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February 2018 General Membership Meeting Minutes

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce

 

March 14th, 2018

 

Present: Justin Stankewicz, Laura Almonte, Wendy Rimbey, Laura Grimes, Bob King, Ellie Bonde, Denny Ahalt, Linda Koons, Chris Richard, Joe Greenville, Bret Winston, Patrick Reed, Dennis Regulinski, Chris Berry, Alice Settle-Raskin, Eric Chessler, Pamela Reed

 

  • Call to Order-Justin Stankewicz

Meeting Opened at 5:31 PM

  • Reading of the minutes-BCE recap

Minutes were approved with corrections about restaurant week. Correct dates are April 22-29.

  • Treasurers report

Rent paid $600 for the building for the year. Discussed membership dues- Administrative. Budget may run over due to the $600 building expense.

  • Committee Reports

Advertising Marketing: Facebook report posted on Monday. Cohosting professional Series with town. Please share all posts on Facebook. Discussed changing hosting company for website. Checking on pricing.

Send people to website for upcoming events. Preschedule text messages

for BCE’s. Add door prize reminders for BCE’s. Discussed sending out

newsletter to members.

Ambassadors: Clarksburg Chamber- Joint BCE May 3rd at the Clarksburg

Outlets. Ordering table covers and promotional items for chamber to

promote ourselves. Checking with local vendors on pricing.

Financing: No requests for funding. Taxes have been filed and reported

to the state.  Balance as of Feb 28, 2018 was $35876.02

Government Relations: Tie the chamber with current events. Bring some

of the local businesses into these events. EDC meeting-4th Wednesday of

month. Recommended that we should attend Downtown Masterplan

meeting.

Membership Committee Report:  Reported we have 117 businesses 36 of

which are new. Of the 117 businesses, 360 individuals are on the website.

Sent out letters to non-members to try and get them to join.

 

 

 

Professional Development: Tuesdays 12 week Business development program with speakers, and food served. Looking for sponsors for food and drinks. Two sponsors per week. Need an updated flyer for upcoming events.

Scholarship committee report: Jim Scales not present. Received one applications so far.

Social committee: Old Line Bank will be having their BCE at Memories September 5-7pm. Checking with Bob Gilliam and Patrick Reed about future BCE’s. July August and September are currently open.

New Business: Eric Chessler visited our meeting and discussed hosting our website, mobile website, newsletter and social media. Eric is a 3rd party service to revamp and host website.

Oktoberfest maybe replacing Beers, Beards and Brats. Planning to make it family friendly and a traditional Oktoberfest. Still in the planning stages. Chamber and MAMSA possibly involved. Soiree date to be October 18th. Meeting to be scheduled to start the planning process. Chili cookoff on schedule for April 7th. Chamber approved a table sponsor for $100 to promote chamber and business working the booth.

 

  • Meeting was adjourned at 6:40PM
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