Chamber of Commerce event builds business relationships
Friday was introduction night at The Lodge.
Members of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual beginning-of-the-school-year social for Baker University staff and faculty.
“The (Chamber of Commerce) promotions committee sponsors the event and has done it for quite a few years. It just gives an opportunity for the public to meet the new faculty at Baker and to meet other members of Baker,” incoming Chamber of Commerce president Greg Kruger said.
The social is meant to help the relationship between the university and members of the commerce, as well as Baldwin City residents.
“One of the purposes is to increase communications between Baker and the community because we are all part of the (Baldwin City) community. This just gives (those attending) a chance to get to know people one on one and make connections that benefit the community,” Chamber of Commerce office manager Susan Baker said.
Baker said sometimes it is difficult to figure out how to let the faculty, staff and students of Baker know about events or information of the chamber and vice versa, and that this event really helps to fix that issue.
“My goal personally is to let (Baker community members) know that we can help them put out the word about what’s happening at Baker and we’d also like to find ways to let them know what is happening at the chamber,” Baker said.
Kruger said communication between the two organizations was important because although the students, faculty and staff members weren’t here year-round, they are still residents of Baldwin City. They not only benefit from Baldwin City, but Baldwin City benefits from them.
The relationship between the university and the city is important to the Chamber of Commerce, so the social is an act of good will from the commerce to the university.
“Baker does so much for the city of Baldwin. They always are volunteering and offering any service that they have available to us and it is a very good relationship,” Kruger said. “We appreciate them very much and all they do to help out the chamber and also the city of Baldwin.”
Baker’s faculty and staff were appreciative of the event and both old and new faculty members used the social as a networking opportunity.
“I think we have a really good relationship with the Baldwin City community and it is especially good for our brand new colleagues,” Erin Joyce, Baker University interim assistant dean for liberal studies, said. “We have a couple of new faculty members this year so it is a good opportunity for them to get to know people in the town and it really does help maintain those good relationships.”
Kimberly Schaefer, a new member of Baker University’s faculty, thought the event was a good way to meet community members.
“It is so nice that Baldwin decided to host this so that we can get to know some people in the area. It is very welcoming,” Schaefer said.
— Meagan Thomas is a Baker University student majoring in journalism and is participating in an internship this semester at The Signal.