@Work Member Newsletter January 2014

Heather’s Corner –It has been a busy few weeks but I’m loving it! I am so excited to have been selected as “your” executive director and I am looking forward to working with all of you.

In order to get to know each other better, the chamber will be hosting a “Coffee Talk” on Wednesday, February 5th (@5:30pm) at Maple Hall. More information is to come but this is a great opportunity to share ideas and network among members.

A little about me: I am a life long Western Washington resident and have lived in the Warm Beach area of Stanwood for the past 11 years. I have spent most of my career focusing on event marketing & tourism marketing – I love planning all types of events!

I am married and have 2 children  – Aidan & Lily, and most of my free time is spent supporting them; I’m not only a soccer mom but a baseball mom too.

If you haven’t noticed already I love my Seahawks and Mariners; some of my other passions are traveling, playing golf, cooking and baking.

Cheers to a prosperous New Year,

Heather

 
 

 

 

What You Need to Know This Month 

March/April Event Card Deadline – February 7th!

If you have events coming up in March & April and you’d like them listed on the event card, the deadline to have your events inputted on to the Chamber’s online calendar via ChamberMaster is February 10th.

The January/February cards are out and are being distributed.

Flower Baskets

Part of what draws visitors to our community during the spring and summer months is the beauty of the flowers that are grown locally.

Unfortunately the tradition of the custom made flower baskets lining the streets of La Conner is in jeopardy this year due to budget cuts. The chamber has provided 52 baskets plus the cost of daily watering the past few years but the chamber’s budget has had to be modified after the reduction in hotel/motel tax funding for 2014, therefore we are not able to supply the baskets.

We are asking that businesses, residents and community supporters sponsor a basket this year. The cost would be $100.00 per basket and your name would be recognized in print. The chamber will maintain and water these baskets throughout the season.

Please contact Heather Carter if you would like to sponsor a basket, deadline is February 7th.

director@laconnerchamber.com

(360) 466-4778

 Coupon Books

The new coupon books are here and are currently for sale ($1.00) at the visitor’s center, Cotton’s, La Conner Channel Lodge & County Inn and yOUR Bakery. If you would be interested in having some available at your businesses please contact the chamber office.

 Monthly Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

La Traviata, first Wednesday of every month 5:30-7:30, $10. This is a great way to help support our community, and not have to cook after a long day at work!

Seeking Volunteers

We have some available time slots at the visitor center!

  • Flexible Schedule
  • Friends & Fellowship
  • Become a Tourism Ambassador for La Conner

If you are interested or may know of someone who is, please contact the chamber office.

 

Merchant Memo  The sales tax rate for 2014 is 8.5%

 

The Stats That Make Us Smile Here are the statistics for December and 2013 End of Year:

 Website: 

Dec 2013: 7,232 VISITS / 23,659 PAGE VIEWS

2013 Year End: 134,384 VISITS / 441,342 PAGE VIEWS 

Visitor Information Center:  

Dec 2013: 90 WALK IN’s / 65 PHONE CALLS

2013 Year End: 4,906 WALK IN’S /

1,584 PHONE CALLS

 

MEMBER RESOURCES
SKAGIT BUSINESS ALLIANCEThe Skagit Business Alliance works to support economic growth and job creation in Skagit County.

 

WASHINGTON RETAIL ALLIANCE 

There is often great information about the health of the retail industry – both nationwide and statewide – at the Washington Retail Association website.

  

EDASC CLASSES

Check the EDASC website for details on upcoming classes.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

From time to time we get requests for contact information for various state and federal agencies. Below are links you might find useful:

Washington Attorney General

Department of Labor and Industry

U.S. Customs Office

Washington State Department of Transportation

Renewing Your State Business License

 

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