Affiliate Chamber Spotlight: FuseDSM
Elected leader for 2018
Ryan Anderson, Chairman of the Board
Professional Staff Leader of the Chamber
Number of Members
What inspired you to first get involved with your Chamber?
I have been inspired by building a sense of community and giving back to and supporting the businesses that create that community. I also have a passion for helping businesses target their pain points, turn them around and help them grow. The Chamber of Commerce provides a cost effective, much needed resource to businesses, whether large or small, because it provides the avenue for the community and business to come together. Relationships grow business. I look forward to building strong relationships with so many new businesses, just as I have successfully done in West Des Moines for the past 3+ years.
What’s a signature offering of your Chamber?
It is not only the integration of the businesses, but the inclusion of the greater community as a whole. This is reflected in our visionary programming offerings, such as Empresarios, our 501c group that supports nonprofits within the community and Moxie. Empresarios is a program that addresses the needs specific to, and lifts up the voices of, our Latino community. Moxie is a program that supports and provides a collaborative environment for our entrepreneurial business owners.
What is your Chamber’s biggest accomplishment in the past 12 months?
The identification and integration of an unrepresented portion of our community – the northside business communityis one of our biggest accomplishments in the past year. We are honored to represent this segment of our city.
With this geographic growth, our chamber is truly a unique culmination of industry and ethnic populations. We realized we needed to create an identity that reflects this and shows the organization as it is today. With that, we embarked on a process to find a new name and brand to truly represent our chamber and the members we serve. FuseDSM– Your Chamber of Commerce, represents our fusion of all of the industries and ethnic business populations we serve. We fuse these industries and remove geographic boundaries.
Any initiative or project that you are looking forward to in 2018?
We are looking forward to spreading the word about FuseDSM to share the following:
Our organization provides the spark and energy every business needs to ignite growth and prosperity through purposeful connections. Our brand promise is to provide effective resources, knowledge and passionate advocacy to local businesses. We work tirelessly for our members to generate dynamic business opportunities unlike those found anywhere in the city.
Our culture is fueled by providing innovative solutions to the diverse range of businesses we serve. We are thought leaders. We are passionate and authentic. We are collaborators. We are fire starters looking to ignite economic growth for every one of our members.
We are a community of business owners stimulated by providing explosive business growth opportunities forged from diversity, collaboration and authentic human interaction. We champion the success of our members with dignity and support one another with pride. Passionate integrity is fused into the very core of our community where hard work, inclusion and meaningful relationships define our past, present and future.
More importantly, we want to explore the possibility for growth of our north side community and support those businesses and events so we can leverage our relationship together to benefit the entire community.
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