Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free eXtension Entrepreneur Webinars Starte Jan 13th

eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities - ON-LINE PRESENCE Series 2011


Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series airs monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT). Webinar access at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ecop


January 13, 2011
Creating Valuable Content That Converts

Just creating a website and filling it with content (usually from our brochures) is simply not enough any more. It's important that you create content that is valuable to your audience and will lead them through a conversion process which will take them from just being a site visitor to someone who has a business relationship with you. We will talk about content creation, frequency and how social media will play a part.

Scott Wild, WildInspire, Bismarck ND has been working in the computer industry for the past 15 years with experience ranging from software programming, corporate training, and internet marketing and consulting. He is passionate about the role that the Internet plays in marketing for profits and non-profits. He is a big believer in networking and generating ideas in a group setting. http://www.wildinspire.com/

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ranch Manager Sought for Research Station in Salmon

The Univeristy of Idaho, Nancy M Cumming Research, Extension and Education center at Salmon, Idaho is seeking a ranch manager.  This is a $40,000+ (DOE) plus housing job with a view of the continental divide.  Follow the link below for details, application and contact information.

http://centralidahoextension.blogspot.com/2010/12/ranch-manager-postion-at-research.html

Monday, December 13, 2010

Chamber Montly Meeting, Tuesday December 14th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular montly general membership meeting Tuesday December 14th at 8:00 AM at Pickles Place.  The meeting is open to the public.  There are some door prizes for the first to arrive.....

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Monthy General Membership Meeting
December 14th, 2010
Agenda
No Host Breakfast

8:00 AM Call to Order
Reading of the Minutes (Colette)
Financial Report (Janet)
Correspondence
  • Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference Mar 12-14, 2011
  • Other
Tree Lights along Front Street ( Ernie Tate)
Election of officers / Change in By-laws
Discussion of Possible Winter Business Promo Ideas
  • Winter Fest - Ice Carving Contest – coordinate with winter fest at the CRMO?
  • Pretty late for Christmas promotions????
Coordinate with Horizons Education Committee on Spring Community Preparedness Symposium, (This could bring people to town?)
Coordination with Moore Community Association on King Mountain Car Show
Atomic Days Rodeo –
  • Fund raiser / advertizing to make rodeo more competitive
  • Atomic Days leadership
Communication
  • Chamber Email Address
  • Chamber Phone Number
  • Newsletter—do we want a printed newsletter
  • Digital Only?
  • Authors?
  • Content?
  • Responsiblity
  • Chamber Blog—
  • How do we promote this
  • How do we use this for dialogue on issues, etc.
  • http://buttecountyidahochamber.blogspot.com/
  • Web Page---
  • Needs to be reviewed carefully
  • http://www.buttecountychamber.com/
  • Possible Use of Social Media for promotion????
  • Eg Facebook.com
Lists of businesses to feature so that these can be lined up well in advance.

Adjourn

Friday, November 26, 2010

Innovation Engineering: Knowledge, Tools & Inspiration for Young Entrepreneurs Dec 9th

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series airs monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT).

On Thursday, December 9, 2010 we return to our youth entrepreneurship theme with a presentation on Innovation Engineering: Knowledge, tools and inspiration to become an innovator and entrepreneur. Our presenter will be Renee Kelly, Co-Director of Programs, Operations and Outreach, at the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine. Tune in to learn about the work that is incubating our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dinner Theater and Recognition Program Tonight

There are still a few tickets left for the Butte County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Theater and Recognition Program scheduled for 7:00 pm this eventing, Friday November 19 at the Arco Elementary School.  Besides a great meal, terrific Vaudeville program, recognition of the citizen and business of the year, there will be six drawings for Wish Upon A Star raffle tickets!

Supper will be roast beef, baked potato with all the fixings, green salad with ranch dressing and cake for desert. Supper will  be served by high school drama class member.  The Vaudeville show will be presented by Mrs.Nelsons middle school drama class.

