Carol L. Gorley works part time from home as executive director of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, but she leads one of the fastest growing chambers in the region.

Membership has doubled to 200 from 100 since Gorley became executive director two and half years ago.

“We’re small, but growing,” says Gorley, who previously was an instructor at the University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash.

She gives a lot of the credit for the growth to the chamber board and its members.

“I’d have to say our board of directors have been very proactive in giving me direction and allowing me to run with it,” says Gorley. “When we have a networking event, our members are constantly bringing people [who become members].”

Started about five years ago by a group of local business people who felt businesses needed to speak with one voice, the Montgomery chamber draws members from an area generally encompassed by the Sycamore Community School District from Blue Ash to Indian Hill. Besides business memberships, individuals can join the chamber for $35 annually.

Gorley cites a number of member benefits.

“No. 1 you’re part of something vital and growing in Montgomery,” she says.

Tangible benefits include discounts on everything from worker’s comp and health insurance to office supplies. The chamber also offers educational and networking opportunities such as the monthly “Lunch, Learn and Leads” sessions at Twin Lakes of Montgomery on the second Thursday of the month featuring topics such as the “State of the City” address by City Manager Wayne Davis to a discussion on improving a business’s online presence.

Gorley says her role has evolved into something of a community resource.

“I get calls regularly from business owners looking for help, from citizens interested in starting a business, from out-of-towners asking where to stay, or how to get reservations at a restaurant, or seeking information on local parks.”

A native of Chicago who has lived here about eight years, Gorley says she was looking for a job when the chamber’s departing former executive nominated her as her successor.

“It was a case of being at the right place at the right time,” says Gorley who has 16-year-old twins with husband Joe, an electrical engineer for Duke Energy Co. Although new to the chamber role, Gorley, who has worked in marketing and public relations, says: “I felt it was something that would challenge me.”

Gorley says she loves her work with the chamber.

She says she wants to continue growing the chamber so it one day will have an office in the city’s new Gateway Redevelopment Area at the south end of Montgomery Road.

“I tease chamber president [Gerri Harbison] a lot because we don’t have a bricks and mortar office yet. I tell her that’s where it should be,” she says. “I want to grow this to the point where we can have it.