Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers recently named the Glendale Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Week.
“We are always excited for new businesses to locate to Glendale and we do have a reputation for speed-to-market, but one of the areas where the chamber really excels is helping retain our existing businesses by providing them with the tools to succeed,” Weiers said. “I couldn’t be more proud that our chamber and our economic development team work hand-in-hand to create an overall healthy climate for business that is setting an example for the entire state.”
When Chamber President and CEO Robert Heidt took the chamber's reins three years ago, after having managed and served at several other chambers of commerce around the country, chamber membership had sagged to 485 members, reflecting the economy. In June this year, the chamber celebrated surpassing the 1,000-member mark.
“This reflects the efforts of the staff and the leadership of Robert Heidt,” Jeff Blake, chamber board of directors chairman and president and CEO of The Blake Group, said. “It also reflects the strength and commitment of the board of directors and the enthusiasm for the chamber by our members. The chamber has become a great asset for the city of Glendale, the city’s businesses and the residents in our community.”
Heidt said that the key to gaining renewed support from the business community and signing new members changed the mindset about the chamber’s role.
“We’re here to be an advocate and voice for all business and that attitude and energy starts here, within the walls of the chamber, where we must have a members-first approach, showing them we care and we want to help them succeed,” Heidt said.
Many new businesses have since located to or expanded within Glendale, adding thousands of jobs.
The mayor’s Business of the Week is a program Weiers started in 2014 to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in Glendale.