Full house at chamber’s business expo

I would like to start by saying thank you to all the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers that were involved with the 2013 Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce Health, Home & Business Expo. Without you we wouldn’t have had the successful show that we experienced.

A “full house” is the expression that comes to mind when reflecting back on the expo held March 9 at the Nippersink Middle School. The weather cooperated for the most part and the public was out and about. The members filled the gym, we added interactive and demo booths in the common area and the halls were filled with arts & crafts. This proved to be a fabulous balance for all that attended. We couldn’t have spared space for another booth if we tried! Keep this in mind when reserving a space for next year.

This year we were fortunate to have two Gold Sponsors for our event. This generosity from Back in Motion Physical Therapy & Spine Center and Frontier Communications made it possible to expand the marketing and advertising for the expo. We thank you!

With donations from Richmond Ace Hardware, Kunes Country Ford of Antioch, S & R Heating/Cooling and the Richmond/Spring Grove chamber, we raffled a Weber gas grill. Our lucky winner was Susan Nilles of Spring Grove. By raffling the grill, we were able to gather 200 more email contacts to receive the monthly “Chamber Review.”So now, there are 200 more reasons to advertise in the Chamber Review newsletter at an economical price!

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The month of May will spark a membership drive that will reward you and your business as well as the new member you refer to join the RSG chamber. By increasing the number of members, our events and networking will be larger and more effective. Group marketing offers will be at a reduced price and donations from fundraising will be reflected in the community.

For a very short time, if you refer an area business to the Richmond/Spring Grove chamber, we will offer you a free lunch and two months free advertising in the monthly Chamber Review. You will be rewarded as soon as your new recruit has completed an application and paid a membership for May through the balance of the 2013 year (prorated).

The RSG chamber has continued to grow at a strong and steady pace. This is due to your comments, suggestions, and needs as a business in our community. I encourage you to help our chamber reach its goals and continue to keep the flow of energy and change in a positive direction. We couldn’t do it without you!

A basic membership with the RSG chamber provides several opportunities to network and market your business at a very affordable price. With weekly eblast, monthly newsletters, website link to your business, Facebook, technical seminars, mixers and more, it is silly not to take advantage of what the chamber has to offer. Besides all the advertising benefits, statistics show that being a member of the chamber reflects on your business and its outright support of the community.

“Like” us on Facebook and download a copy of the Membership Menu that will explain all of your RSG membership benefits. Make sure you are utilizing all the advantages of being a member, get an area business to join and reap awards! Where else can you get free lunch AND free advertising?

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May 22 is our annual Golf Outing. Call the chamber at 815-678-7742 or visit our website at www.rsgchamber.com to register and get all the details. This event offers several ways to promote your business and support the community.

• Laura Ferris is executive director of the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce.

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