Chairman & Director's Welcome
A message from the Director
Thank you for your interest in the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. By becoming or being a member of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, you are committed to help build a better business for yourself, your family and your community. As a member of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, not only do you help drive the local economy, you are helping to shape policy and practices for future generations.
This Chamber is one of a handful of Chambers across this great Country of ours that is fully member funded. That means we do not take funding from the City, the County or the State, therefore, there is no intervention in advocacy or lobbying efforts on your behalf. We go to work for you with Local, State and Federal officials to keep government out of your business and work to minimize onerous regulation on you and your enterprise. Your Chamber of Commerce exists to help improve your business.
Members with the highest satisfaction of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce are the most participative. The Monthly Good Morning, Yuma! breakfast held on the second Thursday of the month boasts attendance of over 150 dynamic professionals. This breakfast is the single largest networking event in Southwestern Arizona. The after-hours monthly mixer, held the 4th Wednesday of the month consistently gives the host a huge boost to their bottom line. Even our Ribbon Cuttings have turned into social events!
I realize how precious your time is, so we have expanded the opportunities to participate in your Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. These range from attending our twice monthly events, attending any one of our committee meetings, sitting in on a Board meeting, e-mailing us with your ideas and concerns or simply reading our monthly publication, Yuma BIZ.
It is my honor and privilege to serve the businesses of Yuma County, Arizona. I welcome your thoughts, ideas, letters, and most importantly, your involvement with the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.
John Courtis, Executive Director
A message from the Chairman
Dear Chamber Members:
There have been many changes since the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce was founded over a century ago. We have had a great depression, our current recession, several world wars and military conflicts, many major discoveries and inventions, and many life-changing events. Through it all, the Chamber has not deviated from its purpose and determination to support, encourage and enhance the business community in Yuma, Arizona.
As the newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a successful businessman, I tell you that our chamber is working extremely well. More businessmen and businesswomen have seen the value of having an advocate to voice our objection to overregulation, taxation and the growing government bureaucracy. I would suggest that we should not change a thing.
However, in life some changes are inevitable and cannot be avoided. Our Executive Director Ken Rosevear is retiring, and our current Board Chairman Dr. Larry Gould has been forced to take a medical leave of absence. Their passion for our community, their dedication to making Yuma a better place to live, and the current success of the chamber, is a testament to their leadership, vision and hard work.
My personal challenge this term is to help guide our search committee in recruiting a new Executive Director to stay the course and lead our membership to new horizons. We are searching for a new leader who will put the needs of our Yuma business community ahead of their own self interests. I would encourage you all to assist us in this process and stay engaged with the Chamber.
Here are a few quotes that I would like to share with you: “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”- Peter Drucker “He who stops being better stops being good”- Oliver Cromwell Your Yuma County Chamber of Commerce has made courageous decisions, has influenced legislation, and works to better your business environment. Its campaign to shop locally, reduce taxes, simplify government, reduce impact fees and improve education all add value to your business and allow you to be more independent and successful. I am proud to be part of the Chamber and invite you all to voice your opinions and join us in our crusade to make Yuma better.
Edward W. Shippen, CPA
Board Chairman, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce
President, The Firm of Shippen & Associates, PC, Certified Public Accountants