January 2020
Chamber Spotlight :
The Meridian Chamber is Excited to Announce our New CEO - Sean Evans!
The Meridian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and our selection committee, which includes city leaders, is excited to announce that Sean Evans will be our new CEO effective January 2 nd . Sean has been involved in our local business community since 2009 serving previously as the Publisher of the Idaho Business Review and currently as the President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Idaho. 

“Throughout the entire selection process, we interviewed several amazing applicants, and Sean clearly presented himself as the most qualified candidate for the position,” said Jeffrey Hall, Chair of the selection committee. “Sean understands strong partnerships and how to support our business community, which is a priority for the Chamber. He also is a proven leader who is motivated and driven to lead our Chamber to the next level”. 

Sean and his wife, Amanda, live in Meridian and have two daughters that have graduated from Mountain View High School and both currently attend Boise State University. Please help us in welcoming Sean to the Meridian Chamber!
Kenny Wagner of Lucky Fins
Yuri Blanco of RE/MAX Executives
Linsday Meloy of Auric Solar
Lucky Fins
Auric Solar
RE/MAX Executives
Virtual & Onsite Accounting Services Inc

T hank you for joining the Chamber and getting more involved in the Meridian Community!
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
208.577.2441
membership@meridianchamber.org
Meridian Chamber Event Calendar

Wednesday, January 1st - New Year's Day - Meridian Chamber Office Closed. The Chamber office will be closed Wednesday as we bring in the New Year!

Tuesday, January 7th - Noon to 1:30 pm - Chamber Luncheon Speaker Series Join your Meridian Chamber of Commerce for our monthly speaker series luncheon sponsored by Ripley Doorn & Company, PLLC. John Berg will bring us timely tax topics for small businesses and individuals . The Luncheon will be held at the West Ada School District Auditorium , 1303 E Central Drive. Need a parking permit? Email info@meridianchamber.org 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.

Thursday, January 9th - Leadership Meridian All-Day Session #5
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 events@meridianchamber.org.

Thursday, January 9th - Noon to 1:00 pm - Economic Development Committee at a NEW LOCATION for 2020: ICON Credit Union, 485 W Overland Road in Meridian. Please RSVP so that we can plan for enough seating. The Meridian Chamber will provide a light lunch.

Friday, January 10th - 7:30 am to 9 am - First Friday Networking hosted by Location TBD , . There will be food, coffee, excellent NETWORKING and door prizes!! Get your Friday started off right!

Monday, January 13th - Noon to 1 pm - Government Affairs Committee Meeting Join us to d iscuss 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.

Wednesday, January 15th - 9:00 am to 12:00pm - Chamber Workshop: Your Perfect Sales and Marketing Plan. The Meridian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Ruth Schwartz, Business Coach of High Performance Advocates, to bring you a new workshop for the new year. Ms. Schwartz will help fellow entrepreneurs build and implement an actionable sales plan for the new year. For more information, click here .

Thursday, January 16th - 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Business After Hours hosted by Yard House, in The Village at Meridian (in the fountain courtyard, next to the movie theater). Come for a wonderful time of networking and sampling Yard House's amazing food! We will also receive a special tour of the beer system in Yard House's Keg Room; you won't want to miss the fun!

Monday, January 20th- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Meridian Chamber Office Closed.

Tuesday, January 21st - Noon to 1:30 pm - Chamber Quarterly Vendor Luncheon Join us once a quarter for vendors, networking and lunch! Limited to 10 vendors (first come, first served); a cost of $75 includes one lunch and your vendor spot. Or come and enjoy the lunch and the fun for $15 for members. Catering by Dickey's BBQ. No formal program, just lots of networking, drawings, and each vendor gets a minute to tell us about their business! The Luncheon will be held at the West Ada School District Auditorium , 1303 E Central Drive. Need a parking permit? Email info@meridianchamber.org 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.

Friday, January 24th - 6:30 am to 7:30 am - Coffee with the Idaho Legislators - the Coffee with the Idaho Legislator events provide an opportunity for Chamber members to get important legislative updates and provide feedback to our area Legislators on issues that impact our business community. These meetings are set up for every other Friday morning during the legislative session. Coffee and pastries are provided. The meetings are held at the West Ada School District building (East Entrance) in the Stillwater meeting room, 1303 E Central Drive in Meridian.
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 Livability.com, 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 meridian@livmedia.com  or by phone at 208-850-9416 .

