The following community business notes are provided by the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce & CEO Chris Nolte.
* Congratulations go to Jose Martinez on the opening of his new jewelry storm, Joyeria Mayra, located at 223 E. Railroad in Storm Lake. We will be scheduling a ribbon cutting in the near future.
* If you haven't noticed, the wind blade displayed in Storm Lake is off on its trip to Columbus,Ohio. The Wexner Center For the Arts has "borrowed" the blade for a display entitled "Mood River" which is described as "an intoxicating "river" of art, fashion, technology, consumer culture, transportation, sports and more."
Along with "our blade," they will have a full-scale skateboard basin on display. The show will open in February and run through May. If anybody will be in the Columbus area, let us know.
* CPR for your business might be just the ticket. CPR is Challenge, Plan and Result. Now's the time to look at your plan of action for 2002! What are your challenges? What is your plan to meet those challenges? And finally, what are the results you are looking for? It reminds us of the old "nobody plans to fail, they just fail to plan!"
* Remember, the Buddy Holly Dance Party is coming to Storm Lake on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the SLHS gymnasium. Frank Hoskins of the Storm Lake public schools said if there are the same caliber of musicians performing as two years ago for the tribute, it will be a great event. Proceeds go to support scholarships for Storm Lake music students. We have tickets at the Chamber!
* Congratulations! LA Fashion is moving around the corner to the former "Page by Page/Omni Photo Portrait Studio" location at 501 Lake Avenue. We look forward to welcoming Lucia and Daniel Romero to the business community in early January with a ribbon cutting.
* Santa's Castle needs a very basic cash register. We would like to be able to do a better job of accounting for our visitors and their contributions. Call Marilyn at the Chamber if you have an old one you could donate. We are also searching for dehumidifiers for the Castle. If you have one you no longer need, let Marilyn know.
* A "tip of the hat" to the Storm Lake City Council for their decision to purchase land east of the golf course for a possible spoil site for the lake dredging operation. It is a very positive move and one that will have long-lasting benefits for the community.
* Congratulations also go to Dave and Becky Brighton at Sportsman's of Storm Lake, Inc., for being featured in the 2001 SBDC Annual Report. The Brightons shared their story of how the Small Business Development Center helped them secure financing for their Storm Lake operation and the successful opening of their Spencer store. The SBDC has a wide array of programs available to help you too! Call (515)-576-5090 (Ft. Dodge) to get more information!
* Big thanks to Dan and Diane Sokolowski of State Farm Insurance for decorating the former Page by Page window at 501 Lake.
* Thanks to the SL City Council for signing off on our "Letter of Intent" for the Main Street program. This notifies the state that we are interested, and we will begin the project in earnest in January to determine how feasible it is for Storm Lake to make a formal application. If we decide not to make an application, or if our application is not successful, we will still mount an effort to encourage central business district revitalization.