January 2009 Chamber Compass Table of Contents Looking Forward in 2009 President’s Message............1 As we begin 2009, we find climate. You are represented ourselves poised for another great by 18 community members on Main Street Awards ......... 2 year for the Cheyenne County the Board of Directors who are Holiday Events ............... 2 Chamber of Commerce. Our actively involved in the towns number one focus is to continue we serve and continually looking Labor Agenda...................3 building upon the successes for opportunities to assist you. that we have experienced One of our greatest assets is Member Spotlight ............ 4 from supporting and promoting our Chamber staff: Executive Event Recap .................... 5 an environment for you, our Director Megan McGown and members, to grow. Assistant Chamber Director and Board Members ............... 6 Looking back on 2008, Keep Sidney Beautiful Director there are many accomplishments Ashley Hart. Vision 2020. ............. ......7 to celebrate. We had a 8% Although I am originally net growth in membership, a from Northeast Iowa, I have successful golf tournament, the found living in Sidney and promotion of a multiple listing serving Cheyenne County a service, and over 21 “Business most rewarding experience. The After Hours” and business rich culture and partnerships Save the Date! promotional events, including separate us from the rest. I numerous Downtown Events. believe that one of the most, if Additionally, local businesses not the most, important roles for Annual Chamber were honored with four awards the Chamber is one of building and one honorable recognition at networks and relationships which Banquet the Nebraska Main Street Awards parallels my role as the Chief of Excellence. Executive Officer at Memorial In my position as incoming Health Center. Thursday, president and business manager, Thank for the opportunity January 29, 2009 I feel the key question is: What to continue to serve you in 2009, is the benefit of a Chamber and we look forward to seeing membership? It must be very you at the Annual Cheyenne See Insert for details tangible and responsive to the County Chamber Banquet! needs of the business. Our goal is to continue to support your Respectfully, organization by being alert to Danielle Gearhart the business community and its Cheyenne County Chamber Newsletter 740 Illinois, Sidney, NE 69162 Phone: (308)254-5851 (800)421-4769 Fax (308)254-3081 E-mail email@example.com www.cheyennecountychamber.com Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy Visits Historic 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Downtown Sidney Activities The Christmas season began with the Annual Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy came to Historic Christmas Kick-off on November 28. Included in Downtown Sidney to personally congratulate the the festivities were the tree lighting, hot chocolate, 2008 Sidney winners of Nebraska’s Main Street soup supper, Santa, Program that had previously been announced music, and hayrack in October at the Nebraska Main Street Awards rides. Banquet. Sidney’s Main Street volunteers, merchants, and business/building owners took The Chamber’s nine awards at this year’s Awards Banquet. The P r o m o t i o n s local awards presentation and celebration was C o m m i t t e e held at Trombetta’s Dog House on December d e v e l o p e d 16th. a Christmas subcommittee this Director of the Nebraska Main Street program year to generate Elizabeth Chase and Director of Heritage and implement ideas Nebraska J.L.Schmidt, attended the local encouraging patrons celebration as well to congratulate Sidney’s Main to shop locally and Street Program, volunteers, merchants, property stay close to home. owners, and staff. They stated that the program in Sidney is the perfect example of what a Main The committee Street Program should look like. scheduled activities and promotions during each of the weekends leading up to Christmas. Such events were carolers, craft fairs, kids ornament making, concerts, and more. They organized The Twelve Days of Christmas which was designed to have some kind of event or giveaway everyday leading up to Christmas. This was a way for our downtown businesses to show their appreciation during the Holiday Season with candy canes, Hershey Kisses, wine tasting, fudge tasting, and much more. Thank you to all of the business that participated and thank you to the Sidney Fine Arts Center for providing the location for many of the events! Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy presented Barb Meier, owner of The Coffee Corner, with the Merchant of the year award. Congratulations Historic Downtown Sidney Merchants, Volunteers, Business Owners, and Property Owners! STEP GATE® The SAFE and SECURE way to enter your pick-up truck bed, plus a lot more! Order online today at www.pullersdirect.com Your online source of Truck • RV • ATV • Towing • Camping Supplies and Accessories All chamber members are associate members of Pullers Direct and can purchase at the special pricing. Wines West owner, Patrick Zimmerer, serves wine to attendees at the 12 Days of Christmas Wine Tasting Page 2 Chamber Compass January 2009 Top 10 Things On Big Labor’s Agenda (Human Events magazine) - expansion of the employers for Transportation Security - Here are the top 10 items covered by the act. Administration workers. on the agenda of “big labor” Big Labor will also seek the federal agenda, as listed by 4. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: forced unionization of police, Human Events magazine: This proposal is a response firefighters, and EMTs by to the Ledbetter v. Goodyear federal fiat -- overturning the 1. Employee Free Choice Act: Tire & Rubber Co. decision, laws of more than two dozen In addition to the notorious in which the Supreme Court states. “card-check” provision that said that the 180-day statute strips union members of their of limitations for equal pay 8. Union Financial Disclosure: right to a secret ballot, this bill lawsuits begins on the date Drastically revise the Office also provides for increased the pay was agreed to. The of Labor-Management penalties for employers who Lilly Ledbetter Act would re- Standards’ Form LM-2 that has commit allegedly unfair labor start the statute of limitations embarrassed and caused legal practices. These increased each time that a paycheck problems for union bosses by penalties include treble was received. forcing them to reveal their damages and civil penalties salaries and spending. of up to $20,000. 5. Minimum Wage Hike: Barack Obama’s website promises to 9. National Labor Relations 2. Repeal of Section 14(b) of “raise the minimum wage to Board: Ram through a pro- Taft-Hartley: Repeal of this $9.50 an hour by 2011.” union-appointee to the NLRB section 14 of the Taft-Hartley and add more labor advocates Act would take from states 6. Patriot Employer Act: This to the board. Right now, of the the right to enact right-to-work bill imposes tax increases on five seats, three are vacant. laws. companies that have major operations outside the U.S. 10. Overturn Bush orders: 3. Family Medical Leave Act and tax hikes on those don’t Immediate revocation of Bush expansion: Bills sponsored by agree to “labor neutrality,” executive order on Beck rights Sen. Chris Dodd (D.-Conn.) in card check, etc. notices and Bush executive the last Congress proposed 7. Government unions: Barack order prohibitions on use of creation of an insurance Obama promised during the discriminatory union-only system to provide for paid campaign that he would fight Project Labor Agreements in family medical leave and an for collective bargaining rights federal contracting. High Plains Art Council Presents: Wally Seiler as Mark Twain January 10, 2009 Sidney Public Schools Auditorium 7:00 pm visit us at: www.cheyennecountychamber.com January 2009 Chamber Compass Page 3 Tri City Sign Company 363 N Elm St Grand Island, NE 68801 308-384-6335 Tri City Sign Company is a major manufacturer of signage for various businesses nationwide and we install signs throughout the Midwest United States. We co-ordinate turnkey installations nationwide. Member Spotlight Union Pacific is named a military friendly employer for fifth time in 6 years (AP) -- Union Pacific has again been named one of the nation’s 50 most military friendly employers. “G.I. Jobs” career guide has included the Omaha-based railroad on its military friendly list in five of the last six years. “G.I. Jobs” bases its rankings on how much of an effort a company makes to hire and train veterans, what percentage of its new hires are veterans and how accommodating it is to national guard members. UP actively seeks to hire veterans by participating in military job fairs and other outreach efforts. Congratulations Union Pacific! GOOD-BYE CITYLoans. 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It proved to be a great mingling along with a little holiday shopping. time with outstanding food made from their Mobius Communications co-sponsored the homegrown harvest and seasoned with their Social and both offered door prizes throughout homemade herbs and spices. Thank you for the evening. hosting such a great event! WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Buyer’s Realty Anita Pennel 2046 11th Ave 308-249-6151 www.callbuyersrealty.com Commercial Resins 2321 Industrial Ave. 308-254-5307 Pipeline coating Wines West~ Tasting Room and Gift Shop 664 Glover Rd. (Across from Cabela’s) 308-254-5282 Offers a selection of wines from the “Wines on the Historic Trails”. Stop in for a tasting and a large selection of local gifts and products. visit us at: www.cheyennecountychamber.com January 2009 Chamber Compass Page 5 Meet the 2009 Board of Directors Thank You to Board of Directors President: Danielle (Danni) Gearhart is the CEO With the close of 2008, we have several board at Memorial Health Center. She has served in that members whose terms have ended. We would capacity for 3 years. Danni has been a member like to take this opportunity to thank them for their of the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce hard work, extra effort, support and dedication to Board of Directors for 2 years. Something that the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce not everyone knows about Danni is that she was and to the communities within Cheyenne a cheerleader in college. County. Vice President: Greg Huck is the owner of The following are the Board Members who Financial/Residential Partners, which opened served 2006-2008: in 1991 when he moved here. He has been a member of the Chamber Board of Directors for 1 Julie Berner (Rauner and Associates) year. The greatest gag ever pulled on Greg was Don Ogle (SPNRD) by Shannon Smelley (Re/Max). She put Baby Aaron Clausen (Clausen Brothers Construction) Numbs It on the mouth of his coffee cup. The Heath Holly (Holly Realty) instant his lips came into contact with the gel Mary Katos (ADC) plus the hot coffee, he literally poured hot coffee Gary Dible (21st Century Equipment) down the front of his shirt! Each year we set goals for the Chamber to Incoming Board Members (Term 2009-2011) continue