Members Meeting April 2017

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Malta Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting 

Westside Restaurant

                                                                                                                                               

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Member Round Robin
  • Todd’s Tech – geared up for graduation, iphone specials
  • Art Spot – cocktails and canvases 4/23, cupcakes and canvases apr 22, getting ready for Arts in the Park for Car Show, Arts Trail pending national approval then distribution of funds
  • 1st Security – Art’s Furniture is the business in focus
  • IB – Casey Cody from Scobey is the new branch president
  • FSB – new sign installed today and getting ready for Car Show
  • Kiwanis – held egg hunt for Head Start, and hosting Key Club awards banquet, looking for members
  • Veseth – hygienist returning from leave and getting back up to speed
  • Library – classics challenge is still going on and they have book lists for it, Imagination Library is going forward with grant from PCCF, raffle fundraiser also going on for $25 tix. Great success with the gadgets and knitting class and looking forward to continuing with the knitting group.
  • PCN – getting ready for mother’s day ads and participating in merchants gift basket raffle
  • PCH – received grant for new CT scanner. New PA and wife coming in June,  Hosting meeting to start community needs assessment and continue work on community emergency preparedness
  • Triangle – Big Sky Code Academy is hosting courses in Havre. Triangle funding several scholarships and potential for job after complete course.
  • PCCF – awarding $7500 in grants. 4/19 seminar in Planned Giving to be held
  • GPDM – May 2 open for season, Cary Woodruff returning, have intern from Europe coming, adult and kids dig and educational programs are ready for the summer
  • Kent Kreations – projects are lined up for summer and hope to have several hires to help. Thanks for Chamber for support
  • Tupperware/Scentsy – available for order through Angel Kent
  • KMMR – hosting general impact messages and graduation messages
  • Montartica – comedians coming Memorial Day weekend for shows in Malta and at Sleeping Buffalo

 

III. Committee and Administrative Reports

  • Merchants
  • Selfie-spot at PC Museum
  • Mother’s and Father’s Day Drawings
  • Merchants Survey – What Do You Shop Out of Town For?
  • Sports
  • Arts
    • Arts Trail Mural – pending final approvals at national level
    • Possible Ice and Light Festival in Jan/Feb to break up winter doldrums
  • Membership
    • $830.00 to date in dues
    • $60.00 to date in Scrip
      • Welcome Back: Montana Grafix, Alison’s Pantry
      • Welcome: Kent Kreations
  • Tourism and Marketing
    • Hwy 191S and Hwy2 Billboards both in print
    • Spring Tourism Flyer 8,200 views
    • Meetings and Conferences Webpage live, to encourage use
  • Member Education and Investment
    • High School Student Mentoring/Job Shadowing Program
  • Technology
    • Technology Community Education
      • Dark Side of the Internet– April 18 –TONIGHT!
      • Quickbooks – April 20, 25, 27 – FULL!
      • Excel – May 4, High School Computer Lab

 

  1. Old Business
  • 501 Application – will move forward after tax deadline
  • Donkey Basketball Review – success with about $3400 raised for Chamber programs.
    • Taking ideas for next year’s event? What would you like to see?

 

 

  1. New Business
  • Tomorrow –April 19, 7am, GN – Planned Giving Workshop
  • Highlights from State Tourism Conference
    1. Overall data from 2016 state
      1. Tourists come for day hikes, wildlife, scenic drives, history to Phillips County
        1. To our region, they are looking for hiking, dino sites, star gazing and hot springs – how are we focusing on these to attract visitors?
      2. 50% travelers want nature or rural destinations, but don’t want to work hard to get there
      3. MT is a little mysterious, not touristy, but can be expensive
      4. Family travelers and affluent travelers likely to come to MT
    2. Advertising strategy
      1. Top of mind awareness for day and weekend visitors
      2. Travel is booked in winter, for big trips. Market to MN, ND, early
      3. Later in summer season, focus on local day trippers
  • Create customized tours and experiences
    1. Haunted tours, inside buildings, unusual attractions
    2. Brochure experience packs
    3. Top 5 and Top 10 experiences
    4. Visitor Passports
      1. Get a stamp at various locations and discount coupons for places
      2. If passport full, get a “prize, badge, certificate”
    5. Additional self-guided tours
  1. Social Media
    1. 3-7 seconds to capture attention, video more prevalent
    2. Update google/yelp/trip advisor
    3. Maps added to FB/Instagram pictures
    4. Guest ‘grammers

 

  • Branding Discussion
    1. Results help us determine what people think of PC, and what we want to be known for – build brand pillars from there
    2. See feedback from meeting below

 

 

  1. What do you think of when you think of PC?

Railroad

Ranching

Public lands

Mosquitos

Outdoor recreation

Golfing

Friendly people

World class dinos

Change of season

Wide open spaces

Sunsets

Not touristy

The breaks

Fishing

Elk viewing

Big horn sheep

birding

 

  1. What can you do here?

Hunting

Fishing

Camping

Gold panning

Skateboarding

Hiking trails

Birding

Malta trails

Kayaking

ATV/off road recreation

Biking

Parks/rec department

Sleeping buffalo hot springs

Mine tours/reclamation tours?

Star gazing

Homestead history

Paleo experiences – youth and adult

Skateboarding

Art gallery

Drag strip

 

  1. What makes it stand out?

Friendly and know your neighbors

Artists/artisans

Musicians

Technology access

Progressive forward thinking community

Infrastructure

Diverse downtown

 

 

 

 

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