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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Lindsey Arbeiter Christy Bigler Communications Penni Bentley, Sr. Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Mary Garcia Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP Mary Ramirez Convention & Visitor Council Dan Quandt, VP Mindy Bradley Eric Miller Tina Brohlin Emilea White Kashion Smith Mary Ramirez Stephanie Andrews Hope Stokes Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Karolyn Wolfram Foss Helen Martinez Denise Rayford Braley Hand Maci Davis PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax Amarillo-Chamber.org

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BusinessConnection® Has Exciting New Changes This Year On May 15th the Chamber will host its 22nd Annual BusinessConnection® Tradeshow with more than 300 businesses and organizations showcasing their products and services at the Amarillo Civic Center. This one-day event is a great way to network and make contacts with people in every kind of industry. This year’s theme—Your Network for Success—represents the many types of connections that can be made at this event. Sure, you may find a new plumber, banker or cell phone carrier at the show, but you might also meet a new donor for your organization, a potential employee, a mentor, a customer, volunteer or advocate. Participants should go armed with business cards and an open mind for endless opportunities. You can attend the show between 10am and 4pm for FREE with a VIP Ticket. Chamber members can pick up complimentary tickets at the Chamber office at 10th & Polk before May 14th. The general public can attend the show from 1pm—4pm with a $5 admission charge or by providing us with their business card. If your business has not already reserved a booth in this years show, hurry, because time and space are running out. Details are online at http://bit.ly/BusinessConnection2014 or you can give Jason a call at 342-2018 or email Jason@amarillo-chamber.org with your questions. If you haven't signed up, chances are your competitor has. Want to see who has already signed up to participate with a booth? Check out the current list: http://bit.ly/BC2014Exhibitors. So what is the exciting new change for this year? Affiliated Foods and Ben E Keith are supporting the first Tradeshow Food Court that will feature more than 20 restaurants serving lunch from 11am—2pm. For just $10 in advance, you can get access to a great assortment of all you can eat. The best part, you don’t have to leave the show or lose your parking place and be rushed for time. But if you wait until the day of the show to get lunch, tickets will be $15 each. You can pre-purchase tickets for lunch online or at Chamber office starting the week of May 1st. See page 6 of this newsletter for more details and the current list of participating restaurants. 2, 4 http://bit.ly/BC2014LunchTicket. **Note, the FREE VIP tick- New Members ets mentioned above do NOT include lunch. Those tickets Ribbon Cuttings 3 must be purchased separately.

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May 15th is going to be a great day for networking. Thanks to these great sponsors who help make this event possible: Gold Sponsors—Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo National Bank, City of Amarillo, West Texas A&M University and Xcel Energy. Silver Sponsors—Bell Helicopter, Doyle Raizner LLP, La Fiesta Grande, Southwest Airlines and Zip Print.

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Tradeshow Food Court

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Got more questions? Just call us at 373-7800.

CVC News

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Renewing Members

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Editor’s Corner

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Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in March 575 Pizzeria Don Rhode Lydia Hoover 7710 Hillside, Suite 700 Amarillo, TX 79119 806-322-5575 AmarilloBoard.com Lance Terrell 3311 Conner Dr Canyon, TX 79015 806-367-0085 www.amarilloboard.com Win every day! AmarilloBoard is simple, affordable on any budget, and extremely effective. Call us today for more info! Appearances Hair Salon & Gifts Kim Pickett 3333 B South Coulter Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 331-6385 A beautiful salon featuring 6 top stylists and a gift shop. The quaint gift shop specializes in unique purses, jewelry, gift items, home decor, and women's and children's apparel. Brown Brothers Driver Outsource Services, LLC Carrie Murphy Amy Brown 4104 SW 33rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 352-6300 Fax: (806) 352-6306 www.bbdos.com

Clarendon College - Amarillo Cosmetology Center Dr. Robert Riza Ashlee Estlack 3211 SW 26th Amarillo, TX 79201 (806) 322-7871 Fax: (806) 874-1876 www.clarendoncollege.edu Cosmetology center.

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Custom Fitness, LLC Kris Stokes 4207 SW 21st Amarillo, TX 79106 806-322-3188 Fax: (806) 322-3188 www.customfitness.biz Custom Fitness: a personalized experience that blends client aspiration with proven fitness and nutritional techniques to create optimistic, health-focused lifestyles. Custom Sun Sommer & Bill Hochstein 7620 Hillside Rd., Suite 150 Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 206-1044 http://www.customsunllc.com We are a tanning salon that offers several customized ways to tan. We also offer FIT body wrap. We have the friendliest staff and the best atmosphere. Let us customize your tan. Dean Boyd Attorney at Law Dean Boyd Heidi Boyd 2505 Lakeview Dr., Suite 100 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 336-8466

Stay up to date by frequently checking our Chamber and Community Calendar online You can even add your own events to the online community calendar.

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Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in March Diversified Waste Management Brandon Brown 2801 Wolflin Ave. Amarillo, TX 79109 806-371-0120 www.diversifiedwaste.net Double D Siding, Windows, & Gutters Dennis Davison Greg Acklin 6323 S. Western St. Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 355-3355 http://bit.ly/DoubleDRoofing Locally owned and family oriented. 15 years' experience. Handyman Matters of Amarillo Kyle Edmondson 9601 Chatham Rd Amarillo, TX 79119 806-418-2448 Fax: (806) 418-2447 www.handymanmatters.com/amarillo

Handyman Matters of Amarillo is locally owned handyman service company. We hire professional, background checked, craftsmen, not subcontractors, to better serve the area. Legacy Rehabilitation and Living Cortney Gunn Brett Webb 4033 W 51st Ave Amarillo, TX 79109 806-418-1187 Fax: (806) 353-0885 Legacy Rehabilitation and Living is a skilled nursing and long term care facility.

Lift with your Legs Movers, LLC Paul Ponce Daniel Ramirez Amarillo, TX 806-316-4455 http://www.lwylm.com Local and Area Residential and Commercial Movers! Insured and Licensed! Dedication, Quality, and Honesty! Call for a free Quote! Phone Medic of Amarillo Wayne Davis 3409 S.Georgia #8 Amarillo, TX 79109 806-418-4630 www.phonemedicofamarillo.com We fix broken iPhones, other smart phones, iPads, iPods, etc. We carry cases and other accessories for iPhones, iPads and other smart phones. The Travel Store a division of All World Travel Alfred Volden Candy Root 1408 S. Jefferson St. Ste 111 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 372-8888 www.awtravel.com A full service travel agency that can handle all of your leisure and corporate travel needs. The one and only Virtuoso travel agency in the panhandle of Texas who are Specialists in the Art of Travel.

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Civic Beautification Landscapes Kid's Inc. Dugger Field By: Becky Zenor, VP Quality of Life and Arts becky@amarillo-chamber.org The Civic Beautification Committee, chaired by Billy Krause, takes pride in doing a landscape project every year. We began this program in 1993 when we landscaped the Georgia Street entrance to Sixth Avenue. In the following years, this committee has landscaped schools, the Senior Park, Llano Cemetery entrance, and last year, we assisted Another Chance House. This year, with the help of Billy Krause and Krause Landscape Contractors, 25 Allie Lace Bank Elms, Austrian Pine trees and Chinese Pistachios were planted at Kid's Inc. Dugger Field, located at 27th and Osage. Plans are being made to plant shrubs around the sign later this month. Members of the Civic Beautification Committee include Krause, Bill Brian, Pat Brinkman, Dusty McGuire, Brian Scott, Natalie Stephenson, Christine Wyly and Anne Zarbock.


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Congratulations to these Prime Service Award Nominees in March 2014

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Members of the CVC’s Convention & Tourism Committee as well as other Chamber volunteers recently dropped in on the following businesses to deliver an AMA Prime Service lapel pin to these employees who provided someone with PRIME customer service. If you receive outstanding service at an area business, nominate that person for a Prime Service award. Just call the CVC office at 374-1497 or visit http://bit.ly/PrimeService. Mittzi Olivas

Anthony Escamilla

McDonald's - I40 & Western

Amarillo Bolt

Klint

Casey Miser

Walmart - Georgia (Door Greeter)

Starbucks on Georgia

Nicole

Nancy Shreiner

Whataburger - 45th & Western

1-8oo-Plumber

Kaytlin Crawford

Donna Vanlandingham

Thai Kitchen - Canyon

Self employed

Isaac Zimmerman

Michelle Isherwood

Gene Messer Ford

K&M Jewelry

Alba

Cassie Turner

Michael Fox State Farm Insurance

Starbucks - Georgia

Patricia

Cara McCool

Airport Parking

Ussery-Roan State Veterans Home

Greg Towner

Thomas Allen

Custom Home Theater

Amarillo Globe-News

Ricky J

Brandy Sanchez

Starbucks - Grand street

KAMR/NBC4

Jaylyn Alexander

Sylvia Taft

Display Concepts

Workforce Solutions

Nancy

Susan Reynolds

Pac A Sac - Tascosa Road & Amarillo Blvd.

