November 2015 President’s Message

01 Nov

Greetings Chamber Members,

I think it is safe to say the word is out about how wonderful our city of Columbia Falls is to do business in. With news of a long awaited hotel in the heart of town, new retail store Murdoch’s opening soon and welcome investments by multiple entrepreneurs on Nucleus Avenue, we can expect to see noticeable and lasting changes coming to our area starting – right about now.

With these changes in mind, members of our Economic Development panel, Lyle Mitchell (Flathead County Economic Development Authority) and Susan Nicosia (Columbia Falls City Manager) will present at our November luncheon on Tuesday, November 10th on hot topics that have been in the news lately. We will learn about how the effects of Kalispell’s TIGER grant award will be felt in Columbia Falls, and how City’s efforts with funding mechanisms TIF and TEDD will impact what the Columbia Falls area has to offer the business community in the near future. Since our focus for this month is on the super local, we are also excited to introduce a new caterer to our membership luncheon! The optional $12 lunch for November will be catered by Tea Kettle Cafe.

As we finish preparing for the snow to fall and head into the holiday season, be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming Business After Hours events at the brand new North Valley Professional Center on November 17th, and at the Historic Tamarack Lodge on December 10th. These business networking opportunities are a valuable benefit to membership in your chamber of commerce. Let’s be festive together, build our community spirit, and learn about these businesses and each others businesses.

As the shopping frenzy descends at the end of the month, mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday on November 28th. Let’s remember first our local small businesses and what quality goods and services they have to offer. With small changes in our personal and business spending we can make a real difference in our super local economy.

Best wishes,

Stacey Schnebel