April 29, 2013

Please forward this update

Just a reminder that this update only goes to our main contact for each of our Chamber members. We hope that you forward it to your colleagues and staff, and also post it in staff rooms. If you have a staff member who would like to be put on the mailing list, please email us and we'll add them. Thanks!

Add a photo to your membership listing

All Chamber members are listed in our online membership directory. But does your business or organization have a photo? It's easy to add - either login to your listing (all members have been sent a login, but you can request yours or login HERE) or email one to the Chamber.

Searching for a new director

In case you missed it, Stephanie Neppl, the Chamber's Executive Director, has resigned to pursue a career in the tennis industry. The Chamber board has begun the recruitment process, and the job has been posted HERE on the Estherville Chamber website. Please pass it along to anyone you think may be interested. The deadline is Friday May 10.

New board member

The Chamber welcomes Jared Colegrove from State Farm Insurance to its board. Jared replaces Tina Reichart of Simply Unique who had to step down from her position due to work conflicts. Thanks Tina for your commitment to the Chamber, and we look forward to working with Jared.

Jared joins Crystal Pluth, Chair (Citizens Community Credit Union), Chris Fuhrman, Vice-Chair (Pelzer Law Firm), Laurel Hash (Employees Credit Union), Ron Leffel (Estherville Printing), Darin Olson (Pizza Hut), Tara Paul (ELC School District), Bob Grems (Regional Wellness Center) and Scott Stokes (ILCC).

Community walk this Friday

It has been a long winter. It is time to get outside and take a walk! The Emmet County Wellness Coalition is encouraging everyone in the county to participate in the Community Walk. There are several locations throughout the county to choose from. Our goal is to walk 30 minutes. Locations and times are listed below:
  • Regional Wellness Center: 10am and 4pm
  • Estherville Public Library: 11:30am, 12.15pm, 1pm
  • ELC High School track: Noon
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital: 11:30am, 12.30pm
  • Emmet County Nature Center: 11am, Noon, 1pm
  • Armstrong High School: 3.05pm

Downtown Market vendors wanted

The Estherville Downtown Market is planning its third season and vendor registration is now open. The Thursday night market runs from 5-7pm and it will open on June 13 and end on September 5 (it will not be held on July 4). A season pass for vendors is just $20, and that is payable upon registration. Please click HERE for the Downtown Market registration form and HERE for the market rules. If you have any questions, please contact Market Manager Nancy Clark on 712-362-3069, or the Chamber Office on 712-362-3541.

Rural Business Enterprise Grant program

The Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program has been announced for 2013. Applications are due May 17, 2013. The program supports the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas. This year, local foods initiatives are a priority for funding. Please see the attached fact sheet for more information about the program.
Chamber updates - April 29, 2013

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