The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the May installment of its popular Business After Hours event. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Basic Communications, 2745 Ten Mile Road, Suite B, Rockford. Stephanie Chesley and her staff will be sharing their beautiful facility for this networking event. The evening is a relaxed, open event and free to the public. Business After Hours allows participants to network with other key people in the business community. Florentines Ristorante & Sports Bar has committed to catering the event and will be providing beverages and appetizers during this exciting opportunity to meet potential new clients. “Our Business After Hours offers a great opportunity for members to forge new business relationships,” said Jeannie Gregory, executive director of the RCC. “It is also a great way for the host business to showcase what their company offers in the way of merchandise and services. It really is a win-win event for the host and those who participate.” Networkers will also be able to walk around the store and check out all the telecommunication devices and services that Basic Communications offers for high-speed Internet, cellular services and satellite television. Everyone loves to save money, and visitors can also check into the corporate and employee discounts that Basic Communications offers for Verizon clients. Participants should be geared up to meet amazing business leaders. The RCC and Basic Communications are looking forward to seeing everyone on May 21. There is no charge to attend Business After Hours. However, in order for Chesley to properly plan for this event, they ask that you RSVP by May 18 at the RCC office. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Communications opens at Rockford Ridge development “People don’t understand an agent like us has the ability to do the same things as a corporate store can,” said Bill Pellerito, Rockford resident and general manager of sales in the new Basic Communications store that opened its doors for business on Tuesday, Nov. 17. “A lot of people have learned that shopping online is not the best way to go. The problem is: where do you go to get help? We’re here for them.” Pellerito is excited to offer the services of Basic Communications to Rockford and the surrounding communities. The business is one of a half dozen opening in the new mall in front of the Rockford Meijer on Ten Mile Road. Pellerito points out that it is a convenience to be able to buy a “Basic Bundle” of home phone and/or cell phone, Internet and television programming all from one source. By doing business through a physical store close to home, shoppers can rest assured they can have real-life, on-staff technicians should they have questions or encounter any problems with services. “We are excited to serve the northern part of our Grand Rapids community,” said Pellerito. “There is nobody else here. The next closest is our Plainfield Avenue location. Rockford is a great community and we are excited to be here.” Pellerito believes in being a partner with the community where he lives and works, and said Basic has a plan to do their part in the school-funding crisis. All new activations of service by parents, school staff or family members of a Rockford Public Schools student at the Ten Mile Store will result in a $25 donation to a Rockford school of their choice. “We hope to raise tens of thousands with this,” Pellerito said, pointing out that he is a parent with three kids in Rockford Public Schools. “Most of us parents are sick and tired of cookie dough, subs, magazines and other products we don’t want or need that we buy to support our schools. I think this is a real strong commitment to the community.” The company’s motto is “Keep It Simple, Keep It Basic,” and founders, brothers Rod and Greg Kirby, began the business with customers’ needs in mind. […]