October 15, 2012

10% off Estherville Easy Ship

New business Estherville Easy Ship is offering an extra 10% off everything its office supplies during October to introduce its services. Sales Associate Chris Inman says businesses just need to bring in this letter when you go to their 17 S 6th Street location. 

Woody's Pizza Charity Night

Mark your calendars for the Annual Charity Night at Woodys Pizza. Held November 3 from 7-11pm.

If your business is interested in donating an item, please contact Becca Bates at 712-209-3619. Money raised will help pay expenses for selected individuals in Emmet County with a degenerative disease. Please click HERE for more information.

Low-interest federal disaster loans available

Small, nonfarm businesses in Emmet County now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For more information, click here.

Share this news update

We urge all Chamber businesses to share this biweekly update with colleagues. With only one main contact for our member communication it may not always go to the person who can read it so if you have anyone who wants to sign up please click this link to register for news!

Motor Inn Auto Group/ RWC Community Meal

This Wednesday is the next Motor Inn Auto Group/ RWC Community Meal. Lunch is served between 11am and 1pm, and this month’s meal is Maid-Rite sandwiches, chips, baked beans, dessert and a drink! The meal is free for RWC members, $7 for non-members who also get a free RWC day pass to use anytime.

Scouting for Food

Be on the lookout for a paper bag in this week's Spirit as the "Scouting for Food" project is underway. A joint community service project of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Emmet County 4-H Clubs, the project aims to help build up the local food pantry supply. Please place items in the paper bag (or any other bag) and place it on your doorstep before 5pm on Sunday October 21. Donations will be picked up between 5-6pm. Cilck here for full information or call Ann Goebel on 712 209 0916.

Check your heart at Avera Holy Family Hospital

Planet Heart will be up and running starting October 18 at Avera Holy Family Hospital. For $50 you can get a heart check or a vascular check, or get both for $75. Call 712 362 6137 to schedule an appointment and ask for Planet Heart Screenings. For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

Creatures of the Night Hike

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Lights on Afterschool

Business Trick or Treat

Ladies Night Out

Garden Wild

For the full events calendar, please click HERE

Business Trick or Treat

Last call for any business who wants to be part of Business Trick or Treat on October 25. There's no cost - you stay open from 5-6pm on October 25 and supply the candy.

We'll provide you an orange pumpkin to put in your window and handle the publicity! Let us know today please!

To register, click here

Parade of Lights Registration

It's time to register for the annual Parade of Lights! We'd love to see many businesses and organizations get creative with lights and enter a float in the parade, which is 7pm on Thursday November 15.

Online registration is now open, please click HERE for more info and to register. Forms are also available in the Chamber office. We can't wait to see all the great parade entries this year!

Chamber Board openings

The Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking expressions of interest for its Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of 9 positions, each serving a three-year term. The Board meets on a monthly basis. Any Chamber member in good standing is eligible for election to the board of directors. There are no limits on the number of terms a board member can serve.

Please complete this form to express your interest in becoming a Chamber board member. An election will take place in the December board meeting.

New community calendar

Be sure to keep adding your events to Estherville's online community calendar! Any community member can submit an event, so be sure to check out the events calendar here. Bookmark this and be an active contributor so people in and out of town can find out what's happening in the Estherville area. 

In its first month, the calendar has already received more than 1000 views so be sure to check it out and list your events!

What a great Annual Meeting!

Thanks to all who came to our Annual Business Meeting at the Estherville Golf Course last week! We were so pleased with the turnout and hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

A special thanks to Sandy and Angie for the amazing food and great service - be sure to keep the golf club in mind for your functions. They were so easy to work with and as the photos show the food was divine and so well presented. 

Ambassador Corner

Our Ambassadors have been very busy as there's a lot happening in the business community. 

Just a reminder who our Ambassadors are: Lisa Lowe (President), Daryl Eickhoff (Secretary-Treasurer), Crystal Pluth,  Doc Sievert,  Holle Smith, Jennifer Hough, Jill Spurgin, John McCorkell, Pam Bruns and Ron Leffel. We also welcome Glen Caron and farewell Dar Isaackson from the Estherville Daily News.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or learning more, please ask the Chamber office or any of the Ambassadors!

Our most recent visits included Envy Salon (new stylist Jessica Sitting Crow) and First Presbyterian Church (new pastors Rev. Chad Ensz & Rev. Kennen Barber-Ensz). Welcome to Estherville, and thanks to the Estherville Daily News for the photos.

If you are moving office, starting a new business or have a new employee, be sure to let the Chamber office know so we can schedule an Ambassador visit!

Small business classes

As discussed at the Annual Business Meeting, local businesses are able to take advantage of free business classes through the ILCC Small Business Development Center. We thank Kelly McCarty for speaking at the meeting and letting our members know how the center works. Please see the attached brochure for more details. We will look to organize a business class in the future depending on interest. 
Chamber updates - October 15, 2012

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