By Damon Young
Vice President of Mahaney Roofing Company
Are you voting early? Or waiting to cast your vote on election day? Either way, your community and your country need you and your employees to vote. Whether you’re a solopreneur or the manager of a large company, you and your business can’t afford to be disengaged from the political process.
And your engagement in our governance shouldn’t stop on November 8. Regardless of the outcome of this election, it’s vital for you to meet your local newly elected officials and stay connected with policy makers.
The Chamber is hosting several upcoming events where you can connect with local elected officials. Please register and attend, then watch for more opportunities in 2017 to interact with your peers and government leaders.
Local Elected Officials Reception – November 10
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Current and newly elected officials and legislators from the Wichita City Council, Sedgwick County Commission, USD 259 Board of Education, Elected Officials from Regional Municipalities and our South Central Legislators will attend.
2016 Chamber Issue forum with Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell – December 14
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell will deliver his second annual mayoral address to Chamber membership.
Providing input on how laws and regulations are affecting your business outcomes is vital to building the best possible business environment, so I hope you’ll join me on both of these dates. And please, VOTE in this and future elections.
Damon Young is a member of the Government Relations Committee for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee.
A recap of the December Sunrise Scrambler
My favorite Sunrise Scrambler each year is always in December, when all of our nonprofit members are invited to take part in a mini social services fair. This year was no different and 29 nonprofits were represented this morning, mingling with the 150 attendees and raising awareness of their missions.
Keeping with the theme of philanthropy, Damon Young (pictured) of Mahaney Roofing Company gave the keynote presentation titled “Corporate Citizenship: The Joy of Giving Back.” He shared that the “why” behind his company’s corporate citizenship is joy. They have intentionally built a business case and culture of joy, which overflows to everything they do. Below are some of Damon’s main points.
- Corporate giving starts by first giving to employees and ensuring they are treated fairly. For example, instead of using contracted labor, Mahaney Roofing hires their workers as full-time employees, providing fair compensation and full benefits.
- Cultivating a culture of joy is good for business for two reasons:
- People like doing business with other people who are happy.
- Mahaney Roofing Company has experienced an increase in their recruitment and retention rates because employees want to work in a positive environment.
- His company embraces positive visuals as reminders to employees about why they do what they do. A sign reading, “We’re here to make good things happen for other people” hangs in their commons area.
- Damon’s simple definition of corporate citizenship is asking, “Are we a net taker or a net contributor? Are we adding value to our community?”
Damon concluded his presentation by saying, “I would have a hard time saying that giving back won’t help your business, because it will. But that’s not why we do it. We do it because it brings joy.” Thank you to Damon for sharing his passion with us this morning.
A huge thank you to this month’s Sunrise Scrambler sponsors: Emprise Bank and Hyatt Regency Wichita. You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page and find other commentary from the presentation on Twitter using #ChamberICT.
2016 Breakfast Club
Don’t miss out on any of the great Sunrise Scrambler programming we have planned for next year! Purchase your 2016 Sunrise Scrambler season pass for $150 (a $180 value) and receive the following perks:
- Be pre-registered for all twelve monthly events
- Receive a special name badge noting you as a Breakfast Club member
- Save 17% off the yearly price of $180, which is like receiving two months for FREE