MINUTES – July 9th, 2019

The Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Village Offices.

Trustees Present: Janel Schulte, Brad Niekamp, Keith Selhorst, Leah Koesters, Jason Wood, Brittany Uhlenhake, Jack Schwegman, Gina Hess, Amber Evers, Megan Stull, & Eric Thomas

President Janel Schulte called the meeting to order at 7:30 A.M. 

Guests: Ryan King, owner of Can’t Stop Running, attended the meeting and presented information on their business. Can’t Stop Running is located next to Innergy Fitness and opened in Coldwater on June 8th, 2019. They have a location in Piqua, as well. They have been involved with some local events such as the Grand Lake Marathon. They are a Run Specialty retailer doing about 60% of their business in running gear and apparel. The other 40% of their business comes from general sales of running shoes and medical referrals. Their goal is to be very involved with the community.

Next meeting PIVOT Marketing will present on their business and ideas they have to be more involved with area businesses.

Officer Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report- was presented by Keith Selhorst. Keith S. reviewed the June 2019 Income and Expenses. June income was $17,382.91 with the Taste of The Town Income coming in at $16,229.00 (This does not include a $750 donation from Buzzards Glory Community Club). Expenses were $18,216.15. The reports were motioned for approval by Jason Wood and seconded by Megan Stull. Motion carried.

o Checking Balance – $26,280.08

o Gift Certificate Balance – $14,107.54

  • Secretary’s Report– the minutes from the June meeting were provided prior to the meeting by Secretary Keith Kessen and reviewed by the Chamber trustee members. The meeting minutes were approved with a motion to approve by Gina Hess and seconded by Leah Koesters. Motion carried.

 Committee Reports

  • Membership- We have two new Chamber Members – 1. Can’t Stop Running PIVOT
  • Website/Social Media – Things are going well. Member Spotlight Mondays are happening regularly now. A new eblast will be sent out within the next week or so with new events and Chamber happenings.
  • Quarterly “Charlie Chats” – It was discussed to reach out to McDonalds and see if they have any news to add to a Charlie at the Chamber about their projected schedule for construction of their new addition. Janel will reach out to them.
  • Taste of The Town Recap- Taste of The Town net income was $520.63 and there was also a $750 donation from the Buzzards Glory Community Club back to the Chamber from the beer and wine sales. Janel sent out a survey to get feedback from the vendors. There was not much feedback from vendors. The pavement along the parking area where vendors set up was mentioned to be a bit rough. It was discussed that this issue can be taken care of by proper set up of tables, etc. Feedback will be considered when setting up the event next year. The next Taste of The Town will be Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.


Old Business

  • Coldwater Community Picnic
    • Janel passed around sign up sheet for Lemonade Stand. Will reach out to former Chamber Trustees to help fill the last few spots.
    • The parade was discussed, and it was decided that the Chamber will not participate in this for 2019.


New Business


  • Where’s Charlie– Matt Schroer completed the Charlie statue. Brad will compile an informative flier to bring to businesses and discuss this event with interested parties.
  • Hometown Christmas – A date was selected for Hometown Christmas. It will be held November 17, 2019. Janel and Brad discussed an idea to help make this more of an event than just a sale, in an effort to bolster participation. It was discussed to approach businesses about being on a type of Christmas Passport where customers must stop in and get a stamp on their card. There would be adult and kids’ cards. Completed cards must be turned in by a certain time to be entered into a drawing for gifts for kids and adults. If businesses are interested in participating, this would replace the gift basket giveaways. It was decided to have everyone think about ideas around this and discuss this at the next Chamber meeting. A survey will be sent out through survey monkey and the Chamber email system to gauge businesses’ interest on the passport idea.
    • It was also discussed that Janel and Brad have been working on putting together a 5K through Briarwood and CA Group to take place that morning of Hometown Christmas. A route that does not interfere with the shops on Main Street will be looked at and the timing will be set up to start early enough that participants can go directly to the sales and events taking place already that day. More details will come. This is not a Chamber sponsored part of Hometown Christmas, but could add to the turnout of people for the event.


Brittany Uhlenhake motioned to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Jack Schwegman. 

President Janel Schulte adjourned the meeting at 8:05. A.M.


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