Chamber of Commerce series – a catalyst for change
Everyone’s heard of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, but do you know what it does, or some of the ways it works behind the scenes to make Cayman’s economy thrive?
One word that stands out in the not-for-profit association’s vision is catalyst. A catalyst is a person or thing that brings about an event or change. The Chamber represents more than 600 businesses and industry associations that come together to effect positive change.
”We are a dynamic network of micro, small and medium sized businesses and industry associations that collaborate to improve our quality of life and the business environment,’’ emphasises Chamber’s CEO, Wil Pineau.
Chamber initiatives create avenues where new relationships or contacts are made. These relationships strengthen the business community.
“We engage in important conversations and discussions about policy and ways to innovate and collaborate. These interactions invigorate entrepreneurs to invest and to introduce new products and services. Advocacy and networking are the DNA of any successful Chamber,’’ says Pineau.
An advocate speaks to someone on another’s behalf. One voice acting alone may not be clearly heard. The Chamber funnels and articulates the voices of hundreds of members on matters which concern them. These collective views are shared with key decision makers. The Chamber is really the only entity which represents all business sectors, whether small or big, giving everyone a collective voice.
“The Chamber’s contributions to the growth and development of the economy and the quality of life are substantial. Many of Cayman’s top leaders from all walks of life have each contributed in their own special way to build upon the foundation,” says Pineau.
No business can exist without a successful community. In the upcoming series of articles, the spotlight will be cast on the ways in which the Chamber has helped to make the Cayman Islands one of the top places to live and conduct business.
Photo 1: (L-R) Mentee, His Excellency Mr. Martyn Roper, Mrs. Roper and Chamber CEO, Wil Pineau at Mentoring Cayman Closing Reception
Photo 2: President Shomari Scott and Hon. Andre Ebanks addressing members at the Chamber Parliamentary Luncheon