November 14, 2017
Trends Economic Lunch
By Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce, The Hillsdale Economic Development Partnership and Spring Arbor University
Topic: Substance Abuse
Personal and Community Impacts
At Oliva's - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: 15.00 Per Person
Contact Annette Sands by email: email@example.com or call at 517-437-3200
Dale Yagiela, Emeritus
Growth Works; Honorable Judge Sara Lisznyai, 2B District Court of Michigan; J.J. Hodshire, Director of Organizational and Business Development, Hillsdale Hospital and Lt. Todd Moore, Hillsdale County Sheriff Department
Sponsored By Hillsdale Health and Wellness
The Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce Receives Grant Award from the USDA
The Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a grant from the USDA to begin, build, and sustain a Tourism Division. Funds from this award are restricted to the work to be performed to plan and implement the Tourism Division.
Memberships are still critical revenue sources to sustain the usual and normal work of the Chamber. That work includes:
1.) Continuously building membership networking opportunities through our breakfasts, brunches and our Trends Economic Lunch. These events are alive and buzzing with members once again meeting new people who they can supply product or services.
2.) Providing businesses savings through our bulk mail service, landing pages, or consulting.
3.) Building awareness of members’ businesses, their unique products or services, and helping these members in building their competitive advantage.
4.) Positioning members with other members to buy, sell, or otherwise profit from their mutual interests.
The grant from the USDA begins in August, when we will be reaching out to stakeholders to design a successful tourism division. A successful implementation fills a void in how our businesses are marketed outside of Hillsdale County. Businesses and organizations currently market their own events, sales, and special days. With a successful tourism division, the Chamber will develop marketing materials that:
*Highlight our local destination sites and focus on our members’ businesses that sell products or services that tourists are searching to find.
*Promote the unique and wonderful elements of our county that tourists want to experience. The key to this success is to consistently market the county to bring people into Hillsdale County while encouraging them to spend their money here. In terms of economic development that money is new money for merchants, members, and event sponsors that they would not otherwise be obtained.
*Partner with Pure Michigan and other travel organizations to create an efficient use of our tourism funds while maximizing our ability to publicize Hillsdale County.
We believe this grant announcement is yet another big moment, and comes on the heels of another wonderful Summerfest, where our classic car show and family festival came together for a great day of fun for the county.
If you are interested in helping to build the tourism division please call 517-260-4705. Or please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce is to promote Hillsdale County, our members and businesses through programs and services which stimulate economic growth and foster commerce.
The Chamber has partnered with the City of Hillsdale to create a discounted advertising package which will run on channels WLNS TV 6, WLAJ ABC Channel 53, and CW TV.
Contact Cathie Vollmar 517-719-4086 for details. The ads run from November 24th - December 24th.
The Chamber will be publishing its 2018 membership campaign on December 7, 2018. We are proud to tout our bulk mail discounts which save members well beyond their membership investment. Some members who use the service have saved thousands of dollars.
We will also be highlighting the start up of our tourism division. If your business is a destination site for tourists or visitors you will want to renew your membership as we offer free courses on customer service and competitive advantage, and other workshops. Members will receive discounts on advertising that will target day trippers, those people who will travel 2-3 hours to visit our unique shops, stores, retailers, the Hillsdale College gun range, our restaurants, gift shops and historical sites, our golf courses, trails and more.
The Chamber's Annual Open House will be on December 14th at Hillsdale Buick GMC's show room. Come by and visit our staff, discuss the the direction the Chamber is taking, how we can help your business, network with other members. The Open House will run from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Hillsdale College and the Chamber are partners and offering in 2018 a Leadership Development Series. These programs are most often created and implemented by chambers and their partners to build leadership in the county. Participants learn fundamental and advanced leadership skills, network with peers in their cohort and often stay in contact with these peers after the series, and utilize their learnings to better their leadership abilities and their organizations sustainability and growth.
If you are interested in sending an employee or attending the series let Randy (director) know at 517 260 4705 or at email@example.com. Graduates receive a beautiful certification that they will proud to hang on their office wall.
Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce