2012 Chamber Membership DirectoryA New Year A New Look!Marty Chapman, PresidentThe Chamber is excited to announce a new look for the 2012 Membership Directory. Our directory will be DIGEST size - 5 ½” x8 ½” - and be spiral bound. This size and binding will make the directory more portable (simpler to stash in a purse orplanner) and more practical (remains open to a selected page). Additionally, the inside pages of the directory will be 70# textweight paper allowing for easy pen & pencil notations.The contents will be much the same with Chamber members listed alphabetically and by business category. It will still containnames and contact information for elected officials and governmental agencies. In addition, detailed listings for local schools,medical facilities and utilities are included. Other helpful information includes County demographics and economic indicators.Printed in quantity, the directory is distributed to every Chamber member and placed in libraries, banks, governmentbuildings, post offices, schools, medical facilities as well as various other locations throughout the community all year long.Ad space is available in four size options in either color or black and white. This is a great, cost-effective promotionalopportunity for you to reach Putnam County residents and newcomers and also connect with your fellow Chamber members.As a bonus, directory advertisers will also receive FREE exposure on the website. Advertisers can also have a QR icon placedon their ad, if desired. Place your ad now; the deadline is November 11, 2011.Current Chamber members will soon be receiving a letter to approve their 2012 directory listing. New businesses interestedin being listed in this valuable directory must first join the Chamber; but the time is limited. It’s a great way to reach yourtarget audience and support your Putnam County Chamber at the same time.Thank you to our Renewing Members for your continued support of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce! Your investment demonstratesyour willingness to support and build a better business climate in which to live, work and play in Putnam County.New MembersC. Adam Toney Discount Tires, Inc.Dan Fitzsimmons3558 Teays Valley RoadHurricane, WV mwww.cadamtoneytires.comPrestige MemorabiliaMichael Foust(304) [email protected]’s Avon Beauty CenterSherri Payne301-4 Great Teays Blvd.Scott Depot, WV [email protected] 2011 Putnam County Chamber Consumer & Relocation Guide with a complete list of Chamber members is always available free of charge atthe Chamber office. You can also find the guide on our website, www.putnamchamber.org
Congratulations toValley Sign ShopChamber Business of the Month for October!Valley Sign Shop, locally owned and operated is Putnam County’s source forsignage needs. This full service sign shop located in Mid Valley Square inHurricane (across from Hurricane City Park) offers top quality signage atreasonable prices, while making sure service is always at the forefront of theentire process.Products offered by Valley Sign Shop include: Lighted storefront signs and window graphicsFleet and vehicle graphicsStreet signsPlastic yard signsIndoor and outdoor PVC signsLED signsCustom acrylic logos and lettersBannersSubdivision signageIndoor and outdoor business office letteringMagnetic signsCoroplast signsDimensional plastic formed lettersLaser cut aluminum letters and logosAnd more Take a look at these recent projects done by Valley Sign Shop!For more information on Valley Shop call (304) 562-1774 or visit their website at www.valleysignshop.org.Businesses selected for “Business of the Month” are drawn from the namesof Chamber members attending Business After Hours.
Join us for the October Business After HoursSponsored by:ToyotaTuesday-October 25, 20111 Sugar Maple Lane, Buffalo, WV 250335 pm–7 pm, Cost 15Plant Tours Available, Please RSVPRSVPs are required; pre-payment is appreciated.Business After Hours is open to members and their guests.The cash drawing sponsored by BB&T is valued at 400; you must be present to win!RSVP on the Chamber website www.putnamchamber.org , call 304.757.6510 or email [email protected] Your Ticket Today!!!!!3rd Annual Masquerade, Music & MoreSaturday, October 22, 20117 pm – 11 pmThe Commons of Putnam County(formerly the Museum in the Community)Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Masquerade, Music & More 25 per person, 40 per couple.Don’t miss out on all the fun planned for you!Festivities for the evening include music by The Lost Cause; hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Greenhouse of Teays Valleywith a wine and beer cash bar. New to this year’s silent auction of merchandise & services will be some very special celebritysigned items offered by Prestige Memorabilia. There may even be a car . . . keep watching for updates on the availableauction items.As always, costumes are encouraged, but optional costumed guests, however, can compete for the People’s Choice Awardand bragging rights for the year!Please RSVP to the Chamber at www.putnamchamber.org or by calling (304) 757-6510. You can also email your reservationto [email protected] There are still a variety of sponsor options available; donations of auction items are alsowelcome.
