The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce continues to outpace most chambers in the western United States, according to results of the member survey conducted in October.

In measuring topic areas such as serving as a champion for a stronger community, staying relevant to your business, seen as a trusted convener and hub of info, the SLO Chamber outperforms chambers across the West.

“These results underscore the value of some key initiatives the Chamber has undertaken over the last year,” interim SLO Chamber CEO Sandi Sigurdson said.

These efforts include:

  • Advocating at the county level for more types of housing and infrastructure to support a strong economy
  • Promoting a coordinated approach to the region’s shared challenges, including spurring the new Hourglass Project, which aims to prepare the Central Coast economy for the impacts of Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s coming closure.
  • Convening a broad group of business, government and community leaders to imagine the future of San Luis Obispo and update the Chamber’s economic vision to achieve that future.

“These are all endeavors that will benefit the community as a whole and have the added benefit of building relationships that will help shape the future of San Luis Obispo and neighboring regions,” Sigurdson said.

The survey, developed by the Western Association of Chamber Executives in conjunction with Charlton Research, compares SLO Chamber responses to 17,350 members of local chambers from across nine states that have participated since 2014.

The survey shows that 87 percent of respondents believe the Chamber is relevant to their business, with nearly half indicating it is highly relevant.

On the question of whether you’d recommend joining the Chamber to a friend, the SLO Chamber earned a weighted score of 42 percent, outpacing the 38 percent average among chambers and 5 to 10 percent among firms overall.

The results also reveal opportunities for development in serving as a problem solver and catalyst for business growth.

“In addition to affirming what we do well, the member survey gives us valuable feedback on where to focus our efforts going forward,” Sigurdson said. “These results will be especially useful as we welcome Jim Dantona, our new CEO, in January. Jim and the Chamber’s Board of Directors will use our member responses to guide the Chamber’s priorities and goals going forward.”