2018 – 2019
Annual Report

 

 

 

Dear Estero Chamber of Commerce Members and Prospective Members,

 

OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT due to the efforts of our committed volunteers: The Board of Directors, Chamber Committee Chairs, Member Sponsors, Visitor Center Volunteers and our members.  

Our accomplishments during the past 12 months were amazing with this group effort. The growth and success, including local partnerships, continue to strengthen as outlined below: 

 

PARTNERSHIPS IN BUSINESS 

  • Village of Estero in forming the Estero Economic Development Program
  • Florida & United States Chambers of Commerce LaunchMyCareerSWFL.com
  • Florida Gulf Coast University Outreach and Internship Program
  • Veteran’s Florida Entrepreneur Program at Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Founder’s Club Membership 3-year pledge assisted with new Visitor’s Center
  • For Non-Profit Organizations Annual Event
  • Ribbon-cuttings to celebrate our new members’ investment in the Estero Chamber and to promote their services throughout the community
  • Added-value with new members’ quarterly Spotlight Event at Rise and Shine Events
  • Ambassador Committee mentoring new members to ensure a complete chamber experience
  • Networking Opportunities during monthly Lunch and Learn, Business After Hours and Rise and Shine events coordinated by our committee chairs and committee members
  • Young Professional Network committee providing value to members along with community service support, such as post Hurricane Irma action, Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Humane Society
  • 3rd Anniversary Celebration for the Village of Estero supported and sponsored by the Chamber
  • 15th Annual Celebrate Estero partnering with Miromar Outlet Mall
  • Estero Historical Society Essay Contest annual sponsor for winning students
  • Business to Business Expo 1st Annual Sept 2018!

 

 ANNUAL CHAMBER EVENTS

  • Meg Judge 7th Annual Golf Tournament sold out event generating four (4) college scholarships
  • 6th Annual Holiday Party elegant evening supporting Estero Fire Rescue Christmas Gift Distribution throughout our community
  • 15th Annual Celebrate Estero providing members’ table sponsorships to promote their services to the public
  • 20th Emerald Anniversary Annual Luncheon providing the rich history and 2017-2018 success of our chamber to 225 attending dignitaries, guests and members.

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Monthly Lunch and Learn event bringing valuable information to our members at the monthly Lunch & Learn programs
  • Monthly rise and Shine events hosted by a Chamber member providing a business before business networking gathering
  • Monthly Business After Hours events effective business networking event hosted by a chamber member
  • Young Professionals Networking Committee providing an opportunity for young members to be involved in business and community projects
  • New Member Orientation provided by Membership Chairman reviewing the many benefits offered and a full understanding of the Chamber’s website tools
  • Ribbon-cuttings for new members to introduce their business and services, and how other members may benefit
  • Estero Historical Society Annual Essay Contest
  • LaunchMyCareerSWFL.com initial launch and ongoing efforts
  • Annual $10,000 college scholarship awards
  • Leadership Estero currently in design mode to be announced in 2019

 

COMMUNICATION EFFORTS 

  • EsteroChamber.org website provides community and member news, media announcements, member resources, events and visitor center information
  • Annual Magazine membership directory and publication
  • Monthly and weekly e-blast announcements to members
  • Event and information announcements made at each event
  • Spotlight Magazine monthly event advertising
  • Media coverage in numerous publications throughout the year
  • New Visitors Center providing valuable member information and advertising opportunities
  • Ambassadors Committee who mentors new members providing information of upcoming events, opportunities to sponsor and engage in committee work

 

COMING SOON 

  • First Annual Business to Business Expo on Sept 27, 2018 at the Elks Lodge
  • President’s Club Membership offered to Estero community business leaders with investment levels available November 1st through Dec 31st, 2018.
  • Leadership Estero Enrollment coming May 2019

 

If you wish to be part of this amazing organization please contact our Chamber via phone, email or a personal visit.  We would welcome and enjoy your involvement.   

It is an honor to serve as your 2018-2019 Estero Chamber of Commerce President and please know our outstanding team of professionals is committed to our continued growth and success in our group effort.

Judi Gietzen, 2018-2019 President
Estero Chamber of Commerce