Tickets are available at the Eastern Idaho Credit Union, by calling 527-8587.  Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free Webinar on Rural Entrepreneurship Nov 18th, Noon MST

AFRI -Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities Program
Topic: Rural Entrepreneurship.
Date: November 18, 2010 (TOMORROW)
Time:2:00 to 3:30 pm EST

Presenters:
Dr. Charles Tolbert, Baylor University,
Nascent Employer and Their First Employees: Hope for Development in Rural America

Dr.Peter Schaffer, West Virginia University,
Collaborative Research: Evaluation without Bias: New Performance Measures for Business Incubators in Rural America

Dr.Catherine Keske, Colorado State University,
Using Mountain Ecosystem Services to Provide Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Development in Rural Communities

Dr. Frank Farmer, University of Arkansas,
Entrepreneurial Development Targeting Rural Hispanic Immigrants: A Collaborative Research and Extension
Effort

Friday, November 12, 2010

Citizen and Business of the Year Nominations

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank those who recognized the contributions of businesses and individuals to our life in the Lost Rivers Valleys, and who took the time to nominate them for this awards process.

The selection process will be a combination of public input and the deliberations of a select committee. Each portion of the evaluation will be equally weighted numerically and the final score computed to determine the successful nomination for 2010. If you wish to participate in the public input, please send a signed post card or letter to the Chamber of Commerce at POB 837, Arco, ID 83213. Simply write the name of the nominee you prefer for citizen of the year and for business of the year and sign your name. If you prefer, you may send your vote by email to ccheyney@uidaho.edu. Please put “RECOGNITION” in the subject line of your email. Points will be allocated to the nominees based on the total number of votes cast. All votes must be in the hands of the Chamber by 5 PM on Wednesday, November 17th. All voting is intended to be confidential.

Monday, November 8, 2010

eXtension Webinar: Culinary Tourism November 11

eXtension, then electronic arm of the Cooperative Extension System, offers free on-line learning activities called webinars.  These can be accessed on most internet capable computer equipment.  The next one in economic development is the last in a series on culinary tourism.  Follow the link below to find out more about the webinar and a link to attend it.

http://arcomoore.communityblogs.us/2010/11/08/extension-entrepreneurship-webinar-culinary-tourism-novemeber-11/

Friday, November 5, 2010

Chamber Meets Tuesday November 9th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their regular monthly general membership membership meeting on Tuesday, November 9th at 8 AM at Pickles Place.

Vaudeville: A Dazzling Display of Heterogeneous Splendor November 19th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce’s dinner theater will be held Friday 19th for fellowship, entertainment and to honor the Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year. The program will be held at the Arco Elementary School. The evening will showcase students from Mrs. Stephanie Nelson’s junior high drama class with the “Vaudeville Variety Show”. The show is in the tradition of old time Vaudeville entertainment with skits, and other exhibitions of talent designed to “educate, edify, amaze and uplift”! The evening will culminate with the announcement of the Business of the Year and the Citizen of the Year.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Citizen and Business of the Year


The Butte County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of for Citizen of the Year and for Business of the Year.  Nominations and letters of support are due by the close of business on Monday November 8th.  Selection will be made on the basis of a combination of public input and the deliberations of a select committee.  The winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Dinner Theatre on Friday November 19th.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Idaho Weed Control Association College Scholarships

The Idaho Weed Control Association offers scholarships every spring for University of Idaho and Treasure Valley Community College students. Preference is given to students majoring in plant or crop sciences, entomology, range resources or other associated fields.

