Jerome Chamber E-News October 11, 2018
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Business 101 - Operating Costs
All businesses big and small. For-profit and nonprofit need to ensure that they have enough cash flow to cover operating expenses. There is often a misunderstanding out there that nonprofits cannot make money. Nonprofits 501 c(3) and 501 c(6) like Chamber of commerce still have operating expenses.

Operating costs include things like
•   Rent or building leases
•   Utilities
•   Salaries (include annual pay raises and benefits)
•   Office supplies
o   Paper
o   Toner
o   office equipment
•    Marketing
•   Building maintenance and repairs

The formula to calculate operating costs is:
Operating Cost = Cost of Goods Sold + Operating Expenses

In the magic valley alone, it can be extremely challenging to ensure that all operating costs are covered, especially with the constant rise in the cost of living in today’s economy. I have lived in 2 countries, 5 states and 9 different communities all ranging in size from small communities of a few thousand to large mega metropolis centers of a few million people. Each place I have lived in the prices for basic commodities fluctuate drastically. Idaho, for example, has a gas tax which drives up the cost of our gasoline compared to other states. Housing costs are very different depending on where you live. When I moved to the Midwest, my grocery bill doubled for daily commodities like milk, the price per gallon almost doubled. Businesses want to attract and retain good employees who will stay with the organization. The constant turnover of employees is expensive for companies, one of the important items to include when calculating operating costs is annual pay raises and good benefits.

Nonprofits often have a revolving door with employees, they struggle to retain talented employees largely because too many people misunderstand that nonprofits must follow the same operating expenses as for-profit organizations.

One of the main benefits for for-profit companies to partner with nonprofits is aligning the company with a worthwhile cause.

The Chamber of Commerce provides the local businesses with the opportunity to partner by offering sponsorship opportunities for a variety of events, things like Business After Hours, Chamber luncheons, sponsoring the annual chamber banquet, Holidayfest etc. Investing in the local Chamber shows community investment and support but also brings the for-profit company an additional level of marketing and impressions above the traditional sales ads.
These partnerships also increased customer brand and loyalty to the for-profit business and attract new business partners and relationships. It truly is a win-win for both the nonprofit and for-profit to build these partnerships.

Bruce Burtch, a renowned marketing expert who has a background in helping for-profit and nonprofits develop win-win partnerships said:

“There is nothing in business today that provides as much economic and social benefit… as a strategic partnership between nonprofits and for-profits… Nothing else comes even close.”

Top 10 benefits are:
1.   Increase sales of products or services
2.   Increase employee engagement, morale, and retention
3.   Increase customer and brand loyalty
4.   Draw media attention and coverage for free
5.   Provide a motivating purpose for their company and employees
6.   Increase shareholder return
7.   Increase employee skill development, team building, leadership
8.   Attract new business partners and relationships
9.   Generate recognition for the good they create in society
10.   Receive a tax donation for contributions. 

Chamber Events
October 17 - Business After Hours
November 9 - Holidayfest
December 8 - Christmas in Jerome
Seize the opportunity to host Business After Hours

Reserve your spot for 2019
Community Events
October 2 - Sing
All voices welcome to Sing!

No musical experience necessary. All ages. Join any time!

Building a choir to tell the story of the birth of Jesus! Performances will be on December 8th @ "Christmas in Jerome"

Choir Practices:

Tuesdays @ 7 pm
Jerome Public Library Community Rooms

Sundays @ 6pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Next to Jerome High School

For more information contact
Anneli Crouch (208) 280-2610
Awesome Socks #fatcosocktober
Saturday October 13 - Bilingual Recruitment Expo
Saturday October 13 - Epicurean Evening
The funds for this event will go to pay for mammograms for those women in our rural areas uninsured or under insured using a Mobile Mammography Unit. Idaho is last of all states for women getting checked and our eight counties are at the bottom of Idaho's list. We can change this through this mobile unit. Agricultural, dairy, smaller towns, and far away nooks and crannies are where we will go to get these done. We will have Spanish speaking greeter on board with a tech. Help us make a difference. If you cannot attend, consider a donation, sponsorship, live or silent auction item. If you are a chef, caterer and would like to showcase your specialty dishes contact Terry Rowe at or 208-814-0045.
Saturday October 13 - American Legion Chili Feed & Silent Auction
Saturday October 13 - Co-Ed Pool Tournament
October 13 - Magic Valley Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Magic Valley Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Saturday,October 13th
Registration 9 - 10 am
Walk begins at 10 am
Free fun activities
October 18 - Proactively Market your small business seminar
Proactively Market your Small Business Without Breaking the Bank
October 18
Fairfield Inn & Suites
1788 Washington Street North, Twin Falls
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by Desert Creative Group
October 23 - Business Basics free class
Start your business off on the Right Foot
An Introduction to:
  • Sales & Use Tax
  • Income Tax Withholding
  • SBA New BUsiness Checklist

Sherry Briscoe (208)332-3539
Irene Gonzalez (208)334-1673
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9 - 11 am
Twin Falls City Hall
203 Main Ave East

1 - 3 PM
Con Paulos Chevrolet
251 E Frontage Rd, South Jerome
Topics covered include:
Starting a new business • Registering your business • Applying for permits • Income tax withholding • Employer filing requirements • Definition of a "sale" • Definition of a "retailer" • Sales Price • Exemption certificates • Contractors • Record keeping • E-filing • Consequences of not filing • Communicating with the Tax Commission • Value of a business plan • Choosing a business structure • Identifying financing • Basic accounting • Marketing • Human Resources

Both session will cover the same material

Presented by: Idaho State Tax Commission & SBA U.S. Small BUsiness Administration
October 26 - Boo Fest
2nd Annual Boofest
October 26
6 - 9 pm
Comfort Inn & Suites
379 Crossroads Point Blvd, Jerome

Costume Contest for ages 2 - 12 years

Free indoor trick or treating and carnival
October 29 - HEAL Regional Meeting
Healthy Eating, Active Living

Monday, October 29, 2018
10 am - 4 pm
Herrett Center, Twin Falls
October 31 - Main Street Trunk or Treat
The Jerome Spirit Committee is looking for businesses to participate.
Contact Will Ritter
(208) 731-7700
Register today
November 1 - Thanksgiving Boxes
Jerome Food Ministry will be giving away Thanksgiving Boxes on
Thursday November 1
11 am - 12:30 pm

Register at Martha & Mary's Food Pantry
October 15 - Oct 26th
Card will be required when picking up the box. One box per household
Limited number of boxes will be available
Volunteers will be appreciated at 9 am

The Jerome Food Ministry Annual Thanksgiving Box distribution will be during the Idaho Food Bank Mobil Pantry. As in past years we distribute the boxes in time for Thanksgiving and earlier than Holiday food drives held throughout the community. We are in need of financial assistance so we can purchase some of the items needed. We anticipate providing over 220 boxes with estimated cost of $1,500 to $2,000.00 in addition to the meat donations already received. Please consider making a donation to the Jerome Food Ministry care of Rexroat Harberd & Assoc or by contacting Jeff Schroeder 208-404-6610.
November 10 Paramedic Soiree
4th Annual Paramedic Soiree
November 10, 2018
at Canyon Crest Event Center
330 Canyon Crest Dr.

Proceeds go to S.O.R.T and Paramedic Association

Doors open @ 5:30 pm
Dinner @ 6:30 pm

Dinner, Raffle Prizes, Dancing & More
Attire: Semi-formal
Get your tickets at:
285 Martin St. (208)604-4660
MV Paramedic FB

Sponsored by:
Magic Valley Paramedics • ST Luke's Magic Valley Health Foundation •
Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Rescue Team
November 14 Jerome Community Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner
Come enjoy a free thanksgiving dinner
Wednesday November 14
Saint Jerome Catholic Church
216 2nd Ave E, Jerome
5:30 PM

*Are you interested in preparing food & serving please contact Jeff Schroeder (208)404-6610
November 16 - 19 Festival of Giving
Gala of Giving - Friday November 16 @ 6 pm
(Limited number of tickets available at the Jerome Chamber office)

Breakfast with Santa - Saturday November 17 @ 9 - 11 am

BBQ, Brews & Bids - Saturday November 17 @ 7 pm. (Limited number of tickets available at the Jerome Chamber office)

