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
If you can dream it, you can do it!
Walt Disney

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