Chamber News – March 2022
“WE WILL WE WILL ROCKFORD”
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.
- 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 —
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.
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