Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 The Western Store

Chamber Meeting Wednesday December 21st!

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their regular monlthyly buisness meeting on

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
At 8:00 AM at Pickles Place in Arco

No-Host Breakfast will be available.

The featured business will be Absolute Therapy

owned and operated by Melinda Shodin and

located on Era Street in the back of the Arco Christian Church.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Growing Agrotourism in Idaho December 8th

If you are involved in any sort of agricultural tourism, you won’t want to miss this one day workshop!

Featuring relevant topics, speakers with real world experience, and plenty of networking opportunities – there is truly something for everyone!

DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2011
LOCATION: Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture, 2270 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
TIME: 8:30-4:00
DEADLINE: Register by December 2. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Find complete registration information at the link below.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

EPA to Give Asbestos Compliance Workshops in Idaho in February

Contact Information: Laurie Fay, (206) 553-1541,

Finding an accredited course is easy; please go to EPA’s website, which lists several accredited trainers at: 

If you have questions about the RRP rule or the certification process, you can visit EPA’s web site at or call the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) at 1-800-424-LEAD [5323].     

Everyone is welcome, but to help us assess the number of attendees, please RSVP to

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chamber Variety Show Thursday!

The Chamber of Commerce Variety Show and Recognition Program is coming up Thrusday at 7:00 PM.  The Chamber has two great masters of ceremony and a super collection of entertaining local acts.

See you at the show!

Central Idaho Regional Social Accounting Model Ready for Discussion Monday November 7th

Dr.  Abelardo Rodriguez of the University of Idaho Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology will be in Arco on Monday, November 7th to present and discuss the results of the participatory process in which community members were involved to create a social accounting model of the regional economy.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM in the Arco Business Incubation Center.   Your  participation is needed to thresh out what the information means and how it might be used to answer questions and guide development in the county and regional economy.  Light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Businesses Wanted For Holiday Video Promotion

by Michelle Holt, Lost River Economic Development
Lost Rivers Economic Development is launching “12 Days of Shopping”, a new promotion for Butte & South Custer businesses to highlight holiday shopping opportunities.

Twelve businesses will have the opportunity to be interviewed and filmed for their own 3 – 5 minute promotional video. The videos will be posted on YouTube and then the links to these videos will be circulated via email, Facebook, local websites, etc.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Butte Chamber Seeks Citizen & Business of the Year Nominations

by Michelle Holt, chamber recognition committee
The Butte County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year.

Nominees for Citizen of the Year should be individuals who are actively volunteering to make a difference in our community. Nominations will be scored in four areas: Community Contribution, Length of Service, Estimation of Community Impact, and Reason for Nomination (Why should this person be selected?).

Nominees for Business of the Year should be businesses/business owners that lead by example through investment in their business and in the community. Nominations will be scored in seven areas: Customer Service, Business Growth, Service to the Community, Bringing New Money into the Community, Support of Community Activities, Use of Technology and Reason for Nomination (Why should this business be selected?).

To make a nomination:

• Pick up, complete and return a nomination form at one of the following locations: Butte County Extension, ATC Communications, East Idaho Credit Union, LRED Office, Lost River Drug, or Arco BIC (Pick Up Only), Arco Post Office (Pick Up Only)

• OR email your nomination to:

• OR mail your nomination to: Butte County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 719, Arco, ID 83213
Click here for Business Nomination Form
Click here for Citizen Nomination Form

• Note: You do not have to use the nomination form. Please be sure to include the name of yourself, your nominee and contact information for both of you, and a written narrative that describes why they should be selected. Remember to include information about the scoring categories.

** All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2011 **

Awards recipients will be selected by a panel of local judges. These awards will be presented at the Butte County Chamber of Commerce Variety Show, scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Butte Schools Auditorium. Watch for more information!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spotlight on Business: Deja Vu Consignments

By Chad Cheyney, Butte Chamber of Commerce
There is a new business in town for old things! Linda Nulf has opened a second hand and consignment store in the old Western Auto Store between the Bank of Commerce and the Sawtooth Club. The store is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM. Friday, October 7th, Linda is planning her grand opening, at 10 AM, and after that the store will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Linda is in the store from Thursday to Saturday, and her friend Connie Waymire staffs the store for her on Tuesdays. Linda can be reached at 208-541-9696.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Spotlight on Business: Absolute Therapy

Chad Cheyney, Butte County Chamber of Commerce

Absolute Therapy has moved to a new facility in Arco! They will be celebrating with an open house on Saturday, October 1st from 1:00- 4:00 PM.  Absolute Therapy provides certified, and Oregon board licensed massage and manual therapy, providing another option for the community in the area of health and wellness.

Melinda performs many different types of massage techniques including relaxation massage but her two years working for a chiropractor in Portland, Oregon has lead her primarily to have a strong interest and talent in injury recovery and pain management. Her techniques work well in conjunction with chiropractic and modern rehabilitative services like physical therapy, speeding up the body’s natural healing processes. Many of her clients who were unable to be helped by surgery have discovered that their problem was a “tissue issue”.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last Saturday Market this Weekend - Community Garage Sale

This Saturday will be the last Saturday Market of the season.

Since it is getting dark earlier, the market will be from 9 AM to 1 PM.  The market regularly has baked goods, embroidery and quilting, and produce from the community garden is now becoming available.

The market committee is sponsoring a community garage sale in conjunction with the market.  Booth space is free, but must be reserved by calling Pat 527-2202 or Teri 527-3513.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Butte County Fair August 16th to the 20th

The Butte County Fair will be held August 16th to the 20th on the Butte County Fair and Rodeo Grounds.  Follow the link below for a complete listing of events and additional information.

Free Health Care Compliance Seminar Aug 24-25

U.S. Department of Labor
Idaho Department of Insurance
Are Offering a FREE Health Care Law Compliance Seminar
August 24-25, 2011 in Boise

This email is to information you that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Idaho Department of Insurance will host a free health law compliance assistance seminar on August 24 and 25 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, located at 3300 S. Vista Avenue, Boise, ID 83705.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Things to Do in Custer County

The Sawtooth Interpretive Historical Association Forum and Lecture Series in its fourth year has been and continues to be a smashing success. We have presentations at 5 pm and at 8 pm every Friday through the end of August. Attached is the Flyer that we sent to everybody.

Next Friday and Saturday we are hosting a Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Gathering and on August 20th we are Co-hosting with IRU the Salmon Festival with Salmon Spawning Tours, many informational booths, Musicians, Shoshone Bannock Tribal activities and an evening Salmon Feed.

The Redfish Center with its many Educational Programs has been an awesome success this summer averaging well over 100 visitors 7 days a week.

Ride the Bayhorse August 19th, 20th and 21st, 2011

Ride Idaho Hits Arco Tuesday

The Ride Idaho program is coming through Arco on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The will be arriving from Challis in the early afternoon.

The riders will be spending the night in Arco before the travel on.  They will be served dinner by the high school and breakfast by the Chamber of Commerce.  The program tried to show their appreciation to the community by providing fund raising activitie to complement their ride, as well as provide a lasting donation.  This year the program has provide 5  high quality benches to be placed along West Grand.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bargin Barn Holds Grand Opening Today at 11 AM

The Bargain Barn is open again under the management of Rose and Armando Bernal.  They will be holding their grand opening Saturday July 15th during Atomic Days.  They will have special deals and free hot dogs to celebrate.  The store is in full operation with soda, lottery, liquor, beer, groceries, gasoline, fishing equipment and other needed items.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was sponsored by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce, which welcomes the Bernals to the local business community!
Present at the ribbon cutting ceremony, from left to right:  Janet Thornock, treasurer of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce, Chad Cheyney, acting president of the Chamber, Armando Bernal, owner, Rose Bernal, owner, Colette Attwood, secretary of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce

Atomic Days Starts Today July 15th!

Atomic Days gets underway this evening with a steak fry in the Park beginning at 5:30 pm.

The Brad Remer Memorial Atomic Days Rodeo pre-show begins at 6:30 with Mutton Busting by local kids! The rodeo gets underway at 7:30 pm including a special novice section for non-pro cowboys.

Saturday begins with Breakfast in the Park at 7 AM.  Volleyball, horseshoe, softball are all around town and in the park.  Ping pong ball drop and parade at 11 AM.  The Lions have a trap shot at 1 pm out on Sunset. Other park activities include concessions, vendors and entertainment attractions, including a mechanical bull.

