1/15/2014 9:19:00 AM Italy trip is one Chamber 2014 offering to the public
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Tracie Schimikowsky shows a colorful brochure describing a chamber fundraiser that is open to the public – a nine-day trip to Italy in October. People can contact Tracie at the chamber office at 636-2493 for more information about the trip.
The new year will bring several new features for both chamber members and non-members alike, says Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Tracie Schimikowsky, including - get this - a group trip to Italy!
"I'm excited for 2014 - we will upgrade our data base membership listings and people will be able to pay their investment dues online, as well as register and pay in advance for luncheons," Schimikowsky said.
"I'm looking forward to the new and improved opportunities for chamber members and to moving forward in the success of the chamber's vision."
Schimikowsky, who started at the chamber in April 2013, said that in addition to its Chino Valley business members, the chamber also serves members from Prescott, Prescott Valley and other surrounding communities.
Anyone in the public can attend the nine-day Italy trip that departs on Oct. 20. If people make a reservation by Feb. 1, the cost is $2,599 per person, after Feb. 1, the cost is $2,699; both prices are based on hotel double occupancy, although individual travelers can save the additional expense by sharing a room with someone in the group, if desired, Schimikowsky said.
The trip includes seven nights in the spa resort town of Montecatini, in the northern part of Tuscany, with visits to Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, and others, and optional trips to Venice and other locations. Contact Schimikowsky for more information and read further about the trip on the chamber's website, www.chinovalley.org.
The trip is a chamber fundraiser because, as the trip's sponsor, the chamber gets a small amount on each trip booked.
"It's a way for the chamber to get some non-dues revenue," Schimikowsky said, "which will go toward chamber programs."
She added that the trip is handled through Chamber Discoveries, a well-known travel company that has worked with chambers across the country for 25 years.
Schimikowsky also is excited about several new features on the chamber's website, including "Tools for Business Success," which is available for anyone to use - members and non-members. It contains a business start-up kit, forms to comply with government requirements, links to funding resources, green business practices, business tax incentives, employer resources, online classes and more. It includes local, state, federal and "best of the web" resources. The tool also is available in Spanish.
On Jan. 1, the chamber website will use "ChamberMaster," a company that provides webpage solutions for chambers of commerce. Members can list their business and utilize a live website link on the chamber website, as well as post "Hot Deals," job postings and news releases. Members will have their own page on the chamber website, referred to as an Online Informational Brochure.
In addition to the ChamberMaster upgrades, member benefits also include the following, among others:
promote their business by being a guest on the "Talk of the Town" local radio program
conduct ribbon-cutting ceremonies for grand openings, anniversaries or other special occasions
advertise in chamber printed material, and at chamber luncheons and mixers
the chamber represents businesses through its involvement in area and Town government committees and commissions, other chamber and tourism coalitions and partnerships, and as a unified voice for business in the state and local legislative arenas.
In 2014, the chamber will offer a $2,500 Platinum Sponsorship for members that, in addition to a year's membership, includes major sponsorship for all chamber events; recognition on radio shows, at chamber events and on the website's membership directory; free fliers in chamber newsletters; choice of tickets to chamber events; space on the chamber website with a live link to their website, and more. Schimikowsky says the total package is worth $8,456 for a savings of $5,956.
The chamber is located at 175 E. Road 2 South in Chino Valley. People can contact the chamber at 636-2493 and on the chamber's website, learn about the community, its history, population, government, businesses, schools, nearby attractions and more, as well as view a membership directory and check out chamber events and other events in the community. Current and past chamber newsletters are also available to read on the website, as well a map of the area.
Open to members and non-members are Women in Business luncheons, as well as the monthly business and networking luncheons, monthly after-hours networking mixers hosted by a member or group of members.
For example, the next mixer will be Jan. 15, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Yavapai College Chino Valley campus. The next Women in Business Luncheon is Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Phippen Museum of Western Art with the title, "Focus and Prioritize: Set Yourself Free."
Also, the next available Business and Networking Luncheon to register for will be on Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., at Gabby's Banquet Hall. The registration deadline is Feb. 7.