I regularly attend events hosted by my local Chamber of Commerce.
There are lots of benefits to being a chamber member: there are networking events, continuing education courses, marketing opportunities, and philanthropic causes to support.
Plus, I’ve drummed up a lot of new business as a result of rubbing elbows with other business owners. Plus, I enjoy the events; I love my city, and the businesses that serve it. I expected the last chamber event to be a bit of a drag. They had assembled a panel of HVAC technicians to discuss the state of the trade in our city. While I knew that going to chamber events like this always behooves me (and my business), I couldn’t help but expect to be bored out of my mind. I mean, how long can a few people sit around talking about ductwork? Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! The panel was made up of a diverse group of HVAC tradespeople, and they started by asking all of the panelists what their favorite part of the job was. They almost all said that being an HVAC contractor is a combination of acts of service and niche mechanical skills. “You might think that mapping out a duct plan in the attic of a 150-year-old house doesn’t sound like a good time, but for me, it’s better than a night at the bar!” one technician joked. They also discussed the future of the trade in our city; one servicewoman emphasized the importance of HVAC education programs. She attended one at the local community college, but said that she could have gotten a head start if there had been a heating and cooling class at her high school. I was surprised by how much I learned at the panel, and HVAC technicians definitely held my attention!