Celebrating 40 Years of Service By Kathy Tilque, President/CEO

Kathy Tilque has served as President/CEO of the Gilbert Chamber since 1996.

Annual Report

This year, the Gilbert Chamber is celebrating 40 years of service! Over the past four decades, we have represented our community by advocating for businesses, planning for our community’s future, giving back through our non-profits, and partnering to make this an amazing Town to do business, raise families, shop, dine, and play.

This anniversary gives me the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our advocacy efforts, the support of many outstanding businesses and professionals who help serve our programs, and the many local community leaders who support and participate in our efforts.

Our Chamber shares a strong partnership with our community leaders. We value our partnerships with the Town of Gilbert, our education community, other East Valley Chambers, and our local, regional and state elected officials.

Current Year Business Plan

Advocacy Efforts

The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee has been hard at work to review and recommend pro-business positions for Town legislation, taxes, and other items that impact our business community. This committee oversaw the endorsements of candidates for the Town Council, Congressional District 5, Legislative Districts 12 and 17. The committee went through a rigorous process to determine endorsements for key races that will have an impact on your business.

Our Chamber is a founding member of the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance which is the largest business organization in the state representing your business interests. We host a monthly Speakers Series to share important information and bring you closer to our community leaders.


Chamber Programs

Members of the Small Business Council hosted Local First Arizona CEO Kimber Lanning at a GEM Talks event.

The Small Business Council continues to identify ways in which the Chamber can best serve the small businesses within our membership; a segment representing more than 60 percent of our membership base. This past year, the group continued its popular GEM Talks, a guest series intended to engage business professionals and entrepreneurs; they provided a monthly business tip to Chamber members; and set the stage for next year’s procurement expo and business growth opportunities.

We have also introduced a few new programs this year:

  • We are pleased to announce a new member discount program that includes discounted healthcare services and products. Dates to learn more listed on the Chamber website.
  • A monthly Business Owners Group is a mastermind group of businesses providing mentorship and advice.
  • A procurement expo that will introduce your company to larger accounts and provide information on how to do business with government entities.

Foundation Programs

Members of Gilbert Leadership Class XXVI installed exchange zones at both Gilbert Police Stations to provide designated locations for the transfer of goods sold online as well as custody exchanges.

Gilbert Leadership graduated its 26th class. This class conducted a community project that provides two exchange zones to create areas for residents to exchange goods purchased online and for parents to conduct child custody exchanges in a well-lit environment under digital surveillance. Another great partnership to keep our community safe!

During our Partners In Progress roundtables with Mayor Jenn Daniels and business leaders, the need to serve Gilbert’s manufacturers arose. While the Gilbert Manufacturers Council is new, the group has already begun work on developing resources for apprenticeship programs, stackable credentials, and reaching out to students about the opportunities in the manufacturing career field.

The Chamber’s Partners In Progress initiative, in close partnership with the Town’s Office of Economic Development, hosted several business roundtables, the Mayor’s Economic Forecast and Red-Carpet Tour, and volunteers completed its annual Business Walks effort to better understand the needs of our business community.

The Business & Education committee hosted the Business & Education Summit and celebrated the third of the Tours For Teachers program with 17 graduates - those graduates impact more than 1,900 students every day. We are making a difference in introducing workplace skills to our students. These groups continued partnership with area colleges and our local high schools to match 93 students who logged more than 800 hours of career shadowing and mentoring.

We will bring together a Technology Council for local tech leaders to share ideas and resources.


Commitment and Value

Our commitment to you is to always provide a friendly and welcoming environment, communication on important issues while soliciting feedback, opportunities to be involved in our Gilbert community, events that provide valuable information, strategic business connections and focus on helping businesses in our community thrive and prosper.

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We strive every day to provide our members and our community a 10 out of 10 experience. Excellence is a team sport our staff, members, and community partners are eager to play.

Thank you for your membership, commitment and support of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. My door is always open, please do not hesitate to stop in!

Sincerely,

Kathy Tilque
President & CEO

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