moving forward and adapting to change Deb Brauer (Crossroads Coop) in this ever changing economic climate. We Steve Davidson (Big Wally’s Pizza) depend on an active Board of Directors and Tim Lindahl (Wheat Belt PPD) an active and supportive membership to make Tim Monroe (Golden Living Center) things happen. We have been very blessed to Diann Steffens (Steffens Home Interiors/Steffens have such a great pool of volunteers. Thank Appliance Center) you to the members as well as the Board for Margaret Waddell (The Egging Company) everything you do to support the Chamber! Term Ending December 31, 2009 I look forward to what 2009 has in store for us Bob Volkmer (First National Bank and and welcome any suggestions or concerns any Insurance) of our members may have. Wanda Brogren (Advance Services, Inc.) Bill Butkus (American National Bank) Information will be forthcoming regarding our 2009 Tony Deitering (Cabela’s, Inc.) Planning Session. If you have any questions, Andy Hurt (American National Bank) please do not hesitate to contact me! Dave Collins (KSID Radio) Happy New Year, Term Ending December 31, 2010 Chris Gay (Cabela’s, Inc.) Megan McGown Brett Kough (Wal-Mart) Danielle Gearhart (MHC) Vivek Jayapal (Cabela’s, Inc.) Kay Hicks (The Insurance Store) Page 6 Chamber Compass January 2009 Vision 2020 Moving Forward Vision 2020 has divided and is conquering! In 4. Education – Met on December 3 and October, the Vision 2020 Steering Committee decided the first step is to get all the right divided into subcommittees to tackle goals in the people involved, i.e. members from the schools following categories: Activities and Recreation, including administration and board, as well as Infrastructure (which has two subcommittees others involved in education, businesses, etc. working on 1. Transportation and 2. Creating They will meet again on January 7 at 4:30pm a County Wide Foundation), Education, and at WNCC. The subcommittee’s purpose is to Economic Development. discuss what positive things are we doing and can we improve on them? For Example: The Steering Committee will meet again on January 12, time and location are to be announced. Do we completely understand all the Services available to the education system as a whole? The following is a status report from each committee: Do we know all the things that ESU, UNL- Extension services, WNCC College has to 1. Activities and Recreation, chaired by Amy offer? Jay – Met on November 13 and began discussions regarding what activities and recreational Are we making the most use of the Dual Credit opportunities are already available with in the services available? county and then to better promote and market those opportunities. The next meeting will be the second Is there is something else we would like to see week of January and there will be a brain storming happen? session regarding what additional opportunities exist in terms of new programs, activities, and/or 5. Economic Development – chaired by facilities. Shelly Nienhueser – met on Nov. 6, and then also attended the public meetings on Nov. 17 and 2. Infrastructure (Transportation), chaired Dec. 11 to gain an understanding, participate in, by Harold Perkins – met on December 3 and show support of the Downtown Revitalization and again on December 15 to discuss public project that the City of Sidney is working on in transportation in Cheyenne County. The owner of concert with Nebraska Department of Economic a transportation company from McCook presented Development on a Community Development to the subcommittee regarding the service his Block Grant. The subcommittee will meet next company could provide. Funding is the largest during the third week in January to learn about issue surrounding public transportation. At present what resources are available in Cheyenne the committee is looking at proposing a route County for Economic Development projects. system that would cover the Sidney city limits They will also discuss tools and terminology and a second route system that would travel to commonly used in economic development such the Sioux Meadows Industrial Park, stopping at as TIF, LB840, etc. employers along the loop. Next meeting date is to be announced. 3. Infrastructure (County Wide Foundation), chaired by Mike Namuth and Danni Gearhart – Met on November 20 with more than 5 existing foundations in Cheyenne County as well as several other entities. The first step is to determine whether a County Wide Foundation is what is desired by ��������������������� existing foundations. A representative from the Phone: (308) 254-9598 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nebraska Community Foundation will present to the group on January 26 at 6:00pm regarding what their program offers as well as to offer examples of how this is working in other communities. visit us at: www.cheyennecountychamber.com January 2009 Chamber Compass Page 7 PRESORTED January 2009 STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 24 Sidney, NE 69162 Address Service Requested Chamber Compass 740 Illinois, Sidney, NE 69162 Phone: (308)254-5851 (800)421-4769 Fax (308)254-3081 Email email@example.com www.cheyennecountychamber.com Thank you to the Boot Hill Committee and Soiled Doves for participating in our Christmas Promotions this year. Also, thank you to the Sidney Fine Arts Center for the use of your facility! IS A STOCK YOU OWN IN THE NEWS? LET’S TALK. Bill Benson Financial Advisor Member SIPC www.edwardjones.com 1121 10th Ave Sidney, NE 308-254-5608 Page 8 Chamber Compass January 2009
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