Chambers of Commerce
by Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Specialist
If you want to see creative sparks fly, attend a local chamber of commerce meeting. As oxygen fuels a flame, chamber events provide a catalyst for economic growth. They also help build connections between College of DuPage and community businesses.
Cindy Allston, president and CEO of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce, knows the power of connections. Whether it is networking at an after-hours gathering or presenting on new technology at a chamber breakfast, Cindy encourages members to invest in themselves and their businesses through COD programs and services.
“I had the opportunity to visit Innovation DuPage and brought back the wealth of prospective programs available to our members,” she said. “I recently spoke with a new chamber member who has an established business but could definitely do more. I told her, ‘You really need to speak with Innovation DuPage to move your business forward.’”
While COD’s membership in several chambers of commerce helps local business owners learn about available programs, it also attracts chamber members to share their industry expertise by serving on program advisory committees, offering job-shadowing experiences or providing internships for COD students.
“Internships provide students the opportunity to picture themselves entering the workforce in that industry,” explained Krystina LaSorsa, interim manager of Career Services at COD. “Having the opportunity to build their professional network and gain relevant work experience at the community college level is a unique advantage at COD.”
From focused workshops and presentations to industry-specific degree programs and career-ready employees, chamber members take advantage of dynamic answers to pressing industry needs. Chamber of commerce membership is a testament to the positive connections made when creative sparks fly.
Contact your local chamber to get involved!
If you need help with the connection, reach out to COD’s Community Engagement at email@example.com.