The Glendale Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized by Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers as the 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.”
Just three years ago, the chamber’s membership was at a low of 485 members, mirroring the effects of a downed economy. Chamber President and CEO Robert Heidt was brought on after working with numerous chambers of commerce across the country. Under his leadership, membership has skyrocketed to more than 1,000 members.
“This reflects the efforts of the staff and the leadership of Robert Heidt,” Jeff Blake, board chairman and president at 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.”
The chamber took on a new role within the community after regaining the trust of local businesses and showing support to the owners of those stores.
“We’re here to be an advocate and voice for all business,” Heidt said. “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.”
Thousands of jobs have come to Glendale after several new businesses located or expanded within the city.
The business of the week program, initiated by Weiers in 2014, is meant to highlight Glendale’s entrepreneurial spirit.