The Slavic American Chamber provides services for and facilitates the growth and success of businesses that serve the Slavic American Community throughout the State of California. This includes; connecting businesses through networking events, assisting with negotiating the regulatory environment, providing political advocacy, and providing technical assistance in areas of procurement, financing, health insurance, HR, and any other issue, current or emerging, that impacts the growth and success of our members, our community and our state.
Slavic American Chamber of Commerce Strategic Plan for 2013
The past year has been a time of growth and energy for the Chamber. Our membership has increased, as has participation in our events. Highlights included our biggest yet Annual Legislative Day on May 23rd, our reception for Mayor Kevin Johnson on April 26th, and our Fort Ross Bicentennial Weekend June 15. Although we have made outstanding progress for this being only our fourth year of active programming, we fell that we need to take our organization to the next level in capacity and service to the Slavic Community. The following is a description of our goals for the Chamber in 2013:
- Maintain and continue the Networking Events program. Work to increase attendance and increase “open house” type events.
- Expand statewide outreach effort to Slavic Community outside of Sacramento area by organizing and attending events in San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. Develop memorandums of understanding with potential affiliates.
- Maintain and continue the Legislative Advocacy program, included the scheduled May 1st 4th Annual Legislative Day, and meetings with elected officials. Increase attendance at the advocacy events.
- Significantly expand and develop our Education and Training Program. This is the area where we see the majority of our growth occurring. The number one area where education, information and training will be necessary in the coming year, is around the work and actions of Covered California, the agency implementing the Affordable Health Care Act. The majority of our members are small businesses with 1 to 50 employees. The requirements and opportunities for the small businesses in California, presented by the work of Covered California, will be extensive. The Chamber will work very hard to make sure that we have the most up to date information, and access to resources, for our members regarding this issue. Another important area we will grow in is our training for members regarding access to micro finance, SBA, and other special programs to assist our members with acquiring the capital they need. With the local economy on the re-bound, timely access to capital will be essential if our members are to fully participate in the opportunities presented by this recovery. This training will include preparation and presentation of financials, business plan writing, market research and reporting and systems for preparing error free documents. We plan to also provide general financial literacy training for small and starting businesses.
- In the past few years we have had occasion to meet and receive members of trade and cultural delegations and exchanges from Eastern Europe and the States of the Former Soviet Union. Globalization is a reality for all businesses, not just large ones. With our family, linguistic, and cultural ties to the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, there are significant opportunities for trade in goods as well as services. We will be working to develop and support trade delegations to these countries and look to develop training and workshop capacity for individuals from these countries in California.
- Significantly upgrade our capacity to use the latest in IT and Internet technology to serve our members. This includes a significant upgrade to our website, the utilization of webinar and video technology to distribute and record our trainings, the use of social media to communicate with our members and funding partners.
- This expansion of service and commitment to our members will require additional staff and material resources. To meet these requirements we will be identifying and applying for grant fund opportunities. This includes local economic development programs; Covered California and health foundation grant programs, and funds available through corporate and private foundations. Implementation of this plan will be contingent on securing financial resources necessary to implement these programs.
- This increased level of finance and activity will require additional resources in fiscal management and reporting. We will contract with a CPA firm at the end of the year to perform a certified review or, if necessitated by the level of funding, a full audit.
- The Board of Directors will during their 2013 July meeting review the status of the plan and its implementation.
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