Deadline to apply is December 10, 2010.
Please forward to all who might be interested.
http://www.idahoweedcontrol.org/scholarship.html

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Horizons Steering Committee Meets Monday Nov 1st

The Horizons Steering Committee will meet on Monday, November 1st at 7PM at the BIC.  A copy of the by-laws for the Butte Communities Improvement Association should be available for review.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Small business success based on ARS-developed technology highlighted at conference:

The transformation of ChoiceBatter--an ARS-developed, rice-flour-based batter that absorbs up to 50 percent less oil in deep-frying--from a federal laboratory bench technology to a grocery store product was spotlighted this week by ARS officials and other participants at the 17th annual conference of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. (10/15) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2010/101015.htm

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Arco Elementary PTS Seeks $150 in Help to Finance Pumkin Patch

The Arco Elementary PTA is sponsoring a “pumpkin patch” for kids in the grammar school. They have arranged an excellent price for pumpkins with Walmart in Blackfoot. The need to raise $150 to fund the activity. The PTA approached Horizons through LRED, and we immediately had several individuals offer to donate toward the project, and consequently felt that perhaps that would be the most appropriate way.

If you are willing to help fund the Pumpkin Patch project, please call or email the Horizons Steering Committee at 527-8587 or ccheyney@uidaho.edu.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Plan to Attend Small Business & Human Resources Community Open House October 19th

Idaho Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory & Lost Rivers Economic Development have joined together to present a Small Business & Human Resources Community Open House on Tuesday, October 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the BIC in Arco.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chamber Meeting Tuesday the 12th Features the Galloping Goose

It is another month already and time for the next Butte Chamber of  Commerce Meeting.
October 12th at 8:00am at Pickle’s Place.  This month we will be spotlighting “The Galloping Goose”.
Check out the Galloping Goose's website at http://www.gallopinggooseent.com/.
Please make an effort to attend and help us to promote your local business.
Sincerely,
Colette Atwood
Butte Chamber Secretary
Arco     ID     83213
208-527-3249

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Community Firewood Program Continues Saturday

The community firewood program, sponsored by the Butte County Commissioners, distributed about 12 cords of wood last Saturday.  The program will continue on Saturday at 9 AM to distribute additional firewood to community members who have trouble getting or paying for firewood.  Volunteers should meet at 9 AM at Garner's Rough Cuts at the Big Bend, wets of Arco.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Butte Communities Steering Committee Meets Monday October 4th

The Horizons, Butte Communities Steering Committee will meet on Monday October 6th at 7 pm in the BIC. Items of discussion will included:


1) assistance for assisting development of a social economic model for central Idaho, including development of regional cooperation

2) work on the development of a non-profit community development association to apply for and administer grants,

3) reports from action teams

a. building the economy – Saturday Market

b. building community –community garden/community gatherings

c. community pride

d. life long learning – classes underway and to be offered.

4) Regional coaching

5) Regional community development opportunities

Community Firewood Program Gets Underway Saturady October 2nd: Volunteers Needed!

The Butte County Community firewood program begins delivery on Saturday October 2nd. Volunteers are needed to load, deliver and stack approximately 80 cords of firewood for persons in our community who need assistance with home heating issues this winter. The program is part of a fuels reduction and community assistance program operated in collaboration with the US Forest Service, Butte County and community volunteers.

Volunteers should gather Saturday October 2nd with pickups, trailers and a strong back at Garner’s Rough Cuts, at the Big Bend, west of Arco at 9 am. Load, deliver and stack firewood for persons in our community who need assistance. Deliveries will continue each Saturday, beginning at 9 am until all the firewood has been delivered.

For questions or additional information, contact the Butte County Commission at 5273021.

Friday, September 24, 2010

An Input-Output Model for Butte County

Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez from the University of Idaho, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, is interested in building an input-model for the Butte County and or the central Idaho region.  This model would also be a "social accounting" model that would also tell us how changes in our economy affect people at different socio-economic levels.  These models provide good documentation for grant applications and negotiations with other governmental agencies.  Since these models tease out "hidden" connections in the economy, they are helpful in predicting the outcome of good or bad changes in the economy and may help focus community discussions on where short and long-term economic development efforts should be focused.

