InFocus Newsletter - June 2014


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Vol. 2 No. 6 ADVOCATE. EDUCATE. NETWORK. JUNE 2014 The Fourth is Strong Chamber Prepares for Another Spectacular Independence Day T he Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce has had the opportunity to host and organize the 4th of July Independence Day Parade for many years, as well as conducting the Liberty Festival on the Falls along Memorial Drive since 2006. These two events are cherished traditions for the city of Idaho Falls and the 4th of July holiday would not be complete without them. The 2014 parade theme is “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave,” and will bring together many organizations, groups, and individuals who want to share in the celebration of the day by participating in the parade. The Liberty Festival on the Falls, held on Memorial Drive, begins right after the parade ends and is a family friendly environment for all to attend. Twenty-five food vendors and over sixty business and craft vendors make this event the prime location to spend your day. Entertainers on the large central stage providing live music during the event include local bands Desert Harmony, Happyville, 40 Something Band, and The Galaxy Forest. Stasia Acrobats and Reflections Academy of Dance will also be performing, two crowd favorites each year. Other activities such as jump houses, face painting, and a human gyroscope are present, drawing both children and adults alike. The Liberty Festival on the Falls continues until the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration Fireworks begin, with people gathering to the shore of the Snake River along the river walkway to view that spectacular display. For more information on the 4th of July events hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, visit www.idahofallschamber. com. Join us this year as we celebrate together our country’s independence and freedom through the Independence Day Parade and Liberty Festival on the Falls!


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Michelle’s Minutes O ne of the most gratifying parts of what we do at the Chamber is hearing the success stories from our members who have found value through their Chamber Membership. In a nut shell, the Chamber’s role is to create opportunities for you to maximize your business. When we hear about your successes we celebrate with you. I’d like to share with you one such story from Travis Powell with AlphaGraphics. “Just over four years ago AlphaGraphics opened up in Idaho Falls. Signing on as a Chamber member was one of our first orders of business, and it has been an investment of time and money well spent. Our ribbon cutting/open house was well attended by a large group of smiling Ambassadors—each one eager to welcome us to the community. From that point forward we’ve enjoyed a warm relationship with the Chamber staff. They are always receptive to any questions we might have and have been valuable partner to our business. The Chamber events we attend—from lunches to golf tournaments to Business after Hours—have allowed us an outlet to network with other members of the business community that we wouldn’t have otherwise met. Moving forward, we expect many returns on our Chamber investment, and look forward to the great opportunities in store.” There are many reasons that organizations choose to become Chamber member, and not all of them have to do with networking their business. Whatever motivates you to join our organization, we appreciate your choice to come alongside our other member businesses to make Idaho Falls a vibrant business community. That being said, we do hope that you find many opportunities to utilize all that the Chamber has to offer under the umbrella of Advocacy, Education and Networking. After all, your successes are our successes. 425 North Capital, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Officers Brad Hudson—Red, Inc. Chair Elect/Secretary Chairman/President Dana Storms—INL Treasurer Eric Hess—Northwestern Mutual Vice Chair of Membership Mike Richards—BBSI Sean Coletti—Hopkins, Roden, Crockett, Hansen, Hoopes, PLLC Michelle Ziel-Dingman—Artcore Visual Studio Jim Hammon—Ideacom ECSI Directors Chuck Begay Teton Toyota Doug Ferguson Mountain America Credit Union Ann Howell Idaho State University, Idaho Falls Steve Hunter Hunter Monuments Eric Isom Ball Ventures Kathleen Nelson Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Mike O’Bleness Development Workshop Eldon Tilley East Idaho Credit Union Damond Watkins Melaleuca, Inc. Cherie Webster Mountain View Hospital Crystal Zmak Teton Toyota Ex Officio Directors Lane Allgood Partnership for Science & Technology Shannon Brennan Department of Energy, Idaho Bob Everhart Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation Mayor Rebecca Casper City of Idaho Falls Becky Holzemer Citizens Community Bank Linda Martin Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. Russell Slack Ammon City Council Immediate Past President Vice Chair of Programs/Events Vice Chair of Standing Committees Michelle Holt —Michelle Holt, CEO NEWS BRIEFS Professional Development Series Did you know that the Young Professional’s Network currently hosts a Professional Development Series every other month at the Willard Arts Center on 450 A Street? These events are open to all young professionals and free to attend. A light lunch is commonly served as the featured speaker shares their knowledge and thoughts with the audience on their topic of choice. Mark your calendars now to attend these upcoming Professional Development Series: Wednesday, July 9 Eric Hess Northwestern Mutual “Secure Your Financial Future” Wednesday, September 24 Michelle Holt CEO, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce “Leveraging Your Life Experience” InFocus is the official newsletter of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. It is published 12 times per year and distributed directly to Chamber of Commerce members and businesses via mail and events. To advertise, please contact Dana Briggs, Programs and Events Coordinator at 208‑523‑1010 ext. 1004 or email 2  INFOCUS  |  JUNE 2014


