Networking, education topics of member events by BETH ALTENA Visitors to a recent Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) luncheon enjoyed a meal catered by Honey Creek Inn and heard about the top ten rules of networking in an entertaining but useful presentation by Michael McGovern. In addition to great speakers, getting to know other business people in the community is another perk of belonging to the Chamber and participating in Chamber events. In short presentations before the main speaker, several RCC members took a few minutes to talk about what their business offers. The charming Dr. Sandy Stanton, of ChiroHealth, was one of the mini-speakers and called the events “lunch and learns.” She explained that chiropractic care is just one facet of her company, where clients can also learn about healthy choices, such as nutrition and the importance of ergonomics to continued well being. Newer to the Rockford area is Tom Duisterhof, owner of Gordon Water Systems, who recently purchased Hart Water. Duisterhof said it is interesting that he ended up the new owner of the long-term Rockford business owned and operated by Don Hart. Dysterhoff said Hart and Duisterhof’s father, Gordon, were both in the water business in the early and mid 1970s. Gordon Duisterhof started his business in 1973 in Kalamazoo and Van Buren County. Hart served the area here during the same time. Both became Kinetico water system suppliers at about the same time. The new system of treating water—only available since 1970—was at that time and still is the only non-electric water softener. It seems fitting to have Duisterhof as a second-generation provider stepping into Hart’s role offering Kinetico water systems and other water related services. You can welcome him to Rockford by visiting the Gordon Water office in the same building as the Rockford Chamber of Commerce offices behind Rockford Hardware.
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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.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that Rockford High School (RHS) senior Ashley Rister was named the recipient of its $1,000 college scholarship. A panel of 14 board members had the difficult task of poring over submitted applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. The applicants answered the timely question, “With so many polarizing views and opinions in local, national and global conversation, how can business and individuals work to bring a community together?” Rister impressed the judges with her essay and her involvement in the community to earn the scholarship award. She participates on the high school varsity ski team, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Special Olympics coach, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RHS Youth Initiative. Rister will be attending the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is intending to follow that up with a master’s in occupational therapy. The scholarship was announced during RCC’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 17. Rister will be honored again at the RHS Honors Convocation Ceremony.
Photos by TOM SCOTT Thanks again to the Rockford Chamber for their dedication to the Rockford Community and providing us with an event that the kids and parents cherished. It was warm and cozy in the newly remodeled Pavilion where Santa and his reindeer kept everyone in their finest spirits for hours. Soft drinks, hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas treats were provided which satisfied everyones taste buds.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its annual “State of the Community” Luncheon. The luncheon is part of the RCC’s popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch while featured presenters highlight their area of expertise. Special guests, and their topics, include: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Pete MacGregor, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, city manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, president The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow is unable to attend due to the senate meeting that afternoon. However, she has graciously agreed to tape a message specifically for the RCC event. Congressman Justin Amash, Senator Mark Jansen and the local townships have been asked to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for RCC members and $20 for non-members.