The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is organized and committed to their mission of promoting and advancing the commercial, industrial, civic, tourist and historical interest of the area. Over the past several years, the Chamber has developed a strong leadership team in its Board of Directors and we are proud of the progress that has been made in developing a strong Chamber that supports the Spring River Area. Following a very successful first quarter in 2017, the Chamber Board of Directors is very optimistic about the future direction of the Chamber and the benefit they bring to the area.
Laura Sackett Clute, Chamber President said, “The Chamber is committed to promoting local businesses and has taken several steps to engage local businesses in the Chamber, bring visibility to them, and help them be successful.” The Chamber has four initiatives that focus on promoting business: The redesign of the Chamber website by Mashuga Marketing will go live 2nd quarter of 2017, which is an interactive website that will help someone find local businesses easily; launching a campaign specifically designed to promote shopping local with their Shop Local Campaign; sponsoring an annual Business Expo which highlights local businesses; and the Chambers Blue Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.
The Blue Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies welcome new Chamber member businesses into the area. These businesses are highlighted with a photo and press release to help bring public awareness of the business to the community. In 2016 the Chamber conducted over 15 Blue Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and highlighted Chamber members with ‘The Best of Spring River’ promotion. This was an opportunity for people in the community to show their support of their favorite business by voting for them. Thirty three (33) local businesses were recognized in seventeen (17) categories.
“We believe this commitment to promoting local businesses is part of the reason for the increase of 32 new Chamber members in 2017 over 2016” said, Clute.
The Chamber of Commerce is committed to the community. In April 2016 and March 2017, the Chamber brought the Harlem Wizards vs Sharp Shooters Basketball Show to the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. Working with media outlets, the school districts in Cave City, Salem and Highland, and many businesses and organizations from the area, the Chamber brought a first-rate event to the area while raising operational funds.
The Chamber sponsors an annual Golf Tournament with the Quad Cities Rotary Club in May of each year. This tournament draws many participants from outside the area. Over the holidays the Chamber supported The Festival of Lights, an event designed to bring people to our area to enjoy the many lights of the holiday season.
At their April board meeting, the Chamber Board voted to give one more scholarship to a Highland High School Senior in addition to those they already give.
The Chamber recognizes the many hours of time and resources given to Chamber activities and promotions annually from the Board, Members, and volunteers from the community. The Chamber leadership is dedicated to being good stewards of this time and the resources by being strategic and proactive.
The Chamber is currently in the process of creating a business plan with clearly defined strategies to promote and advance the commercial, industrial, civic, tourist and historical interest of the area. The release is expected in the third quarter of 2017.
In addition, the Chamber has developed a strong working Board to provide leadership over the many areas of interest within the Chamber that serve its members and the community. There are several committees that support the work of the Chamber: Audit Committee, Chair James Mack Street; Business Expo, Chair Marc Herring; Human Resources Committee, Chair Kari Hollis; New Members Committee, Chair James Henderson; Nomination Committee, Chair Clint Wiles; Scholarship Committee, Chair Nancy Orr; Shop Local Campaign, Chair Eddie Ishmael; Strategic Planning Committee, Chair Pat Clary and Website Committee, Chair Amy Rodola.
The Chamber is in the best financial position it has been in over ten (10) years with some long term investments in place. And, the Chamber has a strong membership base as it continues to be a viable organization that serves our community, local businesses and members.
If you are interested in becoming a new member of the Chamber or getting involved, please contact the Chamber office by calling 870.856.3210 or contact one of the Board of Directors.
Chamber Board of Director Officers are: Laura Sackett Clute, President; Pat Clary, 1st Vice President; Kari Hollis, 2nd Vice President; James Henderson, Secretary and Joey Cooper, Treasurer. Directors of the Chamber include: Marc Herring, Eddie Ishmael, Rhonda Messer, Nancy Orr, Amy Rodola, James Mack Street and Clint Wiles.
The Chamber holds monthly general meetings at local member restaurants at noon every 3rd Tuesday. The luncheon meeting is open to the public with attendees covering the cost of their own lunch.
For more information about future meetings:
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