Twelve chambers from across North America submitted their newly implemented innovative program ideas in Startup Local’s inaugural Chamber Innovation Contest. With this contest, Startup Local is excited to celebrate the chamber industry's most innovative chambers and showcase the ideas that are breathing new life and energy into communities throughout North America. Five chamber experts served as judges of the contest:
- Seth Neistadt (VP of Product Development, ChamberMaster)
- Frank Kenny (Owner, Frank J. Kenny)
- Cathi Hight (President, Hight Performance Group, Inc.)
- Jay Handler (Co-founder and Director, Membership180)
- Jason Stambaugh (CEO, Startup Local)
And the winner is...
The judges had a tough choice to make, as several of the entries were scored incredibly close together. In the end, the 2014 Chamber Innovation Contest winner is the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce with “Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX)”! Chamber President and CEO, Stuart Harrison, explains how PBX has dramatically increased the popularity and success of their after-hours events by inviting a different group to join them each month:
“The typical Chamber After-Hours event is the same members talking to each other. PBX invites a different group of people to join us each month, thus creating a brand new opportunity to meet new people every month! So far we've invited the Downtown Merchants, other Chambers, the "Green" business community, The Family Business Group, the aerospace cluster, and meetings are booked with the Manufacturers Association, the Women's Business Network, and more. We meet in a different location each month and our numbers have doubled!”
The Greater Peterborough chamber will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Chambermaster, the contest sponsor. Additionally, each entrant will receive:
- One FREE review of your chamber's membership model and 30 minute consultation with Cathi Hight from Hight Performance Group, Inc.
- One Get-In-FREE coupon to Frank's next training webinar from Frank J. Kenny.
- One Hour FREE virtual consulting session with Jay Handler from Membership180.
THANK YOU to everyone who entered, and a special congratulations to Peterborough Chamber of Commerce!