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Learning Matters at the Chamber of Commerce!

Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce

One of the passions I bring to any position I hold is learning.  If I’m not learning, I’m not growing.  And, I feel the same way for others.  It’s always fun and interesting to learn something new, or to learn a new way to do something.  So, as the new Executive Director at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, I’ve been busy finding, creating, and delivering learning opportunities for Chamber members and the general public.  Learning happens all along the career path. 

Those learning experiences range from one-on-one advice about business planning to employment law seminars to skill-based workshops on social media.  Sometimes, they are more individual-focused.  For example, on Friday, April 15th Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank is hosting a seminar on “The Rules have changed – What is your Social Security Gameplan?”  The seminar runs from 9-10 a.m.  at the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club Learning Center.  Contact Elizabeth Grady at Cape Cod Five (508-247-1630) to reserve your seat.  If you’re nearing the end of your paid career and you’ve got a question about your Social Security benefits, this is the seminar for you.



Now, to the other end of the career path.  The Westmoor Club is hosting an all-day training program for First-Time Managers of Monday, April 25.  This program is designed to help new managers get the skills and be better prepared for the challenges of people management.  Mark Forsyth, a Nantucket resident who works for the global firm, The Ken Blanchard Companies, is leading the program.  Call today at 857-204-4239. What a fantastic opportunity to have such expertise on island!



And in the middle of the path is the Chamber’s new effort to assist those who work in small offices or home offices develop a network of colleagues for advice and consultation.  “Small Office, Home Office”  -- SOHO -- meets at the Chamber (Zero Main Street) at 8:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month.  The session begins with introductions, followed by a commercial opportunity for the person who buys the coffee for the meeting, and then a brief presentation on a topic of interest.  On Thursday, April 28th, Marsha Egan will speak on “Time Management.”  There’s no registration necessary to attend SOHO, but if you’re interested in holding a seat or buying the coffee (to have a commercial moment), please give me a call of 508-228-3643.  By the way, Marsha’s presentation at SOHO is a prelude to her indepth “Time Management” workshop series at the Chamber on May 12 and 19.  Call for more info!



Maybe my passion for learning stems from the fact that learning is a social function.  It works best when you do it with others.  And, it’s a great way to network, make professional connections, and expand your community.

Janet Schulte is Executive Director of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.  After a 25-year career in college administration in the Boston area, she moved to Nantucket in 2006 to work as Executive Director of the Maria Mitchell Association.  Her volunteer activities include service on the Nantucket High School Council, the town’s Ad Hoc Fiscal Committee (2009), the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Advisory Council, and the First Congregational Church.  Janet enjoys birding trips with the Sunday morning birders and swimming laps at the Community Pool – two activities she learned after age 35.  She holds a Ph.D. in American History and wrote her thesis on the “History of Summer Vacations in Northern New England, 1880-1940.”