November 2019
Farewell to Rich Bonney
Rich Bonney, the CEO of the Meridian Chamber for the last two years, spent the morning Friday, October 18th saying goodbye to Chamber members and Ambassadors who he had worked closely with during his tenure here at the Chamber.
Rich is moving with his family to Texas to take a CEO position with a Chamber there. We will miss you, Rich!
Spotlight on Chamber Member - Sweet Zola's Candy for Inclusion

Sweet Zola's in Meridian is a candy shop that hires employees with developmental disabilities. The shop provides them with real-life work experience in the hope that they can take the skills and apply them to a full-time job. Sweet Zola's opened eight months ago by Cyndy Radovich. Cyndy has worked with individuals with special needs for 12 years in the Treasure Valley and got the idea from recent trends around the United States.

The shop has 10 employees, six full time-volunteers, and is located at 917 N Main Street in Meridian. With all the holidays coming up, be sure to stop in to Sweet Zola's for all your sweet treat needs!
Jeff Lurcook and Lara Mauldin of
Office Value Inc.
Dr. Aaron Warner and team at
Eagle Vision One in Meridian
Paul Morgan of
Dynamite Signs and Graphics
Rich Martinez of Christian Brothers Automotive South Meridian
Trader Joes
Cam and Doug Gross of Valentus
Weight Loss Coffee
Shayla Monnier with
Blair Legacy Companion Care
The team at Ada West Dermatology
at 4574 N Ten Mile Road
Travis Scott of Adalant
Retirement Plan Specialists
Manager Tarrah Landon and Owner Clint Welch
of Jon Smith Subs
Hunter Larson of 9Round Kickboxing
Jesse Taff of Everest Maintenance Group
Stephanie Hartruft with Insurance Professionals
Adalant Retirement Plan Specialists
Ada West Dermatology
Eagle Vision One
Christian Brothers Automotive - S. Meridian
Trader Joes
Insurance Professionals
Everest Maintenance Group
Sound Wave Events
Jon Smith Subs
Blair Legacy Companion Care
Chip Cookies
9round Kickboxing
Dynamite Signs and Graphics
Office Value Inc.
Valentus Weight Loss Coffee
Divine Wine, Cork & Fork
Stevens Henager College
The Assistance League of Boise
Your CBD Store Downtown Boise

Thank you for joining the Chamber and getting more involved in the Meridian Community!
Margaret and Tracy Hopkins of
Specialty Construction Supply
Ali Carroll with United Site Services
Karen Hardesty of Project Management
Institute Western Idaho Chapter
Reed Edwards and his team at Roosters
Specialty Construction Supply, Project Management, United Site Services and Roosters Men's Grooming Center joined the Meridian Chamber in late September.
We would like to extend an invitation to all of our wonderful Chamber Members to bring your company logo'd items to the Chamber office for our blue Chamber "New Member" bags that we give out to each new member.

We are excited that our Chamber is rapidly growing, but our inventory is getting low as we are gaining 10+ new members per month! We are looking for your company logo'd items such as water bottles, key fobs, calendars, coupons, chap stick - anything fun and useful to add to the welcome bag AND promote your business!

You may bring 25-50 items to the Chamber office or email/call the Chamber office to arrange for a pick-up!

Thank you so much - together we will serve, strengthen and promote our wonderful Chamber business community!

Valerie Garrett
Membership Director
Meridian Chamber Event Calendar

Friday, November 1st - 7:30 am to 8:30 am - First Friday Networking hosted by Phoenix Fire Games , 44 E Fairview Avenue, Meridian. There will be food, coffee, excellent NETWORKING and door prizes!! Get your Friday started off right!

Monday, November 4th - 10:00 am - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of Christian Brothers Automotive South Meridian. Enjoy coffee and donuts and tour the new facility. Located at 87 E Calderwood, Meridian (South of Overland Road, off S Meridian Road next to Dutch Bros).

Tuesday, November 5th - Noon to 1:30 pm - Luncheon Speaker Series Join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for our monthly speaker series luncheon sponsored by PKG, Inc. Our speaker will be Dan Clark from the Meridian Food Bank. You won't want to miss this lunch catered by Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant. The Luncheon will be held at the West Ada School District Auditorium , 1303 E Central Drive. Need a parking permit? Email or pick one up the day of the event. We appreciate early registrations so that we can give our caterers an accurate count! Click here to register.

Wednesday, November 6th - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the new location of Real Life Ministries. There will be a light lunch served and tours of the facility. Real Life Ministries is located at 1098 N Hickory Avenue in Meridian.

Thursday, November 7th - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm -The Meridian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala - Join the Meridian Chamber for a night of celebration, featuring keynote speaker Jeff Sayer, including the Man and Woman of the Year awards, with a special honor to Mayor Tammy! There will be a live and silent auction and fun raffle prizes! Registration must be made in advance of the event. Galaxy Event Center, 1385 S Blue Marlin Lane in Meridian.

