If you are ready to start a business or buy a business location, please “Ask SCORE” by doing so at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce or attend an “Overview for Planning and Starting Your Business” workshop in Grand Rapids. The SCORE workshop covers topics from how to register your business, marketing and sales, and financial information to seeking a business loan. The workshop has a small fee. To “Ask SCORE” there is no charge at anytime. For further workshop information, contact SCORE at their office, located in the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce facility, 111 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, or call (616) 771-0305, or online at www.scoregr.org, or by e-mailing to email@example.com. To “Ask SCORE” in Rockford, contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000.
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Learn how to utilize the Internet for your business In keeping with the explosion of social media, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is hosting a class on this innovative way to interact with potential clients and grow your business. “Introduction to Social Media” will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 14 in the computer lab at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes, Rockford. The class is offered two nights so that participants are able to sign up for the night that works best for their schedule. The chamber has commissioned Cindy Foster Grace, expert at social media networking, and Michael Yoder, corporation communications specialist, to instruct participants on the many aspects of this new vehicle to reach clients and build business relationships. The class will feature overviews of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Linkedin so that attendees may learn how to effectively utilize the different applications. The class will not only feature the mechanics of each application, but how to deliver a message that draws potential clients to your business. Cost for the class is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Class size is limited to the first 20 reservations. Please call the RCC office at 866-2000 to reserve a spot.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the April installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Road. The featured speaker is John Crawford, president of the Michigan FairTax Association. Crawford will share his opinion on the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and the impact it would have on the state of Michigan and its residents. According to www.mifairtax.org, Michigan House Representative, District 73, Peter MacGregor supports the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and Senator Mark Jansen has yet to make a decision. In addition, the Web site says, “The Michigan FairTax will replace the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the Personal Property Tax, and the Michigan Income Tax with only a Sales Tax. Michigan citizens will pay an additional 3.75 on whatever they buy, but they will get to keep the 4.35 cents on every dollar they are currently paying in payroll taxes. They won’t have to file or pay Michigan Income Tax; they will only pay tax on what they purchase. Business-to-business transactions will not be taxed. Anything that goes into manufacturing or is necessary to performing a service is considered a business-to-business transaction.” To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at 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. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.
Despite an unseasonably warm March day, crowds again packed this year’s EXPO with lively entertainment non-stop on the stage, four $500 cash winners, and tons of giveaways. According to Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, the EXPO is one of the premier events for Rockford and a chance for the business community to shine. This year’s EXPO is the seventh and featured food tasting from area stores and restaurants and a chance to win a new car from Ed Koehn Chevrolet. A Rockford Chamber event, in cooperation with City of Rockford and Rockford Public Schools, the EXPO is held annually on the third weekend of March. Open first to Chamber members for booth space and then opened to non-chamber members, the EXPO is always sold out.
More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones expected to attend The Special Olympics Michigan 2011 State Basketball Finals will take place March 25-26 at Rockford Public Schools. This two-day competition will draw more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and chaperones from throughout Michigan. Approximately 350 volunteers coordinated by the Grand Rapids Jaycees will also be on hand providing support, encouragement and cheers. This year marks the 30th anniversary the Grand Rapids Jaycees have been the host committee for this competition. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has joined forces with HEART of Rockford Business Association, City of Rockford, and Rockford Chamber of Commerce to roll out the red carpet for the athletes, coaches, organizers and supporters. Each athlete will receive a welcome bag from HEART when registering, filled with free gifts and information about Rockford’s year-round offerings and activities. The organizations also will be providing complimentary round-trip shuttle service to the Welcome Center in downtown Rockford so visitors can stretch their legs between games, get a bite to eat, or enjoy a bit of shopping. Area businesses and students have been busy raising funds for Special Olympics by selling basketball icons. Reds on the River will also host a welcome reception on Friday, March 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., prior to the Opening Games Ceremony to be held at Rockford High School gym at 7:30 p.m. Games will be held at three RPS facilities: Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St.; Rockford Freshman Center, 4500 Kroes St.; North Rockford Middle School, 397 East Division St. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend the games and opening ceremony. Approximately 750 athletes from 52 teams will compete in the finals. Tournament play will include divisions for senior males (ages 16 and up), junior males (ages 8-16), females and skills athletes. The teams are coming from all over the state. In addition to team play, there will be a skills competition for athletes who are not able to compete in a team setting. The tournament schedule is as follows; all games are free and open to the public. • Friday, March 25: 4-5 p.m., registration and check-in at Rockford High School 5-6:30 p.m., welcome reception at Reds on the River (8 E. Bridge St.) 5-7 p.m., competition […]