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Chamber on the move

We have moved! The Richmond/Spring Grove chamber office has moved just down the sidewalk. We are now located at Suite 10908B in the Associated Bank building, 10910 N Main St., Richmond. The move wasn’t far, but we have a fresh new look and renewed energy.

Stop in our new location. It’s a good feeling when someone walks in to inquire about the amenities that Richmond and Spring Grove have to offer. I smile every time I mail a future business owner an envelope stuffed with information about the quaint shops, services, and businesses we have in our growing and pleasant community. If it isn’t obvious, I take great pride in the role I play in this area and its commerce.

Which leads me to a conversation I had recently with a nearby business owner. This gentleman made the comment, “The only reason there is a chamber is so you can get a paycheck.” I was appalled, to say the least. Not only did this gentleman not know me, but he had no idea how the chamber provides exposure and support to its members and gives back to the community. It didn’t take long before this comment rented space in my head to the point that I started to review all the good this chamber has and will continue to give to the Richmond and Spring Grove area.

One example is the annual Charity Auto Show Sunday, July 28. Proceeds from the event will go to the chamber’s Scholarship Fund and other nonprofit, volunteer groups in our community. Last year, the RSG chamber gave $945 to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 349. Since 2008, we have donated more than $4,200 from the auto show alone to local fire departments, high school football and baseball clubs, and Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program. It is a huge undertaking to hold one event after another, to get the businesses involved and to advertise them to the public. I do this with great pride knowing that this chamber is providing affordable ways to give marketing opportunities to our members and to make the public aware that it takes an entire village (or two) to make a difference in this world.

I will stand proudly with my villages to make that difference one event at a time.

If you haven’t checked out your local chamber lately, perhaps it’s time to see what they have to offer your business in the means of marketing, networking and education to keep up with the ever changing technology.

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

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