The Chamber is sponsoring a mechanical bull riding contest, as well as a raffle to help support Atomic Days, beginning at 2 pm at the "bull".  Tickets for the Ruger 10/22 raffle to help support the rodeo will be available in the park at at the rodeo.

More information is available on the Atomic Days Facebook page. and on the Atomic Days web page.

Many family reunions and class reunions are planned around Atomic Days, so have a great time and renew old acquaintances and friendship

Friday, July 1, 2011

Start Planning for the Atomic Days Parade

The Atomic Days Parade will begin at 11 AM on Saturday July 16th, just after the pingpong ball drop. There will be at least 6 trophies awarded for:

Best Family Oriented
Best Orginal
Best Kids Entry
Best Horse
Best Volunteer Service Groups

The trophies are donated by Metal Specialties and Hardware and the gift certificates by A&A Market, Bargain Barn, Nathan's Service, Arco Service, Arco Lions and Jack's Travel Plaza.

To enter the parade, call Pat or Tom at 554-4499 or 527-4499

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

King Mountain Car and Tractor Show This Weekend

The King Mountain Car and Tractor Show will be in Moore, Idaho THIS weekend!  Friday night is cruise night with slow races and poker runs.  Saturday is the car and tractor show with a huge variety of interesting vehicles.  There will be food and music as well as vendors.  Don't miss it as only comes around once a year!

Click here for more information.

Click here to see the televsion add featuring Susan!

Chamber Sponsors Raffle to Support Atomic Days

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce and Andy’s Gun Shop are sponsoring a raffle to help fund some of the Atomic Days events, advertising and activities. This year’s raffle is for a Ruger 10/22 with a 4X Simmons scope. This rifle is perfect for “plinking” and target shooting. Tickets for the raffle are available at the East Idaho Credit Union and the BIC during business hours, or at the Saturday Market from 4-8. The drawing will be held at the Atomic Days Rodeo on Saturday July 16th. You need not be present to win.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Arco Saturday Market Opens on June 18th

The Arco Saturday Market, a joint project of the Horizons community development program, the Butte County Chamber of Commerce and the Lost River Economic Development will open for the 2011 season on Saturday June 18th at 4 pm.  The Market is located on the corner of Front and West Grand Avenue.  Volunteers have recently completed planting the flower beds for 2011, and they are beginning to look pretty good.

Market space is inexpensively priced, and fees help support advertising and provision of facilities, etc.  The Market has been rescheduled to the afternoon to reduce competition with the Mackay Market, as well as give sojourners who are staying over in Arco on a Saturday evening something to do.

Vendors are welcome.  Booths must be set up by 4 pm, and "walk-ons" are currently welcome, but the committee would prefer a "heads-up" if you can.  Rules and information are available at the links below.

Welcome Letter
Market Rules
Market Application - PDF format
Market Application - MS WORD Format

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Atomic Days Has it Own Facebook Page

Melinda started a Facebook page for Atomic Days and it now has enough participation to get its own url!  Check it out

Building a Flourishing Community: How can a community ‘grow its own’ philanthropy? June 17th

Join us for a free/interactive webinar hosted by University of Idaho and Montana State University Horizons.
June 17, 2011, 11:30-12:45 pm (Pacific) / 12:30-1:45 (Mountain)

Building a Flourishing Community: How can a community ‘grow its own’ philanthropy?
Community-based giving strategies are a growing trend in community development. Giving Circles bring people together to pool their funds so they have a greater impact on local causes. Community foundations provide local permanently endowed funds. Both strategies can establish granting programs to support local charities and projects, and strengthen a community’s sense of empowerment and self-reliance.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Atomic Days on the Way

Atomic Days is organized and promoted by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce.  It is the  the biggest retail event of the year for many hospitality businesses.  It is a major time for class and family reunions. So much to do, so few people to do it, and help is appreciated, since the Chamber has no paid staff!

Atomic Days planning is underway, and we hope to have the poster and the website up next week....

Melinda Shodin of the Absolute Therapy has agreed to be the the Atomic Days chairperson this year, and has a number of the event contact people lined up...

