Goodbye 2020! Happy New Year and welcome to the ASCP 2021 membership year. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2021. I recognize that the last year has affected each of us in many ways, both personally and professionally. However, I believe from challenging times there comes great opportunity for growth leading to success.
Before I look ahead, I want to take this chance to share a couple thoughts about 2020. First, I am proud of our industry and how state chambers across the country pivoted to serve our members in ways never imagined during a time of great need for reliable information and assistance. We work in a noble profession and many businesses could not have weathered the storm without your tireless commitment, so thank you! Second, our work will be more important to our state’s economic prosperity than ever before. Businesses now have a better understanding as to why supporting our missions is an investment to secure their future. We must collectively strive every day to rally our business communities to think strategically about how they do business because nobody, including state chambers, can return to doing business like they were pre-pandemic.
Looking ahead to 2021, I am excited about what ASCP has in place to continue providing the opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices. Beginning late January, we will kick off a new round of ASCP Experience webinars with some great topics planned. If you have a topic you would like considered, please let myself or an ASCP Board Member know. We want these offerings to meet your needs so that you walk away with new ideas to explore. To view the current schedule, please go to the ASCP Experience page.
Additionally, we are hopeful that in late 2021 we can gather again for our annual conference. As we move throughout the year, the ASCP Board, in consultation with our friends at the Council of State Chambers, will make a decision with safety and health top of mind. Stay tuned.
We remain open to your suggestions on how to make ASCP better, so that together the state chamber industry can remain relevant and strong. In the end, this is your association and ASCP will only be as strong as its members. Thank you again for your support of ASCP.
– Brock Hesler