Monday, November 11th - Veteran's Day - Meridian Chamber Office Closed

Tuesday, November 12th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Join us for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of Foothills Physical Therapy at their new Ten Mile Crossing location in Meridian! A light lunch will be served and tours will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony. And don't forget the raffle prizes.

Tuesday, November 12th - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Join us for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of Digital Check, nextScan's new offices! Come tour this new facility and enjoy a light lunch and raffle prizes!

Wednesday, November 13th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Join us for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of Sherwin Williams Paint Co. on Linder Road. The Eagle Chamber will be co-hosting this event with us!

Thursday, November 14th - Leadership Meridian All-Day Session #3
Pre-registration needed to attend. For information about this program and to obtain details to participate in the 2020/2021 Leadership Meridian program, please contact Lindsey Pate at 208.577.2442 or

Thursday, November 14th - 3:00 pm - Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for ICON Credit Union branch located at 5105 N Ten Mile Road in Meridian. Join the Chamber as we celebrate this new location! Grand Opening from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Thursday, November 14th - Noon to 1:00 pm - Economic Development Committee at Micro 100, 1410 E Pine Avenue, Meridian. Please RSVP so that we can plan for enough seating. Micro 100 graciously provides lunch for all attendees, so we need to have a total count.

Friday, November 15th - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the new Zions Bank branch at 1767 W Island Green Drive in Meridian .

Monday, November 18th - Noon to 1 pm - Government Affairs Committee Meeting Discuss legislative issues relevant to the Meridian business community.The Meridian Chamber will be providing a light lunch - Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate count! Located at Foley Freeman PLLC , 953 S Industry Way Meridian, ID 83680.

Tuesday, November 19th - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Meridian Chamber Quarterly Vendor & Networking Luncheon at West Ada School District Auditorium, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian. Join us once a quarter for vendors, networking and lunch! Limited to 10 vendors (first come, first served) sponsored by All American Insurance. $75 includes one lunch and your vendor spot. No formal program, just lots of networking, drawings, and each vendor gets a minute to tell us about their business! Lunch tickets only are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

Wednesday, November 20th - 12:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of Jon Smith Subs located at 150 S Ten Mile Road, Suite 140 in Meridian.

Thursday, November 21st - 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Business After Hours hosted by Gateway Mortgage, 3067 E Copper Point Drive, Suite 110 in Meridian. Come for light refreshments and drinks and amazing networking! Always a good time!

Monday, November 25th - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of The Lofts at Ten Mile. Enjoy sips and appetizers! Tour this beautiful facility and enter to win a raffle prize. The Lofts at Ten Mile are located at 2940 W Cobalt Drive in Meridian.

Tuesday, November 26th - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Ambassador Committee Meeting Standard Ambassador Meeting, packets etc.Pizza lunch will be provided - bring your own beverage! Located at High Desert Harley Davidson  - 2nd floor Conference Room, 2310 E Cinema Drive Meridian, ID 83642.

Thursday, November 28th - Happy Thanksgiving! The Chamber office will be closed Thursday and Friday to celebrate this time of gratitude with our families!
Meridian City Event Highlights
Veteran's Day Ceremony, Monday, November 11th from 11:00am - 12:00pm

Everyone is welcome to join us as we gather to pay tribute to our nation's veterans on Monday, November 11, at 11:00 am, at the Rock of Honor Veterans Memorial, located inside Meridian's Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park (near the Meridian Senior Center). Seating is limited so please bring your own folding chair or lawn blanket. This patriotic and uplifting ceremony generally lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Presented by Meridian's American Legion Post 113, VFW Post 4000, and the City of Meridian.
Questions? -- Contact Shelly Houston at Meridian Parks and Recreation (208) 888-3579
Because of your support for Meridian, we want to make sure you know about our strategy to market the community to a national audience for talent attraction and business investment.
In a continuous expansion of our marketing efforts, we work with  Livability Media  to promote Meridian online, in print and via social media.
The key elements of this strategy are:
  • Dedicated pages about our community on, which reaches more than 12 million visitors a year
  • Digital content optimized for all devices – including mobile – with social promotion campaigns to draw attention to that content
  • The annual Livability Meridian, Idaho magazine, a top-quality publication that tells our story to prospects for relocation or business investment
  • A robust digital version of the magazine to be shared via links, email or social media

Todd Anderson, our Livability Media representative, will be contacting you soon to discuss
how your business can participate in this program and gain year-round exposure to a vital target audience. Contact Todd directly by email at  or by phone at 208-850-9416 .
As always, we appreciate your support.

Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Chamber of Commerce
 The Meridian Chamber Champions Walk to End Alzheimers

Saturday, October 5th, our team of 9 joined with many Treasure Valley community members at Kleiner Park to Walk to End Alzheimers. We helped raise $1,135 toward the cause of finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Meridian Chamber
Economic Excellence Forum/Mayoral Candidate Panel
Our October Economic Excellence Forum featured the 5 Meridian Mayoral candidates on a panel moderated by the Idaho Statesman. JaK*s Place catered some amazing boxed lunches! Check out their menu here.
The Meridian Chamber's Government Affairs Committee put together a questionnaire for the Mayoral and City Council candidates. Find these completed questionnaires on the Meridian Chamber website here - and Don't Forget to Vote on November 5th!
First Friday Networking at the Boise Co-op in Meridian

Excellent fresh-baked breakfast fare, along with coffee and great networking . . . could a Friday morning get any better than this? Thank you to the Boise Co-op for being our amazing hosts for October's First Friday event.

Check out Boise Co-op's website here for sales, upcoming events and classes!
Visit United Site Services' Website here.
Ribbon Cutting at
United Site Services
United Site Services' second Corporate Headquarters located in Meridian, ID at Ten Mile Crossing is home to customer care and shared services teams. Their dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing you with a positive experience from start to finish for your project and event needs from coast to coast. United Site Services is proud to provide the single largest inventory of portable sanitation equipment anywhere in the U.S. On top of that, they are further distinguished by their lasting commitment to quality customer care—and their unmatched experience and expertise in site equipment rentals.
Ribbon Cutting to celebrate Consign Furniture's Expansion -
Largest consignment furniture store in the world!
Do you have holiday guests coming to visit and need tables, chairs, bedroom furnishings or family room furniture to host your guests? Consider Consign Furniture's quality, lightly-used furniture - as the largest consignment furniture store in the WORLD, you will be impressed by the large inventory and choices of consigned furniture that will be easy on your wallet! Consign Furniture is a locally-owned consignment furniture store that has been consigning and selling quality previously owned furniture, antiques, collectibles, and art since 2008.

You can even start your shopping experience online here as their rotating inventory is kept updated online.
Ribbon Cutting for Better Life Chiropractic
For the Pay It Forward program, Consign Furniture offered a seasonal- and work-related- appropriate gift to Better Life Chiropractic!
The Meridian Chamber was on hand to help Better Life Chiropractic celebrate their office expansion and remodel.

Click here for Better Life Chiropractic's website.
Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening of Meridian's Trader Joe's
Anticipation was high for the Grand Opening of Trader Joe's on Eagle Road in Meridian!
Make sure to visit Trader Joe's for all your fall baking and grocery needs!
Grand Opening of Roosters Men's Grooming Center

Roosters, an upscale Men's Grooming Center providing authentic barbering services with men in mind, opened in The Village at Meridian. During their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, a free shave was offered to attending men - our Chamber CEO, Rich, took advantage of the pampering!

Visit Roosters' website here to check out their services and make an appointment!
Joint Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening of Eagle Vision One and Ada West Dermatology
What a beautiful new building! Eagle Vision One and Ada West Dermatology partnered to build this new office space. A large lobby connects the two offices. Meridian Chamber was on hand to celebrate the Grand Opening of this beautiful northwest location with a double ribbon cutting for both businesses.

You can find Eagle Vision One's website here and also Ada West Dermatology's website here.
Business After Hours at
Cloverdale Funeral Home
Cloverdale Funeral Home was a gracious host to the Meridian Chamber's Business After Hours. There were great appetizers and drinks, fun raffle prizes, and a very informative tour Cloverdale's facitility and services! Thank you to the staff of Cloverdale Funeral Home for a great time of networking!

Visit Cloverdale Funeral Home's website here .
Another Grand Opening that caused quite a bit of excitement! Chips opened their store in The Village at Meridian (next to Big Al's) with a long line of cookie-hungry guests! You can order your cookies online here , but we recommend you head over to Chips for great smells and delicious cookies!
Chip opens in The Village - Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for 9Round Kickboxing
What a fun, new way to workout and get in shape! 9Round is different because it includes everything you need: a full-body workout that's fast, effective and fun... personal trainers to help you... and expert nutritional guidance. And it's all based on the latest exercise and nutritional science. Check out the facility at 1580 N Stonehenge Way, Suite 103 in Meridian or view their website here .
Ribbon Cutting for new location - Unity Health
Unity Health Center revitalized and remodeled the building at 1130 E Fairview Avenue in Meridian to provide affordable, timely, and high-quality urgent care , family medicine, and Med Spa Services. Call their office at 208.895.6729 to schedule an appointment or check them out online at .
Stanton Healthcare Opens Meridian Location

