• January Newsletter

    January 20, 2017
     
     
     
    STAFF
     
     
    Becky McDonough
    President & CEO
    becky@hpgchamber.org
     
    Gail Kostro
    Administrative Assistant
    info@hpgchamber.org
     
    JoAnna Barrow
    Administrative Assistant
    memberservices@hpgchamber.org
     
    Shirley Parker
    Tourism Customer Service
    tourism@hpgchamber.org

      
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Executive Committee
     
    Bruce Brockwell
    President
    EVB
     
    Heather McCall
    President Elect
    Lucas McCall State Farm Agency
     
    Wendy Austin
    Past President
    FOLAR
     
    Dr. Vern Lindquist
    Secretary
    Richard Bland College 
     
    Bhavik Shah
    Treasurer
    Arihant Group
     
    Directors
     
    Earnest Greene
    Dominion Virginia Power
     
    Traci Hackley
    Baymont Inn & Suites
     
    Jennifer Honaker
    John Randolph Medical Center
     
    Riley E. Ingram, Jr.
    Ingram & Associates
     
    Dennis McDermott
    ITAC
     
    William Mosley
    Carraway Glass
     
    Stacy Poole
    Mark Bric Display
     
    Craig Richards
    The Progress-Index
     
    Justin Schwartz
    Rolls-Royce Crosspointe
     
    Tim Webb
    Container First Services
     
    Jim Williams
    Burnett & Williams PC
     
    Ad-Hoc
     
    Charles Dane
    City of Hopewell
     
    Jeff Stoke
    Prince George County
     
    Jim Gallagher
    Edward Jones
     
    Hopewell/Prince George Jaycees
     
     
     
     
     
     
    January 2017
     
    Welcome
     
     
    We hope your 2017 is off to a strong start!
     
    This newsletter, our first, will keep you up to date on what's happening in the Chamber and in the business community around us. 
     
    We will provide news that is informative, insightful, and current on issues that affect you. 
     
    Be sure to give the whole page a read over. Let us know how we're doing. 
     
    Let's make this the best year yet!
     
     
    Chamber's Mission for Member 
    & Community Visibility
     
    The Story of an Improved Website www.hpgchamber.org
     
    We've had the current website for two years. Time to enhance it! Lots of things have changed with search engines, and business and tourism marketing. This update is important. 
     
    Thanks to a member referral, we have located McCord Web Services; McCord specializes in assisting small businesses and organizations with their online presence. Becky and I interviewed Nancy and we are so excited about this project. 
     
    We can't believe how much we've accomplished in just one week. Nancy is using Google Analytics to research the best keywords to include in our Meta description of the website. We'll be higher on a search results list when certain keywords are searched for - this is called building up your keyword density. Nancy discovered a hack to our site that was effecting our ranking and fixed it. She is also going to make sure all aspects of our webpage are mobile friendly so the site is still easy to navigate even when using a phone. These changes will bring about more visibility to our community and Chamber members. 
     
    Most importantly, enhanced tracking of results will help us all with our marketing.
     
    NEW! Member to Member Offers
     
    Part of our activities to connect member businesses to each other is to have member to member special offers. We have solidified the below benefits. Claim these savings from fellow Chamber Members!
     
    Loss Control Innovations - Members receive 10% discount on hourly consultation rate ($125.00/hour)
      
    BluePay - Members receive free cost analysis with honest feedback and no hard sales tactics. "Cost plus" pricing structure with no hidden fees, no startup costs and No Early Termination Fee.  Members will also receive special pricing on "EMV" capable terminals (FD130 or VX520) along with next day funding on all card types (Visa, MC, Discover, Amex)
     
    Chamber Board Room - Members may schedule the use of the Chamber Board Room for FREE in downtown Hopewell.  The room comfortably seats twelve. Contact the Chamber Office for available dates and accessibility after and before hours.
     
    Hopewell News - New Members receive FREE 3-month subscription to the Hopewell News. 
     
    Wilkinson Advertising aka Whiz Bang Promotions - Claim your members only 20% discount for promotional items. Call for details. Compare today! Call Becky Hammond (804)605-2581.
     
    Heaton's Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping - 10% discount when you mention you are a Chamber member
     
    2016 NEW MEMBERS
    To view the members who have joined the H/PG Chamber in 2016 click here.
    Program of Community Building Activities
    1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
    Small Business Relationship Program Launch
    (call for information)

    Annual Breakfast

    Membership
     Orientation

    Central Perkin'
    Small Business Relationship Program

    Golf Tournament

    Membership Orientation 

    Central Perkin'
    Small Business Relationship Program

    Annual After Hours

    Membership Orientation

    Central Perkin'
    Small Business Relationship Program

    Membership Orientation

    Central Perkin'
     
    Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce | 804-541-2461 
    http://www.hpgchamber.org/
    4100 Oaklawn Blvd.
    Hopewell, VA 23860