With the recent deep cuts in personnel and travel budgets at the University, Dr. Rodriguez will need our help to fund the necessary travel to work with the community to be sure that the model reflects our situation, and to come and report to the community on the results.

To see and example of this type of work for the Teton Region, go to http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/BUL/BUL0872.pdf

Monday, September 20, 2010

Regional Economic Model Development

Dr. Abelardo Rodrigues from the Univeristy of Idaho Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Socialology is planning a study of the economy of central Idaho that will leader to a regional economic model. He is also working on a e-commerce education program. He will be available to discuss the project on Tuesday evening, September 21st at 7:00 pm in the BIC, or by appointment on Wednesday by call the Extension Office at 527-8587.

Lost River Leadership Academy Begins October 15th

It’s Leadership Academy time again. This year brings some changes. The academy has been cut from 11 sessions to 9 and will run from October – June. This year (finally!) the Academy has been designed to include a year end community project and an hour planning time at the end of each day toward that project. It will also include one session of Leadership Plenty – the leadership training program offered through Horizons.

We have also changed our approach to planning. We officially changed the commitment to a single year, but added the community project. In light of all the consolidation of sessions, and the changes to the calendar, we decided it would be difficult to utilize the committees from last year in the planning….so your off the hook!

Deadline for registration is Friday October 8th and the first session will be Friday, October 15th in Challis. Please spread the word and encourage others from your community to participate. The best endorsement comes from you, Alumni. I hope you will talk to your friends and family and encourage them to register!

For more information follow the links below:
LRLA Brochure
LRLA Registration

Michelle M. Holt, Executive Director
Lost Rivers Economic Development
P.O. Box 46
Arco, ID 83213
(208) 527-3060 Ext. 11
(208) 339-5900 Cell
lred@atcnet.net
http://www.thelostrivervalley.com/

Friday, August 6, 2010

Neil Partyka of Craters of the Moon.Arco KOA Is Featured Speaker at Chamber Meeting Tuesday August 10th

Neil, Cheri and Ciera Partyka
The Craters of the Moon/Arco KOA owned by Neil and Sheri Partyka is the the Chambers featured business this week.  Neil (because someone has to stay home and greet the guests,) will address the Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, August 10th at 8:00 AM at Pickles.

The Gift Shop
The new cabins and peaceful atmosphere.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Saturday Market Featured Live Entertainment Last Week—Fresh Produce This Week

Even with a few minutes of suspense from a thunder storm, business was brisk at the Saturday Market last week. Travelers found the new “sandwich signs” a help in getting stopped, and the fresh produce and live music pulled the customers in! Locals, “out-of-state”ers and (even) Idaho travelers with trailers were stopping to see what was available.

The Saturday Market featured live entertainment on July 31. Mark and Nicole Wheeler serenaded the crowd with fiddle and guitar in the early part of the morning. About 10 AM, Rockhead, a group composed of Mike Harris, Gary McCormick and Mary Bush. Vendors included the Lost River Craft Coop, the Katie Brownlee Kids with Cotton Candy, Mountain Man Produce, Tate Firewood and Art and the Lost River Quilt Club. The Chamber of Commerce provided all-you-could drink -free lemonade (cups $0.50) , sold $5.00 Atomic Days T-shirts and gave away coupons for local businesses.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Live Music and Fresh Vegetables Planned for Saturday Market

The shelter as it arrived on the site.


Improvements continue at the Saturday Market, held each Saturday from 9 AM till at least 1 PM each Saturday at the corner of Front and West Grand Avenue. This week’s Saturday Market will feature fresh Mountain Man Produce. Other vendors expected are Garner’s Lumber with camp firewood, the Lost River Marketing Coop with crafts and Lost River Vermiculture. Live music is anticipated from Mark Wheeler and his daughter Nicole and the Rockhead, from the Arco Baptist Church.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Welcome Wagon Hotline 527-3060 Ext 15!

