Jack Russell has only served as chief operating officer for OneZone Commerce for a month, but he’s already making strides. He recently spearheaded a new project called OneZone.OneImpact which will serve as the chamber’s business impact program.
Russell wants to make the program a monthly event. The chamber will pick one of its business or members to surprise and bring at least 25 customers from the community to spend $25 each at the business.
“It’s something for us to be advocates for our small business community and our memberships. The hope is that you make that impact quickly,” Russell said. “A lot of businesses have seen the press release and are very excited about seeing OneZone really support small businesses and the nonprofit side of our memberships.”
The program is similar for nonprofits. The chamber will bring volunteers for a designated day of service, though those events likely won’t be a surprise.
“One of the goals for us in our strategic planning is advocacy and being more supportive and being the voice for businesses,” Russell said.
Russell said the chamber is considering asking the surprised business to choose the next business to benefit from the program.
Although the businesses that benefit from the program must be chamber members, Russell said any member of the community can participate in surprising the business. The first event is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 26. For those wishing to attend and want to know which business will benefit, email the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.