A leader in community improvement since its origination in 2015, The Waynedale Business Chamber (WBC) has recently elected Dave Umber of Umber’s Do It Best as their new President to lead the service organization into the future.
Over the past 3 years, Jordan Cornwell of The Waynedale News laid the groundwork as he served as President for the organization. Under Cornwell’s leadership, the WBC became more than just an idea by its founders who presented the bylaws at a summit meeting on July 9, 2015. Throughout the years, the organization grew to over 90 members and served to connect those business leaders to accomplish projects within the community.
“It’s been a lot of work, but it was a labor of love for our community. I feel that an organization is only as good as the people in it. And I’d like to give much of the credit for our successes to WBC members and supporters. We began at the bottom floor and I think we’ve risen to the occasion and have done a lot of good in the community. However, I feel that now is a great time for new ideas and new leadership to bring the organization to the next level. I am pleased that Mr. Umber stepped up to offer his leadership and I’m excited to see the Chamber accomplish much more for Waynedale in the future.” Cornwell reflected on his 3 terms as president.
Under Cornwell’s leadership, the WBC tackled such large projects as fundraising and working with area municipalities to install the Waynedale Emergency Siren. The WBC also received approval from the Fort Wayne City Council for its Comprehensive Improvement Plan for the Bluffton/Lower Huntington Corridor, which is an ongoing project that seeks to address accessibility, the preservation of current businesses, the promotion of positive business growth, community branding, beautification and overall unification of the community.
On Thursday, July 12 at his first meeting as President, Umber presented Cornwell with a certificate of appreciation for his dedication to the community and work on behalf of the Chamber. As Umber conducted the meeting, he introduced some new ideas that he hopes will help attract more business leaders to join the WBC, including holding a ‘Meet Me At 5’ style event in October as well as utilizing social media to hold discussions about projects in between the time of their monthly meetings.
“Because of all the hard work that Jordan did to set up the Chamber, I think the transition will be fairly smooth. There is already a large core group of members who are an integral part of the Chamber and I’m pleased to know that they have confidence in my abilities to serve as President. I’m excited to use what the business skills I’ve learned from my father and grandfather to assist Chamber members and Waynedale in general.” Umber commented.
If you are a business owner, manager, decision maker or commercial property owner in the area, you can learn more about becoming involved with Waynedale Business Chamber by visiting their webpage at Waynedale.com/business or by attending their next meeting on Thursday, August 9 at 2pm at the Southwest Fire District Station #1, 7001 Old Trail Rd. It is free to join and all businesses are welcome to complete an application.