By: Brianna Alves
Revised By: Rebecca Laliberte, IOM Communications Manager at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
Photo Courtesy of (headshot) Image Makers Photography; (Meeting Karyn Polito) Sergio Dabdoub; (Membership Drive) Ian Abreu & Brianna Alves


Hello! My name is Brianna Alves, I am a 4th year Marketing student at UMass Dartmouth and recently declared a minor in Operations Management. I am here to chat about my internship with you, but first, I want to say success is measured in different ways. My story is successful to me but you may think “Oh I can do better!”. That’s actually the way I want you to think, – I want you to go out into the world and make your own mark. My internship is with the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce a non-profit organization that advocates business advancement, economic growth and job creation for the benefit of the SouthCoast. We focus on business development through our members and serve businesses from Westport to Wareham. One unique aspect of my internship and the Chamber is that the focus is not on one type of business or industry. Throughout my internship with the Chamber I am engaging with every type of business out there from financial institutions, small businesses, large corporations, entrepreneurs, and many others. I’ve also had the opportunity to me political leaders on city and state level, for example, New Bedford’s Mayor Mr. Jon Mitchell and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. In terms of relating my internship to my Marketing major, my daily activities are press releases, spotlight articles of our members, blog posts for tourism, and social media posts. Another element of my internship is working hand in hand with the Workforce and Business Development Manager, Ian Abreu, on engaging current and new members of Chamber. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with the Manager of Programs and Events, Deven Tillman. I work with Deven preparing all the fine details that go into an events, such as preparing swag bags for attendees for the 2016 Women’s Forum, an event designed to promote and empower women in business.picture1-2


This week the Chamber is having their annual membership drive. Volunteers who are members of the Chamber take time out of their busy schedules to help the Chamber grow their membership. Our members know how the Chamber creates many opportunities, so who better tell other businesses to join the Chamber! I was working the phones trying to encourage businesses to join the Chamber. I have a goal of adding two new members to the Chamber by the end of the membership drive on September 23rd. I find this goal very manageable, though I am not interested in sales. This experience is allowing me to find out more about myself and to jump out of my comfort zone.

Stay tuned for more of my experience with the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce!