March – April 2018 Newsletter

06 Mar

March – April 2018 Newsletter

Page 1    Page 2 

Please Welcome Our New Members!


Winter Wonderland Sports

Flathead CVB

Thank to our Business After Hour hosts for January and February. Great turn out, networking and fun!

Odd Fellows Coffee House

Professional Therapy Associates

Thank you to Express Employment Professionals for presenting at our Eat and Educate Seminar in January.

Upcoming Events


  • March 6th: 5:00-7:00pm: Strategic Planning Board Meeting
  •  March 13th: 11:45-1:00: General Membership Luncheon
  •  March 20th: 7:00-8:00: Economic Development Meeting
  •  March 27th: 11:30-12:30: Eat and Educate Seminar
  • April 3rd: 7:15-8:00: Board Meeting
  • April 10th: 11:45-1:00: General Membership Luncheon
  • April 17th: 7:00-8:00: Economic Development Meeting
  • April 17th: 8:30-12:00: Wildcat Job Fair
  • April 24th: 5:00-7:00: Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

President’s Message: 

One of the things I appreciate most about Montana is the change of the seasons. It seems when the seasons change or when we first begin to see the signs of an upcoming change it is the most beautiful thing ever. The first green grass in the lawn. The changing leaves. The first skiff of snow.

Then the work hits! With each changing season comes preparation for that season. If left till the last minute those tasks can create a great deal of anxiety! “It’s going to snow and get cold and I don’t have the heat tape up.” “The camper needs to be winterized.” “Snow tires need to be put on or taken off.” etc.

It has been wisely said that “luck” is the convergence of preparation and opportunity. We are in a season of change in our community.

We can let the change bring anxiety or we can be prepared. However two things are for sure: Change is here and more is coming and change brings opportunity.

Every day I drive the length of the city twice from the waterslides west and back and change is evident. Businesses are busier. People are taking advantage of new offerings in our area. We should all celebrate that there are more opportunities than ever to stay in our area and invest our time, talents and money!

However opportunities still exist for those who choose to be the “lucky” ones. What do you or your friends & family leave our area to do? What does our area not offer? What services do we lack? These are opportunities waiting for the prepared. There is really not much “luck” involved. Risk? Yes. Hard work? Absolutely!

Your Chamber is changing as well!  2 years ago we scrambled to fill our business after hours opportunities. We are currently booking 2019! We are expanding our benefits, emphasizing those that are underutilized and want every member to receive maximum benefit from their association with the Chamber.

A lot of preparation has been made on behalf of our members.  If you missed the membership luncheon in February you missed a ton of info on opportunities available with your membership. Call the chamber office or see the website for what you might be missing! Let us help you better prepare for the upcoming season!

As I pen this it is snowing and we are expecting another winter storm and subzero temps. But the days grow longer and change is coming. I’m ready for a change. But am I prepared for spring?

Yours in anticipation,

Phil Carl

General Membership Luncheons

Lunch starts at 11:45, Presentation starts at 12:00

NVH Tea Kettle Room, 235 Nucleus Ave

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Columbia Falls Area Chamber Education Committee

The Education Committee will be sharing valuable information in regards to the upcoming Wildcat Job Fair and future long term goals that will directly benefit your business.  Goals include job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeship programs. Presented by Scott Gaiser, Tim Frye, Betsy Funk, Mike Burr, Chamber student representative Lowell Panasuk and student Genevieve Devitt.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Glacier Country Tourism – The 411

“Glacier Country Tourism, the official destination marketing organization for Western Montana, has been busy. Come hear Racene Friede, Executive Director, share what they have been working on to promote the 75+ communities in 8 counties known as Glacier Country.”

Eat and Educate with the Chamber Lunch Seminar

Tuesday, March 27th: 11:30-12:30

NVH Tea Kettle Room, Columbia Falls


Presented by Black Diamond Mortgage

Danelle Connors with Black Diamond Mortgage will be going over the
importance of your credit report. Understanding, education and helpful tips
can help you optimize your credit profile. Learn what you can do to improve
your score, regardless of where you are starting!

Bring your lunch!

RSVP at or email [email protected]

Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Ron Terry Construction

April 24th, 2018 – 5:00-7:00pm

1280 Sawtooth Trail, Columbia Falls

Updates from the Chamber

  • Visit to see the Members only section on our website.
  • Members can now update their own profile, add events, jobs, and specials to our website.
  • Submit a Member-to-Member benefit for your business. Exclusive benefits only available to other Chamber Members.
  • We are booked for 2018 Business After Hours. If you are interested in hosting for 2019, contact us today before they fill up!

Email [email protected] for more information and passwords.

Introducing the 1stAnnual Wildcat Job Fair

                                   Tuesday, April 17th 8:30-12:00

Columbia Falls High School Gym

 Sign your business up to find potential seasonal employees and new staff.  Great exposure for all businesses.  Showcase the careers we have here in the valley!

Sign up at