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Tim Hong Adobe T he June 2020 Vision for Business Luncheon will feature Tim Hong, Senior Strategic Alliance Manager at Adobe. Tim’s role is managing Adobe’s relationships with social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. He has also worked at Dell, Fonix, and NIC. During his career he has focused on helping companies start, build, and manage strategic partnerships. Tim grew up working in his family’s Chinese restaurant and still helps his family run their food booths during the Eastern Idaho State Fair every year. He received his MBA and BA from Brigham Young University and graduated from Blackfoot High School. During his non-work time he loves to travel, eat, run, and spend time with his family. Join us this month for the 2020 Vision for Business Luncheon featuring Tim Hong to discover “where should my business be in 2020?” Details Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. Location: Hartwell-Chesbro Room located on the second floor of the Willard Arts Center, 450 A. St. Pre-Registration required at by Friday, June 13, 2014 Members: $20.00 POTENTIAL members: $25.00 Gallery: $5.00 CATERED BY Catered Your Way n PLEASE NOTE: CONFIRMED RSVPs WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE EVENTS WILL BE BILLED FOR THE AMOUNT DUE. A New Way to Network Join us at Catered Your Way on Tuesday, June 3 for our monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch. This is your opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community. Featured Businesses during the June luncheon will include Broadway Ford, Journeys DDA, Home Helpers of Eastern Idaho, and Barton Consulting. Door prizes, introductions, and other interactions will make this a casual, fun opportunity to meet others and build your professional network. n If you would like to be a Featured Business, please contact Dana Briggs at 523-1010, programs@idahofallschamber. com or visit Details Date: Tuesday June 3, 2014 Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. Location: Catered Your Way, 2161 E. 17th St. Pre-Registration required at by Friday, May 30, 2014 Members: $8.00 POTENTIAL members: $10.00  3


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AMBASSADORS PAGE HEY THERE! YOU WANT TO… more ribbon cutting ✓ See pictures? about upcoming ✓ Learn events and programs? links to ✓ Find registration pages? Visit the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and “like us” today! 4  INFOCUS  |  JUNE 2014


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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT Marching to the Beat of Her Own Drum Getting to Know ICCU’s Jami Horrocks A magnet. This is what I would compare myself to. A magnet for action, change, excitement and friendships. For once in my life, I’m looking for (business) love in the right places. As the Business Development Officer at Idaho Central Credit Union, I am happy to say that the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce is theright place for me. With all of the positive changes the Chamber is experiencing, I am happy to be a part of it—and ready to take a bite out of my new position as Chairperson of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network. But don’t worry, I don’t bite (hard). My husband Chane of 13 years might disagree with you, but don’t worry about him. Our three daughters (Karsyn, Adisyn and Halle) and I frequently beat him up over his opinion on things. When I’m not smacking on my husband (his lips, of course!), I am beating on my new set of drums that he bought me as a recent anniversary present. Wanna join my band? Give me a call! I know that my charm and wit can be off-putting, but I promise to only embarrass you a little. We Our New Extremity MRI And we know you will too! Ask your healthcare provider if the Extremity MRI is the right solution for your next MRI A Physician Owned Hospital  5


