March 7, 2018 

Networking Breakfast is March 22
"Retooling for the Future: 
The Co-Creation  Center at North Idaho College"

Featuring Ryan Arnold, 
North Idaho College Director of Regional Entrepreneurial Strategy

 Breakfast Schedule
Ryan Arnold
  7:00 a.m.            Check-in begins
  7:00-7:20 a.m.   Networking and Trade Tables
  7:20 a.m.             Breakfast served
  7:30 a.m.             Program begins     

Salvation Army Kroc Center 
$18 at the door 
(credit cards, check, or cash).
$20 without RSVP.  
Let us know if you want a Trade Table. 
It's a great way to promote your business 
and only costs $30.    

Awards Banquet and Culinary Competition 
returns to StanCraft Boats on April 14

Tickets are available NOW. Call the Chamber Office at 762-1185 to purchase tickets. 

If you're a Legacy, Platinum, or Gold Chamber Member your tickets were sent to you last week. Please let us know who will be attending so we can add you to the RSVP list. We'll be announcing the participating restaurants next week! 

SPONSORS WANTED: Be part of the fun with a front row table, lots of recognition, and our immense appreciation. Email Erna if you're interested in being a sponsor or donating something from your business. 

State of the District is Monday, March 12
The Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership invites the community to attend the 6th Annual State of the District Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Innovation Collective at 418 E. Lakeside Ave. in downtown Coeur d'Alene.  
The State of the District is hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership and Coeur d'Alene Public Schools.  The evening will begin with a discussion led by Interim Superintendent Dr. Stan Olson who will share his insights from his year in the district. He  will also talk about current planning, district growth, building renovations, and land acquisition. Dr. Mike Nelson will showcase Career Cruising, a tool used in grades 7-12 for four-year planning, high school course selection, and career and college exploration. 
Dr. Steven Cook, the incoming superintendent, will share his vision for the future of the district and community. Dr. Cook most recently served as deputy superintendent in the Denver area.

All community members are invited to attend. 

Chamber Night at the Chiefs
Save $8 on tickets for March 14 game

Click here to purchase discounted tickets! 

Thanks for joining the Chamber SPiCRM 

The Chamber is honored to have SPiCRM as a Legacy Chamber Member.  SPiCRM is located in the Silver Lake Mall with nearly 300 local employees and a total of 11,000 employees in 12 locations and three continents.  They are a leader in customer engagement through the use of technology for voice, chat, email, and social media. 
Back row: Associate Vice President for Client Services Stephen Murphy, Facilities Manager Jon Brittain, Chamber board member Greg Jesberger, Administrative Assistant Aubrey Howlett, and Chamber President Wayne Cofield. Front row: Operations Manager Misty Shedenhelm, HR Business Partner LeaAnne Townsend, and Talent Acquisition Site Lead Rich Depalma. 

Donations needed for K27 Memorial
Approximately  $29,000 in donations are needed to complete the K27 water feature honoring Sgt. Greg Moore at McEuen Park.  Naming rights are still available for two  benches near the water feature.  Donations are needed to ensure that the Light the Thin Blue Line project is completed  by Police Week in May.

Tax deductible donations can be made by clicking here. 

Easter Bunny photos at the mall   

Digital Marketing 101:
5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Online Marketing Success  

Jim Hobart, owner of Alpaca Direct in Hayden, shared five of his marketing tips when he was our January Networking Breakfast speaker. Jim's content was riveting and he generously offered to share his presentation with all of us. 

Instead of sharing his presentation slides, Jim created an online course that all of us can take for free on your own time. 

 Click here to access Jim's FREE classes. They're short and to the point. Here's a list of topics: 
  • Online Resources
  • Creating Videos to Grow Your Business
  • Make Your Website Findable
  • Create Great Content
  • Create Mobile, Visual, and Voice Friendly Sites
  • Measure Your Marketing Results

Thank you Jim for sharing your knowledge and marketing tips with us! 

Chamber exhibit features Ada German

We're delighted to welcome Ada German as our featured artist for March and April. After painting colorful scenes and faces of the Southwest, Ada now enjoys painting the awe-inspiring beauty of the Northwest. She combines realism with impressionism in acrylic or oil on canvas or panel board.  Her work includes landscapes, seascapes, florals, and portraits. 

