Daleville council hears chamber funding request

The Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting $15,000 to help make their 2021 plans a reality and the city council was asked for at least half of that amount at the Daleville City Council meeting Sept. 2.

Chamber Executive Director Michelle Powell told the council that the chamber is also asking the Daleville Water Board for financial assistance in hopes that between the two entities the $15,000 can be obtained.

“The plans we began 2020 with had to be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the chamber has not been idle this year,” Powell told the council. “This year is the year the chamber proved that it can adapt and overcome obstacles and remain active.”

Powell said that because of the pandemic, revenue generated by member businesses’ sponsorship of events was reduced. Some members have been unable to renew their chamber membership, she said.

“We have established connections to allow us to provide more business education and information for our members in the community,” Powell said. “We also provided information on relief available from the government and Small Business Administration and we also provided one-on-one support to businesses that requested it.

“We’ve been working to increase the benefits of being a chamber member and people are recognizing that effort,” Powell said. “This will no doubt bring more members in 2021.”

A chamber of commerce cannot operate on membership dues alone, Powell said, listing the events that have generated some revenue, to include the farmers market, corporate chamber sponsorship and a donation from the Daleville Water Board.

“In closing I would like to say that the chamber is trying to become self-sustaining and they do need help from the city. We need your support to reach our goals of increasing our non dues revenue. They are becoming more self sustaining this year.

“We, the board of directors and chamber members, believe that the chamber of commerce works to assist the city as it grows and becomes prosperous,” Powell said. “We host and promote events in Daleville, bringing attention to our city and drawing more people here.”

The council did not discuss Powell’s request nor take any action on it.

The next meeting of the Daleville City Council is Tuesday, Sept.15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Daleville City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

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