At OneZone Chamber we have four pillars that drive our purpose. In each pillar advocacy plays an important role in what we do each day. While we offer a range of services and resources to our membership, one of their most important roles is advocacy. In this blog, I will provide 5 reasons why our advocacy work is important to our membership.
- Advocacy Ensures that Businesses Have a Voice
OneZone Chamber serve as a collective voice for the business community. By engaging in advocacy work, we can ensure that the concerns and needs of businesses are heard by policymakers at all levels of government. This can include advocating for policies that support economic growth and development, as well as opposing policies that are detrimental to businesses.
- Advocacy Can Shape Public Policy
We have the ability to shape public policy by advocating for policies that support the interests of businesses. We work with policymakers to develop policies that are beneficial to the business community. Advocacy can also be used to promote regulatory reform or other policy changes that can reduce the burden of government regulations on businesses.
- Advocacy Can Strengthen the Local Economy
We can use advocacy work to promote economic development in their local communities. By advocating for policies that support business growth and development, we can help to attract new businesses to the area and create jobs. This can lead to increased economic activity and a stronger local economy.
- Advocacy Can Build Relationships with Elected Officials
Our advocacy work can also help relationships with elected officials at all levels of government. By engaging in advocacy work, we can demonstrate our commitment to the community and build relationships with policymakers that can be beneficial in the future. This can lead to increased opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the business community and government.
- Advocacy Can Help to Address Community Challenges
We can use advocacy work to address community challenges such as transportation, education, and workforce development. By advocating for policies that support these areas, we can help to improve the overall quality of life in their local communities. This can also help to attract and retain businesses and talent in the area.
In conclusion, advocacy work is an essential part of the work that we do here at OneZone Chamber. By engaging in advocacy, we can ensure that the concerns and needs of businesses are heard by policymakers, shape public policy, strengthen the local economy, build relationships with elected officials, and address community challenges. We have a unique opportunity to represent the interests of the business community and work to create a more favorable environment for businesses to grow and thrive.