By Marty Webster and Cameron Young, Horizon Community Reporters

Do you know a new comer to Butte County? Help the Butte Communities Welcome Wagon welcome new residents with a basket of coupons and helpful information about living in Butte County. Call the “Welcome Wagon Hotline” at 527-3060 Ext 15 and leave contact information about new residents and the Welcome Wagon will call on them with a ;’basket of goodies.

The Welcome Wagon was started by the Building Community Action Team of the Horizons Community Development Project and is now co-sponsored by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce. The program started small with coupons and gifts from just a few businesses, but has now expanded with the co-sponsorship to include everything kind of business and service from the newspaper to city services to convenience stores.
So if you have a new neighbor to the county, give us a call and someone will visit them and present them with gifts, coupons and information about our community!

Welcome Wagon Hotline 527-3060 Ext 15!

If you are a merchant, service provider, community service organization, government entity, religious organization or other entity wishing to contribute to the welcome wagon program with materials or support, please call the Welcome Wagon Hotline and leave a message, and we will get back to you!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Atomic Days July 16-18: "Building a Brighter Future"

The Butte County "Atomic Days" will be held July 17-18.  Activities include softball, rodeo, volleyball, food and craft booths in the park, Saturday Market from 9-1 pm, a carnival, car show, fun run, ping pong ball drop and a parade.  Information on events and contact information is available at http://www.atomicdays.org/


Atomic Days is coordinated by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce, but the individual events an activities are prepared, organized, sponsored, and operated by the individuals and group form the community.

Butte Chamber Has New Website

Vince Bush of Northwest Computer has been working on the Butte County Chamber of Commerce web page.  Check it out at http://www.arcochamber.com/

Vince has included features like changing community photos, an active calender, business and chamber listings.  If you have suggestions of encounter errors, please contact Chamber President Jory Twitchell.

Chamber Meets Tuesday July 13th at 8:00 AM

This is a reminder that the monthly Butte County Chamber of Commerce meeting will be Tuesday, July 13th at 8:00am at Pickles Place.

This months featured speaker are the new owners of Reese's. Saturday Market business promotions and final preparations for Atomic Days will also be discussed.

Back row: Katherine Thompson, Linda Tuma, Dale Tuma
Middle row: Charity Mills, Reese Jones, Mary Ann Jones
Front Row: Chase Mills, Jackie Ricks, Odessa Belden, Bryna Mills

Hope to see you all there.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Seeking More Mechandize for Saturday Market

The Chamber and the Horizons Steering Committee is relaxing the merchandise requirements for the Saturday Market.  Previously merchandise needed to be manufactured or created in the Lost Rivers Valley.  The committee is would like to expand participation by permitting Lost River Valley businesses to sell items that might not have been manufacture or created in the valley.  If you would have an interest in participating in the Saturday Market as a vendor, but didn't think that what you wanted to sell qualified, please send in an application for the committee to review.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Saturday Market Coupons

The Chamber is going to be producing a coupon sheet for distribution at the Saturday Market each week. This service will be available at no charge to all Chamber members. It is our hope, that by distributing coupons to visitors from the market, particularly those from out of town, that they will patronize some of the other businesses in town.

Coupons will be printed all together on a coupon sheet and will be distributed “one to a customer” by the chamber representative of the day.

You may change or withdraw you coupon every week. Coupons will have no cash value and cannot be redeemed, except within your stipulations, which will go on the coupons.

Please let us know if you wish to offer a coupon and we will include in the flyer.

Coupons offers, terms, etc. must be to one of the following by 10 AM on Fridays.

