The biggest issue facing businesses in the TwinWest Chamber is the lack of qualified workers. According to a recent membership survey, 27.9% of the respondents noted qualified workers as the biggest business challenge, followed by economic uncertainty from 24% of responses.
When asked what is most important to make your business/organization successful, 60% said making connections to help grow business.
Members were asked how the Chamber has been most helpful to their business, a few of the many comments from the 179 respondents included, ability to grow exposure and name recognition, creating a forum of like-minded business leaders, and being a resource when needed.
Likewise, when asked what the chamber can do to be more helpful, responses were varied. They included suggestions for ideas to find qualified workers, creating networking events tailored to each market segment/business, offering a mentor group, and more pro activeness reaching out for opportunities.
Lastly, we asked what initiatives our members feel TwinWest should take a leadership role to improve the economy of the west metro and found great ideas. They included, connecting with businesses owned by women and people of color, create ways for members to mentor one another, track the impact of the philanthropy of business, focus on no more than three important policy ideas at a time, and stay on the SWLRT (South West Light Rail Transit).