Looking for Your (Business) New Year’s Resolutions?

As 2013 arrives, it’s time to re-assess your business and personal goals – and map out a plan for the months ahead.

Don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips – many of which your Chamber membership can come into play:

1). Network: Building – and expanding – your professional network can only help you. New opportunities start with new contacts. And creating them is easy, with formal and casual events regularly held throughout Greater Boston. Take out your calendar, and search for those that make the most sense for you. And start out of the gates in January or February while the commitment is fresh. The Chamber even hosts informal early morning and post-work networking sessions every quarter.

2). Grow, grow, and grow: As the saying goes, you learn something new each day, no matter your age or exact position. Make it a point to acquire new skills and talent this year and stretch your own capabilities. Find a mentor. Attend a conference or seminar geared towards something you’ve always wanted to try. Or enroll in leadership classes. Your possibilities can be endless.

3). Leverage your future talent: On the same note, we always have a lot to learn from the next generation of talent, whether it’s new social media skills or perspectives that are more aligned with today’s market demands. The best way to bring in this talent? Internships. And luckily, being here in Boston gives you access to connect (and learn from) the world’s most talented college students.

4). Make your voice heard: The business community has never been aligned with the government sector as it is now. Each day, we’re faced with new policy that can impact our region – and the nation as a whole – whether it’s the fiscal cliff debate, healthcare, immigration reform, or workforce development. Learn more about local efforts, and how you can get involved.

5). Deepen your civic involvement: Give back to those who’ve made a difference for all of us. Unemployment levels among post-9/11 veterans sit around 10 percent, well above the national average of 7.9 percent. This demographic offers invaluable skills, leadership traits, and an unwavering commitment to excellence not seen anywhere else in the business community. Luckily, there are new, easier ways to connect with this increasingly critical audience.  

By taking these – and other strategies – into account for the New Year, you’ll be on your way to help you and your business grow and succeed.

What else are you doing? We’d love to hear from you!