Chamber News – March 2022

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Chamber News – March 2022

 Welcome  –   


February minutes posted online.

Some updates before we get started – raffle tickets are ready.    Amy Noll reports that we have 28 vendors and waiting on several more to decide.  Car show – no monster truck but has 65 confirmed cars.  Several concerns regarding spacing and gravel.  Will contact Larry to share concerns and thoughts.  The Fix will be doing something – chair massages for example in front of their building.  The Chamber will have a booth also – near The Fix so that people have a place to contact a board member with questions or concerns.   — maybe finish selling raffle tickets and perhaps popcorn giveaway.     The ice cream truck – needs additional AMPs – will contact Amy Joseph to see if the park has a converter box we can use. 

Financial report (Amanda)

February slow financially.   Request from Lions Club to make donation to their event.   Motion Lisa. 

Second Shelley to approve $100.   All agree.

In the future – we need to look at financials going electronically.  Amanda will look at several options and pricing and report back.   We also need to find out our tax status – Amanda and Lisa.

Old Business

  • Membership 2022 —continuing to update – still several coming in.
  • 2022 – Chamber Directory updates.  Quote.   Estimated files to Reynolds by March 30th  – going slow.  Would rather it be good than hurry to meet the proposed deadline.
  • Spring Fest planning meeting –   was held on February 23rd

Committee assignments

Vendor letter / pricing / agreements –  updated and sent out

Deadline for participation  –  March 15th  – 2 days ago

Chamber –  50/50  – contact Village office for tickets.

Chamber raffle locations –Village office, Second Crossing, Barrys’ Family Market.

Vendor map / flyer for event – press release and online promotions will continue

Sponsorships –   Ashley and Lacey to visit businesses.

Working on ad for Photo Star — needs mentioned in the ad –

Visit our Main Street businesses – seasonal specials

Meat Raffle  and 50/50 winners announced

Over 28 ## Vendors / Booths – maps will be available on Facebook ?  

Colonial Sponsoring –  Car Show / military vehicles / motorcycles

Shanes Crossing Historical Museum open from 11 am – 2 pm,

(3) Food trucks – open at 11 am – 

Rockford Library – Mother’s Day Take and Make crafts / Book Sale

The Fix –   Chair massages

Barrys’ Family Market – Hanging Baskets

End Spring event by attending the Parkway Promenade @ 7pm — High School Gym

First Financial will sponsor the Business Decorating Contest – Vote online

Other prizes that are collected will be pulled from raffle ticket sales.

New Business

Rockford Chamber and First Financial Sponsoring  – Financial Wellness presentation – Developing a Business Plan scheduled for Wednesday April 20th at 5:30 pm at the Rockford Library. 

Brad created a registration link that needs to be shared on Facebook and will need a press release to advertise in Photo Star.   All marketing has been created – will be a very informative seminar.

NOACC MEMBERSHIP –  information and updates to web site to be completed by March 30th in order to receive the max benefits.    We have $200 in credit to date.     Just a couple of updates need to be made.

NOACC — additional revenue benefits –  Prescription Savings coupon program with  — Cards would be given with our Chamber information and after $20 is reached we receive $1.25 per prescription.  Would need to send them our logo – post on our website and make announcement.    – we will table this for a time.  

Business update  –  Wellness 365 – under new ownership – Brooke May – sent her membership information.    Ashley to contact Brooke with seminar information and a couple other marketing tips.

Didn’t get to the rest of the agenda as time ran short –  so these items will be tabled to the next meeting.

So Peachy Clean LLC – new cleaning business in Rockford  – Rachel Jackson and Bailey King – would like to become members.  Paperwork done.   Possible to do a ribbon cutting for them during Spring Fling ?   Would be an additional ‘event’.    Was thinking photo with their car that has logo.   Press release after

Dream Dippers – Food Truck new business – Rockford —  Brenda Salisbury –paperwork  done

Ribbon Cutting / press release

Blackcreek Firearms –  new business –  haven’t heard back

2022 –  Schedule of Events

* April – Spring Fest  – 30th

* May –  Interviews for Chamber Scholarship – May 4

    Present Chamber Scholarship Award – May 18

* June – Community Days

* August – Mercer County Leadership  / Sunflower Festival /Fall Fest – set date / plan events

* September – 2022 Chamber Business Grant promotions

* October –  Fall Fest / Citizen of the Year / Business of the Year / Grant Awards and Business recognitions

* November / December – Membership Drive 2023

Next meeting – Thursday – April 14th – 8:30 am