Two pieces of news provide a flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom.
Aug. 30--ROCK FALLS -- The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce next month will kick off a new program for its members.
The chamber will have its first Quarterly Members Meeting from noon to 1 p.m.Oct. 15 at the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th St.
Several speakers will offer quick tips and tricks about marketing: Bethany Bland, president and CEO of the Rock Falls Chamber; Suzy Perino; marketing director of Sauk Valley Bank; Keri Olson, membership and marketing director at Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA; and Jack Spencer, a local agent with State Farm Insurance.
Participants will have a chance to network with other businesses during the lunch hour. The chamber also encourages businesses and organizations to take advantage of the crowd to share news or upcoming events.
Business owners, managers and employees are invited. Lunch will be provided for $5.
Bland said marketing was chosen to launch the program because of how vital it is to business growth.
"Our members' first question is always about how they can get more customers," she said. "The purpose of our first Quarterly Members Meeting is to show the value in marketing. We see this as an opportunity for our members to learn what's working in our community."
Advance tickets will be available until Oct. 10. To register, contact Kadina Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-625-4500.
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