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 […]
January 27 2011
Several art students from Rockford High School (RHS) will be recognized as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecilia’s Music Society at 2 p.m. on January 30, 2011, with a reception following at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Gold Key awards will be given to Shelby Blackmore for photography and her art portfolio, Spencer High for a painting, and Jordan Rookus for ceramics and glass. Silver Key awards will go to Sydney Benda for her art portfolio, Shelby Blackmore for drawing, Emily Frew (Reed City High School) for her art portfolio, Eric Henderson for ceramics and glass, Hanna Reierson for ceramics and glass, and Sarah Verbrugge for jewelry. These students currently have their artwork on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month. The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol and other noteworthy people. This year, the work of Blackmore, High and Rookus will be representing RHS in the national competition held in New York. For more information, please contact RHS art instructor Barb Kent at (616) 863-6030.
Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus said that, annually, residents contact him after receiving phone calls soliciting donations or selling tickets claiming to be fundraising for the Rockford Fire Department. “We do not call and solicit from residents,” Reus stated. He said callers claim to be Rockford firefighters and either solicit donations or ask residents to buy tickets to a concert. “This seems to be the time of year this happens, and already we have had several people call and ask if this is a legitimate fundraiser for Rockford Fire Department. It is not.” Residents who have further questions for the fire department are always welcome to call (616) 866-1553.
Recycle us! Recycling is a big thing these days: paper and glass, metal and plastic. After these materials have finished one function, they’re often not worn out. Increasingly, industry converts them to another use. Smart idea. Now, consider this: human lives are longer and healthier. America’s official Social Security age will be raised to 67. In addition to later first retirements, we’re starting to see recycled workers. The perfect example is Ken Leys. You may have met him at Rockford Hardware. Ken worked 39.3 years for Rochester Products (GM). When he was about to retire, Ken relates, a coworker mentioned to him that Rockford Hardware was looking for someone to do screen and glass work. Ken interviewed and was hired. He knew nothing about cutting glass, but the company trained him. Over the years, Ken performed various other functions in his new job, such as picking up supplies and general errands, and today he is a greeter with the title “Customer Coordinator.” Ken has been recycled for 21 years. Congratulations to him and to Rockford Hardware. Cold out there A friend in North Dakota near the Canadian border says their snow is about waist-deep—and still falling. The temperature has dropped to zero and the north wind is close to gale force. Her husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and stare. She says that if it gets much worse, she may have to let him in. Cold down there Q: What sits on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean and shakes? A: A nervous wreck. This week’s blonde A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car. Eventually she was pulled over by a female police officer, also a blonde. The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver’s license. She dug through her purse, getting progressively more agitated. “What does it look like?” she asked. The policewoman replied, “It’s square and it has your picture on it.” The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse and looked at it. “Here it is,” she said. The blonde officer looked at the mirror and then handed it back. “Okay,” she said. “You can go. I didn’t realize you were a cop.” Last words To write with a […]
Congress is using new tactic It goes without saying that our tax system is very complicated. Our Congress helps to make that system more complicated when they pass laws that are not first and foremost tax laws. Buried within those non-tax laws, however, are tax provisions; sometimes very complicated tax provisions. The most glaring example of late is the Health Care Reform bill passed last year. In many ways, Congress tied Health Care Reform directly to the tax code. For example, all taxpayers will eventually be required to buy a health insurance policy. If a health insurance policy is not purchased, the taxpayer may pay a penalty on his/her tax return. The “may” part comes into play because if the taxpayer’s income is low enough, there won’t be a penalty. The taxpayer’s final out-of-pocket cost for the policy itself will also be tied to his/her level of income as reported on the tax return. The lower the income, the lower the taxpayer’s final cost of insurance. Congress has just given another incentive to keep total income down. A second example is the provision that requires all businesses to file 1099s to all other businesses from which they buy at least $600 of goods and services. I’m not exactly sure at this moment what filing 1099s has to do with Health Care Reform. What I do know is that if this provision is not repealed, an additional 40,000,000 form 1099s will have to be filed and will be clogging up an already overburdened tax system. Businesses will be paying for those additional 40,000,000 forms to be prepared and filed. We all know that businesses don’t pay taxes or for tax preparation—consumers pay those costs. Tax and tax preparation costs are just another part of the cost of doing business that a business simply passes on to the buyer of the product. When these types of costs go up, our costs go up as consumers. It’s a thought to keep in mind two years from now when this particular provision kicks in. A third example is the provision that requires all charge card companies to report to the IRS all transactions for all taxpayers. If you sell one item on e-bay and accept a credit card […]