So far 2015’s weather has been an anomaly and I keep overhearing the question – can it be Spring already? Weather aside, the activities of our seasonal member businesses indicate that indeed, Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. Marc Ducharme, General Manager of Xanterra’s Glacier Park Lodges reported at their February 12th Business After Hours that they are now preparing to bring on 600 employees to run their summer operation in Glacier National Park. Smaller operations in and around the Park, like Swan Mountain Outfitters, have been advertising for their skilled staff since January. In my business, we are already thinking about entertainment in August. At this rate summer will be over before we know it!
Just as our members are busy planning for a successful year, your Chamber Board of Directors has been hard at work making plans for the future of our chamber. With intensive deliberation, we are crafting By-laws that include forward thinking objectives, ensuring we are fostering growth for our area while striving to preserve the character of our small town and surrounding rural area that we all cherish. We are also working to add value to the benefits businesses receive with their Chamber membership. One way we will do that is with a year-round chamber office, which we intend to be useful as a business resource for our members. If you have other suggestions for how the chamber can better serve your business, this is a great time to provide us with some feedback. Attend one of our monthly luncheons (there are three left until Summer break) and drop us a line on a comment card, or send me an email.
So as the snow continues to melt, let’s dust off our lists of spring chores and put the Welcome mat out for the business that is heading our way. There is talk of reviving the old Columbia Falls tradition of planting marigolds all around the town – a hardy flower that can endure the June snows. No matter what your strategy is to bring new business to your door this year, the time is now to be planning (and planting!) for success and putting that plan into action. Have a productive Spring!
Stacey Schnebel, President