“Active Shooter Awareness” and “Effective Advertising” were today’s practical topics
by The Lansing Journal
LANSING, Ill. (February 14, 2018) – Over beer nuggets, chicken, and beef sandwiches, 52 members of the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce listened to Sgt. Gabe Barajas share some simple options they have in an active shooter situation—run, hide, fight. The Lansing Police Department offers a full class that goes into more detail about this kind of preparedness, and this afternoon’s presentation was a way to let businesses know about the class and about community services LPD provides.
The luncheon was hosted at Bohemian Joe’s, which gave the Lansing restaurant an opportunity to showcase some of their most popular menu items, particularly for new Chamber members or others who may not be familiar with the kind of “Good ol’ American Cuisine” available only at BoJoe’s.
The Lansing Journal was also on today’s agenda, so while members enjoyed desserts and beverages, Managing Partner Arlo Kallemeyn described the brief history of the newspaper and the enthusiastic response from readers. Samples of the February print edition were available, and Kallemeyn encouraged people to subscribe to the daily online edition as well. “News happens more than once a month,” he said. “Online subscribers get new Lansing headlines in their email every day.” His invitation was followed by a presentation from Melanie Jongsma, also of The Lansing Journal, who shared 12 marketing ideas that businesses, churches, and other organizations might use to increase the effectiveness of their print ads. (The handout from that presentation is available here: Effective Advertising.)
Today’s “lunch and learn” was typical of the services available to members of the Lansing Area Chamber. The Chamber offers a networking event every month. On odd months the event is a Business After Hours, hosted at a member location. Hosting a Business After Hours gives a business an opportunity to showcase their services and products. In November, for example, Mancino’s hosted the Business After Hours, and attenders had an opportunity to make their own pizzas in Mancino’s kitchen. The upcoming March Business After Hours will be hosted by The Art Studio, so attenders will get an interactive understanding of the classes and events offered there.
On even months, the Chamber event is a lunch with a presenter. Last October’s lunch featured Carole Harris from the Illinois District Office of the Small Business Administration. Her presentation—Programs, Services, and Partners to Help Your Business Succeed—served as an introduction to the U.S. Small Business Administration for Chamber members.
For the next Chamber lunch, on April 11, the Chamber is trying something new—a Business Expo. Booth spaces are limited to Chamber members, but the event will be open to the public. Executive Director Amy Todd hopes the Business Expo will give members an opportunity to speak one-on-one with potential customers, and it will demonstrate to non-members the benefits of belonging to an active Chamber.
For more information about membership in the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, call or visit:
Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce
18155 Roy Street, Unit #3
Lansing, IL 60438