Why Your Voice Matters

Jul 5, 2024

The Importance of Business Owner Involvement in Government Affairs

Running a business is a demanding task. Between managing employees, keeping customers happy, and staying afloat in a competitive market, it’s easy to see why government affairs and politics might fall by the wayside. However, for business owners of all sizes, engagement in government affairs is not just an option, it’s a necessity.

Here’s why:

  • Impact on Your Bottom Line: Government policies and regulations directly affect how you operate. From tax laws to environmental regulations to labor standards, staying informed and involved allows you to advocate for policies that benefit your business and the broader industry.
  • Shaping the Business Landscape: Businesses are the backbone of the economy. By providing insights into the realities of running a business, you can help shape policies that promote economic growth, job creation, and a fair and competitive environment.
  • Building Relationships: Government affairs is about building relationships with policymakers. By establishing a presence and fostering communication, you can ensure your voice is heard when critical decisions are being made.
  • Staying Ahead of the Curve: The government landscape is constantly evolving. Proactive involvement allows you to stay informed about upcoming legislation and potential roadblocks, giving you time to prepare and advocate for your interests.

How to Get Involved Locally

The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce understands the importance of business owners’ involvement in government affairs and political issues. That’s why they’re hosting a Candidate Forum on July 15th, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the Cody Club Room. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to:

  • Hear directly from local candidates about their positions on issues that matter to businesses.
  • Ask questions and get a better understanding of their priorities.
  • Network with other business owners who share your concerns.

The Chamber will provide a delicious lunch from Fat Racks BBQ, sponsored by the Village Shoppe, so you can connect with candidates and fellow entrepreneurs in a relaxed setting. This forum is a convenient and informative way to get involved and ensure your voice is heard by the next generation of local leaders.

Additional Ways to Stay Engaged

Beyond the Chamber forum, here are a few other ideas for business owner involvement:

  • Join the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber is a great resource for information and advocacy opportunities on issues affecting local businesses.
  • Contact your elected officials: Don’t be shy about reaching out to your local, state, and federal representatives. Let them know your concerns and priorities.
  • Attend hearings and meetings: Stay informed about proposed legislation and voice your opinion at public hearings.
  • Support candidates who share your values: Get involved in the political process by supporting candidates who understand the importance of a healthy business environment.

By taking an active role in government affairs, business owners can ensure their voices are heard and help create a more prosperous future for their businesses and communities. Remember, a strong business community is essential for a strong economy, and your involvement is crucial in shaping that future.

Jennifer Thoma
Executive Director, Cody Chamber of Commerce

The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, the community’s “front porch” represents the interest of its members and the entire business community, extends exceptional western hospitality and promotes an unparalleled visitor experience.

Learn more about the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and membership benefits at CodyChamber.org.

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