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March 5-11, 2012
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Chamber Announcements

A big “thank you” to everyone who attended the TVCC Annual Membership meeting last Wednesday.  The meeting was an overall success, and we look forward to working with all of our members to grow their businesses in 2012.  Click here to watch a video from the meeting.

The TVCC is proud to announce the new officers of the Board of Directors: Erica Rice, Chair; Jeff Naylor, Co-Chair, Sarah Bieber, Secretary; Craig Sherman, Treasurer.  We also welcome two new Board members this year: Cassie Abel, Marketing Manager at Grand Targhee Resort, and Sarah Bieber, Universal Banker at US Bank, Victor Branch.

The Idaho Department of Commerce’s Tourism Development Dept. is seeking information on hotels that will be turning 100 years old in 2012. If you know of any property that fits this description, please contact the TVCC to let us know the history of the hotel, how it has changed over the years, and how the property is celebrating.

Be sure to get your Valley Cash! Available for purchase at the TVCC office, the Stillwater Spa in Teton Springs Lodge, Key Bank in Driggs, or click HERE to purchase on the Chamber website!

We want to help you advertise! Contact us at the Teton Valley Chamber and let us know what special deals your business is offering.  We’ll feature your specials and promotions on the “Hot Deals!” page on our website, in our weekly newsletter, and on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Member Announcements

Corner Drug Pharmacy and Toystore will start accepting entries for their LEGO Contest this week.  Entries will be accepted March 1-8 with a deadline of 6pm on the 8th.  Judging, games and refreshments will be on March 10th.  Call (208) 354-2334 or email with questions.

Teton Valley’s economic growth plan was recently featured on Idaho Falls’ Local News 8. See the feature here.

Local artist Scott Christensen will be holding painting demonstrations at his studio, with partial proceeds benefiting Friends of the Teton River.  Click HERE for more information.

Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter reminds you that it is spay and neuter month!  Low-cost spay/neuter clinics will be held on March 18, 19 and 25.  Contact the shelter at (208) 354-3499 for an appointment and check their website for interesting spay/neuter information.

Silver Star Communications is sponsoring a short
film contest for high school students
, “Why I Love Technology”.  For more information, please contact Joanne McTigue at (208) 354-6752.

Teton Springs Resort is excited to host a FREE business sustainability workshop, in partnership with the Yellowstone Business Partnership, on Tuesday, March 13.  For more information, please contact YBP’s Sustainability Programs Director, Heather Higinbotham, at (406) 600-6617, or click here.
To RSVP, click here.

Hot Deals from Members!

Number Cruncher, LLC is offering 10% off tax preparation for all TVCC members – (208) 270-9103 or taxz@live.com for more information or to make an appointment.

Matt Berry of the Teton Valley Lodge is offering simple web setup for $250 to TVCC members – (800) 455-1182 or flyfish@tetonvalleylodge.com for more information.

Teton Valley Cabins are offering discounted rates of $59/night Sundays
through Thursdays.  Book today for friends and family!  (208) 354-8153 or (866) 687-1522

Silver Star Communications is offering a special deal for non-profits until March 31 - contact Liz Acosta at (208) 399-2014 for more information.

Grand Targhee Resort is offering a “ski free” program, which allows skiers who have purchased a 2012 season pass to any US or Canadian ski resort a free ski day for each night of lodging booked at Grand Targhee.  The offer is limited to skiers who book three nights of lodging or more through Grand Targhee’s website or central reservations, (800)TARGHEE.  Offer is good while lodging availability lasts.

Did you know?

the following information is brought to you by the Better Business Bureau:

Steps to take before starting that loan application
Before applying for a small-business loan, it’s essential a business owner get accounting records and
a personal financial statement together, Anita Campbell writes. Her other tips: Check your personal and business credit records and scores and do what you can to clean them up, and establish a relationship with a local banker at a local bank.
SCORE Small Business Success Blog

How small businesses are handling the increasing cost of fuel
Surging gasoline prices are eating into small-business profits, and companies are using a variety of
strategies to respond. For example, Los Angeles-based Limousine Connection uses GPS systems to track the fuel-consumption behaviors of its drivers, and Seesmart, a lighting company, is moving its manufacturing to the U.S.
The Huffington Post/The Associated Press

Tax-time tip: Save money on vehicle use
If you use a vehicle for your business, you might be able to save on your tax bill. “If you own the
vehicle, the most common method is known to the bean counters at the IRS as an accountable plan, which is akin to an expense account,” Christopher Hann notes. “You drive your vehicle for work purposes, keep track of the costs incurred while doing so and seek reimbursement.”
Entrepreneur.com

How an insurance broker can make life easier, business safer
Getting an insurance broker can help to manage your business’ insurance needs without losing your
mind, writes Gladys Edmunds. Talking to other people about their brokers is a good way to find a broker, but you should interview several before you pick one, she writes.
USA TODAY

4 senior scams you should watch out for
Scammers are trying to take advantage of senior citizens with a variety of schemes. Among the most
common scams are sweepstakes scams, which claim that the target has won a prize, and Medicare scams, in which crooks claiming to be with Medicare try to extract personal information from their victims, according to BBB’s Dale Mingleton.
KUSA-TV (Denver)

 

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, March 6

YTT Meeting, 12:00-2:00pm, Rexburg Chamber Conference Room, 127 E. Main St., Rexburg, ID – Open to the public.  Please RSVP to Wendy Walker at wendy@rexcc.com.

TVTAP Groomer Fundraiser, 5:30-11:00pm, Tony’s Pizza and Pasta, 240 North Main, Driggs, ID – Please support Teton Valley Trails & Pathways‘ 24 Volunteer Groomers by coming by Tony’s Pizza in Driggs or ordering out on March 6th.  25% of all Dine-in or Take-out purchases go toward supporting TVTAP’s Nordic Grooming Volunteers! 

Hungry
For Change: Food Ethics and Sustainability Six Session Discussion Group
, Part Five, 5:30-7:00pm, Jackson, WY
- Participants in the discussion group will:
•    Explore the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them.
•    Examine the impact our food choices have on our health, the health of others and the health of our planet.
•    Consider the ethical and political implications of our current food system and our personal food choices.
Every Tuesday through March 13.  To sign up contact University of Wyoming Extension Office – 255 West Deloney St., Jackson WY or (307) 733-3087. Class cost $21 to cover materials.

Wednesday, March 7

Webinar – GSA & Sustainability in Procurement, 11:00am-12:00pm, http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/268925 – Our Doing Business with GSA series is designed to provide you with an in depth look at partnering with our agency.  Part I of our series will set the foundation for accessing opportunities in our agency.  It is the best training to get you started and is a compliment to the additional training options.  In this session, Part IV Sustainability in Procurement, we will:
•    Define Sustainability
•    Discuss GSA Drivers and Goals
•    Learn about Current Green Requirements
•    Learn How Small Business can be the Solution
•    Provide sources for more information
Make sure to take “Doing Business with GSA Part I” to maximize the benefits of all additional training.

Teton Science Schools Graduate Program Information Night, 5:00-7:00pm, Jackson Campus, 700 Coyote Canyon Rd., Jackson, WY – The faculty and staff at the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools invite interested community members to drop by and learn more about this one year integration of challenging academics and field teaching.  Details are available at www.tetonscience.org.  For more information or to schedule a private tour, please contact Tracy Logan at (307) 734-5659.

Grow Fresh Garden Produce in your own Backyard this Summer!, 6:30-8:00pm, The Learning Academy,
1520 South 500 West, Driggs, ID – Join Veteran Gardener Judy Allen on intensive high altitude gardening. Topics include site selection, soil fertility and preparation, crops and varieties, pest control, growing transplants, composting, perennial fruits and berries, and season extending devices.  Every Wednesday, Feb. 8 – March 7, $50.  Space is limited so call (208) 354-3199 to register.

Free Music Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm, Alpine Wines Bistro, 15 South Main, Driggs, ID – Featuring Jake Ballentine

Thriving in any Economy, 7:00-9:00pm, ISU Workforce Training Center, 921 South 8th Ave., Pocatello, ID – In spite of the downward trend in our economy, some businesses continue to thrive.  If you’d like yours to be one of them, investigate five specific areas that determine that growth, and learn how to make small, measurable, incremental improvements in each area.  These universal principles will help you even after the economy rebounds. Cost is $20.

Thursday, March 8

Webinar – GSA Mentor-Protégé Program, 1:00-2:30pm, http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/268889In this session, you will:
•    Review the overall Process
•    Identify the steps to applying
•    Learn the policies and procedures
•    Understand expectations for participating in the GSA Mentor-Protégé Program
Make sure to take “Doing Business with GSA Part I” to maximize the benefits of all additional training.

Discussion – The Future Sustainability of Water Resources in Teton Valley, 6:30-8:00pm, Driggs Senior Center, Driggs, ID – As demands on the landscape increase over time, maintaining clean and plentiful water in Teton Valley will play a vital role in the sustainability of our community.  Join Friends of the Teton River to learn how farmers, fish, businesses and communities benefit when we work together to restore flowing streams through mechanisms such as voluntary, market-based water transactions.  Hosted by Valley Advocates for Responsible Development; contact (208) 354-1707 or info@tetonvalleyadvocates.org for more information.

Friday, March 9

Teton Valley’s Home & Garden Show, 12:00-6:00pm, Kearsley Trees, 7879 South 2750 West, Victor, ID – Prepare for summer with Teton Valley’s first Home & Garden show! Explore and shop for products and services to enhance your home, business or property. This is a great opportunity to meet local businesses and learn about the variety of expertise and products available to you in Teton Valley.  Residents and visitors are invited to stop in and gather ideas for home improvements from landscape design, home security, floors, and windows to a complete custom home package.
For more information, contact Ben Kearsley at 208-313-3757

Wine Tasting,
5:00-7:00pm, Alpine Wines &Bistro, 15 South Main, Driggs, ID – $6/person. Kitchen service until 6:30pm.

“Throwing it Bigger” with Tom Bivins, 6:30-7:30pm, Driggs Senior Center, Driggs, ID – Join the Teton Arts Council for a slide presentation and discussion of the ceramic works of Tom Bivins.  The public is invited to attend!  For more information visit www.tetonartscouncil.com.

Saturday, March 10

Teton Valley’s Home & Garden Show, 8:00am-6:00pm, Kearsley Trees, 7879 South 2750 West, Victor, ID – Prepare for summer with Teton Valley’s first Home & Garden show! Explore and shop for products and services to enhance your home, business or
property. This is a great opportunity to meet local businesses and learn about the variety of expertise and products available to you in Teton Valley.  Residents and visitors are invited to stop in and gather ideas for home improvements from landscape design, home security, floors, and windows to a complete custom home package.
For more information, contact Ben Kearsley at 208-313-3757

Super Size It: How to throw bigger pots, 11:00am-3:00pm, Teton Arts Council Ceramics Studio, 110 Rodeo Dr., Driggs, ID – Discover the little known techniques, and the mindset, to making your pottery bigger. All levels welcome.  This event is free of charge, but donations to benefit the Teton Arts Council Ceramics Studio 2012 Salt Kiln Construction Project are greatly appreciated.
For more information visit www.tetonartscouncil.com.

Corner Drug’s LEGO Building Contest, 12:00-3:00pm, Corner Drug, 10 South Main, Driggs, ID – Original Creation LEGO Contest will be held in March for three age categories. Winners will receive up to a $50 gift certificate for more LEGOs or other items of your choice. Entries will be accepted from March 1st thru 8th. Deadline for entries is March 8 at 6pm. Winners will be announced on March 10 at noon. Super LEGO savings will be offered starting March 1st through the 10th. Something exciting to help pass the winter!!!  Call (208) 354-2334 for more information.

Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free Nuclear Energy Forum, 3:00-5:00pm, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, 3335 W. Village Dr., Teton Village, WY – Free food, beer and presentation by NOVA Science author Bill Sargent.  Raffle tickets $5/1 to win great gear prizes including Atomic Bent Chetler skis.  Come out to learn more about the Fukushima accident and how KYNF keeps our local powder “Plutnonium Free”, all while enjoying a beer and food with friends. No RSVP necessary. For more information visit www.kynf.org, contact james@kynf.org, or call 307-203-2230.

Chili Cook-Off, 5:00-8:00pm, Timberline Bar & Grill, 31 West Center St., Victor, ID – All proceeds benefit the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter.  For more information or to register, visit www.tvshelter.org.

Save the Date

Monday, March 12

Webinar – Contracting Options with the GSA, 11:00am-12:00pm, http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/268905Our Doing Business with GSA series is designed to provide you with an in-depth look at partnering with our agency.  Part I of our series will set the foundation for accessing opportunities in our agency.  It is the best training to get you started and is a compliment to the additional training options.  In this session, Part II Contracting Options for Small Business, you will:
•    Learn about options to partnering with GSA
•    Review steps to successful partnering relationships
•    Learn How to Locate New Opportunities
•    Access tools for success
•    Obtain Helpful Guidance
•    Identify support and access to more information
Make sure to take “Doing Business with GSA Part I” to maximize the benefits of all additional training.

