Rockford Chamber of Commerce Update
     The Rockford Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in our community for over 100 years. Over that time, we've helped many thousands of businesses grow and expand and we've been a constant advocate for investment in our community's quality of life.
     The founding officers and members of the Chamber wanted the organization to be "a forceful working unit for the good of Rockford". As we move forward for the next 100 years, we remain committed to this important work.
     MISSION: Leading Business Growth.
     The Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefit to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help our members grow.
     VALUE Proposition
     We are the leading advocate for business in the community/region;
     We actively engage our members and the community to drive growth in our regional economy;
     We are an innovative and indispensable resource and find solutions to help members grow their business; and
     We are a leader in fostering regional collaboration and planning.
     Einar Forsman began his career as a Purchasing Clerk for the City of Rockford and over twenty years held just about every upper management position at the City.  In 2007, he took over as President and CEO of the Rockford Chamber of  Commerce.  For nearly three decades, Einar Forsman has continued to make the Rock River Valley a better place to live, work and raise families.
     Einar can be described as a husband, marketer, civic collaborator, idea generator, business developer and a partner to all. His overall role and impact in our region during the course of his career can be simply stated as a key driver of business and workforce development.  Einar is always willing to help and is a leader who motivates and is a stop-at-nothing community builder.
     Einar's community involvement includes: Co-lead for Transform Rockford planning spoke; Lifescape Community Services, board chairman; Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, board secretary; Employer’s Coalition on Health, board president; Alignment Rockford, governing board member; YMCA of Rock River Valley, director; Rockford Area Economic Development Council, ex-officio member; United Way of Rock River Valley, former board chair; Coronado Performing Arts Center, former board treasurer. On The Waterfront, former board chair; Winnebago County Board of Health; former board member; Rockford Park District Compensation Committee, former member; OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, former advisory board member. Volunteer activities with other organizations, including Go Global, RAEDC Education and Leadership councils and Attracting and Retaining Talent Committee.
     Einar will talk about the Chamber's role during the current pandemic and what he sees in Rockford's future.  This will be a most interesting and informative program.  One that you will want to invite friends and prospective members to our Zoom meeting.  All you have to do is forward the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode to them.