Rockford Chamber of Commerce to celebrate 50-year anniversary The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is preparing to host its annual Meeting of the Membership on Friday, Jan. 28. The premier event will be the launch for the chamber’s 50th year in existence and will feature a special evening of excellent food, lively entertainment and good company. “This is a very exciting time for the chamber,” said RCC Executive Director Brenda Davis. “We are not only celebrating our past and the wonderful loyalty of our membership and volunteers, but are also looking forward to a very promising future filled with change and progressive thinking. We look at the upcoming annual meeting as an important way to note our past history and to show what the chamber’s board and staff have planned for the upcoming year. This includes an interactive website, networking opportunities, an impressive event schedule, and a revamped newsletter, to name just a few.” The event will take place at the Geoffrey B. Bloom Auditorium, housed in the corporate headquarters of Wolverine World Wide Inc., 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford. The evening will feature keynote speaker Tom Rademacher, author and talented columnist of the Grand Rapids Press. Through the years, Rademacher has provided a voice for those both struggling and soaring in the area. Two other highlights of the annual event will be the announcement of the Business of Distinction awards and the Year in Review. The awards honor area businesses for going above and beyond the call of duty. Award nominees are as follows: • Business of the Year: Fluis, Inc.; Great Northern Trading Co.; Herman’s Boy, Inc.; United Bank of Michigan • Dining/Entertainment: Rogue River Tavern; The Corner Bar; The Dam Dogs; Timbers Inn & Restaurant • Manufacturing: Alloy Exchange, Inc.; ITW Dahti Seating; Wolverine World Wide, Inc. • Retail: A Charmed Life…Nail Salon; Double Take Resale, LLC; WAR Chest Boutique • Service: Creative Concepts; Innovative Sound Solutions; Macatawa Bank; Nance-Martin Accounting Service; Principal Financial Group • Quality of Life: Rockford Area Arts Commission; Rockford Education Foundation • New Business: AIC Insurance Services; Institute for Neuro Muscular Medicine & Rehabilitation; The Dam Taxi For the Year in Review, Jeff Lewis, RCC board member and owner of Fluis Inc., will take the audience on a […]
Business of Distinction Awards
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is currently accepting nominations for their Business of Distinction awards. The nomination process is open to the community to give everyone the opportunity to nominate and honor the RCC area businesses. The RCC serves the City of Rockford and Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield townships. Nominations are being accepted through December 30, 2009. RCC member businesses are listed on www.rockfordmichamber.com in the Membership Directory. Awards will be given out in the following categories: Business of the Year, Retail, Service, Construction, Manufacturing, and New Business. Business of the Year 2008 award winner John Decker of John Decker Chevrolet said, “To be the recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award last year was probably the most important award I have ever received. On top of that, to be nominated by my business peers was quite an honor.” The nomination form and award descriptions are available at www.rockfordmichamber.com/events. The awards will be given out at the RCC annual meeting, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Wolverine World Wide Inc. corporate headquarters. The mission of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce is to proudly promote business, tourism and community in the greater Rockford area.