Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Chamber to host small business mentoring

October 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

In these tough economic times it is smart for business owners to arm themselves with as much information about business operations as they can and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) wants to help. The RCC has partnered with SCORE, a nonprofit organization and a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, to bring helpful business information to the Rockford area. The SCORE organization is dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee face-to-face business mentoring. Whether you are starting a new business or have questions about your existing business, the SCORE business counselor will be able to help you find the answers. A SCORE counselor will be at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, 598 Byrne Industrial Drive, Rockford, starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 3 for one-hour sessions. To take advantage of this free business mentoring, please call the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. SCORE business counseling is a great way to help your small business succeed.

Rockford Chamber of Commerce welcomes new staff

October 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

“The times, they are a-changin’…” and that’s very true for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) office. As many already know, Charylene Powers recently retired from her position as the Chamber’s financial “guru.” RCC is happy to announce that Kristie Keyes has joined the RCC team as the new financial administrative assistant. Keyes is an expert in QuickBooks, has a lot of accounting experience, and is a Rockford resident. Together, she and her husband Mike have three children. Yes, there’s more. In addition to Keyes’ arrival, the RCC is also very happy to announce that Jeannie Gregory has accepted the RCC’s new full-time communications administrative assistant position. Gregory will be working with the social media and the RCC’s new website as they prepare to enter into the exciting world of social networking. “The Chamber organization is very fortunate to continue to have a talented staff,” said RCC Executive Director Brenda Davis. “Between Jeannie’s communication skills and Kristie’s financial skills, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce can look forward to a strong team effort.” For more information, please visit their website at

Chamber luncheon to feature Dr. Linda Chamberlain

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 at Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Road, Rockford. The featured speaker is Dr. Linda Chamberlain, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Grand Valley State University. Chamberlain will share her knowledge and expertise in this selected field during her presentation, “Working Together to Catalyze Our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” She received both her BS and doctorate degrees in chemistry with honors from Purdue University. Chamberlain joined Shell Development Company in 1987 as a futures research chemist and later moved into management of scientific and technical teams. During her eight years at Shell, she had 19 patents issued for work in catalyst, polymer and product/process development. For the three years prior to her current role, Chamberlain served as executive director of the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative, a business accelerator focused on commercialization of life science products and technologies. In addition, she is the owner and principle of InnoValuation, a company that focuses on ensuring companies have the processes and tools to extract the full value of their best innovations. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to 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, expert advice 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.

Rockford to celebrate heritage this weekend

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Heritage Weekend is the celebration of Rockford’s history, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a simpler life with special Harvest Fest events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. During Heritage Weekend visitors can enjoy hayrides, strolling entertainment, music, a caricature artist, scarecrow making, kids’ tractor pull, the Great Pumpkin and a variety of fall activities. Remember old-fashioned games like sack races, hula-hoop contests and the limbo? These fun games and children activities, along with the Great Pumpkin, will be set up in Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford. Best of all, participation in the good old-fashioned games and children’s activities are free! D&W Plaza is the place to be to see local emergency vehicles, including the Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines and Rockford Ambulance for bike safety. Visitors can participate in a blood drive with Michigan Blood, get a flu shot and enjoy family fun by participating in children’s games and pumpkin painting. Rockford’s 25th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-off is a sure-fired winner, and the local fire chiefs who judge the contest know all about fires. The Harvest Fest Fourth Annual Car Show is predicted to be bigger and better this year. This event has showcased incredible cars dating from Model T’s and street rods to elegant classics. Visiting families and friends share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask your firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.” The Kids’ Tractor Pull will be featured during the Car Show and is sure to be fun for all. Before the children get on their mark to get set and go, the Rockford coloring contest winners will be announced. Those interested in participating in the coloring contest may go to D&W Fresh Market, The Rockford Squire newspaper or Vorpi Chiropractic to get an entry form. Last, but not least, is the Rockford Fiddle Fest. The third annual West Michigan Fiddle Competition will be a tribute to the music of yesteryear. Talented musicians will be competing for prize money in the Junior, Teen and Adult divisions. Prize money for each division ensures the event will be very competitive […]

‘Balls of fire’ over Rockford a mystery

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

A Rockford resident who prefered to identify herself only as Kelly called The Squire on Thursday, September 15, to ask if anyone else had reported mysterious balls of fire that she, her teenage son and another resident witnessed the evening before. Kelly said she was on Fremont Street near Ten Mile Road when she noticed her son looking up into the sky. When she looked up, she saw what appeared to be two spheres filled with fire floating westward. As she watched, she said the fire dimmed from the balls, leaving a dark outline of the floating spheres. “A man walked by and I asked him if he had seen them and he said no,” Kelly stated. As she was talking to the man, two more balls floated overhead and then more until a total of about ten to twelve had floated over. “They looked like those large bouncy balls or balloons,” Kelly stated, “but I know they couldn’t be filled with fire. People driving on Ten Mile must have seen them.” Kelly said it appeared the balls came from the woods up behind the Dollar General store or near the Rockford Cemetery. Kelly said after the incident was over, she drove up through the neighborhoods where the balls appeared to have originated, but saw nothing unusual. Calls to the Rockford Police, the Michigan State Police and the Kent County Sheriff Department all reported no other sightings the evening of Wednesday, September 14. According to Kelly, the incident happened just as it was getting quite dark, so she believes it must have been about 8:30 p.m. A call to Pederson Funeral Home confirmed there have been no burial ceremonies that might have included the release of floating lanterns. “I can’t believe no one else called this in,” stated Kelly. At the Squire we are very curious about the “balls of fire” floating over Rockford and hope anyone who can clear up this mystery will call Editor Beth Altena at (616) 866-4465. Anyone with photos is asked to email them to We will keep names out of the story if requested. While looking around on the Internet for any postings regarding balls of fire in the sky for Rockford Michigan, the following report was located […]

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