If your’e a long-time confidant of the Chinese chamber, you may be saying to yourself, “What’s happening to the chamber’s web site?” And if you’re new to the chamber, then you might wonder why our web site is so sparse.
Allow me to answer that for you.
You may or may not have heard that the chamber’s board hired me at the beginning of September to take over the chamber as its first full-time employee in the modern era. We’ve had some great leadership in the past, but those folks were all either part-time or volunteer. With a fairly new set of members on the board, the executive committee — in all of their wisdom — chose me as the new executive director.
Apparently 120 people applied for the job. But that’s neither here nor there.
In all honesty, one of the first things I set out to do was create a more robust web presence for the chamber. In the past, one could say that our web presence was more or less “inadequate.” Being that I used to be a reporter in Columbus and worked in press relations in Beijing for a few years, I wanted to make sure that we had a much better web presence.
Web site’s are tricky though.
Sure, it doesn’t take much to get social media up and rolling; things like our Facebook page, Twitter handle and LinkedIn company page were easy to set up right from the start. But a web site takes a lot more time and effort. This current edition of the site is for the most part a simple page for posting content, much like a blog. And the front page of our site will serve as a place for posting all the news and recent communications. So, you know where to go for information on the Chinese chamber now.
Our webmaster — who runs Skillplay LLC, which is a web design company — said web sites are done with three factors in mind: speed, quality and price. Being a non-profit organization, we need low price but we also want high quality. In the end, we have to settle with slow speed. So, it’s a work in progress. Over time you’ll see more and more features added to the site, such as:
- Events calendar: Visitors will be able to see dates with coming events and register with a few simple clicks.
- More landing pages: We’ll have a photo gallery, About section, Contact Us page, the whole nine yards.
- Bulletin Board or Forum: Members will be able to log into the site to post inquiries, requests, jobs, etc.
The deadline for the implementation of most of these changes is the end of January, just in time for our 2014 Year of the Horse celebration. We’re holding a Lunar New Year fundraiser, which I hope you’ve heard about. If not, you need to click this link to learn more.
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our office at 513-852-4100 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And check back often. Otherwise, you’ll miss all the good news from the Chinese chamber.
— Evan Brooks