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Swift Current Chamber of Commerce earns international spotlight

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Last week, Darla Lindbjerg, former executive director of the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce and now the AVP marketing and strategic intelligence at Innovation Credit Union in Swift Current, received an email from former colleague Steve McLellan.


McLellan was at the ACCE’s 102nd Convention 2016 from Aug. 9-12 in Savannah Georgia.
McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, informed Lindbjerg that the Swift Current Chamber earned two recognitions from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a global organization — with the bulk of membership in the United States for Swift Current’s work in 2015.
It was the only Canadian Chamber of Commerce to do so.
For the second year in a row, the Swift Current Chamber was in the Top 10 “recognizing organizations for strong membership performance for annual revenue under $450,000.”
They were also in the top for Member Retention (accounts) and Member Retention (Dues) .
 For Lindbjerg, it just reinforced her belief in the organization.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” she says. “It’s great for our city, but also for our province and country. Our economy has been really good up until this year. Our business group and membership has all been strong and businesses have an understanding and believe in what the chamber is doing.”
There was significant membership growth over the last few years as well.
For Lindbjerg, the Chamber was and still is an “important entity” in the city.
Between advocating for businesses with all three levels of government on political issues and getting educated on different policies, but perhaps most importantly, having the Chamber means there is a lot of opportunities for networking amongst business owners setting up future opportunities.
She agrees it’s also important to have a strong chamber, especially this year with the civic election in October where a new mayor will be in place and some new councillors.
Seeing them recognized, Lindbjerg is optimistic for the future.
“To see them recognized internationally and even for two straight years, I’m very proud of the board and the (unrecognized) work they did,” says Lindbjerg.
“I know Clayton (Wicks, the new CEO of the Swift Current Chamber) will be fantastic and once they get off and running, I’m looking forward to seeing how far they will go.”
Wicks was unavailable for comment.

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