Firstly, I would like to say that I am greatly honored to be chosen by the Greater Temple Terrace Board of Directors as their 51st Board Chair and I sincerely thank all those responsible for making this happen. I must say, you might as well call me the President of the United States, I feel that much pride to be chosen for this position.
I want to thank former Board Chair Jamie Klingman for inspiring me to take control of this position. I, in no way, can ever fill your shoes, but I will assure you that I will do my best to provide as much success as you have shown. I will continue to show Temple Terrace “What Success Looks Like.”
Thank you Lee Bell and Kara Wennlund, they have shown much enthusiasm these past few months and I look forward to working with the both of you this year!
Someone recently asked me if I have always been an entrepreneur. My response was no. In the past, I never wanted to own my own business. I know, I shouldn’t admit that, but it’s true. However, when the opportunity came, I indulged, observed and took risks. That is what entrepreneurship is all about, taking risks! I took a risk on my first day of school and met a new friend… you could call that networking! Being an entrepreneur is also about being creative, I am trying to be creative, in this writing however, I’m not sure if I’m doing a great job but I am taking a risk and trying any way. It takes independence, financial risk and maybe a little bit of insanity to be an entrepreneur!
By the time I realized that I was going to own my own business, SerenBe Day Spa, in 2003, I was still unsure about all I needed to get ahead of the game. I was fortunate enough to have my supportive husband by my side and support me through difficult financial times. When I joined the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce in 2005, I was an inactive member, meaning my dues were paid but I didn’t participate in any Chamber activities. At first, I thought attending a luncheon here and there was being an “active” member. I wanted to participate more, but as a business entrepreneur, I had my hands full with my business.
Then I realized I wanted to know, “What does it mean to be a Greater Temple Terrace Chamber member?” I decided to find out! I attended more luncheons frequently and ribbon cuttings too. I joined a referral group and then began a position on the Board of Directors. I also had the privilege to chair the Business Expo! This is what the Chamber did for me!
I would like to encourage our members to do the same, it made me accountable to the community where my business is. You don’t have to own a business to be an entrepreneur; it’s all within us. You can show your creativity by joining a committee or sponsoring an event or even volunteering in the Chamber office. Networking is the key to let people know about your business!
I look forward to this next year as the 51st Chairwoman of the Temple Terrace Board of Directors and welcome all suggestions from fellow members. But here’s a warning: If you have suggestions you may find yourself wanting to become more active in the Chamber of Commerce!
Board Chair, Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce