Elkader Area Chamber of Commerce Board Minutes

July 12, 2016

Location: Treats

Members Present: Curtis Ruhser, Mark Patrick Collins, Ron Kuehl, Beth Rentschler, & Cathy Beck

Financial Report:
Ron Kuehl presented the financial report: as of July 1st. Mark made the motion to approve financial report as read, Cathy seconded. Motion passed.

Minutes from last meeting were read, the only suggested change was to correct the date of the next meeting. Mark made a motion to approve the minutes as read, Cathy seconded. Motion passed

Promotion Committee Report:
Chamber cards are out, suggestion was made to continue to remind businesses to sell them. Another suggestion was to look at the budget and consider setting aside money for advertising.

Briefly discussed Sidewalk Sales (07/08) seemed to go well, a lot of foot traffic around the boutiques not as much as hoped for Main St.

The annual chamber golf tournament is (07/22) sponsorships have been going well. Christa asked for volunteers to help during the golf tournament.

Old Business:
New brochures are in the process of being made. Those that looked over the mobile website link, liked the new format, Christa reminded the group to continue to look over the whole website to thin out the unnecessary.

New Business:
The Iowa Downtown Conference August 2-4, Christa brought this to the group’s attention and asked if they thought she should attend. Held in Mason City registration is $135 by July 20. The group decided she will not attend, based on the conference’s main focus being Main Street Iowa communities.

Executive Director’s Report:
Christa attended the Iowa Retail Summit (06/23) and reported on some of the topics and ideas she learned there. Christa found it to be a very worthwhile event to attend. It was a good showcase of what the ISU extension has to offer to business development.

Curtis made a motion to adjourn the meeting and was 2nd by Ron.

Next meeting will be on August 2nd, 7:30am at Treats.
Minutes submitted by Christa Fosse and will be approved at following Chamber meeting.



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