Many Treasure Valley residents were on hand for the Grand Opening of Stanton Healthcare at 2176 E Franklin Road in Meridian. A s a life-affirming medical clinic in Idaho specializing in unexpected pregnancy care, Stanton Healthcare treats their clients with respect, dignity, and compassion in a confidential setting.
Visit Stanton Healthcare's website here .
Grand Opening of The Goddard School in Meridian
Rick Antl, owner of The Goddard School of Meridian, and his family celebrated their school's Grand Opening at their beautiful new location at 2009 S Wells Avenue in Meridian. Rick and the Goddard School are committed to providing a  high-quality learning experience  for children in their infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-kindergarten  programs . The Goddard School is conveniently located 3 blocks west of the intersection of Overland and Eagle.

The Goddard School is so much more than a simple childcare or daycare. Learn about the  Goddard Difference on their website by clicking here . Partner with them to develop your child into a happy, respectful, confident learner – ready for success in school and life!
MC Leads Groups Halloween Party at RC Willeys
RC Willeys graciously hosted the combined MC Leads Groups for a pre-Halloween party! There was food, prizes for costumes, and General Manager, Jon Jensen, gave a tour of the warehouse and store. All attendees left with a fabulous parting gift courtesy of RC Willeys Home Furnishings!
Each month, Jill Panter of the Meridian Library District, offers a great book recommendation. Make it a point to stop by the library and pick up November's recommended book - It might be the perfect time to start working on your pre-New Year's goals to find a career that is a better fit for your life!

The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to a Career You Love, by Ken Coleman.   Right now, 70% of Americans aren't passionate about their work and are desperately longing for meaning and purpose. They know there is something better out there, they just don't know how to reach it. In his latest book, career expert Ken Coleman provides a simple plan of how positioning yourself near the right people and places can help you land a job you love. Coleman will show you how to be intentional and genuine about the connections you make with a fresh, unexpected take on resumes and the job interview process. You'll discover the five people you should look for and the four best places to grow, learn, practice, and perform so you can step into the role you were created to fill.  

Don't miss Meridian Library District's Willy Wonka's Sweet Celebration, Friday, November 8th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The Oompa Loompas are taking over the Meridian Library! Bring the whole family for sweet treats and fantastic fun. You may even learn a new candymaking skill at this after-hours event.
Meridian Library's Book Corner
Chamber Member Opportunities
Blingo: Girls Night Out!
On November 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, bring your girlfriends out for a night of Bling & Bingo! Children's Museum of Idaho, 790 S Progress Avenue in Meridian, will be fundraising for a new water table exhibit. It's sure to be an entertaining night with Bingo games, a silent auction AND the opportunity to see some of our interactive exhibits.
All proceeds from this event go toward a grant which matches funds raised at Blingo by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation for an Indoor Stream Simulator Water Exhibit. Buy one card for only $25, which counts for 10 games! Additional cards will be sold for $20. Multiple Bling prizes sure to please all princesses! Winners choice! Tables of 6 are available for $180 (includes 6 Bingo cards). Don't miss the opportunity to win some great BLING while enjoying the night with your best gals! Enjoy dessert and non alcoholic beverages, included in your registration. We'll also have a cash bar for wine and beer. The Children's Museum of Idaho inspires and nurtures future explorers, innovators, and critical thinkers through interactive play in a safe, engaging environment with hands-on exhibits and programs designed specifically for children ages two to eight years old. Visit for more information!
Idaho Job and Career Fair
Check out the jobs at the FREE Idaho Job & Career Fair, 4:00 to 7:00 pm on November 14th at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1789 S Eagle Road in Meridian. Positions include salaried, hourly, commission and own-your-own business opportunities. Free Workshops on Resumes and Interviews for Job Seekers.
Curtis Restaurant Equipment Introduces New Hires
Health and Wellness Classes
The Karfeldt Center , located at 2921 S Meridian Road in Meridian, is hosting two complimentary classes in November:

November 7, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Heart Health for the Holidays. Stress. White Flour. Sugar. All of these deplete vital nutrients your heart needs! Find out how the Heart Sound Recorder can measure year heart's stress and how you can reverse it!

November 13, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Primitive Reflexes. Toe walkers, messy eaters, chronic anxiety, attention problems, poor posture and many more things can be caused by primitive reflexes! Find out what these are and how to overcome them!

RSVP for your FREE ticket today! 

Visit for more information.
Did you know that Zions Bank hosts complimentary classes for businesses? Please find November's schedule of classes below:

November 7th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Smart StartUp Workshop

November 13th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Inside Secrets to Funding Your Business
Classes /Workshops are held at the Zions Bank Business Resource Center, 800 W Main Street, 6th Floor, Boise. There is no charge to attend, but you must register to reserve a space.

Email or call 208-501-7573