As we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new, it is with great optimism that I extend my warmest wishes to our community as the President of the Paola Chamber of Commerce. The dawning of a new year brings with it a sense of renewal, opportunity, and the promise of growth for businesses and individuals alike.

This last year has been a year of transition for the Chamber community. We have new faces at the Chamber, new members and new businesses in our community, and with that comes fresh ideas and new influences. Our goal is to simultaneously embrace tradition and new strategic ideas. In my speech at the Annual Dinner, I outlined several key areas that we will focus on to ensure our Chamber continues to be a driving force for business growth:

  1. First and foremost, we will continue to support our local businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our community, and their success is vital to Paola’s growth and prosperity. We will provide resources, training, and networking opportunities to help Paola businesses thrive.
  2. Second, we intend to continue fostering strong relationships within our community. Collaboration with local government, educational institutions, and other community organizations is essential to drive economic development and create a supportive business environment.
  3. And Third, we will embrace innovation and adapt to technological change. Embracing new technologies and methods will be crucial to staying visible, engaged and relevant to our local businesses.

In conclusion, here’s to a year of growth, resilience, and shared success. May the journey ahead be filled with achievements that surpass our wildest dreams. Happy New Year to our dynamic community!


Joe Fester – Crown Realty

President of the Paola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors