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When Mandi Pryor stepped into the executive director position for South West Communities Chamber Of Commerce, she made it a priority to connect businesses more with the community.
“We are constantly immersing our business owners in all different avenues of our chamber community to help them interact and grow their business on a personal level, while still supporting our nonprofits,” she said.
During her time at the helm, the chamber has accomplished implementing strategies and programs to help benefit businesses and communities.
The chamber recently launched an initiative to help local college and trade school graduates find a job. Seniors who graduated in spring 2021 can apply for a complimentary one-year membership with the chamber and be matched with an employer for potential hire. The program aims to help staff local businesses experiencing an employee shortage in the region, Pryor said.
“We really strive to keep these businesses going and to keep our economy driving in our seven-region chamber,” Pryor said.
Pryor said the chamber was also able to give a $1,000 scholarship through the Common Good Foundation to a South Fayette High School student. Funds from the scholarship were raised from the chamber’s yearly car raffles and donations from local business owners.
”Just being able to give her that amount of money to go towards her future really meant a lot to us,” Pryor said.
Mark Mansfield, assistant township manager of the township of Upper St. Clair, described Pryor as “creative and full of energy.”
“She’s creative with her ideas and strategies of connecting people. She does a great job stacking events and updating the website and email communication,” he said.
Outside of the chamber, Pryor also hosts a community television program called “Spotlight on Pittsburgh.” The show gives guests from various industries a platform to promote themselves. Pryor said the show also interacts with Peters Township High School students who are able to get hands-on experience in television production.
“It provides a 100% free voice to the guests that we have on the program. It’s great for small business owners, musicians or anyone that might not have the funding for paid ads in TV or newspapers,” she said.
She also runs Mandi Pryor Marketing and PR, a digital marketing service company that she started five years ago.
Lynn Doehring, president of Bridge Insurance Group, has worked with Pryor several times for events. Doehring said Pryor is a “next level leader.”
“She has the ability to execute anything she does excellently. She does tremendous work,” Doehring said.
As Pryor continues her work, she wants business owners to know they mean so much more to the chamber.
“They’re not just business owners to us,” she said. “They’re like family.”