The school year has kicked off and it's time to introduce a new initiative of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. As many of you know, many of the chamber's activities focus on promoting and supporting area businesses, connecting customers to area shops and suppliers, offering business education and training and offering resources to business. The chamber is also involved in activities that create and foster a strong economic environment. Sometimes the chamber works with elected officials at both the local and state level on legislative actions, offering a business perspective on laws and regulations. Another activity at the chamber office is aimed at helping people and businesses interested in coming to the Mid-Ohio Valley, answering their questions, providing information about the community as a place to live and work, and acting as a conduit to the other resources in the region.