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The Multi-Chamber event was great and well attended. I was very excited to meet the Marketing person from Whole Foods. They had a booth, and I was able to talk about our Presence Center for Health and how we can partner together. It will allow us to work together and grow our businesses. There were so many other wonderful exhibiters too!
I went to a Business After Hours and not only learned about a new bank, I discovered a pizza parlor I’d never tried had great food! At just about every Chamber event, I meet someone who is a good prospect for my marketing communications services, and I’ve also found several important vendors through the Chamber. My membership has paid for itself, and quicker than I ever thought possible.
Thank you again for Canopies on Courtland at the Taste last Saturday! On Monday we got a call for an appointment from someone who visited our booth. Talk about fast results!
I just want to give a shout out to Linda at Rocky Mountain Chocolate. She was able to help design corporate gifts for me this year. As your local neighborhood Podiatrist I thought it would be fun to have some bars of chocolate made up embellished with some chocolate feet to go with bottles of Barefoot wine (yes... a bit subliminal). I think they came out great. Here is a photo before I wrapped them up for distribution. Thanks to Linda again.
I joined the Park Ridge Chamber only at the urging of a favorite retailer, but over time, I got more involved by serving on several committees. I enjoyed the process, was elected to the Board of Directors, and eventually became President. Today, I remain active on two committees and regularly attend Chamber luncheons, networking after-hours events and the annual awards dinner. Chamber membership lets me use my talents to give back to my community, promote my marketing consulting business, find new clients, and develop priceless friendships. I recommend Chamber membership to anyone who is serious about doing business in Park Ridge.
I hate expenses. So when Gail recruited me up for the Chamber I did so begrudgingly, thinking it was going to be just one more expense. But I started attending Chamber events and quickly found that Chamber networking was bringing me new customers and increasing my sales while I was meeting fellow "movers and shakers" and having a great time! Bottom line, Chamber membership is a small expense that produces a very positive return. I heartily endorse it!
Anyone who knows me well can tell you I’m not much for social media. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know how important it is to get to know other people and learn what they do and how we might help each other. When I practiced law, Park Ridge Chamber luncheons gave me the opportunity to do that with others who were active in the local business community. When I stopped practicing law, I thought that would be the end of the chamber membership, but I’m so glad I joined again as the owner of Pooch Pal where the chamber is still giving me the opportunity to connect with other people at Business After Hours and the Park Ridge Executive Network. It’s an investment well worth making.
Counting the years that I was a member of the Chamber as the Public Relations Director for Maine Township High School District 207, I have been a part of this organization since 1983. That’s a lot of years and life has brought many changes during that time. The Chamber has been there for me wherever I have found myself on my career path. In my latest endeavor, Generation Connection, I have made invaluable connections that have enriched my life not only professionally but personally through my participation in Women in Business, Park Ridge Executive Network, Chamber luncheons, after-hours events, the annual awards dinner and as a Chamber Ambassador.
Our first experience at Canopies on Courtland Consumer Expo went really well! Placement of the Expo was perfect for us: right across from the kids' activities! We definitely will be signing up again next year. It was great exposure for our company and we got many inquiries! Thank you!