As one who has worked in politics and public policy for over a decade, I've heard many excuses as to why people don't get involved.
"I'm too busy." "It turns me off." "It doesn't make a difference."
As Chamber members, you have to acknowledge that, for better or worse, government has a lot to say about how you conduct your business no matter what the business might be.
The question for you is whether or not your voice will be heard in the process.
In fact, I would argue that political involvement is an obligation for business owners and officers.
There are many ways you can make your voice heard on the public policy front.
Fortunately, this Chamber has a robust and active Public Policy Committee that is constantly engaged in analyzing legislation and public policy on behalf of the membership. Attend Committee meetings or consider joining the committee.
Get to know your elected officials. Contrary to popular opinion, I have found elected officials to be very responsive to their constituents. You may not always like the outcome, but years of involvement have proven to me that you will be heard - if you ask to be heard.
I regularly see elected officials from our area at Chamber events. they are there in part (besides the good food) to hear from the membership. Take advantage!
When it comes to politics, take a page from the Good Book, which counsels us to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
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