Monthly Archives: March 2018

Official from the Mayor!

Last week, Mayor Klug proclaimed June 16, 2018 Lemonade Day Williston.  This will be the fourth year that kids in our community have been learning how to run a business through this fantastic program.  This year, we have another chance to empower our young entrepreneurs and teach life skills.  Additionally, we are excited about some changes which are sure to improve upon an already successful program.

  • Contests – a new judging method will be implemented for all participants. Contests include:
    • Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Best Stand
    • Best Tasting
  • Best Tasting will be judged on June 12th – participants will have a chance to practice their recipe before opening to the public. They also get a chance to present their business plan to the judges.
  • BBQ – the kids get to celebrate their success through the program and day of selling at a fun picnic on June 26th. Awards for the contests and prizes for many participants will be handed out at the BBQ.  A very special thanks to Williston Community Builders who have supported this program by providing the food and cooking for the BBQ each year.

More details on the program will follow as we get closer to Lemonade Day, but first, kids need to register!  Participants can start signing up for this free program on April 16th  – you stop by the Chamber or visit https://www.lemonadeday.org/williston. We will also have a booth at Kids Day Out April 21st at the UMV Fairgrounds.

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to inspire and educate our youth to become productive members of our society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.  It is a wonderful community event that not only teaches our youth but develops our community.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to be involved before, I highly suggest you do this year!  Sign up your kid or sign up your business as a safe stand location and simply come out to support the entrepreneurs of our community.

As the Mayor said in his proclamation:  all residents of the greater Williston area can participate and have a role: either selling or buying lemonade on June 16, 2018.

-Janna

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Open… Together.

Last Sunday, our area retailers united together to be open for a “Shop 1st Sunday” promotion. It was a concept brought about by members of our retail committee and turned out to be a big success. The weather even seemed to hold out for this first attempt. It emerged because people were open. The business owners opened their stores, true, but first they opened their viewpoint. They were open to alternative ideas, open to change, open to trying something new. Now, they are more open for their customers. The success, however, was not simply because they were open, but because they worked together to accomplish this. I often write about the Chamber’s mission “The Champion of Williston’s United Business Community” not to tote the company line, if you will, but by virtue of my belief in its truth and our purpose. Especially the ‘united’ part, in as much as when businesses work together, united with one voice, we become stronger. I keep talking about it considering it critical to our success as a community. The first Shop 1st Sunday confirms this for me and is just the beginning.

Why support local businesses? Because they are your neighbors and friends, or they employ your neighbors and friends. Because they are here with important goods or services when you need them. Because they help support your way of life – with their taxes going towards the roads, police and firefighters, etc. When our local businesses thrive, we all benefit. Local businesses are the backbone of our economy and our community and we cannot survive without them.

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Member Relations Manager, Rachel Lordemann, was excited to see so many people out shopping and enjoying Shop 1st Sunday. She reported our retailers were pleasantly surprised at the number of customers they saw on Sunday and is confident that participation in the event will only grow in the coming months. We plan to continue to add participating businesses and get more people shopping Williston Wide on Sundays.

The result of people being open in more ways than one is a win win…well, win. A trifecta: for the business owner, the shopper, and for the whole community. We are proud that the Chamber can be the driving force for this. As after all, it is our mission.

-Janna

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