Chamber consultant Nancy Kroll has stepped down from the place to spend extra time together with her household, in response to Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce officers.
Kroll served because the chamber rep for 18 months and was a “passionate enterprise proprietor advocate” throughout her tenure, mentioned Patti Solt, chamber vp.
Whereas the board was initially involved about discovering a substitute, treasurer Wendy Hawks occurred to be having lunch with Jessica Kimball when she heard the information. Since she knew the Bonners Ferry native had the precise expertise wanted for the place, it appeared solely pure to ask if she’d have an interest within the place.
“It was good timing,” Hawks mentioned.
Kimball joins the workforce with 10 years of promoting expertise.
The chamber consultant is sort of a jack of all trades; they actively recruit new members, welcoming them, coordinating ribbon cuttings for brand spanking new companies. The consultant additionally helps out with all chamber occasions, sustaining buyer relations with members, working with social media and the chamber web site, preserving the group apprised of any enterprise relocations and far more.
“The chamber is a extremely enjoyable group,” Jennifer Van Etten, chamber president, mentioned. “I believe we attempt to carry lots to the group and assist our native companies. That’s our important purpose.”
Hawks and Solt agreed that Kimball is an effective match for the group.
“[Kimball] has hit the bottom working,” Van Etten mentioned. “Within the first 24 hours she’s introduced in new members, gotten new referrals, gotten us an Instagram account [and] proper out the gate simply was working with new concepts. If she retains up that momentum, I simply can think about the place we’re going to be this time subsequent yr.”
The chamber additionally welcomed three new board members: Samantha Shutts with Edward Jones, Shelly Kramer with Sugar Plum and Jennifer Wright with the Bonners Ferry Herald. Board leaders are excited to search out out what the brand new members will carry to the desk.
“We’re at all times in search of new concepts, sponsors and volunteers,” Van Etten mentioned.
Van Etten added the group has a chamber ambassador program for individuals who wish to be a part of the chamber however not likely a full board member.” Chamber ambassadors don’t must attend all of the board conferences or attend all of the networking [events]. They don’t get a vote however but they’ll include an thought like Hometown Holidays and so they might help chair that occasion with the backing of the chamber, she mentioned.
Board members mentioned they’re desperate to carry extra actions and occasions to the group. All three grew up within the space and loved Kootenai River Days as youngsters. It appeared like the tip of an period when the occasion was canceled so once they joined the chamber, they knew they needed to carry it again.
Whereas it has grown in recent times, Van Etten acknowledges that “we’ll by no means get it again” to what it as soon as was. Solt added that they’ve added new occasions to interchange a few of the outdated ones just like the log races, which might not be held attributable to legal responsibility points. Nonetheless, every year they’ve tried so as to add extra actions to the occasion and so they invite anybody locally with concepts to contribute.
Within the meantime, they need the Bonners Ferry group to search for Kimball round city, as she can be out and in saying “hello” and doing all the things she will to assist native companies and so they hope everybody will provide her a heat welcome.
If in case you have any questions or wish to contact the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce, you’ll be able to go to https://bonnersferrychamber.org/ or name 208-290-1143.