As always, we appreciate your support.
 The Meridian Chamber of Commerce
Meridian Library Book Corner
Each month, Jill Panter of the Meridian Library District, offers a great book recommendation. The Director of the Meridian Library District attended the Meridian Chamber Gala in November, and she thought the following resources mentioned by Jeff Sayer may be of interest:

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs, by John Doerr.  Doerr reveals how a powerful goal-setting system can help any organization thrive, outlining objectives and key results as the most important factors to business success.

Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First, by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey.  Providing deep, expert insight and advice for what needs to change and how to change it, this is the definitive book for reimagining and creating a talent-driven organization that wins. 

Harvard Business Review

Meridian Chamber Holiday Luncheon
Meridian Chamber members enjoyed a delightful holiday luncheon sponsored by CapEd. While dining on amazing holiday fare catered by Grant's Neighborhood Grill, Christmas songs were performed by choirs from Victory Middle School and Idaho Fine Arts Academy. And talk about Christmas gifts!
RC Willey provided a plethora of raffle prizes and table decorations that were won by some lucky Chamber members. Merry Christmas to All!
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Meridian Meadows Transitional Care
The beautiful new location of Meridian Meadows Transitional Care was all dressed up for Christmas - Santa even showed up for this Ribbon Cutting!
At Meridian Meadows Transitional Care, they help adults of all ages recover from surgery, injury, or serious illness in a quiet, compassionate, and clean environment. Rehabilitation therapy, exercise groups, and a wide variety of activities are offered daily in a peaceful setting. Activities include arts and crafts, holiday celebrations, birthday parties, and many others.
To find out more information or to schedule a tour their facility at 2656 E Magic View Drive in Meridian, visit their website here .
Leadership Meridian Business and Community Day
The fourth Leadership Meridian session took the class to Republic Services, The Village, CITI and Scentsy where they were able to tour behind-the-scenes and learn more about these great Meridian business locations.

If you are interested in the 2020-2021 Meridian Leadership class, please contact Lindsey at 208.577.2442.
Ribbon Cutting at Simmons Fine Jewelry
The Meridian Chamber members needed their sunglasses indoors for this ribbon cutting! So many beautiful, sparkling pieces of jewelry! We were on hand to celebrate their recent remodel of the showroom. It was so beautiful!

At Simmons Fine Jewelry, they help individuals, couples, families and businesses celebrate
life’s occasions with fine jewelry that will be remembered, cherished and worn for generations. Visit Simmons Fine Jewelry on their website here or visit their store at 1220 N Olive in Meridian to be bedazzled!
Inspired Living Collection
Ribbon Cutting
Another beautiful store with SO many beautiful decor items to complete or update your home design!

Inspired Living Collection is the premiere Boise furniture destination. Their goal is to help people in Idaho enjoy a quality of home life, no matter your style. They have an Interior Design Team that will guide you through your home with a new perspective and a showroom to discover incredible home furnishings. Visit Inspired Living Collection at 3540 N Eagle Road in Meridian. You can also visit their website here , but you really must visit this showroom in person - so much to see!
First Friday Networking

Meridian Chamber members enjoyed a morning of networking and light breakfast fare at Foothills Physical Therapy's beautiful new location in the Ten Mile Crossing business park.

At Foothills Physical Therapy, therapists are skilled in a variety of therapy techniques. They offer expert, specialized, one-on-one care to you. Their therapists have the knowledge and expertise to rehabilitate a variety of musclo-skeletal injuries through cardiovascular, strength, proprioceptive, and functional training. The highly-trained therapists, on average, have 16 years of clinical experience, with more board certified therapists than any other practice in Idaho. Their therapists are certified in orthopaedics, dry needling, sports therapy, manual therapy, men’s and women’s health, and more.
There are four locations in Meridian/Boise to make it convenient for you to feel better! Visit Foothills Physical Therapy's website here to see which location would best serve you!
Check out Divine Wine, Cork & Fork's menu here or plan to meet some friends for a drink and dinner at 1031 N Main Street in downtown Meridian.
Meridian Chamber's Ambassador Christmas Party
The Meridian Chamber honored our hard-working Ambassadors with a Christmas dinner and ornament exchange at Divine Wine, Cork & Fork. Thank you, Ambassadors, for all you do to help and represent the Meridian Chamber!
Have you heard about the Meridian Chamber's MC Leads Groups?
The Chamber now has five Leads Groups meeting every other week, and we have heard many comments on how this type of networking has helped increase business contacts and sales. If you are interested in being a part of one of the Chamber Leads Groups, please contact Valerie at 208.577.2441, and she will find a group with an opening for your type of business.
One of Meridian Chamber's MC Leads Groups celebrating the holidays at their December meeting
Business After Hours at First Federal

What a wonderful host and a great attendance for our final event of 2019! Meridian Chamber members enjoyed appetizers catered by 3 Girls Catering and wine and beer to get the evening off to a great start! Fun prizes and great networking, with everyone spreading Christmas cheer made this event a holiday hit!