Amarillo Globe-News

Sean Mashburn AT&T

Sabre Young Hoffbrau Steakhouse

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Kathryn Starbucks - Grand Street

Jenny Holman Wild Bill's Fillin' Station

Nora Hyman Office Max

Bobby Lermon Dealers Electrical Supply

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Elizabeth Gerkin Amarillo Globe-News

Teresa Poteet McDonald's - I-40 & Western

Scott & Crystal Latham Fantasy Photography

Danny Burger King - I-40 & Grand

Dawn Brooks Ye Old Pancake Station

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Amarillo Goes Over The Top for 2014 National Tourism Week

TOURISM

WEEK ACTIVITIES May 2-11, 2014

Tues 4/29

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It's that time of the year again. National Tourism Week is back.

Fri 5/2

5pm—9pm

First recognized in 1984, it’s a week that communities can call their own while featuring all that travel and tourism brings to town. Since then National Tourism Week has become an annual nationally-recognized event.

Sat 5/3

10am—12noon

Mon 5/5

11am

City of Amarillo Proclamation at Amarillo City Hall

Amarillo will go over the top to celebrate this year’s event. “Tourism is vital to our economy. So much so that it should not just be recognized, it should be celebrated,” Dan Quandt, Vice President of the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council, says. “Tourism has such an impact in town that we will be stretching the traditional observance to 10 days.”

Tourism Night @ First Friday Art Walk at The Galleries at Sunset Center 3701 Plains Blvd. Meet with members of Amarillo’s tourism community at the Center City Corral. www.amarilloartists.com

Cinco de Mayo Parade. Everyone loves a parade and since Tourism Week overlaps with this cultural celebration, start your weekend just east of downtown Amarillo with this wonderful event. Parade starts at Arthur St and E. 16th Ave. and proceeds to Alamo Park via Arthur St., E. 10th Ave, Ross St. and 16th Ave. to Alamo Park.

Arts & Tourism Day. A special event to highlight the cooperation of the arts and tourism will focus on the new art program at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and participating artists will be on site. But we will show examples of cooperation across the arts. Sponsored by City of Amarillo & Amarillo CVC with credit to the Amarillo Museum of Art, The Galleries at Sunset Center and the PanhandlePlains Historical Museum. Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Passenger lobby just outside the entrance to TSA

Mon 5/5 thru Fri 5/9

Watch for special contests on Amarillo CVC social media.

According to the most recent statistics from the Texas Office of Economic Development & Tourism, our tourism industry contributes more than $700 million annually to our local economy.

Wed 5/7

5pm—7pm

For every dollar spent by the State of Texas to promote and advertise tourism, the state receives a return of $7 in spending.

Thurs 5/8

5pm—7pm

Fri 5/9

10am—4pm

9am—5pm

Finally, thanks to the tax dollars generated in Texas by visitors (both sales tax and hotel occupancy tax), each of our tax bills is about $800 less than it would be without our growing industry. Just a few highlights from Amarillo’s celebration of National Tourism Week include:

What’s On Tap? Our regular networking session for Amarillo and its hospitality community. This event will feature the issue of a brand new Palo Duro Canyon poster by Jack Sorenson. Co-sponsored by the Partners in Palo Duro Canyon Foundation, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Amarillo CVC. Held at the Mack Dick Group Pavilion in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Texas Air & Space Museum DC-3 Party. A special evening to support this growing museum. Learn about the historic DC-3 that has joined the museum’s collection and about their plans to expand. A $25 donation includes a beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP by May 5 to either 806-335-9159 or info@texasairandspacemuseum.org. Held at the English Field Aviation Hangar 10001 American Dr. www.texasairandspacemuseum.org

Texas Travel Rally Day. Sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Amarillo CVC. It’s a one-stop shop for the community to learn about more than 20 area attractions. Texas Travel Information Center on I-40 East @ Airport Blvd. Reception following at the Big Texan Steak Ranch & Microbrewery.

