The Chamber Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce 5 First Street SW * Hampton, IA 50441 Phone 641-456-5668 * Fax 641-456-5660 www.hamptoniowa.org Jennifer Gruelke, Executive Director email@example.com Lori Tarr, Center 1 Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org January 2008 Newsletter Message from the President… One word explains 2007 – RAGBRAI. The RAGBRAI organization believed in Hampton and delivered a challenge to us – and we succeeded. The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce served as the leader in organizing the successful overnight stay in July. As we move forward to 2008, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to get back to basics. We want to work with our members – after all, it is YOUR organization. You have ownership in the Chamber and it is our duty to listen. Our door is always open and we are waiting to hear from you. We cannot do it alone – we need volunteer involvement and dedication from within the membership. Together the Hampton community will be successful in 2008 and in the future years to come. I am excited to serve as the 2008 Chamber President. I believe that the Hampton area community has great things going on and The Chamber will continue to strive to achieve excellence with professionalism. Jack Clark, Redneck Trailer Supplies Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Chamber Business After 5 First National Bank of Hampton is excited to host a Business After 5 on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Hors d’ oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Businesses and employees are encouraged to attend the Business After 5 to help First National Bank celebrate 75 years in service, 1933-2008. Congrats First National Bank!! Hampton – Dumont High School News The Hampton-Dumont High School is strongly exploring the possibility of asking seniors to complete a job shadow during the months of March and April. Students would be asked to spend a minimum of one hour job shadowing. Please consider how your business could participate in this new event. Job shadowing allows students to gain a more intensive look at what careers exist in the community, and can serve as a recruitment tool in keeping our young people in the area after graduation and college. More information to come soon. Member Renewals Advanced Technology Solutions Hospice of North Iowa Ady’s Floral Design IStop Tech Shop AmericInn Lodge & Suites ISU Extension/Franklin County Mary Barnes Jeffrey Jaacks, LPA A Better Image The Kaleidoscope Margaret Burmester KIMT – TV 3 Cathy’s Country Cook’n Kum and Go Carlson Tree Farm Long Term Medical Supply Corporation Christensen Diamond Jewelers The Market Place Church of the Living Word Mary Kay Cosmetics, Marcia Brolsma The Computer Guy, Patrick Palmer Mason City Business Systems Jo Coonley McDonald’s Restaurant Corn Belt Power Cooperative Mediacom Cornerstone Cottage MidAmerican Energy Company Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast Miller Tree Farm Culligan Water Conditioning Mort’s Water Company DataQuest Movies America Robert Davies Murphy’s Heating & Plumbing Ivan & Janiece Davis North Central Millwright Raymond Drew, P.C. Attorney at Law Northern Pipe Products, Inc Dumont Telephone Company Office Elements EZ Print & Design Pamida Edward Jones PDQ Edwards Contracting Inc Steven Pearson Four Oaks Enterprises Charlane & Harley Janssen Franklin County Abstract Company Ron & Sandy Raney Franklin County Fair Association Redneck Trailer Supplies Franklin County Farm Bureau Rick’s Pharmacy Franklin Financial Services Ridge Stone Golf Club Franklin General Hospital Sackville Insurance Franklin Grassland Seed Company Sandee’s Flower House Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative Schwan’s Ice Cream Gold Key Motel Seabee – Hampton Hydraulics Graphics Plus Service Master Cleaning Services City of Hampton St Paul’s Lutheran Church Hampton Hardware Brian & Robbie Stevens Hampton Heating Company Twin State, Inc Hampton Propane Tank Transport United Bank & Trust Company Hampton Public Library Windsor Theatre Hampton Publishing Company The Wood Cellar Hampton Rotary Club Hampton Dumont Education Association Hansell Ag Repair, Inc Jay R Hickman, DC Maxine Hildebrand Hobson, Cady & Cady The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce would not exist without its’ members! THANK YOU for your investment in the Chamber and in the community! Ponder this….You can’t control the length of your life, but you can control how you use it. * You can’t control another’s opportunities, but you can make your own. 2008 Chamber Board of Directors * Jack Clark, President Redneck Trailer Supplies * Alan Moritz, Vice President