Ada was introduced to oil painting in Oregon through the Department of Recreation. She learned the basics of oil and acrylic painting from European-taught artist, Richard Grove of Ashland. A move to Scottsdale gave her the opportunity to study portraiture from renowned muralist and portrait artist Jay Datus, who was the founder of the Kachina School of Art. It was there that she completed a two-year Master Artist Painting Course.

Ada was active in several art associations and a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance. Since moving to Idaho, she's become active in the Coeur d'Alene Art Association and currently serves on their board. Ada's artwork may be seen on her website at and in the Frame of Mind Gallery in Coeur d'Alene. 

Her paintings are also found in private collections across the country and in Russia, Holland, Australia, and the Bahamas.
Stop by the Chamber Office
Hayden Creek Plaza Shops
8254 N. Government Way
Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
(208) 762-1185

It's time to nominate! 
H.A.Y.D.E.N. Awards will be presented soon  
It's time to recognize our community heroes. The Chamber is honored to recognize community members and businesses for their contributions and achievements. 

The H.A.Y.D.E.N. awards are presented each year at the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet. Help us recognize our best by nominating a colleague, boss, employee, business owner, student, teacher, artist, or business for the annual H.A.Y.D.E.N. Awards. 

We all know people that are deserving for this prestigious Hayden-based award. Please take a few minutes to nominate someone! 
H.A.Y.D.E.N. Award Categories
            "H"     Human Rights or History
            "A"     Arts or Aerospace
            "Y"     Youth
            "D"     Distinguished Citizen
            "E"     Education
            "N"     New or Noteworthy Business or Non-Profit

Nomination forms can be downloaded here. 

Previous Recipients: 
2017:  Pete Optekar, Unitech Composites, Karen Yother, Gary Norton, Sue Thilo, and Mad Bomber Brewing Co. 

2016: Eula Hickam, Michael Horswill, Hayden Little League, Ron McIntire, David and Lindsay Patterson, and Triple Play Family Fun Park. 

2015: JoAnn Harvey, Richard LeFrancis, Judy Eichelberger, Mary Sibulsky, Marilyn Griffitts, and the Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation

2014: Monty Danner, Jim Glenn, Rich Swoboda, Ben Tran, Corey and Rebekah Comstock, and Tessindorf Family Chiropractic. 

2013: Michelle Fink, Tonia Gable, Steve Omi Foundation, Wayne Syth, Jim Gray, and Numerica Credit Union. 

2012: Rebekah Kastning, Nancy Sue Wallace, Joe Regnere, Dale Stamper, Pam Pratt, and RDI Heating. 

Welcome New Members!

Panhandle Parks Foundation 
Jocelyn Whitfield-Babcock
212 Ironwood Drive, Suite D
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814
(208) 446-4813

The Panhandle Parks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing healthy and vibrant communities by facilitating acquisition, support, and preservation of parks, open space, and recreational facilities in North Idaho. The foundation can accept and hold land bequeathed to them for future parks and open space; be the fiscal agent for community groups with park related projects; act as a conduit for matching grants for municipalities in the five North Idaho counties; promote events in the park; and is the administrative arm for naming rights in McEuen Park.

Coeur d'Alene Dental Center 
Drs. Geffrey Thompson, KC McVey, Sarah McVey
1322 W. Kathleen Ave., Suite 1
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815
(208) 667-7461

Coeur d'Alene Dental Center is commited to providing the highest standard of personalized dental care in a gentle, efficient, and professional manner. The atmosphere is calming, the staff friendly, and their dental services exceptional. With an emphasis on lifetime prevention, they offer comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location while utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry and periodontal care. They strive to establish lasting relationships with their patients, based on mutual trust and open communication.

Brad Leggat Farmer's Insurance
Brad Leggat 
8827 N. Government Way, Suite 105
Hayden, ID  83835

As your local Farmers agent, Brad will help identify the types of coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help you understand insurance. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options--whether that's auto, home, life, renters, business, health insurance, workers comp, Medicare, and more!  They are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Financial Workshops Offered by STCU   

STCU invites the community to attend the following workshop at the Hayden Library. 

Protect Your Credit Score Workshop
Tuesday, March 20
6 p.m. to  7 p.m.
Learn why a good credit score is more important than ever. We will show you how a credit score is determined, how to maintain and earn a healthy credit score, and where to go for help. A light meal is provided, so come early and bring a friend. For more details and registration, visit


Platinum Members
Gold Member support is huge! Thank you.    

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