It has been over a month since my last report and I wanted to touch base with you on the progress for this year. We conducted our Annual Board Retreat earlier this month. During this meeting we identified several areas for improvement and noted some successful outcomes. As I mentioned earlier this year, my priorities are to improve economic development, increase our communication with our members, and reinforce or strengthen our member relationships. These objectives have not changed. However, I also wanted to express that this year will likely also be a rebuilding year.
We have a couple of new staff members who are quickly navigating their roles. However, it will take time for them to fully acclimate and gain proficiency. We also have several new and returning board members. The retreat served not only as a planning session, but also as an avenue for cultivating cohesion. With a rather large board, there were several ideas for next steps. Our attention now turns towards synthesizing these ideas and solidifying our program of work.
As I look back at where the chamber was 25+ years ago, I see the areas where we have drifted. I want you to know that I am dedicated to getting us back on track. I also am confident that our board and staff are invested in doing what is necessary to build a successful chamber for its members. Stay tuned over the next several weeks. We will be soliciting feedback, involvement, and publishing our program of work. Thank you to those who have already submitted feedback and noted a desire for involvement.
Hot Dogs & History at the Dalton
from 1-4PM FREE EVENT, donations appreciated.
Boots & BBQ
- Biscuits & Gravy
- 5k run/walk
- Car Show
- Obstacle Course Challenge
- Covered Wagon Rides
- Frank Dalton Skit
- All day entertainment
March 3rd & 4th Visit Coffeyville attending the KGGF Farm & Home Show that was held at Nellis Hall. Over 3,000 people were in attendance of the 2-day show. This was a great opportunity to show Coffeyville and the surrounding areas what we have to see and do!
Board of Directors
Welcome our newest members:
In addition to welcoming new members, we think it's important to keep in touch with our current members. In the last 30 days, we have made personal visits to 12 business members. We want to come see you next! Give us a call and set up a time.
Did you know you can advertise your business for pennies on dollar as a Chamber member? Attend or host a CNN, take advantage of our digital sign or display your business cards and brochures at the Chamber office.
Don't forget to take advantage of our website benefits. Make sure you have updated your profile and information today!
A ribbon cutting for the New Generation Power Plant will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m. Tours of the facility wi
ll be available following the ribbon cutting until 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend
We held a ribbon cutting for Jan-L's Flowers and Gifts on January 25th. Debbie and Grady Smith are the new owners of the flower shop.
There was a ribbon cutting at
on February 23rd for the renovation and expansion of their emergency room.
You Really Like Us
This year we increase our social media and internet presence. We've have increased our Facebook page views to over 200 in the last month, our page likes have more than doubled, and we've reached over 7,000 people. Like our page to help us reach even more!
We've had 567 visitors since January 1st, some traveling all the way from Canada specifically to see the Dalton history. We've had so many visitors over the years, Midwest Office installed a new wall-sized world map for visitors to place pins in for their hometowns!
Do you have friends or relatives visiting Coffeyville this summer?
Things to do:
- Visit the Brown Mansion: Thursday, Friday & Saturday tours at 1:00pm & 3:00pm
- Dalton Defenders Museum: Monday-Saturday 10:00-4:00 & Sunday 1:00-4:00pm
- Visit the Old Condon Bank: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm
- Air Museum: Saturday & Sunday 1:00-4:00pm
- Play at Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville open all day every day, ages 18 & up
- Coffeyville Aquatic Center: Monday & Thursday 1:00-8:00pm Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 1:00-7:00pm
- Hillcrest Golf Course: Open daily
The Governmental Affairs Committee is active in representing the voice of Coffeyville businesses to our local government. The committee kept active this quarter reaching out to our state Senator and Representatives. In February, the committee brought several Coffeyville leaders to the capitol for the Kansas Chamber Annual Dinner. This event always provides high level networking with business leaders, dignitaries and elected officials.
In March, the committee hosted a Legislative Coffee. Senator Dan Goddard, Representative Jim Kelly and Representative Rich Proehl attended this free event that allowed area residents an opportunity to hear first hand the issues facing our legislators and government officials.
Changes to Tourism:
Coffeyville Convention & Visitors Bureau
has changed to
. The reason for this change is so people understand immediately what our purpose is and how we can help our visitors. The trend to move over to a "Visit" or "Explore" has been sweeping the nation, so Coffeyville has made the change to adapt. We will continue to promote and market Coffeyville to attract visitors to our area!
Be looking in the next few months for a new visitcoffeyville website that will be designed by Dream on Marketing.
Invest in Coffeyville by giving Chamber Bucks as birthday or holiday gifts, customer appreciation gestures and employee bonuses. Chamber Bucks can be used at 30 different Coffeyville businesses which means more dollars are staying in our local economy!
The power of a Chamber referral
We always want to encourage our members to be involved and use the resources we provide them to grow their businesses. And then go out and spread the word!
What's in it for you?
Our members play an important role in positive growth and building a stronger business community. A larger membership strengthens the Chamber's voice advocating on issues of importance, enhances services for our members and provides more business connections.
With your referral, your company is planting the seeds to help grow the Chamber and establish strong roots for our members
How else does a referral help you? Everyone's heard the saying, "what goes around comes around." Another reason to refer potential Chamber members is the good karma. When you refer people to valuable resources they need, they appreciate the helpful service you've provided. Nothing can increase your business success more than upping your cred. Having the Chamber on your side is extremely credible, as proven in a national study by the Shapiro Group which found consumers are 49 percent more likely to think favorably of Chamber member businesses and 80 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from them. By referring people to the Chamber, you'll start to be viewed as an influencer - a resource to go to.
Above all else, being a member is so much more than the sticker you put in your front window; it's about connections, referrals and networking. And when you refer a business to the Chamber, you're helping them grow, which in turn supports the growth of our local economy. We all win!