Structuring the Foundation of a Government Affairs Program

With any government affairs program it's important that you create a transparent system for your members, non-members and elected officials so everyone understands where you stand on issues on behalf of your membership.

If you are transparent, no one can get angry on the positions you take on behalf of your membership.

That's what we do as Chamber executives on behalf of our members.

It's our job to fight for our small business members before the local Zoning Commission, City Council, State Government and even the Federal government when appropriate.

I've said it before, we should not be in the "parade" business.  We should be in the advocacy business and not shy away from it.

Your members will appreciate your taking a stand for them before the appropriate elected body to look after their best interest.

Never forget that that's the business we're in!