Chamber News – February 2024

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Chamber News – February 2024

Welcome:   Ben Gudorf – Ohio Health – Rockford Location, Mayor Ron Searight and Amy Noll.

Made introductions.

Financial Report – Amanda Peel  – Very little activity.

Old Business:    

Chamber directory / website –  Brand It Marketing – took photos of new Mayor and Council and will be using that information for the directory and website.    

Spring Fling – “Happiness Blooms Here”   – planning and preparations – 

Amy Noll will lead the Vendor Market – 38 vendors at this time.  Vendor event from 1 – 5 pm. 

Jim Dettrow will organize the Car Show – planning on 60 – 70 cars.  – $10 registration fee –  He has a registration form.  Jim will turn in invoice  for the car show plaques — giving out 21 – Best of Show and then the top 20 will each get a plaque   Chamber keeps the registration fees.

Kids Zone – discussion on location and decided to place on Market St. will block off street only allowing access to Peoples Bank.   Activities flower pots / Amy Noll to try to get flowers donated and ‘flower’ photo booth – Shelley to check with Mr. Post.   Will also have a petting zoo and Spin the Wheel.  Shelley will contact the Teachers Association to see if they can get involved.    Will use pop up tents.

Mercer Health donating large shopping bags – Thank you !

German Food Truck @ Second Crossing – 5 pm

Mexican Fiesta @ Eagles – 5 pm

Coffee Truck –  don’t have one scheduled yet.  Will make some contacts.

Would like to promote local foods rest of the day — RCO / to go.   RoadDog will have a special,

The Panther’s Den and Tastee looking at being open by then.

Main Street – council approved closed parking 8 am – 8 pm — will need a reminder and perhaps help setting out cones early.

Betsey’s has confirmed to doing a Bouquet bar in front of the store.

Kylie – Thank you for taking the lead for the Business Spotlights posts on Facebook. 

Business updates –

The Panther’s Den –  formerly Subway) closed in February for remodel /Grand Opening / ribbon cutting

Hang Over Brews – Grand Opening / ribbon cutting

New Ownership – Dental Clinic  – no updates yet

Rockford Carry Out – for sale

Tastee Twirl – for sale

Brand It Marketing –  working on remodel hoping to move to Rockford – April ? – Grand Opening/ribbon cutting.

American Legion celebrating 100 as a Rockford Organization — will watch for their event.

New Business:

Nancy Leighner – has moved to Dayton with son – unable to give out welcome bags to new home owners.  Would like to continue – will discuss at the next meeting.

Information regarding Kiosk grant application — put on hold for this year.

Amy Wendel –   no updates   SOCA – Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance meeting September 11th, 2024.  Presentation of all benefits.      How can Rockford Chamber help ?      Can this be promoted as a Rockford Event also ?

Next meeting – March 14th at 8:30 am.   —  Parkway Local School pre-school teachers looking to raise funds for a new user friendly pre-school playground.     See information. 

Looking Ahead to 2024

  • Update 2024 Membership for directory / web site
  • Directory to printer – 1,000 copies.
  • Spring Fling – May 4th
  • Parkway Scholarship interviews
  • Parkway Scholarship presentation
  • Community Days Parade – Citizen / Business of the Year / Scholarship Winner
  • Mercer County Leadership
  • Golf tournament – suggestion
  • SOCA – September 11th.
  • Rocktoberfest 2024
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • New Business / Anniversaries recognitions
  • Chamber Business Grant applications
  • Anthem ad / Anthem Presentation
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Membership 2025