Chamber News – May 2021

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Chamber News – May 2021

 Welcome  –               


April minutes posted online. 

Financial report (Amanda)

Reviewed finances.  Chamber will put ad in The Daily Standard Bicentennial Keepsake edition – need to get Marie the size for ad. 

WRKD radio – renew sponsorship – haven’t heard back from them about live remotes during events

Amanda will send invoice to  Alspach Gearhart for reimbursement.

2021 Theme WE WILL ROCKFORD – t-shirt sales ? – haven’t heard any updates

Leadership in Action back for 2021 – Cost is $395 since we are Celina Chamber member —agreed if we can find a person interested – the Chamber would sponsor. 

Approved supporting the Lions Club with $25 donation to the Car Show for a trophy.

Upcoming – Ribbon Cuttings

            New Ownership recognition to Grand Lake Dentistry

            GrassWorks Lawn Maintenance and Design – Blake King — 

Old Business

  • Terry Gehm – Thank you plaque – need to drop off.   Will work with Tom and Sheila Baltzell on a story. —– Card Shower is a go !
  • SpringFest — success !    Feedback  — we didn’t have as much but it was different which is good. 3 other Fests were going on the same day – which may have slowed ours down a bit.  These FESTS are not all going to be the same.    A complaint on the cost – thought it was a big jump from free to costing.   We encourage vendors to be members to get the better rates.  Idea was to have each vendor with cost donate a door prizes and have several prizes through out the event.   Trimming the hours – 9 am little early and most was over by 3.     All in all – was a beautiful sunny day and people enjoying getting out and visiting and walking around town. 
  • Winner of the Lyric Contest –   let Marie handle this. 
  • Winner of the Business Deco Contest –  Kidz Treehouse  – Wabash will be making a presentation.
  • Chamber scholarship award –    Thank you Amber for doing interviews at Parkway High School – Dylan Hughes received award  – presented – May 19th at 7 pm.  Need to work on Press Release of Congratulations.
  • The NOACC–  Chambersaver program application – marketing activity – can not be a’festival’ but can be a business expo ?  Perhaps August SummerFest / Business Expo ?   Giving it a different look?
  • Possible monthly Farmers Market?  No updates at this time.

New Business

August Event – SummerFest / Business Expo ?   — need to set date and give notice so members have plenty of time to prepare for event !    Time for us to Shine —- with the sunshine sunflowers theme ???   In the past there has been a  Sock Hop/ Car show on Market St.   — ideas with back to School –  Parkway Fall Sports and Small band show – they are usually preforming the area county fairs ?    other ideas for theme – Grow with Us  or  Spotlight on  Members –

*in conjuction with  August 5 – 8th will be the Sunflower Festival – with fireworks and sunflower maze.

Other ideas from Council — perhaps sponsoring a ‘Check-in” at Shanes Park – not sure how that works – maybe purchase a couple of our themed T-shirts for a give away ?

Meet and Greet with local business owners – businesses could also be guests on the radio station shows to introduce themselves and say what they have to offer our local area ?

Tentative dates for other events — Fall  / and Winter ?

Next Meeting – June 17th – 8:30 am  — Amanda unable to make the next meeting.

2021 Schedule of events:

* Virtual Speaker Series –   what it takes to start up a business – 2021 goal

* June – Community Days

* Summer Event — with Sunflower Festival ?

* August 5 – 8th will be the Sunflower Festival – with fireworks and sunflower maze.

* August – Mercer County Leadership

            * September – Chamber Business Grant promotions

            * Fall Event

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

* November / December – Membership Drive 2021

* Winter Event