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Business After Hours Thank you to Watkins Distributing for hosting April’s Business After Hours event. NEW MEMBERS Idaho Land Properties 410 Memorial Drive, Idaho Falls The Grape Van Gogh 2289 E 17th St, Idaho Falls Barton Consulting 255 B St # 317, Idaho Falls Ashley Furniture Homestore 620 1st St, Idaho Falls Upstream Plumbing 701 E 800 N, Firth Starbucks (New Location) 900 E 17th Street, Idaho Falls RENEWING MEMBERS ALSCO Java Express Senior Citzens Community Center Delta Structural Steel Services Group Keller Williams Realy East Idaho Teton Communications inc. Diversified Metal Products Lincoln Court Retirement Teton Stage Lines East Idaho Credit Union NAIFA Yellowstone Motel Grow Idaho Falls NUCO Enterprises JUNE Business After Hours Thursday, June 19, 5–7pm Stockman’s Restaurant 1175 Pier View Dr. Hosted by: United Way & Snake River Landing Holiday Inn Express Obstetrix—Mountain States American Legion Post 56 Hope Lutheran School Outsource Receivables Apple Athletic Idaho Brewing Company Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Barrett Business Services, Inc. Idaho Housing & Finance Batteries Plus Bulbs of Idaho Falls Award-Winning graphic design, photography, and social media management. Interwest Moving & Storage Senator Jim Risch Citizens Community Bank— Ammon Stay up-to-date on chamber news, events, and access other helpful resources at 208-206-4735  | 6  INFOCUS  |  JUNE 2014 ADVOCATE. EDUCATE. NETWORK.


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JUNE 2014 monday tuesday CHAMBER EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS wednesday thursday friday 2 Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Catered Your Way 2161 E. 17th St. NOON–1:30 P.M. 3 Ribbon Cutting MorningStar Senior Living 4000 South 25th East 2–3 P.M. 4 Ribbon Cutting Anytime Fitness 1615 Midway Ave., Ammon 10:30 A.M. Ribbon Cutting Anytime Fitness 2141 West Broadway 4 P.M. 5 Ribbon Cutting Bandon River Apartments 1755 White Sand Creek Way 11 A.M. 6 Ambassadors Luncheon Catered Your Way, 2161 E. 17th St. NOON–1 P.M. 9 Ribbon Cutting Idaho Falls Regional Airport Terminal Expansion 2140 N Skyline Dr. 10:30 A.M. 10 Adult Leadership Idaho Falls 11 Legislative Committee Meeting EITC Room 581 7–8 A.M. 12 Ribbon Cutting Mountain America Credit Union 525 West Sunnyside Rd. 11 A.M. 13 16 2020 Vision for Business Luncheon Willard Arts Center 450 A. St. NOON–1:30 P.M. 17 18 YPN Committee Meeting Chamber Offices Noon–1 P.M. Business After Hours Stockman’s Restaurant 1175 Pier View Dr. 5–7 P.M. 19 20 Ambassadors Luncheon Catered Your Way, 2161 E. 17th St. NOON–1 P.M. 23 24 25 Health and Human Services Committee Meeting Chamber Offices 8:30–9:30 A.M. 26 27 Ambassadors Luncheon Catered Your Way, 2161 E. 17th St. NOON–1 P.M. 30 Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Catered Your Way 2161 E. 17th St. NOON–1:30 P.M. 1 2 3 Idaho Falls 4th of July Parade 9 A.M. 4 Liberty Festival on the Falls Memorial Dr. Downtown Idaho Falls NOON–10 P.M. INDEPENDENCE DAY WHO ARTED? SNEAK PEEK TOURS JULY 4, 2014 a r t i t o r i u m o n b r o a d w a y. o r g  7


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