Melinda has arranged for A&B productions to be at Atomic Days with a mechanical bull, jousting, a slide, jumphouse, and bungie run. Some of these sound competetive so maybe team competitions are a possiblity....Melinda is working on a ticket/bracelet pre-sale arrangement...

The Valley Insurance will again organize the Fun Run, and Rhonda Morris has agreed to organize the softball tournament.  Stan Blattner will head up the horseshoe tournament.  John Danz of Pickle's Place will organize the food vendors and Vicki Northrop will organize the non-food booths for the benefit of the Butte High Student Council.  The Saturday Market will keep its NEW regular hours of 4 pm to 8pm.  A volleyball tournament, parade, motorcycle show, Breakfast in the Park and ping pong ball drop are in the works.  We hope to have all the contact information available by next week.....

The Atomic Days Rodeo is planned for Friday and Saturday night, headed up by Brad Remer and Crystal Carpenter.  The Chamber will handle the in-arena advertising, and the committee will handle the show and the concession.  The Chamber is planning a riffle raffle to help backstop the rodeo in case of inclement weather.

If you can help with Atomic Days please call Melinda ( or Chad (  We are also on Facebook at

The next regular Chamber meeting is Tuesday June 14th. The featured business is Mia and Kevin Hays' screen printing business.  Meetings are at 8 AM at a local restaurant...June's location is pending...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First Draft of Butte and Central Idaho Roll Out on Monday May 23rd

Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez will in in Arco on Monday May 23rd to preview the first draft of the Butte County and Regional Economic model.  There will be a meal and presentation at 12:30 PM and at 5:30 PM in the Arco BIC so that anyone with an interest can attend.  Dr. Rodriguez will present the model as it currently is formulated and we will discuss the implications and and possible flaws.  This is the second step in a Participator Social Accounting Process which permits community members to participate in construction of the economic model and aids in their understanding and use of the product.  Everyone is welcome.  Please RSVP to or 527-8587 (leave a message) by 10 AM Monday, May 23rd.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spot Light on Business: Lost River Growers

By Butte County Chamber of Commerce

NaDean, Hamm and Jared Brinton
Lost River Growers, one of the newest businesses in the valley, recently had their grand opening in Moore. Lost River Growers is family owned and operated by Hammond (Hamm) and NaDean Brinton, their children, and grandchildren. Hamm and NaDean are excited to be providing the valley with greenhouse products and eager to share their love and knowledge of gardening with their customers. Hamm hopes local residents will support them and says, “We are local growers hoping to provide our customers with an option that keeps them in the Lost River Valley.” Hamm and NaDean both are very interested in the future and local economy of the Lost River Valleys.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Idaho Export Excellence Program

The Idaho Department of Agriculture is offering the Idaho Export Excellence Program, a three day workshop with instruction and coaching, September 14, October 12 and November 9, 2011.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Seniors and Instructor Recognized for Accomplishments by Chamber

The Butte Chamber of Commerce Academic Awards Luncheon was held Tuesday May 10th in the Butte County High School Library.  The Chamber recognized 5 seniors for academic excellence, 2 of academic improvement and dedication.  A teacher was selected by the students as "most influential".  Each winner will received a plaque, sponsored by a local business or individual. 
(back left) Zack Hansen, Nathan Davies, Jason Hnasen, Titus Wilson, Chelsea Pope
(front left) Sadie Andreason, Ben Isham, Madison Potter Aird

Monday, May 9, 2011

“Open for Business: Building a Small Enterprise in Idaho”

A Small Business Workshop in Idaho Falls
Saturday, May 21, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bennion Student Union Building
1784 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Butte County Chamber Holds Academic Recognition Luncheon

By Chad Cheyney, Butte County Chamber of Commerce

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Academic Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday May 10th and Noon time. The luncheon is planned to be held in the large room of the Business Incubation Center, pending removal of the magistrate court to its new home in the remodeled Memorial Building. If this does not happen, the luncheon will be held on the High School Campus.

The Chamber will be honoring the 5 graduating seniors with the highest academic standing, as determined by their grades. In addition, the High School teachers were asked to select a senior(s) who has made the most academic improvement, and two tied. Finally, the top academicians were asked to select the most influential teacher.