Register Your Business Today!2011Business Expo & November Business After HoursSponsored by:Thursday, November 10, 2011Mark your calendar and make plans to participate in the Chamber’s Business Expo & Business AfterHours, scheduled for Thursday, November 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Joint Forces Reserve Center(Armory) in Eleanor. The Business Expo registration fee is 150 and includes a 6’ table, tablecloth andadmission for two representatives to attend the concurrent Business After Hours event. Registrationforms are available now by contacting the Chamber office. This year there will also be space set asidefor the Chamber’s home-based businesses at a cost of 100. Act quickly . . . exhibit space at this eventtypically sells out and is available on a first come, first serve basis.Frontier will be sponsoring the Business After Hours portion of this event. The combination ofthe annual Business Expo with the monthly Business After Hours allows exhibitors the opportunity tomore extensively promote their business to each other and to guests in attendance. For non-exhibitors,the cost to attend is 15 per person with RSVP, pre-payment is preferred.Member News!Thank you to Triad Engineering for hosting the September Business After Hours on Thursday, September 22,2011. Congratulations to those lucky winners who took home a WVU or Marshall themed door prize provided byTriad. The winner of the 300 BB&T Cash drawing was Dr. Randall Peterson, MD, had he been present.Calvin Broyles Jewelers has expanded their Teays Valley store! Visit their new location at Scott Junction Plaza, just a fewdoors down from their previous location. For more information, call (304) 757-3920.Joe Sowers, Sowers & Company, A.C., has office space for lease ranging in size from 150 square feet to 1300 square feet.Please call 304-757-6989 for more information.
Congratulations to the Putnam Public Service District who was recently awarded the 2011 Water Taste Test Award fromththe West Virginia Rural Water Association at the WVRWA’s 26 annual Training & Technical Conference Banquet held onSeptember 13, 2011 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.From the entries representing over 300 members in all 55 counties in West Virginia, Putnam PSD was given the waterquality award as judged on the following criteria: odor, appearance, flavor, mouth feel, aftertaste, and over-all impression.Putnam PSD is a community-owned-and-operated water and wastewater utility serving Putnam County, WV. For moreinformation about the company, visit PutnamPSD.com.Best Medical, located at 2 Davis Court in Hurricane, hosted an OpenthHouse and Ribbon Cutting on September 27 at 11:00 a.m.The Durable Medical Equipment and Respiratory Therapy Company firstopened its doors in 2005 and recently expanded to the Hurricane area tobetter service patients located in Putnam and Kanawha counties.Best Medical is an ACHC accredited company, locally owned andoperated by Regina Jones Gillispie, a Registered Respiratory Therapist ofmore than 20 years. Best Medical offers free delivery and set up ofoxygen, hospital beds, walkers, bath aids, wheelchairs, nebulizers, CPAPsand BIPAPs, as well as a large variety of cash sale items in theirshowroom. Best Medical has staff to provide support regarding insurance benefits, billing, equipment consultations and 24hour emergency service.The opening of Sherri’s AVON Beauty Center was celebrated with aribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event on Tuesday,September 27, 2011.The Beauty Center carries a wide variety of AVON products as well asseasonal merchandise and monthly specials.Sherri’s AVON Beauty Center located at 301-04 Great Teays Blvd. Hoursare from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday. For more information call (304) 989-8268 or [email protected] Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hurricanewelcomed C. Adam Toney Discount Tires, Inc. to Putnam County witha Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday,September 16, 2011.C. Adam Toney Discount Tires has a wide selection of tires for yourautomotive needs. They stock most major brands and offer automotiveservice work at most locations (View each location for details). Call orstop by for pricing and availability.C. Adam Toney Discount Tires is located at 3558 Teays Valley Road inHurricane. For more information on C. Adam Toney Discount Tires visittheir website at www.cadamtoneytires.com
