Rockford Chamber Donates to Rockford Police Department

The Village of Rockford Police Department recently received a $2,834.00 grant from the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. This grant allows law enforcement to purchase body armour and related equipment for officers. Bullet resistant vests have a shelf-life and need to be replaced regularly. This specific grant is a match grant that covered 75% of the costs. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce presented Chief Paul May with a donation of $695.00 from the Crime Awareness budget to complete the purchase of the carrier vests and related equipment to keep the Rockford Police Department safe. Pictured left to right: Lucas Luginbill Chamber Vice President, Amanda Peel, Chamber Treasurer, Laura Putman Chamber Board Member, Chief Paul P May III, Marie Junk Miller Chamber President, Leah Hays Chamber Board Member, Tom Burtch Chamber Board Member Sierra Megan Chamber Board Member. Thank you for all that you...
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2018 Citizen of the Year

#1. He was born February 17, 1948 in Van Wert, Ohio to parents, Ernest and Gertrude. He was raised in Rockford and lived there most of his life with the exception of a year on a Navajo Mission in New Mexico. He was the second of five children- with siblings Robert, Paul, Ann and Phil. The essence of his life would exude exactly the teachings of his parents. #2. As a child, our precocious recipient was self- taught and learned to play music by ear. When he wasn’t getting in trouble with his equally ornery brothers, he was building things, like radios. #3 The Class of 1966 Parkway High School graduate went on to attend Huntington College for three years while majoring in Education. There was one notable person who made a lasting impression on him during high school- industrial arts teacher, Ted Hakes. This influence was the vehicle directing his career choice to become a self-employed construction contractor during his entire working career. Many buildings in Rockford have been remodeled by him! Have you guessed who it is yet? #4. Wedding vows by the soul-mates were exchanged on September 7, 1974 at the Continental United Methodist Church. Two years later, the couple was baptized in Dan Henkle’s pond and then became members of the Rockford United Methodist Church. This is the same church where he has served as Trustee and Maintenance worker for several years; Parishioners can witness him making a joyful noise by playing instruments such as the guitar, trumpet, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica in the band on Sunday Mornings! #5. Together, he and his beloved wife, Marcia, have raised children Julie and Curtis- their pride and joy! The engaging father and grandfather enjoys attending music recitals and sporting events, and dotes on his beloved family by building them special handcrafted gifts made of wood. Grandchildren Alaina, Sloane, Madison, Paxton and Grayden are the proud beneficiaries of projects such as doll cradles, rocking chairs, a tool bench and a special handmade kite. Being a teacher at heart, our recipient involves family members in the making of such items. #6. His parents, aunts and uncles were important in his life, especially Uncle Nelson who ran the Navajo Mission in New Mexico. While there doing maintenance work, he lived with his brother Paul and learned many things about God, faith, and serving others. Many people who know him, know...
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2018 Business of the Year

The Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce business of the year is an award recognizing an area business for its involvement and dedication to the improvement and promotion of the Village of Rockford. This year’s business of the year winner exhibits all those qualities and more. The 2018 business of the year has always had Rockford’s best interest at heart.  A long time Chamber member, over the years, this business has had several representatives serve on the Chamber board in addition to being active volunteers for Chamber/community activities. Our business of the year is also actively involved in: Rockford Area Development Corporation Rockford Bicentennial Planning Committee, Leota Braun Charitable Foundation 21stCentury Club Mercer County ESC Board Celina-Mercer Chamber of Commerce President/Trustee Celina Leadership in Action National Ag Marketing Association Auglaize/Mercer CVB Optimist Club of Van Wert Women In Business Vantage Career Center various church activities and more. Each employee of the company recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and is encouraged to make a difference.   Do you have any guesses on who the business of the year is? The business of the year shares the ideal that our community reflects the business and residents, and that it is all our responsibility to get involved and make it better. Our business of the year has played a role in developing and enhancing the image and perception of our Village through various communication platforms: our Chamber Guide our website www.RockfordAlive.com which represents the Chamber, the Village, Rockford Area Development Corporation and Shanes Crossing Historical Society actively involved in the bicentennial planning of our historical mural Most recently, employees of our business of the year created a summer video series showcasing local businesses and their marketing successes   I bet by now, you have an idea of who the business of the year is? If not, let me tell you a little bit about the history of our Business of the Year. Officially established in 2004, our business of the year began making its footprint in the marketing industry by providing design and branding expertise for a wide variety of clients.   How did this design firm come to be, in a rural setting? Twyla and Pete Hayes are the owners of Brand It Marketing. With Pete’s agribusiness degree, print and marketing background, and Twyla’s visual communications and graphic design degrees and technology skills, the two were able to create...
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2018 RCD Face Painting Fundraiser

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is excited to participate in this year’s Community Days Arts & Music Festival. This year’s focus of fine art and music inspired us to do something different this year, and you won’t want to miss out! Marie Miller, social media manager from Brand It Marketing Communications, will have a face painting station Friday June 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm., located near Lake Area Arts member Todd Buschur in Shanes Hall. As a member of the community, you have an exclusive opportunity to support this program. For just $25.00, your business logo will be showcased on the banner and listed in all promotional materials including, but not limited to; press releases, social media advertising, live video on Facebook, etc. What better way to bring yet another fun activity to the youth in our area while directly impacting their future.  All money raised by your donations will go towards the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program. Should you wish to donate as an individual community member, and not a business, we will need the full spelling of your name to ensure proper recognition is made. To sign up, please mail check to: Rockford Chamber of Commerce  |  PO Box 175  |   Rockford, OH 45882.  You can contact Marie Miller from Brand It Marketing Communications at marie@branditonline.com with your business logo. We look forward to your participation!   Executive Team Rockford Chamber of Commerce...
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Starting Right – Rockford!

Looking to start your own business? We have resources ready for you! Come to the STARTING RIGHT Pre-Business Planning Seminar right here in Rockford – July 16, 2015 @ 6:00 PM. Cost is $35.00 to attend. Download the flyer for more...
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Welcome to Rockford, Kidz Treehouse!

            A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting took place at Kidz Treehouse on June, 19 2015. Kidz Treehouse is located at 142 N Main St. in Rockford.  Rockford’s newest business is a children’s consignment shop and boutique (sizes newborn to Jr. – clothes, shoes, and toys). Summer Store hours will be: Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon to 6 pn. Thursdays – 11 am – 8 pm. Fridays 10 – 7 pm Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm. Call 567-324-0038 for more information. Coming soon — The Fan Room will be offering Parkway apparel and gifts.   Pictured left to right:  Mayor Amy Joseph, Jessica Shaffer – owner, Marie Miller – Rockford Chamber President, Vicki Steffen, Apollo...
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