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Business Speaks: redefining communication within the local business community

Kelsie Longerbeam

Business owners are being invited by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce to speak about their greatest challenges through a new grassroots community initiative called “Business Speaks.”

Starting Jan. 23, Business Speaks will feature 90-minute meetings held quarterly through 2018 to promote communication between business owners in Truckee.

“We are trying to harness the collective power and wisdom of the entire business community. To find out from the business community what they see as their biggest issues — and empower them to work collaboratively toward developing creative solutions,” said Lynn Saunders, President and CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

“We believe there will be some real “ah ha” moments as businesses start to get to know their neighbor businesses better, connect and work closely together to address business challenges they may face regionally or in their own specific area.”

Eleven districts or “base camps” have been created within Truckee to divide and conquer geographical areas for business owners to come together and discuss how they can address issues facing Truckee as a whole, or an issue specific to their geographic area. All meetings will be professionally facilitated by a lead business owner and chamber board member, with a format designed to allow business owners to speak candidly, while fostering conversation that can lead to creative solutions.

During these meetings, the facilitators will gather what they believe to be common themes and pertinent issues, and will then present these issues to investors that have already agreed to provide funding, if appropriate. Saunders believes the business community will be able to address many of their own problems solely through deepened communication.

“The business community faces a dynamic and interdependent set of region-wide issues that are larger than one of a few businesses can solve alone. The chamber board is committed to driving collaborative innovation for what businesses need today and in the future,” said Pam Hobday, chairwoman of the Truckee Chamber Board of Directors.

“To do this, the board is steadfast in our focus of being a catalyst for change, convener for business, and champion for a stronger business community. Harnessing the strengths and abilities of others in one of the most strategic ways for businesses to solve complex challenges. Over my career, I have seen magic happen when you get people together talking”

All business owners are welcome, including home-based businesses and nonprofits. While it is recommended to attend the meeting in the base camp of a businesses physical location, attendance at any meeting that is convenient is also welcome. All meetings are inclusive; people don’t need to be a chamber member to attend.

To register to attend one of the meetings, visit to find a Base Camp and reserve a spot.

Kelsie Longerbeam is the news, business and environment reporter for the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. She can be contacted at or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @kelsielongerbm.

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