Winfield Solutions, LLC * Kent Mollenbeck, Treasurer First National Bank of Hampton * Pat Sackville, Past President Potage Culinary Classes * Tricia Christiansen Hampton Dumont Schools * Brad Hicks Hampton Publishing Company * Jeff Hofer Hampton Hardware * Keri Holmes The Kaleidoscope * Becky Strother United Bank and Trust Company * Angela Heeren Franklin General Hospital * Brian Venteicher Jasperson Insurance & Real Estate, Ltd * Mark Whipple The Marketplace * Charlie Willms Hampton State Bank Staff: * Jennifer Gruelke, Executive Director * Lori Tarr, Center 1 Assistant Chamber Bucks A final total of Chamber Bucks sold in 2007 - $68,360.00!!! Studies prove that money spent locally turns an average of seven times – that is $478,520.00 spent in the Hampton area!! This is a great way to boost the local economy!! Ways to make your Chamber membership work for you * Attend Chamber functions such as Quarterly Coffees, Business After Hours, networking events, etc * Get Involved in the variety of Chamber committees * Inform The Chamber of any office changes in your business so we may update our records * Read newsletter and news briefs to stay informed * Contact Chamber Board of Directors or Chamber staff to give feedback and provide comments on programs, publications and other issues/topics * Fill out surveys that are sent to membership so that we can continually strive to meet the wants of members * Keep The Chamber informed with events, promotional items, etc so we can keep members informed Member News… ** Hampton Rotary Club will hold its Valentine Extravaganza on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Hampton Country Club. Social hour is at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm. Musical entertainment is The Last Minute Jazz Group. Special guests include Congressman Tom Latham and State Representative Linda Upmeyer. For tickets, contact any Rotary member or John Rowe, Extravaganza Chair, at 456-4946 or RSVP with checks made out to Hampton Rotary Club by January 30. Mail to John Rowe, PO Box 148, Hampton, IA 50441. $50.00 per person. Please designate if you would like Prime Rib, Ribeye or Salmon. ** Dancin With Roxie has moved! Roxanna Johnson has relocated her dance studio to the old location of the Marketplace (north of Windsor Theatre). Roxanna’s dance groups have grown immensely since the first year of business; therefore more dance space was needed. Congrats to Dancin With Roxie!! **Hampton Hardware purchases Radio Shack! Look for the Radio Shack merchandise at Hampton Hardware! Congrats to Jeff Hofer and his staff of expanding his retail business! Do you have business news to pass along to the Chamber membership? Let Lori or Jennifer know at the Chamber office. We are here to help promote your business! Disaster Preparedness Living in Iowa – people think a disaster can never happen. Think again…a disaster has hit home in Washington, Iowa as the Washington Chamber of Commerce office burnt to the ground this past weekend. A fire destroyed everything – records, computers, etc. Susan Wellington, Executive Director, says ”her community is fast to act in the face of tragedy.” Disasters of any type can happen at anytime with little or no warning. Are you prepared? The key is to have a plan and practicing the plan. Can you be prepared for every event? Of course not, however, you can and must make some preparations to be prepared. Disaster Preparedness Plan Steps: 1) Back up your computer system. Store back up cd’s, records, copied files, etc offsite. 2) Establish an alternative site to relocate your office. 3) Create a mobile finance office (everything you need to set up our office in another location). 4) Personnel cross train and temporary staffing. 5) Prevention planning. It is never too late to have a disaster plan in place. Start your planning today if you do not have one in place. Are you ready for the unexpected? Thomas Jefferson’s Ten Rules Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. Never spend your money before you have earned it. Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap. Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold. We seldom repent of having eaten too little. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. How much pain the evils have cost us that never happened. Take things always by the smooth handle. When angry, count to ten before you speak, if very angry, count to a hundred. Reference: The Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter Sincerely, Jennifer Gruelke Executive Director The purpose of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce is to support economic growth, by improving the quality of life and business climate in the Franklin County area.