July 24, 2012
Board members in attendance: Barry Stevens, Lorry Myers, Jeff Grimes, Jason Shackelford, Jim Blankinship, Catherine Simmons. Absent: Don Rodgers
Welcome: President Stevens called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm. He then turned the meeting over to Nancy Baca, Agent with State Farm Insurance.
Program: Nancy introduced Charles Holland from the University Outreach Extension Center. H e spoke to the group about “Social Media in business”. He also reminded everyone that the Extension Center will work with any business owner in marketing their business.
Minutes: Motion made by Simmons, seconded by Shackelford to approve the minutes from June 27, 2012 as amended. Motion passed unanimous.
Treasurer’s Report: Myers reported account balance as $1510.50
Networking Committee: Doris Scribner presented the Networking Committee’s plan for a “Basics of HR” class that she will help faciliate The class will be three sessions long, from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the Community Room at the Centralia City Hall. The dates for the class will be Sept 18th, Sept 25th, Oct. 2nd. Following a discussion about the class and fees, motion by Grimes, seconded by Shackelford, to charge CREDI members $50, non-members $120. All proceeds from the class will be put toward the Shop Local Campaign. Motion passed unanimous.
Marketing Committee: No report
Shop Local Committee: Grimes reported that the end of the slogan contest for the Shop Local campaign is July 26th. The committee will decide the winner at a meeting on July 31st. Plans will then be made for the kick-off. Motion by Shackelford, seconded by Simmons to match funds with the Centralia Chamber of Commerce up to $500 for this project. Motion passed unanimous. Discussion followed about how the project will actually work and be marketed.
Enhanced Enterprise Zone: Report by Stevens that a resolution has been approved by the EEZ committee and will be presented to the City of Centralia on August 6th.
Web Site Status: Drew from Firestone CTS will meet with Shackelford to review the contract for web development and maintenance. Discussion about Facebook page, calendar information and about using Google Destination to register Centralia businesses.
501(c)3 update: The application is still in the works and should be something to report at the next meeting.
New Business: Discussion about asking for funding from the City. Discussion about developing new jobs and new business. Questions about Centralia’s involvement with REDI.
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn by Simmons, seconded by Shackelford. Motion passed unanimous.