Each winner will receive a plaque, sponsored by a local entity. The selections and their sponsors are:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spot Light on Business: Lost River Drug

Business of the Month Lost River Drug

Lost River Drug is a clean and pleasant business on West Grand in Arco. In addition to the pharmacy, Lost River Drug carries a complete line of over-the-counter medications, gifts and cards, health supplements, herbal preparations, a “dollar department”, TSA packaged travel items and a toy section for kids. They also have espresso (after the machine gets repaired), and Italian sodas.

Propietor Steve Streeper
Steve Streeper first came to the Lost Rivers Valley in the 1980 to help out Marlin Felton who owned Lost River Drug at that time. Later Marlin become ill and Steve and several other pharmacists came regularly to Lost River Drug to keep the pharmacy open. In 2008, Steve had just finished setting up a pharmacy for another firm, and learned that Lost River Drug was for sale. He and his wife Pat scraped enough together to purchase the business. The subsequently purchased some land a little North of Arco and built a home.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Community Preparedness Symposium Saturday April 9th

Horizons Butte Communities is sponsoring the first annual Community Preparedness Symposium, Saturday April 9th beginning at 9 AM.  The program will include a wide variety of presentations, as well as vendors and displays.  The program will be held at the Butte Middle School Auditorium and Gymnasium.  Admission is $3 per adult.

Pre-sale tickets have been available for a Dutch oven lunch. Additional food concession will be available including a benefit for the 4th grade.  A raffle will be held for 2 Dutch ovens.  Raffle tickets will be available on site for $1 each or 6 for $5.

For additional information and a program schedule go to:

Find the schedule here.

April Chamber Meeting Tuesday April 13th

The regular monthly meeting of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce will be held Tuesday April 13th at Pickle's Place.  The meeting will start at 8:00 AM.  Breakfast will be available at on a no-host basis.

This month's featured business is Lost River Drug owned by Steve Streeper.  Mr. Streeper has expanded his business from just a pharmacy to include a number of enterprises.  He has also taken advantage of insulation technology to reduce his operating cost.

The business will also be considering regular business including Atomic Days and updating the events and activity entries on the chamber's blog.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

National treasures anchor economic and population growth in Idaho

Submitted by Rocky Barker on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 10:45am.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Teton County was the fastest-growing county in Idaho.

It lies on the west slope of the Tetons where a two hour walk can get you into Teton National Park and a two hour drive can get you into Yellowstone National Park. A twenty-minute drive takes you to Grand Targhee’s deep powder for skiing in the winter.

Teton County grew by 69.5 percent in the last decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Even adjacent Fremont County, which lies on Yellowstone’s boundary with only a gravel road entrance grew by 11 percent.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Help Us with the Economic Model

We will be meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM (March 8) to continue the review of the over 400 business codes that define the economy of Butte County.  Your help in reviewing the numbers and helping decide if the numbers are reasonable is imperative to the model building process.  Everyone is welcome.

We will meet Wednesday morning at 9 AM (March 9th) to discuss how to aggregate the economy to make it more understandable.  We will be naming the sectors in our economic and decide which codes should be applied to each of our sectors.

The discussions will be facilitate by Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez of the University of Idaho Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology who is helping use build our county and regional models.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Latest Events - News from Horizons

The Horizons weekly email post was sent Friday.  Follow this link to view it.

News From Horizons

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Help Develope and Economic Model for Butte County March 7th

Horizons participants, as well as local government officials, business owners and all other interested members of the community are invited to participate in developing an economic model of Butte County and Central Idaho using Participatory Social Accounting and Facilitation (PSAF). Dr. Abelardo Rodríguez, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology of the University of Idaho, will make three trips to central Idaho to assist community members in developing county and regional models that will permit them to understand the economic linkages in their communities and identify opportunities for economic development. Members of the community will meet with Dr. Rodríguez on Monday, March 7th at 6:00 PM for a no-host supper at the Golden West Café for an introduction to the modeling process and a discussion of how the model can be used by community members. The PSAF approach for economic modeling is different from other approaches to economic development in the sense that it involves the community in the modeling process and provides participants with the tools to understand and use the model in the future. Community input is imperative to obtain a realistic representation of our economy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Extension Webinar Friday---Retirees and Local Economies: Just how old are we and so what?

