Our theme for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce is "Get in the Fast Track."

You might be wondering where that came from and what it might signify. Thinking about the year in review and where we were in 2008 and where we are today, members on the board and on the annual committee meeting kept referring to the value of their membership with the Chamber.

We talked about partnerships and leveraging and how that has helped in gaining the competitive edge. Hence, the name "Get in the Fast Track."

This annual meeting is all about developing those strategic partners and aligning businesses with those with a shared mission. This event is open to the public as well as all of our members. Come be part of this event and feel what it's like to be in the fast track!
The evening starts as a Business Expo.

"This event will showcase many entitieschamber member businesses and more. It truly is a strong example of people coming together to celebrate this wonderful city and business community," says Becky Hajost, UA Chamber president. If you are a chamber member and are interested in reserving a display space, call the chamber office at 614-481-5710 or go online at www.uachamber.org.

The award presentation will follow, and the winners of the 2009 Chamber Awards will be announced. Area businesses help drive the local economy.

Please join us as we honor those individuals who own and operate businesses in the Upper Arlington Area. Help us celebrate their accomplishments and meet the finalists for the Chamber's Business of the Year Award, New Business of the Year & Best Places to Work Award.

To nominate your favorite business, call the chamber office at 614-481-5710 or go online at www.uachamber.org. Attending the business expo and award presentation is free.

A formal sit-down dinner will be served in the Hasting Middle School gymnasium. Tickets are available for $50 per person. To make reservations, call the chamber office at 614-481-5710 or go online at www.uachamber.org. You can also stop in the UA Area Chamber office at 2152 Tremont Center, Monday through Friday, to get information and register.