From the Chairman of the Board
Patti Hood, 2020 Chairman of the Board
We have much to be thankful for and proud of in this community we call home. I’m thankful for so many business owners who work tirelessly to provide us with a better quality of life. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are invested in the community’s welfare and future.
The pandemic has had a vast impact on our local economy. The Ankeny Area Chamber will continue to provide resources for living and working through COVID-19, and we are equally focused on the recovery and resiliency of our business community. The Chamber is here to help existing businesses, new businesses, and our community succeed and thrive. Ankeny continues to see great growth with many new businesses and developments throughout the community. And, many established businesses are updating their locations to better serve the growing community. I encourage you to take time to support the business owners that work hard each day to provide quality service to Ankeny. They are the reason Ankeny has such a strong foundation for further growth and success.
I am halfway through my role as Chairman and am reflecting on my experience. During these challenging times, I’ve realized that when I think of the Chamber membership, I don’t think about our directory list or the storefronts around Ankeny. I think of our people! Our businesses are not just physical buildings, but people who live, work, and serve in our community. My role as Chairman has allowed me to build so many relationships, which are key to the success of a business and strong community. In my experience, nothing has proved more valuable than the trusted relationships I’ve made through my involvement in the Ankeny Area Chamber.
As the community starts to reopen, an easy way to support businesses is to attend the monthly Chamber networking events hosted at member businesses, or attend a ribbon cutting to visit a new storefront. The Ankeny Area Chamber has new event protocols and safety measures in place to help keep our members safe. You can read through the protocols at www.ankeny.org.
The Chamber will continue our focus to provide the necessary marketing, relationship building, and other professional tools a business needs to succeed. If you are looking for a gift, product, or service, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber, we would love to connect you with one of our many business owners. Thank you for all you do for our community.