Family Day - Sunday November 18 @ 12 pm - 5pm

Senior Day - Monday November 19 @ 10 am - 4pm
All festivities will be at Fleur de Lis Ranch
December 8 - Festival for Children
If you would like to participate, have a game, giveaway, craft or activity contact us. No charge to participate as a vendor. Terry Rowe at or 208-814-0045.
Beginning Dog Obedience
Discover the many benefits and joys of training with your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with; they respond well to household routines and have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs. You and your dog will learn the 10 Steps from the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program, designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.
Monday, Nov 5 – Dec 10 6 – 7 p.m.   
Jerome County Fairgrounds – Messersmith Building
Instructor: Brittany Triner
Advanced Dog Obedience
This comprehensive 6-week class will expose dogs and their owners to a variety of training scenarios and prepare them to enjoy off-leash reliability in distracting environments. Owners will enjoy relationship based training methods that allow them to better communicate with their pets, and the dogs will thrive in the fun learning environment. This class is taught by a certified professional dog trainer and behaviorist with over 7 years’ experience working with hundreds of dog/owner teams. Advanced Dog Obedience will prepare your dog for real-world distractions as well as outdoor adventures with emphasis on off-leash reliability in any situation. Participants must have completed a basic obedience course.
Monday,   Nov 5 – Dec 10 7 - 8 pm
Jerome County Fairgrounds – Messersmith Building
Instructor: Brittany Triner

Memory Wire Bracelets
Just String! Mix it up and string endless memory wire bracelets that take the place of a whole stack of bangles. Using different beads and spacers, this is the perfect gift for someone special or even yourself! You will also learn to make wire wrap dangles to add to your bracelet and give it movement. Mixing shapes and colors adds to your creativity. Great for beginners!
Tuesday, Nov 6 6 – 9 p.m. 
Jerome Center
$25 Plus $25 supply fee paid directly to instructor
Instructor: Diane Gause
Member Hot Deals
Email Marketing Discount
The Jerome Chamber is proud to partner with Constant Contact and to offer our members a discount on a email marketing platform. Save up 25%
Costco now does logo products
Costco now does logo products! Promote your brand Choose from more than 1,000 top-selling, quality products and take advantage of instant online image upload and product preview. 

Plus, Executive Members save 50% on typical setup fees. For details and pricing Call 1-866-748-5188, or visit
Book your Business Holiday Party @ Mountain View Barn Today
The holidays will be here before you know it.

Book your Company Holiday Party @ Mountain View Barn.

Don't Delay book your date today!
Cable one Digital Advertising Campaign
As a Jerome Chamber Members if your purchase a digital advertising campaign you will get a matching Cable TV schedule dollar for dollar with this investment.
For example, spend $800 on a digital campaign and get $800 of matching TV spots.

Call or email Page Geske , your media consultant @ (208)420-6244 to schedule an appointment for a FREE marketing analysis of your business.
Chamber Mondays @ Renew
Chamber Mondays!

Renew is offering a lunch special every Monday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Any employee from a Chamber Member qualifies for this amazing deal.
Tell the cashier what business you represent and ask what the Monday special is.

111 E. Main St
Monday - Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The Gathering 5 - 7 PM
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Chamber Chats
Tune in weekly for Chamber Chats
  • 94.7 FM / 1400 AM BUCK Friday's @ 7:45 AM
  • la Perrona 99.1 FM
  • HOT 100 FM Wednesday @ 7:50 AM
A special thank you to Lee Family Broadcasting for sponsoring this program.
Job Postings
Are you seeking talented individuals to join your team?
Chamber Members can post your employment opportunities on our website.
New Job Posting:

  • Idaho State Department of Agriculture is seeking Inspector 1 position
Press Releases
Chamber members can add Press Releases to the Chamber Website by using the member login.
Contact me for more details.
Thank you for your support
Board of Directors:
  • Carl McEntarffer , Jerome Rec District- President
  • Randy King, D.L. Evans Bank - President Elect
  • Soyna Haines, United Way - Secretary
  • Cindy Morgado, Fairway Independent Mortgage
  • Angela Hickmon, ICCU
  • Brian Bridwell, Jerome School District
  • Kim Lee, Lee Family Broadcasting
  • Anna Dovenmuehler, CSI
  • Lisa Burkhart, St. Luke's Jerome
  • Ben Crouch, Northside Journal
Ambassador Committee Officers:

  • Debbie Schvaneveldt, D.L. Evans - President
  • Markus Lively, Farmers Bank - Vice President
  • Marty Kuhn, Washington Federal - Secretary
Newsletter Submission Deadline
Please have all submission in no later than Wednesday each week.
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