Our Business is Your Business
Traditionally, a Chamber of Commerce has been a one-stop shop for people looking to not only do business, but also people who are visiting or looking to relocate to an area. The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is no different. If a person were to call or visit the office, they would most likely see the Chamber Volunteer of the Year and recipient of the “Spirit of Dixie” Award, Fred Dungan. “If you really want to be a part of our universe, part of mankind, you need to be able to interact with all different kinds of people. The more you do that and the more you understand where they’re coming from — even in a small way — you’re going to help what goes on in the world.”
As a not-for-profit organization, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t be able to function without the many people who volunteer to make this organization a success. The largest group of Chamber volunteers is the Dixie Sunshiners. The Sunshiners is a group of St. George area residents who volunteer their time and energy to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the southern Utah business community under the direction and as a committee of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. Considered ambassadors, they welcome new businesses to the Chamber and help disseminate information about the Chamber to members, as well as the community at large. On average, Sunshiners attend nearly 100 meetings, luncheons, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, business anniversaries, and open houses a year.
Because of the generosity of the local businesses associated with the Chamber, a local non-profit organization is selected every year to be the recipient of the “Dollars for Denim” campaign. The campaign encourages businesses to allow employees to wear denim or jeans on any given day throughout the month of September. If they wear jeans, the employee is asked to put one dollar in the “Dollars for Denim” jar. Beginning in 2015, Coins for Kids was the first organization selected. That year, they were just shy of raising $1,000 to help provide Christmas for disadvantaged children in the Washington County area of southern Utah. In 2016, approximately $1,300 was raised to benefit local children of Make-A-Wish Utah. This year’s recipient is The Learning Center for Families, whose mission is to “promote the success of children one family at a time” that serves families in Washington County Utah and the Arizona Strip at no cost to the family.
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, it’s staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and Sunshiners are here to serve the business community. We would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful volunteers and businesses that support us throughout the year. If you would like to know more about our various projects, events or missions, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com or call (435) 628-1650.