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tourism night at First Friday Art Walk

Sat 5/10

an event to focus on the expanding ties between the arts and tourism

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release of a new Jack Sorenson poster of Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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party for a historic DC-3 aircraft a public trade show, Texas Travel Rally Day, at the Texas Travel Information Center

Stop by the Amarillo Visitor Information Center (entrance #2 to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex) to receive up to date info on some great new attractions in Amarillo. Among the many offerings, don’t miss:

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Zip lining at the Palo Duro Adventure Park11100 Highway 217 East (just outside state park entrance) www.palodurozip.com 806-488-2260 Admission is charged. The expanded RV Museum at Jack Sisemore Traveland 4341 Canyon Dr. www.rvmuseum.net 806358-4891 Free admission Enjoy Passport to History Day at these four Amarillo attractions:

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new attractions and museums to visit on May 10

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special giveaways and events on Amarillo CVC social media outlets to recognize new area attractions

Festivities will start with recognition of this celebration with a proclamation at Amarillo City Council on Tuesday, April 29. “We hope that everyone finds something they want to do during this big week. If not, please call us and we will find your place in this week,” Quandt says. Or check our website, www.visitamarillotx.com, for details.

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It’s National Train Day too. Celebrate at the Amarillo Railroad Museum 3160 I Ave on the former Amarillo Air Base www.amarillorailroadmuseum.com Free admission but donations are welcome Texas Air & Space Museum with the historic DC-3 English Field Aviation Hangar 10001 American Dr. www.texasairandspacemuseum.org 806-335-9159 Free admission but donations are welcome Santa Fe Locomotive Development Museum Madame Queen AT&SF Steam Locomotive #5000 Just north of Amarillo Civic Center Complex in downtown Amarillo. Free admission Buttel Railroad Museum 3907 Sundown Ln. Free admission

Shop for Mom on the Mother Road Amarillo’s Route 66 merchants will be open with specials to help you celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend. www.amarillo66.com Finish with an evening at the Tascosa Drive-In Movie 1999 Dumas Drive (just south of Thompson Park) Check http://tascosadrivein.com/ to see what’s showing! 806-383-3882

Sun 5/11

Shop for Mom on the Mother Road Amarillo’s Route 66 merchants will be open with specials to help you celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend. www.amarillo66.com


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WELCOME THESE CONVENTION GROUPS IN AMARILLO April

Convention & Visitor Council 2013-14 Year-To-Date Statistics Tourism

Occupancy Rate (February)

65%

State Bar Association Quarterly Board Meeting

100

24-27

Assn. of Desk and Derrick Clubs Region 5 Meeting

125

25-27

Soroptomist International Club South Central Region Conference

150

26-5/4

National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, Inc. Annual NNDDA Training Conference

150

18-22

International Assn. of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors Annual Meeting

200

30-6/1

Amarillo Steampunk Steampunk World of Wonderland

30

2014 Color Run & Kaleidoscope Tour Color Run

3000

61

Group Tour Buses (Fiscal YTD) Visitor Center Guests (Fiscal YTD)

23-25

1101

Film Office Information requests (Fiscal YTD)

12

Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo (Fiscal YTD)

May

26

Delegates (Fiscal YTD)

11,865

Room Nights (Fiscal YTD)

9,075

Delegates Booked-Future Conventions (Fiscal YTD)

12,645

June

Delegate Room Nights Booked (Fiscal YTD)

6,368

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Communications / CVC Website CVC Website Visits (Google Analytics—March)

CVC Website Unique Visitors (Google Analytics—February)

CVC Website Page Views (Google Analytics—March)

CVC Website Average Visit Duration (Google Analytics—March)

34,474 24,273 114,313

holds state, regional or national meetings, why not bring those groups to Amarillo for their next gathering? Contact the sales office to find out how

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they can help with planning and group incentives. Contact Tina at 342-2008 or email

Social Media Facebook Page Likes To Date (AmarilloTravel.Tourism)

If you are a member of an association or group that

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The Chamber eNewsletter is published by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 South Polk, Amarillo, Texas 79101. It is provided free of charge to Chamber members. Address correspondence to Chamber Communications at the address listed above, call 806.373.7800 or fax 806.373.3909.

Chamber Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmarilloChamber Chamber Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmarilloChamber Chamber Videos: www.youtube.com/AmarilloChamber Chamber Event Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/AmarilloChamber Chamber Instagram: www.instagram.com/amarillochamber CVC Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmarilloTravel.Tourism CVC Twitter: www.twitter.com/amarillocvc CVC Videos: www.youtube.com/VisitAmarilloTX

Does your business have a Facebook page? Write on our Facebook timeline and we’ll share your information with our 4,300+ fans.

4,392 Fans on Facebook http://on.fb.me/5DZVNH 2,489 Followers on Twitter http://bit.ly/hvluwj 11,826 Photos on http://bit.ly/ePVylz Flickr

2013-14 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chair Chair-Elect Finance Chair President/CEO Past Chair Membership Council Business Council Governmental Affairs Council Quality of Life Council Ag Council Convention & Visitor Council City of Amarillo

Roy Bara Bill Jenkins Brice Sheets Gary Molberg Al Cunningham Jeff Mitchell David Hemphill David Hudson Penelope Davies Dr. Don Topliff Guy C. Vanderpool Mayor Paul Harpole Council Member Lilia Escajeda

Directors Fredia Allen Sherman Bass Greg Burgess Bobby Cooper Mark Crawford Buzz David Marjorie Ellis Mike Good David Grimes Jason Herrick Carrie Irwin

Boyd Johnson Dr. Paul Matney Shawn Morrison Ginger Nelson Salvador Rivas Aaron Sage Nicole Shannon Clay Stribling Don Treadway Dirk van Reenen William Ware

Visit our website at: Amarillo-Chamber.org

amarillo-Chamber.org/cwt/external/wcpages/index.aspx

Be sure to check the Week’s Sneak Peek for a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, committee meetings, and more! http://bit.ly/WeekSneakPeek

Penni Bentley, Editor

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A Tech Welding A-1 Homes Amarillo Aardvark Services Inc. Adobe Walls Stoneworks Air Oasis LLP Amarillo Building, LLC Amarillo Bulls Hockey Amarillo Business Women Amarillo Chiropractic Center Amarillo Club Amarillo Dental Spa Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club Amarillo Inventors Assn. Amarillo Outdoor Power Equipment Co., Inc. Amarillo Railroad Museum Amarillo Testing & Engineering, Inc. American Laser Centers Arnold Burgers LLC. B&W Pantex Bank of America Battery Joe Beef O'Brady's Bella Luna Aesthetic Center BNI West Texas Bullard Foot and Ankle Institute Cambridge Production, Inc. Catmandu Centergas Fuels Inc. Ceta Canyon Camp & Retreat Center Chalice Abbey Chambers Electric, LLC Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse Coalition of Health Services Coca Cola of Amarillo Cole Stanley Builders LTD. CRAMER Computer Supplies Inc. DBA Data Flow Custom Trophies D & K Automotive Dave Blakely Construction Services Inc. David C. Woodburn, DDS Diamond Business Services

Double J Siding & Windows Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Duncan, Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency, Inc. Duran Farms Edes Custom Meats Esparza Consulting, Inc. Faulkner Pest Service, LLC Firestone Complete Auto Care First United Bank FirstCare Health PlansAmarillo Fountain of Health, Inc. Fuqua-Bryson Benefits Group Gold's Gym & Athletic Club Gray County Vet Clinic Greater Amarillo Foster Parent Association H & H Federal Credit Union Hand Industrial Inc. Harvest Christian Fellowship Hope in Uncertain Times Interstate Bank, ssb JAG Properties @ The Atrium Jamie Smith State Farm Insurance Jane Juett Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Int'l Keller Williams Realty KFDA NewsChannel 10 CBS TV/DT Kimrad Transport, LP Kingdom Keys Christian Radio Network La Fiesta Grande LifesMiracle Group, L P Mahaffey Orthotics & Prosthetics McFarlin's Jewelry McGavock Nissan of Amarillo Micro/MWI Millers Cleaners Mr. Electric Myrna l. Hill CPA

Newport Apartment Homes / Case & Assoc NuStar Energy Odyssey Hospice of Amarillo Office Service Systems Inc. Officemax Open Air MRI of Amarillo Owens Corning P A S O/Panhandle AIDS Support Organization Page & Associates Pampa Chamber of Commerce Panhandle Plains Land Bank Pete's Greenhouse Plains Dairy L.L.C. Quality Service & Supply Ralph Duke Photographer Renaissance Office Park, Event Center, & Condos Rhynehart Roofing, Inc. Rick Lovelady Carpets Roberts Truck Center Rockwood Amish Furniture Roth Products of Texas, Inc. Safe Money Solutions Group Sanders Design Build Silver Oak Apartments Small Business Solutions Group Smile Workshop Southwest Dairy Farmers Sparkman Orthodontics Spice Boutique & Salon LLC State Farm/Shannon Brooks State Senator Kel Seliger Stephens & Hagan Interior Design L.L.C. Sumner Insurance Agency Texas Glass Restoration & Window Cleaning Texas Panhandle Sports Network The User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC. Three Falls Cove Country Inn and Vineyards Tigris Real Estate LLC Timeless Designs, LP

