Deeper than just business connections
Yes, you’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all
busy. But ask yourself – are you too busy to contribute to the lifeblood of the
city and community where you conduct business? As the Founder and President of
an integrated marketing firm, single parent and dance mom, I too wish there
were more hours in the day. But it didn’t stop me from becoming a member, and
today, a board member of the Ottawa Board of Trade – arguably the most powerful
and influential voice on conducting business in the nation’s capital.
If business is important to you, if you
own a business, manage a business or are even affiliated with business
peripherally, you should be a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT).
Success begets success and to be a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade is not
just a strategically beneficial move for you personally, but for the business
community as a whole.
You might even say that you have a duty –
to yourself and others – to be a member. The reasons for this 2-pronged
obligation are largely rooted in the mission, vision and values of the OBOT.
Guided by a vision that aspires to the key business advocate and catalyst
for positive change in Ottawa, we follow our mission to create
prosperity by cultivating business and community growth through advocacy,
economic development and leadership.
Succeed individually. Prevail
As a collective group, we are all working
towards the same goals, but conversely we each have something different to
bring to the table. A diversity of skills and backgrounds makes our efforts all
the more impactful and far-reaching.
Operating with the powerful values of
Innovation, Leadership, Non-Partisan and Independent, OBOT is heavily focused
on 3 key areas:
Fun and exciting stuff, right? Who
wouldn’t want to strengthen the business community they live in? Everyone
Share your smarts for the benefit of the
greater business community
Once you become a member, it’s a good idea
to ask yourself how your skills and experience would best be put to use. Are
you a natural-born connector? Perhaps you could engage business leaders in
dialogue that would ultimately reduce barriers to business – or facilitate
connections that foster new opportunities for sales, savings, investment and
Maybe you’re a bit of a business and
politics wonk and would rather play a part in generating policies and
initiatives that increase competitiveness – things like taxation, talent and
market access. Or you could go really big and have an impact on city building
For those who are big-picture, strategic
thinkers, consider how you might position Ottawa as a leader in the global
marketplace for investors, entrepreneurs and talent. Rally local leaders and
the community at large to enhance Ottawa’s brand and support an inspiring
vision for our future.
No matter where you decide to put your
talents, you will feel good knowing that you’re playing an integral role in the
growth and prosperity of the city – the city where you do business.
Annual membership fees for OBOT range from
$250 – $2,950. For information on how to become a member, visit https://business.ottawabot.ca/member/newmemberapp