Tuesday, March 13

Yellowstone Business Partnership Sustainability Workshop, 12:00-4:00pm, Teton Springs Lodge, 10 Warm Creek Ln., Victor, ID – YBP is providing businesses around the region an opportunity to learn about the business case for sustainability.  Participants will gain concrete tools and steps that they can take to save money and contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of their community.  The two new UnCommon Sense field representatives, Christina Thomure and Wendy Weaver, will deliver the workshops, partnering with local chambers and tailoring the training to the needs of businesses in each community.  For more information please contact YBP’s Sustainability Programs Director, Heather Higinbotham, at heather@yellowstonebusiness.org or (406) 600-6617.
To RSVP, please visit click here.

Webinar – Outstanding Customer Service, 4:00-4:30pm, http://workforcetraining.isu.edu/enrollment/course/1112/Examine your attitude about customer service and how to boost your customer service performance. Learn how to profile an individual’s customer service strengths and weaknesses, recognize opportunities to improve customer service, to identify an action plan to enhance attitude, to evaluate customer feedback, to improve response time, and develop a positive relationship with customers. Cost is $20.

Hungry
For Change: Food Ethics and Sustainability Six Session Discussion Group
, Part Six, 5:30-7:00pm, Jackson, WY
- Participants in the discussion group will:
•    Explore the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them.
•    Examine the impact our food choices have on our health, the health of others and the health of our planet.
•    Consider the ethical and political implications of our current food system and our personal food choices.
Every Tuesday through March 13.  To sign up contact University of Wyoming Extension Office – 255 West Deloney St., Jackson WY or (307) 733-3087. Class cost $21 to cover materials.

Wednesday, March 14

Credible Connections, 8:00-10:00am, Idaho Department of Labor, 1133 Stocks Avenue Rexburg, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online@yourlibrary grant project and in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education (PTE) will be hosting 2-hour sessions in 25 Idaho communities to allow you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues.  Join in the conversation and get connected with resources that will make a difference for your library, your community.
Refreshments will be provided along with door prize drawings for iPod Nano or USB WiFi Card, plus a packet of tools you can use to create a community enhancing quality of life through education, economic and workforce development.  To learn more about the resources libraries offer their communities and the grant project click here.  This event is free to the public on a first come, first served basis; click here to register.

Financial Management, 8:00am-12:00pm, ISU University Place, 1784 Science Center Dr., Idaho Falls, ID – This training will explore raising capital, understanding and using the financial statements, preparing budget projections and pro forma financial statements, dealing with the various tax issues and applications, and company valuation. An RSVP is requested prior to this FREE seminar to ensure an adequate number of handouts and refreshments are available.

Credible Connections, 8:00-10:00am, Idaho Department of Labor, 1515 East Lincoln Road Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online@yourlibrary grant project and in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education (PTE) will be hosting 2-hour sessions in 25 Idaho communities to allow you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues.  Join in the conversation and get connected with resources that will make
a difference for your library, your community.
Refreshments will be provided along with door prize drawings for iPod Nano or USB WiFi Card, plus a packet of tools you can use to create a community enhancing quality of life through education, economic and workforce development.  To learn more about the resources libraries offer their communities and the grant project click here.  This event is free to the public on a first come, first served basis; click here to register.

Webinar – Crisis Communications Planning—The Keystone of Disaster Recovery Response, 2:00-3:00pm, https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/421917136 – Because it’s easy for even the best leader to be overwhelmed when a crisis hits and misinformation shows up in a twitter feed, managing the flow of information about your company is crucial when an emergency occurs.  Get tips on how to plan a communications strategy that will eliminate confusion and support your recovery efforts during a free webinar on February 14, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions. The discussion will help you assess your company’s needs, identify a good spokesperson and develop fact sheets and talking points.
SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and get additional preparedness tips.

Free Music Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm, Alpine Wines Bistro, 15 South Main, Driggs, ID – Featuring Hound Dog Serenade

Friday, March 16

Credible Connections, 8:00-10:00am, Idaho Department of Labor, 430 North 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online@yourlibrary grant project and in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education (PTE) will be hosting 2-hour sessions in 25 Idaho communities to allow you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues.  Join in the conversation and get connected with resources that will make a difference for your library, your community.
Refreshments will be provided along with door prize drawings for iPod Nano or USB WiFi Card, plus a packet of tools you can use to create a community enhancing quality of life through education, economic and workforce development.  To learn more about the resources libraries offer their communities and the grant project click here.  This event is free to the public on a first come, first served basis; click here to register.

Wine Tasting,
5:00-7:00pm, Alpine Wines &Bistro, 15 South Main, Driggs, ID – $6/person. Kitchen service until 6:30pm.

The Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce puts out this newsletter weekly, listing upcoming Chamber Member events.  If you have event or activities for the week of March 12-18, please email us before 3:00pm on Friday, March 9.

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