THE Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry inducted 33 new members during its general membership meeting Thursday night.

Among the new member-companies are All Batteries, Asia Pacific Philippines Corp., Aztecs and Sons Trading company, Bai Hotel, Cebu Holdings Inc., Cebu Telenet Philippines Corp., Enterprise Bank Inc., Idea Builders Development Corp., M Lhuillier Financial Services Inc., Philippine Airlines Inc., Robinsons Land Corp. and Vic Enterprises.

MCCI president Stanley Go, who took his oath of office last January, said among his goals for his term is to increase membership growth and engagement. He said that in the last three months, they have revitalized Mandaue Talks with Business (MTB), a monthly meeting with the local government headed by Mayor Luigi Quisumbing. MTB is their regular dialogue with the LGU to discuss and solve issues, as well as respond to policies affecting the business community. The monthly MTB is sponsored by different industry clusters.

MCCI also conducted various seminars to equip its members with tools and knowledge to cope with the changing economic and technological landscape.

Last January, in partnership with PLDT, the MCCI held a seminar on cyber security and data privacy. They also held a risk management and sustainability seminar last March and a digital marketing boot camp in the University of San Carlos. This July, they will hold a seminar on accounting for business owners.

According to Go, MCCI membership growth has been steady. Last December, MCCI inducted 22 companies. Last January, they also inducted 25 members on top of the 33 that were inducted last Thursday.

MCCI is projected to grow from 365 to 400 members or more by the end of this year but they are trying to target 650 members.

The chamber also launched the second season of Men In Business in partnership with San Miguel Corp.

MCCI is helping Mandaue City prepare for the International River Summit in November, which Mandaue will host. “We hope that the endeavor will be the first step in the rehabilitation of Butuanon River,” said Go.

MCCI is pursuing as well a plan to build the MCCI Center near the Mandaue City Library. (Mary Louise Jandayan, CNU intern)