Business as usual
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In May 2019, Travis and Jami Harrington of Reclaimed by Grace accepted the Small Business of the Year award at the Chamber's Annual Meeting and Award Dinner. This year, they will pass the torch, presenting the 2020 Small Business of the Year award. This year's awards program will look much different - be closed, video recorded, and released in a special virtual watch party on September 15th. Although it's nothing we originally envisioned, and certainly not the celebration of local business we hoped to put on, I think we have much to celebrate this year all the same. The Harringtons and "RBG" are certainly one glowing example of all that small and local business owners have to be proud of in 2020, and the spirit of entrepreneurship we are so excited to see in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. They have experienced so much as business owners between accepting and presenting the award.
Travis and Jami's business venture started to take root in 2017 in a downtown storefront. They joined the Chamber, taking advantage of our Entrepreneur Membership in 2018 and it's been our great pleasure to watch them develop their business into what it is today. Travis and Jami spoke at our first-ever Retail Summit and shared some of their journey to-date in Fall 2019. And in February 2020, we celebrated a Grand Reopening at their new location on Grant and Market Streets. In the new space, Travis and Jami have increased workspace, ability to meet with clients to consult on their projects, and a brand new maker's space for hosting group classes. They've kept quite busy despite the challenges 2020 has thrust upon our business community. If you know Jami, you know there is still a smile behind that mask, too!
Am I extremely disappointed that we will not get to honor our Business of the Year award recipients in-person in 2020? Most definitely. And mostly because I believe we have more to celebrate than ever before. Being a business owner or leader, and especially an entrepreneur, is difficult any year requiring adaptability, courage, perseverance, and good business sense to weigh necessary risk with potential reward. This year, owners and leaders had to relearn all the rules and still find success in their given industries and markets. And the rules change daily.
We know being an entrepreneur is hard - any time, but we need you! Creators, innovators, and rule-benders. You're an integral part of our intricate business community, and the Chamber is here to help you connect, promote, and navigate. We're proud to have hard-working, creative members like Travis and Jami among our membership. Reclaimed by Grace is one of the very first Entrepreneur Members to "graduate" to a Small Business membership. Congrats to you, RBG, on all your successes and lessons learned (and shared)! Thank you for sharing your entrepreneurial spirit with your customers and community every day. (Seriously, every day. Follow RBG on Facebook and take note on how to stay connected with your customers.)
I invite you, the public, to join us for our 2020 Business of the Year Awards virtual watch party on the evening of September 15th, where we will honor many local businesses and individuals for their work in the past year. You can follow us on Facebook for details to be announced soon. Anyone interested in learning more about our free first-year Entrepreneurial Membership is welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Summer Intern (Wabash College)
Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber Of Commerce
This summer I have been interning at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Most of my work has been on promoting the Chamber and its members through video interviews. Each week I have been able to meet with business owners from all different areas of our community. From Brad Monts of Hoosier Heartland State Bank, to Diana McCormick of Athens Arts, our member database covers all aspects of business here in Montgomery County. Most of the interviews revolved around me asking questions such as: “Why is the Chamber important to your business?” or “What reasons would you give a business (large or small) to join the Chamber?” Through these interviews I have made numerous connections outside of the office and met many great members who have the community’s best interest in mind. The final product will be a “promotional” video highlighting the locally owned businesses here in Montgomery County. When I began the internship in June, the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce website had no video footage and many of the pictures were stills taken from a few years ago. My boss Cassie and I have been working to try and figure out how we can bring “new life” to the site to draw more people’s attention, not only to our web page, but to Montgomery County as a whole. We want to show off our great community to people who may not know anything about us or give more information to those who wish to learn more about the community. While most of my work has been on this one video, we have been talking about other uses of video on the site to brighten up our page with the use of visual work. I have also made a few user guides for members of our chamber such as: “Wireless Screen Sharing Guide” for the Fusion 54 building, as well as a “Google Analytics Startup Guide” for members who requested a Google Analytics walk through. Both guides are free for any of our members to use and we hope it helps them as they continue to grow and develop their businesses. The work I have been doing has allowed me to further my knowledge of video filming and editing, which I intend on being my career path later down the road. At the end of the summer, the video will be completed, and we hope that it will showcase everything we at the Chamber, as well as the community as a whole, have to offer to anyone who wants to learn about/visit Montgomery County.
Please check out Tyler's video! Thank you for your good work, and special thanks to Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Walmart Optical Lab, Athens Arts Gallery, and Davis Morrison Realty for participating! - Cassie Hagan, Executive Director
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