Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Bi-monthly luncheon to feature Danny Beckett

January 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is pleased to announce the first installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series for 2010. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 at the American Legion Post 102, located at 330 Rockford Park Drive (on the northwest corner of Northland Drive). The event will feature the culinary delights of long-time RCC member Sam’s Joint. The topic, Social Networking 101, will be presented by Danny Beckett, who is the marketing whiz behind Spearia, an Internet marketing and design firm. During his presentation, Becket will help demystify social media networking, which is the networking wave of the future. Beckett, a former professional motocross racer who has been sponsored by some of the world’s largest motorcycle companies, is the president/CEO of Spearia. He compares running his firm in Belmont with lessons he has learned on the track. Please register by Friday, Jan. 29 by contacting the RCC office at (616) 866-2000 or by e-mailing Jeannie at The luncheons are open to everyone, so RCC members are asked to invite a friend. Cost is $15 for RCC members and $20 for nonmembers. (Please note that if you are unable to attend the luncheon and have registered, please contact the RCC office prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged.) Be sure to attend this timely luncheon and learn how you can best utilize social media networking—and your business, too, can be on the fast track.

RCC seeks award nominations

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

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 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 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.

Changing auto industry discussed at Chamber After Hours

November 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Elegant white table cloths and a gourmet buffet catered by North Kent Golf Course—all served up in the service garage at Decker Chevrolet—graced the Monday, November 2, Rockford Chamber After Hours. Host John Decker introduced his staff, and joked that some have been with him longer than his wife has, according to Decker. Service and sales in the auto industry have changed drastically in the 23 years Decker has owned John Decker Chevrolet. “Service is totally different in today’s world. Sales has become very interesting and very efficient,” he said to the crowd of business professionals attending the event. “We have no control over the cars. The dealerships decide,” he said. He also said nowadays no one makes a major purchase with out research, and most everyone uses the Internet. “When people come in, they may know as much about the cars as we do,” Decker stated. According to Decker, people will drive up to 300 miles for a major purchase such as a car. In the “old” days, if a dealership had a particular used car on their lot, they felt as if they had the only one in the world. Now, if a dealership has a particular car for sale, there may be 200 more for sale within the distance a buyer is willing to drive. Decker believes these changes in his industry means service is that much more important to his business and customers. “What it comes down to is trust. You find a place to buy and service a vehicle that is local,” he said. “The biggest store can show you more, but they can’t do a better job than us in taking care of our customer. It is good to know what your local car dealership can do for you.” The Rockford Chamber of Commerce hosts every other month luncheons and After Hours events. The next Chamber luncheon will be Monday, December 7. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Call (616) 866-2000 to find out more or to place a reservation.

John Decker Chevrolet to Sponsor Chamber After Hours Event

October 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce John Decker Chevrolet as the sponsor of its November After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area’s business community and is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2. John Decker Chevrolet, 4650 14 Mile Rd., will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. John Decker, owner of the Rockford car dealership, his family and staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun. Decker plans to have the department managers conduct tours of their individual departments to give guests a full understanding of the variety of services the company offers. John Decker Chevrolet has been serving the local area for 22 years and has an excellent reputation for both sales and service. For the dealership, customer service means making your car buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. And it’s not just about sales. John Decker’s service department technicians are there for all your service needs – whenever or however you need them. The Goodwrench technicians want you to trust them with the maintenance of your vehicle, from regular inspections and safety checks to tires, brakes and more. They have the expertise, technology and convenient hours and the technicians are trained to service all makes and models. The team hopes that you will take the opportunity during After Hours to check out what they do. There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours; however, in order for John Decker Chevrolet and its staff to properly plan for this event, we ask that you RSVP by Oct. 30 at the Chamber office. Please call 866-2000 or e-mail Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders. The Chamber and John Decker Chevrolet are looking forward to seeing everyone on Nov. 2.

Last weekend of Harvest Fest is fun for young ones

October 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

The fun started with family, and now our heritage is behind us. The last weekend of Harvest Fest is the Children’s Weekend with events for kids highlighting activities. There will be plenty for teens and adults to do as well, with entertainment around town, the used book sale at Krause Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., hayrides and specials offered by local merchants. Events designed for children begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration for the Chamber Kids Pedal Tractor Pull. Registration and the event is at the City Hall parking lot. The pull begins at 10 a.m. This annual event, formerly organized by the Rockford Jaycees, but now a Rockford Chamber of Commerce event, puts kids behind the driver’s wheel and is always fun to watch. Another popular favorite is trick or treating around town, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion on the corners of Squire and Courtland Street. Following the candy run, a costume contest will be held in the pavilion. Prizes will be awarded. Returning to Garden Club Park both days from 2 to 6 p.m. is Animals on the Go, where a variety of live farm animals always delight people of all ages. New this year, but back for the third weekend is Good Old Fashioned Games by the Rockford Youth Initiative Service Club of Rockford High School. Play like it is the past with low-tech favorites. Participation is free, but donations are welcome and will go to a worthy cause. The club hopes to fund a Habitat for Humanity house as their service project this year. For everyone, there are the popular hayrides offered annually for free. Pick up is at Reading Books. Flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in D&W. The Rockford Fire Department and DARE will be at the pavilion from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and many other fun demonstrations and entertainment will take place both days. See the schedule and plan your weekend.

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