When recently asked about my focus as the new chairman of the board of trustees, I immediately responded, "survival." After a deep breath and quiet reflection on our progress in 2008, my focus became crystal-clear. This year is all about membership and advocacy.

When recently asked about my focus as the new chairman of the board of trustees, I immediately responded, "survival." After a deep breath and quiet reflection on our progress in 2008, my focus became crystal-clear. This year is all about membership and advocacy.

In light of the current economic downturn, it's more important than ever to get back to the basics. Without members, we have nothing to advocate for, and without advocacy we can't create value for our members. There's strength in numbers and making our collective voices heard can only mean good things for our business community.

One vehicle to make our voices heard is through our business advocacy committee (BAC). This year the BAC will stay on the forefront of economic and business development issues affecting the UA community. They will educate our members about those critical issues and make recommendations regarding the best course of action. The BAC is committed to helping businesses succeed in our community.

Deborah Taylor is the incoming chair of the Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce's executive board.