Chamber rolls out new member platform


This week, we speak with Chatham Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Poindexter about its new member platform and other Chamber news.

The Chamber has just introduced a new platform for members to connect with each other. What can you share about that?

The Chatham Chamber is now using a Member Management Software called GrowthZone. Members now have the capability to log in and make changes to their business listings, connect with Chamber members and more as we move further along. We are excited about the new platform and hope that the members are as well.


How do Chamber members create accounts on the platform?

A Chamber member account is created when they join the Chamber by completing a Membership Application through the Chamber’s website — Accounts were created through the Chamber staff for businesses and individuals that were members prior to the integration of GrowthZone.

The new system allows members to post their Community Events on the Community Events calendar.

Members can self-post their community and public events on the Chamber’s Community Events calendar. Once these events are posted, the Chamber admin receives an email regarding the event. The admin reviews the event and once approved, the event will go live on the Community Events Calendar. This is typically a quick turnaround from the time events are posted and the time the events are live.

Chatham Community events can be viewed at


Can you speak to the kinds of events the Chamber hosts and provides, and what’s coming up on the calendar in the next few months?

The Chatham Chamber hosts events that focus on public policy, development, education, business exposure, Chamber updates, etc. We also offer networking events and Lunch & Learns.

The Chatham Development Briefing is coming up on April 26 at the Chatham Agriculture & Conference Center. Attendees of this event can expect to hear the latest in development news for Chatham County. This event also features a full breakfast.

The Chamber will host a Chatham Business Showcase in June, a Golf Tournament in September, a State of Chatham event in October, which includes a presentation on a wide array of data related to Chatham County, and a Chamber Annual meeting.

Chamber-organized events can be viewed at


Obviously, with major industrial announcements for Chatham making so much news, we’ve been talking a lot about jobs. The “Jobs” section on the new platform — what can you share about that?

We will have the capability of posting member business employment opportunities in the Jobs section of the new platform. We will also push these opportunities out through social media networks, in hopes that these measures help assist our member businesses in hiring appropriate and trained candidates for their open positions.


What else is going on with the Chamber these days?

The Chamber has been very busy — training for the new member management platform, planning for events, working on our three-year Strategic Plan, working through numerous committee meetings which are chaired by Chamber board members and working on many other projects.