The average age of Butte County, and many other rural communities is getting higher all the time. Farm owners are getting older and are not being replaced by their children or other young farmers. What does this mean for buisnesses and for our communties in the future—This webinar will examine this trend in the Northeast, which has implications for all of us. Chad

(A featured preview event for What Works! 2011: The future of entrepreneurship and community development in the Northeast)

Professor Judith Stallmann, University of Missouri-Columbia
Friday, February 25, 2011

11:00 – 12:15(Eastern Time)

About the webinar:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chamber Minutes from February, 2011

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
February 8, 2011

Present Chad Cheyney, Ernie Tate, Colette Atwood, Melinda Shodin, Sheri Partyka, Tyler Victor (won the early bird gift), Todd Victor, Richard Dean, Vince Bush.

Chad called the meeting to order at 8:05am

Colette read the January minutes. A motion to approve by Ernie and Sheri seconded; approved.

Spotlight Business: Vince Bush from Northwest computer has been building websites since 1995. Worked with a business in Oxnard California and was responsible for a website with over 20,000 pages. He knows technical hosts and email end of programming. He has helped develop the chamber web page and can create a page for each chamber business. When someone is looking to move to a town, their usual contact is from a

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chamber Brings Back 2Bro Hypno Show March 19th

The 2 Bros Hypno Show will be returning to Arco on Saturday, March 19th. One family show will be presented at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door. Kids under 5 are free. Kids 5-7 are $7.00, Middle and High School students are $10.00 and adults are $12.00. All tickets will receive a $2 discount with a donation of 2 cans of food for the community emergency food bank.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Economics of Regional Meat: A National Good Food Network Webinar (free) Feb 17

Beef production is something that we can do in Idaho, and specialty beef production is something that we could do in the central Idaho.  This webinar will provide some insight to to barriers to expanding lcoal and regional meat production.  Go to to get the whole story on this webinar.

The Economics of Regional Meat: A National Good Food Network Webinar (free) Feb 17 at 12:30 Pacific time.

Its a Long Way--But "What Works! 2011: Entrepreneurship & Economic Development in the Northeast" Might be Worth the Trip

If you are passionate about helping our communities thrive, growing new jobs, sustaining working landscapes and local economies, you should make plans today to attend the What Works! 2011 Conference scheduled for March 30 - April 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by the Northeast Center for Rural Development, a highlight of the conference will be the opportunity to be an author of an exciting new regional plan of action for entrepreneurship in the Northeast. Registration is now open at

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Free Webinar: Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing February 10, 2011

eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities - Second in the ON-LINE PRESENCE Series 2011

February 10, 2011
Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing
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

February 10, 2011
Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing

Social media and on-line tools have changed marketing forever. The good news is that you already know the hard parts of succeeding with these tools, it's just that no one told you how. We'll look at the ROI for real small businesses, then we'll go through a four step process to create a living and working plan that brings social media marketing right into the heart of your business.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chamber Meeting Tuesday February 8th, 8 AM at the Deli

To:         Butte County Chamber of Commerce and     Lost River Businesses

From:    Chad Cheyney,
              Vice President 

RE:         Regular February Membership Meeting

The regular membership meeting of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce, held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, will take place
Tuesday February 8th at 8:00 AM at the Deli Sandwich Shop.

Our featured business for this month is Northwest Computer Professionals.  We expect Vince Bush will be at the meeting to tell us about his current business and plans for the future.  Vince is also the Chamber’s webmaster and did a great job on the new Chamber site at  If you have upcoming events or activities, they can be posted to the calendar. Besides computer equipment sales and repairs, Northwest Computer Professionals also offers website construction and hosting. Check out their website:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chamber General Meeting Tuesday February 8th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly regular membership meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 8:00 AM.  This month we will meet at the Deli Sandwich Shop.  Our featured business for this month is Northwest Computer.  The minutes of last months meeting follow.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Solution for the Social Security?

