The New Bedford Chamber of Commerce has been working with the Mass Small Business Development Center and the Mass Manufacturing Extension Partnership to launch the “SouthCoast CEO Roundtable” program. This program is modeled on similar CEO peer-to-peer groups operating successfully throughout the country, but customized for medium sized businesses in the SouthCoast and at a fraction of the cost of these other CEO groups. The goal is to facilitate valuable, confidential, peer-to-peer advice and networking among local CEOs that will help them grow their businesses.
Attached please find a press release announcing the launch of this program and a copy of the application. The Chamber is starting the recruitment process. Applications are due by September 30, 2012 and the process of being accepted is selective. They plan to limit the group to 8-12 CEOs, presidents or primary decision makers from non-competing companies. Candidates for the program can come from any industry, but should:
–Lead companies with minimum sales revenues of approximately $500,000 and a maximum of approximately $10,000,000.
–Lead companies located within the Greater New Bedford area that employ a minimum of four employees.
–Come from established companies, with a minimum of two years of operation.
–Commit to regularly attend the meetings.
–Agree to be honest and accountable to the group.
The annual cost is $500 for Chamber members and $700 for non-members. The first session for the group is tentatively scheduled for October 16th. Members will meet monthly to seek and provide business advice, and help each other improve the quality of their business decisions. The meetings are controlled by the participants. No competitors will be permitted within the group. Professional facilitators will help keep the meetings on track, assist in guiding the discussions and finding outside speakers when the group wants to bring in outside experts for advice on an issue. The CEO Roundtable program is not intended to provide sales leads. Information is also posted on the Chamber’s website at www.newbedfordchamber.com.
Please feel free to contact Roy Nascimento, President and CEO of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions or concerns. The Press Release and Online Application is attached below.