The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Rockford Ambulance Center, 8450 Shaner Ave. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of the Grist Mill. This month’s luncheon will be the second sporting the new format and features more networking opportunities for the participants. The August luncheon drew more than 50 avid networking enthusiasts who learned how to hone their networking skills with “elevator speeches.” This luncheon will spotlight Networking Committee member Lynda Nance, as she continues what was started by Michael McGovern at the last luncheon with more steps to successful networking. With the new format, there will also be three tables available for highlighting your business. This includes setting up a display at the table, placing literature at the luncheon tables, and three minutes to give an overview of your business to the attendees. To find out more about this opportunity, call Jeannie at the Chamber office. To attend this luncheon, please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event.
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Next networking event Sept. 12 at DreamMaker by BETH ALTENA In its 50th year, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce continues to adapt to meet the needs of its membership. As a result, a recent Chamber luncheon was a networking and work session on “Creating Your Elevator Speech.” Board member Mike McGovern introduced the topic and noted that each table at the luncheon held at the Rockford American Legion Post had a moderator to help the process flow smoothly. At the end, one attendee from each table was invited to present their “elevator speech” to the entire group. An elevator speech is the short introduction designed to make the most of a short time with a person you wish to tell about yourself—such as the brief time on an elevator. Four considerations should be covered. First, start with a “hook” that will grab the attention of the listener. Second, give your pitch, no longer than 30 seconds. It can be what you do, why you do it, how it could benefit your listener, why your offer is different and who your company is. Third, present the personal and passionate nature of your work. People want to see that you are excited about what you do. Finally, your elevator speech would be incomplete without the next step: ask for something. Can you get them to meet with you? Get a business card. Attendees at the luncheon were each provided with a worksheet to help identify key elements of their professional work. Three answers were required for each of the following questions. What are the three primary concerns your customers face? What are the three things you do to address these primary concerns? In addition, the following questions were posed on the worksheet. What does your company do? What do you do? Who do you work with and for? Why would someone care what you do and what’s in it for them? Why are you different from the competition? What one thing do you do better than anyone else? The Chamber provides a variety of opportunities for networking as well as sponsors annual events. The next chance to attend a chamber event is Monday, Sept. 12, when an informal After Hours event will be held at DreamMaker Bath […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Jeannie Gregory has been hired as the new Executive Director of our organization. After a three month interim period, the board removed the interim tag from Jeannie’s title and is proud to announce that she is officially our new Director. “Jeannie has been our interim director for the past three months and has truly excelled in that capacity. Her interpersonal skills, work ethic and dedication to our area have been evident to not only our board of directors, but to our membership as well. “ We have really thrown in her into the fire over the last three months which is typically one of our busiest times of the year. Our biggest Chamber events each year are the Rockford Business Expo at Rockford High School and The Start of Summer Celebration in downtown Rockford. We also have had many other events that she has adeptly overseen including our annual golf outing that benefits our Chamber Scholarship, the creation of a map of the entire Rockford school district that will be in print soon, numerous networking events, our new Chamber University classes, The West Michigan Healing Fields project, our interactive Chamber Web Site and a Chamber Facebook page. “We have the utmost confidence in Jeannie’s abilities and are looking forward to working with her in the coming years.” She is a life-long Rockford resident and has numerous established relationships with area residents and businesses. “I am very excited to be able to take all the information that has been gathered through focus groups, surveys and our newly established Strategic Plan and help to promote and grow Rockford businesses,” Gregory said. “There is no place I would rather be than in a position to let people know what a wonderful and highly supportive community Rockford is.”
This year’s weather brings new meaning to the acronym “SOS,” the international distress signal used by ships. However, Rockford is planning on using it in two ways. In the past the initials have been used to identify the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s (RCC) Start of Summer Celebration. The double meaning is handy this year, however, as the community calls for rescue from the awful weather. The SOS committee is hoping that the launch of this favorite Rockford event will also be the start of the beautiful summer weather—and be saved from the cold, windy and wet days of spring. This year’s celebration is scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12, and will feature carnival rides, food, crafts, music, entertainment and family fun. The fireworks—sponsored by Byrne Electrical Specialists, Meijer, Wynalda Packaging Inc., and D&W Fresh Markets—will light up the Rockford skyline at dusk on Saturday. Polly Von Eschen, who has overseen the event for 24 years, always makes sure that the celebration runs seamlessly. The committee started preparing for the huge event months in advance and is ready to highlight the 43rd annual installment of the popular celebration. “It is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer,” said Von Eschen. “We like thanking the community for all their support of downtown businesses throughout the year. It is always a lot of fun. We love seeing people come into town and enjoy all of the wonderful things going on.” Von Eschen contracted the Scottville Clown Band for another year. The talented group of musicians will play in the parade and follow that with a stint under the Lions Club’s Beverage Tent. The band wowed the Rockford audience with their sound and their antics last year. “We knew we had to bring them back for another year,” said Von Eschen. “They are not only highly entertaining; they are also phenomenal musicians. If you didn’t see them last year, you really should make sure to come down and watch them this year. It really is a treat for the whole family.” Playworld Amusements will provide the carnival rides and games this year. The rides and midway will be set up in the South Squires Street parking lot. Favorites such […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the June installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at the Rockford Ambulance building, 8450 Shaner Avenue NE. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of Cannonsburg Grist Mill. This month’s luncheon will be an overview of the new format of the luncheons, which will feature more networking opportunities for the participants. The Networking Committee has worked hard to research ideas so the membership can enjoy unique opportunities for networking and expanding their circle of contacts. Representatives from the committee will present the changes planned for the bi-monthly luncheon format. Also on the docket is an overview of Chamber University. “Chamber U” will be the educational arm of the RCC. Chamber membership will have the opportunity to attend classes sponsored by the RCC, and “students” will be able to explore a variety of subjects to help them get the most out of their businesses. Tuition will earn participants an overview of such subjects as the art of networking, marketing, business planning and social media. This educational opportunity is exclusively for RCC membership. To attend this informative luncheon, please call the RCC office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.