyze the policies and procedures they have in place as well as best practices in multiple areas. It also gives executives an additional tool to examine the inner workings of their organization and involve the board with this process.

KCCE also named Brad Schneider with Kyndle as the 2015 Executive of the Year. Knowledgeable and trustworthy;  sees the big picture as well as small details;  sincere and interested in promoting the chamber industry and mentoring.  He has leadership and the ability to move people to collaborate.  These are just some of things said by those nominating Brad.He is a board member with KCCE  and has not missed a conference since he got started in the industry seven years ago.This past year has been a pretty significant year for Brad:

*he was the guiding force behind the creation of Kyndle – the new combined chamber and EDC that servces Henderson, Union, Webster and McLean counties

*was able to maintain an 85% retention rate through the merger and end the first fiscal year in the black

*he maintained a prominent leadership role with C-Link (catalyst for completion of I-69)

*he worked closely with Christy Gillenwater at Southwest Indiana Chamber to form BridgeLink for the building of I-69’s Ohio River bridge

*and he worked with Murray State to establish a satellite SBDC office within the Kyndle offices

 

Brad is a true professional and always available to help anyone. It is with great pleasure that KCCE announces Brad Schneider as 2015 Executive of the Year.

 

KCCE also presented the following awards:

Outstanding e-Newsletter

(winners chosen based on layout, appeal & good mix of content)

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                           Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Website

(winners chosen based on design, layout and ease of navigation)

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                           Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                          Kyndle

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Outstanding Publication

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce                    (Member Directory)

Group III                           Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce    (Membership Directory)

Group IV                          Kyndle                                                                         (Spark Form)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce           (Annual Report)

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce                 (Member Guide)

Outstanding Special Event

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce        (Jazz Festival)

Group II                            Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce         (Dancing with Prospect Stars)

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce  (2014 Annual Dinner)

Group IV                          Kyndle                                                             (Fire Pit Contest)

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce         (2014 Annual Dinner)

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce     (Compass Awards)

 Outstanding Member Retention

Group I                             Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce            (91.3%)

Group III                           Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce         (96.5%)

Group IV                          Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce                         (88.3%)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce                         (86.9%)

Outstanding Membership Growth

Group I                             Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce            (14.78%)

Group IV                          Chamber at St. Matthews                                                       (7.9%)

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce                                 (6.6%)


April15

Chamber of Commerce executives participate in business mission to India, UAE

FRANKFORT, KY –Delegates from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) recently participated in a business and cultural mission to India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ali Crain, KCCE Executive Director, organized and led the group of 17 that included executives from Ashland, Nicholasville, Louisville, Madisonville, Murray, and Winchester, Bartlett, Tennessee, and the World Trade Center Kentucky. 

The trip, which began April 2 and concluded on the 11th, focused on understanding the culture of India and the UAE as well as making connections beneficial to businesses in Kentucky.  In addition to visiting local sites in New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra in India and in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the group participated in several business meetings, including:

§  US Commercial Services, discussing the business climate in India

§  Rajasthan Industries and the World Trade Center Mumbai, where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between KCCE, World Trade Center Kentucky and World Trade Center Mumbai

§  Indo American Friends Group, with 75 local Delhi business leaders in attendance resulting in new relationships

§  MCI-Group Dubai, an international association management organization who discussed their role in working with associations in the Middle East

Crain noted that communication exchanges are already happening between KCCE and the groups they met with over the past week.

“We had not even returned to the States and email exchanges were taking place. That is very exciting and exactly what we were hoping for as a first step with this trip exchange. Discussions are in process for future delegation exchanges as well,” said Crain.

This is the second cultural trip that Crain has led with KCCE, the professional development society for local chambers of commerce in Kentucky.  Established in 1965, it is a not-for-profit division of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and its primary goal is to serve its membership by providing quality professional development, networking, resource exchange opportunities and grassroots advocacy.  For more information on KCCE, go to kychamberexecutives.com

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