Pullman Washington Chamber Of Commerce
Pullman Washington Chamber of Commerce
Pullman Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Marie Dymkoski mission is to “make Pullman a better place to live, work, and do business.” Mother of 4, grandmother of 3 and a 25 year resident of Palouse, WA, Dymkoski describes herself as a “jane of all trades” – active in Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Palouse Audubon Society, Palouse Knowledge Corridor (PKC™), Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp (BTE Bootcamp™), Palouse Community Center and the WSU Student-Athlete Mentor Program.
At the Chamber she is responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors regarding coordination of the program of work; organizational structure and procedures; motivation of volunteering; income and expenditures; maintenance of membership; employment, training and supervision of staff; interpretation of policy; maintenance of quarters; and long and short range planning.
The Pullman Chamber has numerous programs in the works to help local aspiring and established business owners, such as the Pullman Business Portal, a website for individuals seeking to start a business in Pullman and guiding site visitors to appropriate resources.
The Pullman Chamber of Commerce is also a valuable part of the BTE Bootcamp™ and PKC™ teams, and has supported each endeavor since the foundation of both organizations. Dymkoski is a founding member and former co-chair of Palouse Knowledge Corridor™.
Dymkoski’s full interview is below:
Please briefly tell us about what the Pullman Chamber of Commerce does, and your role in the organization.
I am the Executive Director of the Chamber where our mission is to promote, advocate and support the businesses of Pullman.
What is the goal of the Pullman Chamber?
Our vision is to make Pullman a better place to live, work and do business.
What is the Pullman Chamber’s entrepreneurial philosophy?
Our goal is to help startups with resources and network with people who can help propel their ideas to a brick and mortar here in Pullman or research that changes lives on the Palouse. I believe that creating a healthy environment for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses in Pullman will benefit everyone. With the two universities as so much of a part of our lives here on the Palouse, it would be hard to ignore the incredible ideas and research that comes from them.
How does the Pullman Chamber work to develop entrepreneurship and economic development in Pullman and the Palouse region?
We are currently working on a “Pullman Business Portal” website for people looking to start a business in Pullman. This will guide an entrepreneur to city and county resources to help find zoning, permitting, and other information like commercial space for sale/rent. The Chamber is a resource in helping to connect entrepreneurs to other businesses and experts needed to help propel their business startup. The chamber works closely with the City of Pullman, SBDC, and SCORE to put on workshops geared to business startups.
Why did the Pullman Chamber decide to get involved with BTE Bootcamp™, and continue their involvement?
The chamber has been a part of BTE Bootcamp™ since day one. As a founding member of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor and a past co-chair of that organization, I was on the ground floor of the development of the BTE Bootcamp™ and was instrumental in its success in the first year. We have continued to be present and offer help where needed as the BTE Bootcamp™ has grown.
In what ways have you seen BTE Bootcamp™ impact the region?
Many of the campers have learned that they can keep their business here on the Palouse… but likewise, we are realizing the needs of these entrepreneurs and how we can work to fulfill some of the missing resources for their success here on the Palouse. BTE Bootcamp™ has brought together many organizations, businesses and community members to talk about and solve these issues together.
Why should local organizations and businesses support entrepreneurial development?
As the saying goes: “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants in that economy. By supporting local businesses, you support yourself.
What makes the Palouse a special place to do business?
Palouse has long been known as a quiet and safe place to live and raise a family. That knowledge has continued to drive like-minded members into our community. The best schools, a first class hospital, telecommunications infrastructure, a world-class research facility in Washington State University and the friendliest people make the Palouse a great place to start and grow a business.
If you’d like more information about the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and its programs, please feel free to visit the Chamber office:
- 415 N. Grand Ave
- Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
- Marie Dymkoski (firstname.lastname@example.org)