Business was the focus Tuesday morning as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce held its annual New Faces & New Places program.
Approximately 55 individuals, representing businesses that are chamber members, attended the event.
At the present time there are 87 Chamber of Commerce members with some renewels still outstanding. John Goldsmith, Chamber of Commerce director, reported that since September of 2011 there have been 19 new businesses that have joined the organization.
He indicated that the New Faces & Places breakfast was the first in a series of quarterly breakfast programs the Chamber will sponsor.
"The Chamber is on the move... and forward is the only direction to go," he told the group. Over the last few months, in an effort to offer more value and networking opportunities to our membership, we have brought back the monthly 'Business After Hours' programs," Goldsmith reported.
The organization has introduced a weekly e-mail newsletter and continues to coordinate ribbon cuttings. Goldsmith indicated there are eight nominees for this year's Gerald Turley Memorial Award, which will be presented at a reception this spring.
The director said the Chamber of Commerce wants to be more visible in the community. "Our goal is to make the Chamber an exciting, fun organization. We want Chamber membership to not be an option, but a must, something that members take pride in and look forward to participating in."
Goldsmith concluded, "During these tough economic times, Greenville has not only survived, but thrived. There are many wonderful things in the works."
Several individuals spoke during the event.
Dennis Hundsdorfer, representing Bond County Humane Society, advised that since the organization was created in 2003, about 4,000 animals have been rescued in the county.
He indicated that a new building, to house dogs, has been completed on property at the south end of Elm Street near Interstate 70. At the present time there are 17 dogs in the facility.
Cats are kept by the society in the building located next to the Bond County Highway Department headquarters. Hundsdorfer said the organization emphasizes the need for animal population control.
He noted that the society operates on fundraisers and donations.
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