Michelle Holt, advisor                          527-3060                lred@atc.net.net

Chad Cheyney, vice chair                       527-8587                ccheyney@uidaho.edu

Colette Atwood, secretary                       527-3249

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Workday for Community Market Friday June 11th

Horizon’s Butte Communities in collaboration with the Arco-Butte Chamber of Commerce will hold a workday for the landscaping of the Arco Saturday Market on Friday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 AM. Water was installed on the site on Monday. Plans call for installation of a masonry wall and planting area at the corner of Grand and Front Street, decorative fencing to screen the location of the restrooms, layout of stall locations, installation of protective balusters for the water hydrant, construction of a movable cable fence to define the area and the installation of a drainage pad around the water hydrant. An attractive low sign and flower planting will be installed in the planting area by the community pride and local economy action teams. The community pride team will be working on and maintaining the planting. Members of the community who are interested in stimulating tourism and local business should show up at the site on Friday morning with wheelbarrows, shovels, paint brushes, etc. Lunch will be provided for volunteers by the Horizons Steering Committee. For additional information on the workday, call the Extension Office 527-8587.

Matt Nelson, Butte High School Art Teacher, put together this concept sketch of the Saturday Market for the Horizons Networking and Building the Local Economy team..

The Butte County Commission has permitted the Horizons Local Economy team in collaboration with the Arco-Butte Chamber of Commerce and Lost Rivers Economic Development to develop the concept of the Saturday Market on county property at the corner of Grand and Front Street. In addition to permitting the use of the land, the Commission allowed the Road and Bridge Department in cooperation with the City of Arco Maintenance e Department to level and grade the property and install a firm surface for the Saturday Market. The grading and surfacing made an immediate improvement in the appearance of the property. On Monday, Ernie Tate and Junior Collins with the collaboration of the City of Arco Maintenance Department installed water on the property.

On Monday, Ernie Tate (right) and Junior Collins (center) installed the water service with the help of the City of Arco maintenance crew. Mike Blattner, Butte County Road and Bridge Superintendent, stopped by to see what was going on. Ernie and Junior have donated their time and talents to the project.


The Saturday Market is slated to open on Saturday June 19th, and be open each Saturday until Fall. Booth space is generous and very reasonably priced. Contact Michelle, with LRED at 527-3060 for information or application forms, or find them on the Arco-Butte Chamber blog site at Vendor Information Article and Forms

Working drawing for layout of the Saturday Market, by Ernie Tate.

There is still plenty of time to sign up for these booths, and interest and inquires from out-of-town vendors are welcome.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chamber Meeting Has Moved to Pickle's Place

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held at John Danz's "Pickle's Place", Tuesday June 8th at 8 AM.  Breakfast is no-host.

Topics of discussion will be the Saturday Market and Atomic Days.   Arco Service is the spotlighted business of the month and the new owner Mike Kozloff will be the guest speaker

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Customer Service is a Key to Buisness and Community Success!

David Burele, who hosted the Horizons Vision 2020 for Butte Communities, commented that during his extension work in community development in Australia, they discovered that a customer with a favorable customer service experience will tell 10-12 people, while a customer who has a poor experience will tell over 70 people how bad it was! THAT IS POWERFUL ADVERTISING FOR GOOD OR FOR BAD!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vendors Sought for Arco "Satuday Market" to Start June 19th

Arco will have a "Saturday Market" this summer from June 19th until Memorial Day. The market will be located on the corner of Highway 93 and US 20-26 where more than 2,000,000 vehicles pass every year!

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce, the Lost River Economic Development and the Butte Communities Horizons Community Development program are sponsoring a street market on Saturdays begin June 19th and ending Memorial Day.  The sponsors are supported in their efforts by the Butte County Commissioner and the Arco City Council.

Vendor interested in utilizing the "Saturday Market" may download the necessary information below, or contact Michel at 208-527-3060.  Space is limited and preference may be given to local merchants, craftsmen and artisans.  Food vendor are welcome. 


Vendor Information
Market Schedule and Agreement
Market Application

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Custom Service Training May 20th

Lost River Economic Development has teamed up with the Idaho Department of Commerce to put on a customer service training for folks in the Lost River Valley.  The program begins at 3:45 PM on Thursday May 20th in the Business Incubation Center in Arco.  The program is appropriate for all kinds of buisnesses but is most appropriate for those working in retail and tourism.