The current Social Security System arrangement is part of a growing "structural deficit" in the national budget.  There is plenty of hue and cry about what to do about it, not to mention fear.  The Chamber leadership received the following email, with links to an organization that purports to have a solution.  If you are interested in their proposed solution, follow the links below....Chad
From: Jim Gries []
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:26 AM
Subject: Jobs - Jobs - Jobs
Please pass this along to your chamber leadership team.
As you’re well aware, communities all across America are facing significant financial challenges, jobs, foreclosures, infrastructure funding; just to mention a few. It’s small businesses in your community, and across America that produce jobs for average working Americans, those whose backs we all ride to our prosperity; if we destroy them, we destroy America. We’ve developed a comprehensive, community based long term solution that begins pumping millions of dollars into communities like yours. If we can get this legislation passed, millions of average working Americans, their families and the communities they call home will begin to prosper again.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Webinar on Training Employees and Volunteers February 1

Greetings colleagues -- Please share the information below with all that might be interested. Anyone who is routinely faced with the need to train others -- volunteers or employees -- and would like to learn how to do so more effectively will benefit from this free training.

Now I Get It! Getting More from Staff Training

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 join nonprofit consultant Kat Morgan and UVM Extension Specialist Mary Peabody for an interactive webinar on proven strategies to improve your staff training and development efforts. The webinar, part of a monthly series hosted by UVM Extension, will explore how to get the most from your training and development efforts.

Small, mission-centered organizations are facing tough times. Whether you rely on paid staff, volunteers or Board members we are all trying to do more with less and we have to be resource-smart to survive. Typically, staff training and development are not activities we can afford to prioritize but neither are they activities we can afford to ignore. The solution: make every training and development opportunity count!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Market Organizational Meeting Monday January 17th

Your Input is Important to Us
You are invited to help organize the Butte County Saturday Market Committee!

As a vendor of the Saturday Market in Arco this past year or a potential vendor for the upcoming market year, you are cordially invited to attend the an organizational meeting of the Saturday Market Committee. Any participating or potential vendor is automatically considered a member of this committee. The Saturday Market operates under the auspices of the Horizons Steering Committee, and the Butte County Chamber of Commerce. It is the desire of these two organizations to help with, but not to actively manage the Saturday Market. We realize that in order for the market to succeed and grow, those whom are actively participating are the key to its success. Please join us.

Where: Arco Business Incubation Center (BIC building), in the North side large conference room.
When: Monday, January 17th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Monthly Webinars for Small Business Owners Start 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

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.

February 10, 2011
Getting Down to Business with Social Media Marketing

Social media and on-line tools have changed marketing forever. The good news is that you already know the hard parts of succeeding with these tools, it's just that no one told you how. We'll look at the ROI for real small businesses, then we'll go through a four step process to create a living and working plan that brings social media marketing right into the heart of your business.

Becky McCray, is a small town business owner, with a retail store and a cattle ranch in Woods County, Oklahoma. She writes about small town business issues at

March 10, 2011
You Are Here! Maps for Business

You Are Here! Learn how to create and use interactive maps and geo-location tools to bring clientele to your doors. Many people are using their computers and handheld technology to make decisions about their next stop or purchase. Too often the commercial mapping and GPS tools available are woefully inaccurate for getting our business information to potential customers.

Jennifer Nixon and Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educators are focused on helping communities and businesses improve economic development opportunities thru the utilization and adoption of broadband access.

They have provided educational programming to communities and businesses in the areas of Taking Charge of your On-line Presence, Websites for Growth and utilizing the new tools for marketing.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

Newcomers to on-line learning are welcome!
Connie Hancock
University of NE Extension
Extension Educator
920 Jackson St.
Sidney, NE 69162
308-254-4455 - phone
308-254-6055 - fax
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Saturday Market Meeting Januray 17th: Vendors and Potential Vendors Invited

By Chad Cheyney, Horizons Community Reported

The Networking and Building the Local Economy Action team will devote its entire meeting on January 17th at 7 PM in the BIC to updating plans for the Saturday Market for the 2011 Season. Last year’s vendors, potential vendors, and interested persons are invited to attend.

The action team in cooperation with the Butte County Chamber of Commerce began the market last year as a community economic development activity. The committee and the chamber have learned a lot about the kinds of items that seem to attract tourists and have some ideas about changing the time of day for the market, as well as activities to attract customers.

The chamber and the committee are interested in working with the vendors to develop some self governance and help in administration and management of the market. Please come and bring your ideas and suggestions for the 2011 Saturday Market Season