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Leschke: Steady growth for chamber in 2014

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 5:37 p.m. CDT

Anticipation creates excitement. We at the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce are like a bunch of young children the night before a birthday or Christmas, a high school student looking forward to graduation or a college graduate who just landed a dream job.

Our goals are set high, and we look forward to creating steady growth this year, not only in the chamber, but more importantly assisting our members to make this the best year for them, as well. We invite all businesses to partner with us as we take on 2014. We have a great deal to offer. Check us out and consider joining us on this journey.

Let’s start by thanking all the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber members. Without you there would be no chamber. You are very important to us and the future of this chamber, the communities of Richmond and Spring Grove and the surrounding areas.

When you join the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce, you put the power of cooperation behind your personal efforts to succeed. You become part of a network of people who are building success and enhancing the growth and vitality of our communities.

“Membership in your local chamber can significantly boost your business and your image with consumers and other businesses alike,”according to a research study by the Shapiro Group. Inc. and Market Street Services.

“It is refreshing to learn what we have suspected for years – that chamber membership and community involvement are good investments,” said J. Mac Holladay, CEO of Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta that helped create the study.

Membership in chambers promote connections, relationships and growth. Read the complete study at www.acce.org/uploadedFiles/Research_and_Benchmarking/Schapiro%20Group%20ACCE%20Report.pdf.

Keep the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber in mind as you search for opportunities to increase your business and make this your best year yet.

Secondly, we thank Dave Kielpinski for his service as chamber president in 2013. Not only did he volunteer his time for the past year, but for the past 21 years as well.

Together let’s welcome Bryan Knigge as our new chamber president for 2014. Knigge is a very active member of these two communities. He is always willing to go the extra mile, so please take some time to get to know him and share your ideas of what you would like to see happen with our chamber.

Along with our president, we have a hard-working vice president, Paul Suk, and several very active board members whom we appreciate and couldn’t do without.

We celebrated 21 years this past Saturday night with an anniversary dinner at 31 North Banquets in McHenry with entertainment by John Ludy Puleo. It was a night to remember.

Our next big event is the Richmond Spring Grove Home, Health and Business Expo, which will be March 8 at Nippersink Middle School in Richmond. We have business booths available and are looking for crafters. This expo is a great opportunity for exposure for your growing business.

Frontier Communications is one of our gold sponsors again this year. Those interested in sponsoring the event can call 815-678-7742.

All chamber events and opportunities are listed on our website, www.rsgchamber.com. Never hesitate to contact us to share ideas or ask for information.

• Barb Leschke is the executive director of the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce.

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