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Chamber executive to be NABA guest


The president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce will be the featured speaker at the first Northland Area Business Association luncheon of 2013.

Michael Dalby's topic Tuesday, March 12, will be something that is probably on the minds of everyone who might attend: "Growing Your Business."

The gathering will take place at Days Inn, 1212 E. Dublin-Granville Road. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon. The quarterly events are over at 1 p.m..

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"For me, it's the opportunity to go out and talk about business and just how we can help businesses help themselves," Dalby said last week. "I'm looking forward to it.

"It's such a great area of Columbus," he said. "It's seen a lot of change, but it's also one of the great areas of the city and an area I look forward to getting to know the people better and hear their comments and questions."

Dalby joined the Columbus Chamber in April 2011, according to its website. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of a regional business development organization in southern Indiana.

"Under his leadership, the Columbus Chamber has transformed into a business development and advocacy organization with a laser focus on expanding and retaining existing businesses," Dalby's biography on the website states.

"We've kind of switched to an approach that's more one-to-one," Dalby said. "Instead of a mass, 'Here are all the various things we can do for you,' we're much more face-to-face with the business, finding out exactly what could that business use to grow the business.

"We work with a lot of service businesses, companies that are more B-to-B (business-to-business). They're trying to get in front of other businesses," he said. "We've been able to come up with strategies to help companies find new markets, new opportunities."

That's why, Dalby said, he welcomes the opportunity to speak appear before groups such as NABA.

"For us, this is a great opportunity to kind of talk a little bit about the Columbus economy, some of the things we've observed about the economy, and then some of the work we're doing, particularly with small and midsized companies, and how those companies are faring within the economy," Dalby said. "Business owners and operators, they're risk-takers. They're betting their lives financially and a lot of their time on their business. It's not an easy go.

"It's challenging to run a business in any economy, and this one is more challenging than most. But we're starting to see some good signs."