Assistant Executive Director
Reinstated quarterly membership newsletter in December 2004. Designed, wrote and/or edited every publication. Some current samples are linked at right. Other copies can be found at, http://www.ottawachamberillinois.com/newsletters.htm
Launched website, www.ottawachamberillinois.com in 2004. Gathered information, photos and design elements and wrote the majority of the copy.
Composed the copy and gathered pictures for Community Resource Guides. (Published in 2004 and 2009).
Authored guest column for the local newspaper, The Times (2007-2008), centered on relating personal experiences to the community at large and the work of the Chamber. Some samples are linked at right. Other samples can be found at, www.mywebtimes.com (search: Melissa Ruvalcaba)
Initiated citywide Gift Certificate Program. (March 2005) Through this program, the Chamber sold $17,000 the first year. In 2008, the Chamber sold over $60,000 in gift certificates, further enabling the community to keep money local.
Collaborated with interested volunteers to form two business leads referral groups-Ottawa Business Builders 1 (July 2005) and Ottawa Business Builders 2 (November 2007).
In partnership with a local business and volunteers, launched Phase One of Ottawa's Citywide Recycling Program, currently with over 50 collection points. (February 2008)