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									    January 2009

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
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!

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                  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
                                         Wally Seiler as Mark Twain
                                             January 10, 2009
                                      Sidney Public Schools Auditorium
                                                  7:00 pm

 visit us at:                  January 2009 Chamber Compass Page 3
 Tri City Sign Company
 363 N Elm St
 Grand Island, NE 68801

    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

                                                                        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!

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                         Page 4 Chamber Compass January 2009
 DP Electronics - Radio Shack/Showtime Video                 Ricky and Lucy’s Country Greenhouse
        and Mobius Host Holiday Social                               Business After Hours
December 4 brought many Chamber Members                 Owners Terri and Dan Wolff hosted their first
out to Radio Shack/Showtime Video to do some            Business After Hours. 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
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                                           2046 11th Ave

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                             Wines West~ Tasting Room and Gift Shop
                                664 Glover Rd. (Across from Cabela’s)
  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:             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:
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:              January 2009 Chamber Compass Page 7
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               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
                              1121 10th Ave
                              Sidney, NE

          Page 8 Chamber Compass January 2009

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