Almost a year ago, I moved back to Michigan after being a nomadic ski bum for 7+ years. I was looking to grow my business and take a go at working for myself. In February, I got a call out of the blue from a woman named Paula Millis at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. She had found my Facebook page and called to invite me to join the Chamber. I had no idea really what a Chamber of Commerce was for. I assumed it was for banks and lawyers to get together and do important things that banks and lawyers do. I agreed to meet with Paula and Pam (the director) to hear about membership options. It was a surreal experience, they ate meatloaf and told jokes as we sat in an office full of windows (with a strange built-in bird feeder) in the historic-used-to-be-a-hospital Chamber of Commerce building.
I had a good feeling about these people. There were definitely banks and lawyers doing important things, but there were also other people - young people! - just like me who were trying to pave the way to something awesome. Joining gave me a lot of options to choose from for growing my business- referral networking, workshops, young professionals groups, entrepreneur resources, after-hours, mixers. In the last several months, I've met so many people with different goals and reasons for being a Chamber member. I've started to get to know people and make connections who have started to feel more like friends than just potential clients. I'm not quite to the point where I'm up to my eyeballs in new work, but I definitely feel like I'm getting there.
Here's the tie in. This week, I completed my first project partnering with the Professional Women's Club of Michigan through the Brighton Chamber. I'm a huge supporter of breast cancer awareness and prevention so I was happy to donate this poster design for the "Powered up in Pink" event. The event supports Susan G. Komen Michigan and highlights some great survivors in the community.