November 12 2012

Tuba players needed!

Our annual TUBACHRISTMAS event is part of the November 29 festivities. If you or someone you know plays the tuba and would like to be part of our event please share this information. Online registration is here.

Outlet Store Facebook giveaways

Is your business on Facebook? Well, the Outlet Store is and they've been doing a weekly giveaway that's proving popular. Be sure to check out their page - great frequency of updates and photos to show all their products. Nice job Debbie!

Shopko update

The new Shopko Hometown store will open on November 19, with its grand opening taking place on November 29!  The store is still open as new departments and stock are rolled out.

Christmas shopping ideas

The Chamber has a few fun Estherville-themed items for sale! Our popular Estherville Midget blankets are big and warm and cost just $25. We've also got a handful of our Estherville pickle buckets for $20. And of course we have Estherville Bucks that are ideal for all - if you want to order some for your staff or family or friends just give us a call!

The North Star Night Kiwanis are selling "Best of Country" cookbooks as a fundraising project with proceeds used for local community projects. If you're interested please contact Margaret at 712 209 2696. Cost is $10.

Calendar of Events

Early Out Movie

Holiday Parade of Lights & Chocolate Walk

Thanksgiving Bazaar

Indian Tales

ELC Wrestling "Can Drive"

ELC JV/V Girls Basketball

To see the full calendar of events, click HERE.

Submit your events!

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.

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!

November Business After 5

Be sure not to miss tomorrow's Business After 5 event at Holiday Express! The company has been in business since 1969 and employs 115 people! Holiday Express has 43 company drivers and 24 owner operators and has been named the Hormel "Spirit of Excellence" award winner 15 consecutive years! They've accumulated 50 million accident free miles and are a key employer in the Estherville Area.

The team at Holiday Express is excited to host Business After 5 and will show everyone how their satellite communication with the trucks works during the evening. Click HERE for the BA5 invitation - see you there!

Parade of Lights this Thursday!

Don't miss our annual Chocolate Walk and Parade of Lights this Thursday night! The Christmas decorations are up, Santa House and Santa are ready for their 2012 debuts and we're excited to have a bustling town so we hope to see you there! Our businesses will have treats and lots of holiday items to check out - it should be a great night!

Schedule of events:
4-7pm: Chocolate Walk at participating businesses
7pm: Parade of Lights – from 5th Street along Central Avenue to 13th Street
7:15pm (after parade): Tree lighting on library balcony

Full event info can be found here on our website.

Holiday promotion events

Registration for our new Winter Nights, Holiday Lights event is still open and we'd love our member businesses to take part. The November 29th event is slightly different than in previous years - we are not doing Snow Globes this year but instead will have a window decorating contest with the community voting for their favorite display. This is the first night for Santa House, and we'll have wagon rides, carolers and our TUBACHRISTMAS players throughout the town so it will be a very festive evening! 

The participation cost is $15 for the night, or $10 if you participated in the Chocolate Walk. We'd love to have the town in total holiday mode during on the 29th so please register today HERE.

Business After 5 hosting

Are you interested in hosting a Business After 5 event in 2013? Sign up is now open for next year's events so let us know if you are keen. Businesses are encouraged to co-host if you'd like and no matter if your business or big or small we's love you to host. Give us a call if you want to sign up or if you have any questions.

Welcome to our new Chamber members

Fifth Street Salon & Gifts
Bernadette Duitsman

Hanson Insurance
Mark Hanson

Epic Fashions
Megan Huntley

Christopher Brown

Cool Beans Coffee House
Kelli Simmonds

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

Ambassador Corner

The Chamber would like to say thanks to the Ambassadors for their generous donation toward the cost of running our Santa House! We appreciate their help for us to keep hiring our Santa Claus! Santa House will be open 5-7pm on Thursdays and 10am-12pm on Saturdays from November 29 to December 20.

Optimize your business profile!

Part of the new website is a great benefit for members - a free website! The 'traffic catcher site' is a great way to make sure your business gets found online as often as possible. To get your site up and running, please LOGIN to and click REQUEST OPTIMIZATION. If you have any issues please call us. These sites are free, easy to set up (our website company helps you!) and are a great online tool for potential business for you!
Chamber updates - November 12 2012

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