Newsletter November 1, 2019
Executive Director's Post
Halloween, Turkey Day, Parties and Snow what a mix of things, just sounds like a busy Chamber of Commerce that offers a variety of programs for all. It also reminds me to tell you about a seminar that was presented by Natural Design and Graphics. The subject was "The Importance of Email Marketing and Social Media Integration", a topic that today is used or could be used by every Chamber member business but the attendance was very low. So, the big question from me is, "What do you need that the Chamber could provide a seminar for you to learn more to augment your business dealings?" As we prepare for scheduling our events and programs for 2020 it is important for you to tell us what you want to see and hear. We can then provide strong programs to help you see a portion of a return on your investment. I constantly try to answer your question "What's in it for me?" by offering events and programs that will meet your expectations but I need your help.

I believe it is the job of the Chamber to provide an environment in Defiance for economic development to take place and all of us have a stake in that endeavor. Please share your thoughts, or questions posed above via email or by call (419) 782-7946.

No idea is too small or too large to be considered, just share. Over the next four weeks, the Defiance College Marketing Research Class will be doing a market assessment and analysis on behalf of the Chamber. These students will be reaching out to you the members and collecting an array of information. This information will help your chamber better market your needs.

It is also that time, as we move into the holiday season, for me to say "Thank You" for all you do in making Defiance a better place to live and work. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please see below a list of all of our upcoming events and see what our members have going on!

All the Best,
Floyd Culver
Interim Executive Director/CEO
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.
2019 Reverse Raffle
Mark your calendars for November 14th!
We are 13 days away from The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. 2019 Reverse Raffle.

This year the DACC Foundation is excited to announce new games to our evenings line up as well as some of our oldie but goodies!

Insurance Board
Ticket #200 Raffle
2 Horse Races
Grab your friends and get ready to bid! There will be six horses auctioned off per race and each horse will need a jockey. The winning horse will receive 50% of the money taken in on the auction of all six horses!
Bling Drinks
You better be quick to participate in this game. This game will take place after the pull. The emcee will announce that the first 20 people up to the stage with $50 in hand will receive a specialty glass of wine and a jewelry bag. You are then able to take your glass to the bar and receive a glass of specialty wine.
Live Auction
We are excited to bring to you a few amazing auction items that will have you eager to bid on.
Item #1
Sweetwater Chophouse & Chef Aaron's Exclusive Dinner for 8
Item #2
Jacob's Meats Tailgate for 15
Item #3
Eagle Rock Golf Club Package for Four with Carts and a $100 Gift Card to 4KD Crick Brewery

L.E.A.D. Seminar
The Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership
November 21st
7:30 - 10:30 am

Stroede Center for the Arts
Community Room
319 Wayne Ave.
Join us as we unpack (and apply) the lessons from the book, “The Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership” by James Sipe.

  • A Person of Character: What are they good at? If fail, what was learned? Hearing feedback. Integrity/humble.
  • Who puts people first: Servant Leader: A servant’s heart. Mentor. Care and concern for employees
  • Skilled Communicator: Empathy. Invites feedback. Persuasive.
  • Compassionate Collaborator: Expresses appreciation. Builds teams. Negotiates conflict.
  • Has Foresight: Visionary, creative. Takes courageous action.
  • Is a systems thinker: Comfortable with complexity. Adaptable. Focused on the greater good.
  • Leads with moral authority: Accepts/delegates responsibility. Shares power. Culture of accountability. 

​​ Meet Your Instructor:
Dave Tippett, PHR, SHRM-SCP
The Employer's Association

  $70/Group of 4

Non Members
  $150/Group of 4
Office Closed
Smal Business Saturday
Come One
Come All
Shop Small With Defiance!
November 30, 2019
Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and now is a great time to get involved. This year, we're planning a proper Shop Small Event for shoppers when they come out. The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce will be teaming up with the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau to make your shopping local fun and rewarding.

This event will run November 25th through December 11th. During this time frame when you visit a participating business you will receive one stamp on your passport. You will need to turn your passport into the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Office or the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau Office no later than 4pm on December 11th. We will then draw 3 names for some fun local prizes!
Here's How Your Business Can Join In:

  1. Contact the Chamber no later than Friday, November 15th to have your Business placed on the Shop Small Passport.
  2. Once you have committed to participate in this event we will provide you with some marketing materials.
  3. Think of a fun treat, experience or sale you can offer to shoppers during this time. It can be anything from giving out hot cider, playing holiday music or offering a special sale.
  4. Proudly display and advertise your Shop Small poster in your store window to ensure shoppers know you are participating.
Business Seminar
Retirement Planning
December 5th
7:30 - 9 am

Stroede Center for the Arts
Community Room
319 Wayne Ave.
 Discuss financial strategies to use to qualify for most free money available. Offer maximum flexibility to implement an education benefits program uniquely suited for your company. By supporting your employee's educational achievement and goals, you are rewarding the best and creating a competitive recruitment advantage. Bring student loan repayment to Employer retirement plans. How to Reverse Employee turnover with Benefits that Provide Employees with Choices. 

​​ Meet Your Instructor:
Eric Westhoven
Prodigy Solutions

No Cost to Members
Non Members $10

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