Top Gun Auto Service & Repair Trinity Baptist Church TruGreen United Healthcare of Texas Valet Cleaners Valmed Home Health Solutions, Inc. Vendors Flea Market, LLC Verizon Vista College Walgreens West Texas A&M University

REMEMBER: You can pay your Chamber invoices online and even update your membership listing, including address, phone, fax, email, website, description of services and more. Visit the MEMBERS ONLY section of our website or email Christy@amarillo-chamber.org for your login name and password if you have forgotten it. Need help? Give her a call at 342-2004. Click here to go to the Members Only Login Section: http://bit.ly/rDJ2OO


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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director penni@amarillo-chamber.org

Are you getting the most out of your membership at the Amarillo Chamber? I recently heard the boss (Gary) explain it simply. It’s kind of like a gym membership. You can purchase it or pay your dues, but if you never go to they gym you won’t get much out of it. The same is true for Chamber membership. If you pay your dues but never attend some of the great networking events or get involved, you will be limited on what it does for you. Sure, you are automatically included in our online directory on the website and benefit from the behind the scenes work our governmental affairs council does to work for important legislation and address issues that affect all business owners, but there is so much more than just displaying the member decal or sign in your business and hoping people show up. We hope you read your monthly newsletters and emails from the Chamber. They provide information about events, but also give you great leads for new potential customers. Every month we feature the new members and those that have recently held ribbon cutting events. A great way for you to broaden your connections is to pick up the phone or drop by some of those new member businesses and start a conversation about your new common connection...you are both members of the Chamber! Ask them about their business and how you can help them find new customers and then tell them about your business and how they could help you. Especially if you are long-time member of the Chamber, you should be telling them of how you are involved, and perhaps even invite them to participate or go as your guest to an event. Our whole community benefits by

successful businesses—they add to the local economy, pay taxes, and hire employees. Help them succeed! Another great way to get involved and meet people is to volunteer at one of our big events. You can wear your logoed shirt and be a walking billboard for your business while helping put armbands on or serve beverages for an hour or so at an event. We utilize nearly 200 volunteers during the Chamber Barbecue Cook-Off every year. Those helpful people work a short shift at the event and then get to eat and drink and network for FREE for the rest of the evening. It’s a win-win for everyone (but it’s especially helpful for us). See those smiling faces in the red coats in the ribbon cutting pictures? Those valuable volunteers serve on our Round-Up Club and are constantly making new connections just by showing up for a short ceremony at a new business every month. It’s always a good idea to check your business listing on our website. Make sure that we have the correct address, phone number, website and brief description about your business, as well as have you listed in the appropriate categories for the type of service you provide. You can now even include the link to your business’s social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more with your online listing to drive web traffic directly to you on those sites. If you ever need something updated, corrected or added, just contact Christy at 342-2004 or email her at Christy@amarillo-chamber.org and she will help. For more information on volunteering or serving on a committee or council, call us at 373-7800 or email chamber@amarillo-chamber.org. We’d love to put you to work! As always, tell us how we are doing. Give us your suggestions, feedback, and input. Feel free to write on our Facebook wall. Get involved. We are YOUR Chamber.

Mark Your Calendar: 4/30

DC Days in Washington

5/5-9

Tourism Week

5/15

BusinessConnection®

6/12

Women’s Scholarship Lunch

6/19

Summer Celebration

http://bit.ly/SummerCelebration2014

7/24

Chamber Open Golf

http://bit.ly/ChamberOpen2014

8/09

AGN Chamber Challenge

http://bit.ly/BusinessConnection2014 http://bit.ly/WomenOnWay2014

http://bit.ly/ChamberChallenge2014

8/TBD Fall Mega Market 9/11

Chamber Barbecue Cook-Off

10/23

Banquet/Business Awards

http://bit.ly/ChamberBBQ2014

http://bit.ly/ChamberBanquet2014


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