For all your banking, investing and loan needs, find First Federal bank's website here .
Chamber Member Opportunities
Unique Solutions MSP, Inc. provides Managed IT Services to all sizes of businesses.
 
Services offered include local and wide area networking, VPN/firewall/routers, enterprise wireless access, 24/7 monitoring and maintenance of workstations and servers, patch management for critical Microsoft updates, Anti-virus/malware with Identity protection, DNS Protection, Dark Web monitoring, backup/disaster recovery with business continuity solutions with redundancy to bi-coastal data centers, VoIP phone systems, video surveillance, home and business automation solutions, and 24/7 unlimited onsite and remote support contracts for all of our clients.
 
We can provide full IT Management where we become your virtual IT Department, we can be an asset to your existing IT Department, or you can subscribe to our services à la carte!
 
We offer a free network evaluation as well as a free Dark Web scan to see if your business information is for-sale on the Dark Web.
 
If you’re a business owner with IT related challenges please feel free to reach out to me here on Facebook or check out our website at www.uniquesolutions.com . I can also be reach by calling our office at 208-542-5422 ext 704.

Bella Family Healthcare & Aesthetics opened their doors on September 16, 2019 and their practice is accepting new patients, same-day appointments, and walk-ins welcome. With a Family Nurse Practitioner on staff, they are able to do all physical exams, sick visits, manage acute and chronic diseases, and provide care for procedures. Other services provided include injectable aesthetics with botox and dermal fillers. 

Visit Bella Family Healthcare & Aesthetics at:
1545 E Leighfield Dr
Meridian, ID 83646
Open M-F from 8 AM – 5 PM

We are booking 2020 events and want to talk with YOU about hosting an engaging First Friday or Business After Hours at your location. Please contact Lindsey at events@meridianchamber.org
Workshops are NEW IN 2020! Join us for the first one:
Idaho Tents and Events
Now through March 31st, 20% off dance floor rentals. Let's get this party started!
Contact Idaho Tents & Events today 208.559.2771
In 1991 Office Value started its operation with two used bread delivery vans selling office products door to door to businesses from these vehicles. This was a unique concept which immediately provided product to the customer, from our store on wheels. We called it "Our Store at Your Front Door." Our goal was to provide service beyond our customer's expectations. This commitment has not changed since we started the company. Our customers come first.

Today, our website has been designed for the most informative and efficient ordering system possible. The ease of use with individual customer “Favorites List” items allows you to expedite the ordering process. Our commitment to providing service beyond our customer’s satisfaction remains our top priority at Office Value.
We are very appreciative of our customers who value and participate in our services and would like the opportunity to demonstrate our Value & Service to our Idaho business neighbors.
We are extending a special offer to all Meridian Chamber members! When completing your first online order, enter promo code MC10 at checkout and we’ll take 10% off your entire order!
Getting your business set up with Office Value is quick and easy! Simply go to https://www.officevalue.net/new-account.html and complete the brief sign up form. We’ll email you when your account has been set up and is ready to use.
We look forward to a long partnership with Meridian Chamber and fellow Chamber businesses!
OUR VALUES
Respect | Integrity | Sense of Humor | Dynamic Teamwork | Enterprising
It’s not what we do, it’s the way we do it.
Telephone 208-342-1025
Fax 208-345-8879
1300 E Kalispell St Meridian, Id. 83642
Did you know that Zions Bank hosts complimentary classes for businesses? Please find January's schedule of classes below:

January 9th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Credit Matters: Know Your Score and More

January 15th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Smart StartUp Workshop

January 22nd, 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 idresources@zionsbank.com or call 208-501-7573 
Business Referral Partner Program Through CTC
As a local company in Idaho, CTC knows the importance of being a good neighbor. That is why CTC is seeking new business relationships that will benefit everyone involved. If you are well-networked and have trusted relationships with other businesses in Idaho, your recommendation of CTC could earn you extra revenue.
Contact 208.229.9000 or sales@ctctele.com