Number of employees: 2
Location: 125 E Main Street, Jackson, Mo
Owner(s): Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce members
Describe your business/occupation in exactly five words.: Enhancing Communites and expanding business
What is your vision for your business and/or your industry in 2012?
Brian S. Gerau, executive director: The JACoC is dedicated to assist our Chamber members expand and enhance their businesses through networking, referrals, business programs and free seminars. JACoC wants to be the "go-to" organization if a business needs assistance.
Who are some of the people, either historical or living, who have influenced your business philosophy, and how have they done so?
BG: Ronald Reagan is a huge influence on my business and communication philosophy. He was the "great communicator", was pro-business, and had a way of making everyone, even his detractors, feel comfortable around him. He was able to bring downs walls that the world thought were unbreakable.
Give us an example or two of an idea that came to fruition in the last couple of years, and how has that helped your consumers or clients?
BG: The JACoC started a Thursday email blast to all chamber members that markets and promotes events, sales and promotions of area Chamber members. This blast is delivered to over a thousand email addresses and creates awareness for that business. The best part of the program is that it is free for Chamber members. We have had a great return on this program.