Research shows that customer service has a huge impact on word-of-mouth publicity.  People who have a good customer service experience are likely to tell 10-15 people about it, but those who have a bad experience are likely to tell 70-80 people why they should not darken the door of the offening establishment!

Participate in Community Forum on the Roles of Elected Officials

Lost Rivers Leadership Academy Presents: Understanding the Roles of Local Elected Officials, Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Mackay High School Auditorium.

County Commissioners, Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff; City Mayor and Councilpersons: As citizens you are tasked with electing local officials to represent you and conduct the business of running our Counties and Cities, but do you really understand exactly what those positions entail? This is your opportunity to educate yourself.

The Saturday Market Opens June 19th – Vendors Wanted!

The Arco Saturday Market opens June 19th, rain or shine and continues each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. until August 28th at the corner of Grand Avenue and Front Street. The Market may continue into September if there is adequate participation.

Organizers want to:
• Provide a visually appealing taste of local culture that encourages tourists to leave their vehicles and experience our community.
• Provide an opportunity for local growers, producers, artisans and crafters to showcase and sell their goods.
• Provide an opportunity for store front businesses to promote their businesses through coupons & specials that will be handed out to visitors at the market.

Always looking for new faces!

Great ideas and great minds are not so hard to find in our community. We have experienced a great success so far achieving many goals and implementing projects that have come from these great minds. Do you have great ideas? We want to hear them! Would you like to be a part of a successful group and see “THINGS” happen? Then you are just what we are looking for! Come to our community Horizon’s celebration on May 19th and join with many others in our community committed to making our community a beautiful and thriving community! Dinner will be served beginning at 6pm free to anyone who would like to come. Your local Horizon’s committees have great news to share with you about accomplishments and things that will be happening in our area soon. DON’T MISS IT! Arco City Park on 5-19-10 at 6pm. (Butte High School if bad weather.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

April Chamber Meeting Tuesday the 13th at 8 AM

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Tuesday, April 13th at 8:00 AM in the back room of the Golden West Cafe on Hwy 20-26.

In addition to regular chamber buisness, Tom and Pat Gucker of Metal Specialties will be their to tell us a little bit about their buisness and how they ended up in Arco.  They have a web page at: http://idahometalspecialties.com/

Plans are afoot for the Saturday Market, 2BrosHypnoShow and Atomic Days and more!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Arco Service has New Owners

Wednesday April 1st will saw new owners Mike and Teisha Kozloff begin operation of the Arco Service.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 AM.

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kozloffs.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Outstanding High School Seniors to Be Honored by Chamber

Five members of the Butte High School Class of 2010 will be honored on May 11th, with a lucheon in their honor.  The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will host the lucheon and presentation will be made to these five students for their outstanding academic achivements.  Those to be honored include:

Kelsey Beal
Cameron King
Shayna Savage
Dallas Taylor
Destiny Davison

The luncheon is open to the public and will be held in the large meeting room in the Buisness Incubation Center.

The students will give a short sketch or their accomplishments and recieve a plaque, sponsored by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce.

2Bros Hypno Show - April 23rd

2Bros Hypno Show is coming to Arco on April 23rd.  This highly entertaining brother duo is and evening you don't want to miss!

There will be two performances at theButte Middle School Auditorium:
Family Friendly Show at 7:00 PM and and Adults Only Show at 9 PM (Must be 18 or older.)

5 Free Ways to Attract New Customers to Your Small Buisness

ABC News recently posted five free suggestions for using the social media on the internet to promote and spread the news about your small buisness.  These include:
   Face Book Fan Page
   Tweeting Special Offers or Advice
   Encouraging Customer Reviews with Yelp
   Listing Your Buisness with Google and Yahoo
   Using  Special Publicity Pages

To see the entire article click here!