Kingman chamber meeting the needs of its members

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce caters to the needs of the business community through a variety of services to its 680 members.

"Our mission is to promote and support the business community," said chamber president and CEO Beverly Liles.

In addition, Liles said she will continue to work to make Kingman the best possible place to live, work and raise a family.

The chamber staff wears many hats in its day-to-day operation inside the Powerhouse Visitors Center, were the chamber office is located.

Networking chamber "mixers," as well as communication with local, county and state government officials in an effort to offer and obtain information necessary to promote and support the business community are just some of the services the chamber offers.

"Networking with other business owners is an important tool," she said.

"It is a forum to discuss business concerns.

It is especially important during economically struggling times."

The chamber also works closely with several arms of economic development in an effort to provide up-to-the minute information necessary to businesses looking to relocate to Kingman.

Maps, directions to various business locations, information on organizations and events, demographics and profile information are provided by the chamber.

Liles said the chamber staff makes every attempt to provide resources, advertising and programs designed to enhance and add value to the business owner's investment.

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce has a resource and education library that provides tapes, books and videos for training and education.

"If a business owner lets us know about an upcoming special event, we can get the word out by providing broadcast email and faxing of information very quickly," she said.

Liles said the biggest advantage to the business community is that the chamber acts as liaison between local businesses and local and state legislators.

"We realize we must also keep up with state legislation that will affect our community," she said.

In addition, the chamber offers seminars and workshops to assist the business owner, such as the five weekly seminars offered in October.

Chamber committees include the Workforce Development Committee, the Powerhouse Committee, Business and Government Relations, Ambassadors, Membership and Tourism Committee.

The Workforce Development Committee has worked with the Kingman High School Business Partnership class since 1993, assisting teachers in arranging for guest speakers from the business community.

Topics help the students prepare for the workforce, Liles said.

Last year, the committee began working with area businesses to promote the importance of a drug-free environment.

Within the next couple of months, the committee will place a sign at the entrance of Kingman Industrial Park stating that the park is a "Drug Free Environment." They will also provide window/door stickers to the businesses who adhere to the drug-free policy.

On Oct.

22, the inaugural Kingman High School South Campus Career Day, ninth graders spent time listening to information about different career paths.

Liles said the chamber staff actively recruits new members to join the chamber as well as sending out hundreds of relocation packets a month, as well as supplying packets to Kingman Regional Medical Center, local schools and real estate companies to send out.

Liles said tourism is another aspect of the chamber.

"Tourism is economic development because they are spending tourist dollars here," she said.

"One of our goals is to expand tourism-related activities in the Kingman area in order to enhance the economy and to attract and serve the traveling public."

Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Regina Cobb said she has set goals for this year.

One goal is to complete the transfer of ownership of the Powerhouse Visitor Center to the city of Kingman and to transfer operations of the Powerhouse to the chamber.

She also wants to continue to promote the value of membership in the chamber, to enhance the chamber's image and to partner with other organizations toward the goal of finding a feasible way to develop a Kingman community center.