Putnam Chamber NOW(Network of Women)Presents the Women’s Cancer Awareness LuncheonThursday-October 20, 2011; 11:30 a.m.First State Bank; 10The Putnam Chamber NOW (Network of Women) invites you to join them on Thursday, October 20th at FirstState Bank beginning at 11:30 a.m. for the Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon. A light lunch will be served bythe Gallery. There will be a cost of 10 to attend. Following lunch the American Cancer Society will present aninformation session on signs, symptoms, preventative measures and treatments for women targeted cancers.Please RSVP to [email protected] or www.putnamchamber.org.Generation Putnam PresentsHealthy Kids, Healthy WV-Putnam CountySee flyer below or more info at www.facebook.com/healthykidshealthywvputnamcounty
Community NewsSign up TODAY!Putnam County Schools Portfolio FairDates:October, 19, 2011-HurricaneNovember 9, 2011-PocaDecember 2, 2011-WinfieldMonthly Marketing Tip: 5 Ways To Improve Your Marketing MixIt’s not about one marketing piece; it’s about the whole thing. To be effective, your business needs a presence both offline and online. Itneeds to use print and digital marketing tools. It needs both advertising (paid) and publicity (free). It’s the marketing mix that gets andkeeps your company message “out there” in front of your target audience.Here are five marketing mix tips to seriously consider and implement:1. Brochures & Business CardsPrint marketing items are not dead yet. Sometimes our technology doesn’t work like it should, and having that business card and brochureas a backup could save your marketing opportunity. Besides, there are a lot of people who just need to have something in their hands inorder to remember you, so give it to them. Have your calling card ready.2. LinkedInUse this business social network as an extended business card. As people hear your name around the Web and at conferences, there is a goodchance that they will check you out on LinkedIn (this has happened to me). So fill out that profile and link it back to your website.3. Website & BlogYour website is your digital home, so make it count. Let them know who you are, what you do, and how it could benefit them. And thensolve a problem for free by answering a question that your target audience would care about. You could turn that answer into a little ebook orwhite paper for download, or make it a blog post. Just make sure it’s something that truly helps, because you’re building a relationship, and“fluff and foolishness” is not good for business.4. Press ReleasesUse press releases to let the local media know about your business and upcoming campaigns. Your company probably has some awesomeevents, but nobody cares if they don’t have a chance to know about it.5. EmailIt’s about the relationship, and email is one of the most enduring ways to build that relationship, so take the time to grow your list. For abeginner most of the initial work is in getting the code and placing it on your Web pages. But the email service that you use should have aguide or “how to” page showing you what to do. Once the code for your email subscription form is in place on your site, then you can beginto focus on what to send your subscribers each week or month. Remember, it’s consistent marketing that makes the difference.Just remember, it’s about consistency and the total marketing package. It’s up to you to believe in your business—and to get themessage out.B.G. Hamrick is an author, speaker, Internet marketing consultant, and website developer. He is dedicated to helping businesses usepowerful new online and mobile marketing platforms to get visibility, traffic, leads, customers and raving fans. B.G. lives in ScottDepot, WV with his wife Jill & two daughters. Visit: www.BGHamrick.com
Calendar of Events for October 2011Tuesday, October 11Generation Putnam Cheers; 5-7 p.m.Putnam Care and Rehab; No ChargeRSVP [email protected], October 12Education Committee Meeting; 12 noonPutnam Chamber OfficeThursday, October 20NOW Meeting; 8 a.m.Putnam County Chamber OfficeThursday, October 20NOW Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.First State Bank; 10Saturday, October 22Healthy Kids, Healthy WV-Putnam County5k Spooktacular Race; 8 a.m.Healthy Kids Fair; namcountySaturday, October 22Masquerade, Music & More; 7-11 p.m.The Commons of Putnam County; 25 single, 40 CoupleTuesday, October 25Business After Hours; 5-7 p.m.Toyota, Buffalo, WV; 15RSVP [email protected] County Chamber StaffMarty Chapman, [email protected] White, Project [email protected] Jo Hendricks, Administrative [email protected] Alford, Public [email protected] Hours: 9:00 am—4:00 pm, Monday-FridayPhysical Address: 5664 St. Rt. 34, North, Winfield, WV 25213Mailing Address: PO Box 553, Teays, WV 25569Phone: 304.757.6510 Fax: ber.org