Meet Lori MacGregor, the recently appointed Executive Director of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) located on Main Street, Montague.
“The Chamber is a very strong voice for its membership in eastern PEI,” says Lori. “Small businesses are the heartbeat of communities and a major contributor to the local economy. By working together, we strengthen the local economy.”
EPEICC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and the economic environment of the community. It gives an economic advantage to members by representing them in community endeavors, and providing them with priority customer referrals and networking capabilities.
There are about 250 Chamber members, consisting of small business operators and community groups. “My role is to support the members, advocate on their behalf, provide skill-based and customer service training sessions, help them make valuable connections through networking opportunities, and grow the membership,” says Lori.
Lori has a wealth of experience in leadership and partnership with community groups, growing businesses and building the local economy. She is also an avid volunteer in the community of Eastern Kings, where she lives with her husband and their four children. She says her strength is being out in the community, meeting and speaking with people.
“I enjoy reaching out and visiting with Chamber members, listening to their concerns, and hearing their stories. I also follow up in response to their needs and challenges.”
Some benefits of membership:
Visibility: Stand out and get noticed as an active member of your community.
Growth: Quality training and educational opportunities, economic growth in bringing businesses to the area by promoting tourism events.
Voice: Gain a say in what happens through the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.
Network: It’s not just who you know, it’s who others know.
Discounts: Businesses may offer members a discount for products and services.
Credibility: Chamber members are respected by the community.
Annual events hosted by EPEICC
Business Excellence Awards recognizes local businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders in four different categories: Business Excellence, Employee of the Year, Pillar of the Community, and Emerging Business.
Explore Economics East is an annual conference that celebrates business success in eastern PEI. It provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to make connections and network, and informs them about key issues relevant to doing business in eastern PEI.
For more information about Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, contact Lori MacGregor, Executive Director, at 902-838-3131.