Networking luncheon was ‘bring a friend’ special

Next event is afterhours hosted by White Insurance and H&S Companies




The October 8 Rockford Chamber of Commerce luncheon was a networking session held at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA and was catered by Twisted Vine.

At a luncheon attended by Rockford Chamber members and potential members was a chance to network and learn about other businesses. Attendees were asked to stand and describe how another business helped their business and how they did it. The Squire thanked Ed Koehn Ford for the loan of a truck to pull our float in the annual Start of Summer Parade. We also thanked John Decker for his help in past years in the same capacity. More specifically, several years ago we put the hitch on the vehicle the wrong way which made our float considerably tipped to the back. Our publisher, Roger Allen, was having a hard time staying put in the float. John saw our dilemma from his own place in the parade, quickly ran up to the Squire float with some tools in his hands and switched the hitch to the proper elevation, saving the day.

Other stories were shared during the luncheon and with two rotations to assigned seats to allow maximum interaction, groups at tables networked about the latest and greatest goings on at their respective businesses. The Squire was able to visit with Dave Robach,

The YMCA is a donation point for non-perishable food items that are then donated to local food pantries. Another resource—a formal dress closet with free rentals for members or non-members. This lovely dress is displayed by Dave Robach of Independent Bank. Thanks Dave!

who is also a fellow Rotarian in addition to his work at Independent Bank, as well as other luncheon guests. The event was catered by Twisted Vine.

The Rockford Chamber has a new motto of “Building a stronger community together”.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours event will be a joint collaboration between The White Insurance Company and H&S Companies. The open networking event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The building is located at 240 Northland Dr, and the beautiful facility is a perfect venue for the two-hour event.

The evening is a relaxed and fun way for visitors to network and a great way to get to know the movers and shakers of the business community. After hours events are free to the public. Please call the Chamber office at 866-2000 to register.

The Chamber is also ready to welcome the big man in red on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Santa will be welcomed in downtown Rockford with a parade and then he will go to the Rotary Pavilion to listen to kids’ wish lists. Also on hand will be Trolley Rides and kids activities in the pavilion. Free milk and cookies will be available, along with photos with Santa. If you would like to be part of the Santa Parade, download the application and send in to the Chamber office. There will be a MANDATORY Safety Meeting at the Rockford United Methodist Church on Monday, November 12 at 6 p.m. It is only about a half-hour long, but is an important tool in keeping parade participants and children safe. The Rockford Police Department will be talking about safety rules. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. If you cannot make it due to an emergency, be sure to contact a representative to be there for your company. Everyone will sign a registration sheet, your signature is proof that you were there.

The Chamber strengthens member businesses and community life through marketing programs, events to benefit the greater Rockford area, professional development programs, liaisons with government agencies and groups, and networking opportunities.


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