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New leader for the Chamber

August 08, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ
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Poffenberger described the center - which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the college - as "a program designed to help small businesses with anything they need."

The range of businesses was wide, from veterinarians to bookstores. Often, Poffenberger said, "People who start them are experts, but they don't know the business part of the business."

His rsum ends there. His new work soon will begin.

Poffenberger said he thinks those varied experiences, plus his stint as zoning board chairman in Sharpsburg, will serve him well.

He won't be using Frank Abagnale to lure in new chamber members and he won't be wining and dining printers to get them to try a type of paper.

But a similar type of creativity will be used to "deliver our message, get people enthusiastic about our message and to influence opinion," he said.

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"The buzzword is advocacy," he said. "On political issues, we'll try to hold sway. ... The greater the membership, the louder the voice, and everyone at the chamber should understand that."

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