So, technically, the Wendell Chamber of Commerce has not closed its doors.
Following the decision by Wendell Chamber of Commerce director Melanie Paul to resign in the wake of the organizations inability to pay her, volunteers have agreed to step up and manage the day-to-day affairs of the organization.
Some of the chambers shortcomings on the financial end could be the result of the acrimony that resulted from the sudden departure of Pauls predecessor. Businesses who got along well and appreciated the work of former chamber director Ula Mae Life may have simply decided they no longer wanted to be part of the chamber with her prescence. Others, as chamber president Michael Hunter said, could have simply chosen not to renew their memberships as they continue to work through a weak economy.
But in the doom and gloom of the chambers troubles, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Eastern Wake County is home to three chambers of commerce. One is enough, to be perfectly honest.
With the loss of normal operations at the Wendell chamber, this seems like a great opportunity to consider combining at least two of the chambers.
While we realize all three entities are invested in their own communities, we also realize the cost of joining all three chambers which many businesses in eastern Wake County do is expensive and in many ways, the chambers provide the same opportunities, from networking and marketing opportunities to those members.
All three chambers have, historically supported pro-business legislation and opposed new laws that would hurt businesses.
We preach the value of regionalism on this page with every opportunity. The chambers have been an obvious opportunity to practice regionalism.
Now, more than ever, it seems the timing is right to look at bringing more of the eastern Wake business community under a single umbrella.
Doing so now never made more sense.