Chamber News – March 2024

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Chamber News – March 2024

Welcome:   Pastor Bill – Rockford United Methodist Church and our newest Board member.  

Financial Report – Amanda Peel  –  no activity since January.   Donation request – members agreed to donate $200 to the Rockford Lions Club Quarter Auction.      

Old Business:    

Chamber directory — done and files have been sent to Reynolds for printing – should be done by Spring Fling !

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

Amy Noll leading the Vendor Market – 55 potential vendors to date.  Vendor event from 1 – 5 pm. 

Jim Dettrow organizing the Car Show.  – $10 registration fee –  Jim will have registration forms at the check in area.    

Parking blocked off on Main Street by 8 am – — who can do this-   Luke has volunteered  😊

Kids Zone – Middle of Market Street – blocked off like Rocktoberfest – except Peoples Bank entry and exit for ATM …    Also needs blocked off – Luke has volunteered.  😊

Flowers and flowers pots — taken off the agenda — would need to be ‘hands on’ – limited volunteers

Flower photo booth –  Shelley talking plans with Mr. Post.

Petting zoo –   mini cows

Spin the Wheel –  need some prizes  (Ashley and Bailey – maybe Rachel can help)

Teacher Association participation – Shelley will contact to see if they can provide an activitiy

Will use pop up tents for activities

Mercer Health donating large shopping bags – Thank you !

Betsey’s will have a make and create flower bouquets in front of the store.

German Food Truck @ Second Crossing – 5 pm – music later in the evening

Mexican Fiesta @ Eagles – 5 pm – music later in the evening.

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.

Suggested having the SMILE group sell coffee and their other items at the Rockford United Methodist Fellowship Hall —- just a little off Main Street and should be a problem with some signage.  Shelly to also check into this.

The cigar shop will be selling nitro coffee.

Email Chamber members – spring fling information to date.

Extra Police Patrol — not at this time.

Lacey will start marketing what we have so far – information can be updated as work out the details.

Kylie – Thank you for taking the lead for the Business Spotlights.    VERY  nice.  Have 2 more to post and will send a reminder to the businesses to get their ‘Business Spotlight’ completed and sent to us.

Business updates –

Hang Over Brews – Grand Opening / ribbon cutting – Saturday – March 16th at 5 pm

New Ownership – Dental Clinic  – no updates yet

Rockford Carry Out – for sale

Tastee Twirl – for sale

Brand It Marketing – Grand re-opening in town / ribbing cutting to be determined.

New Business:

Looking Ahead to 2024

  • 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