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2014 Leadership Class to begin in January Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:53

The Leadership Challenge

One measure of a community’s greatness is the voluntary contributions made by its leaders.  The future of our community is closely tied to the quality and commitment of our next generation of leaders; the individuals who are needed to serve on boards, commissions, in community groups and in elected positions.  This kind of leadership talent must be aggressively sought out, nurtured and given the tools to lead successfully.  As we look out into the community, many of the most profound accomplishments have been made possible through the leadership of volunteers giving of their time and talents.  The Chamber is a wonderful example of volunteer leadership.  It’s Board of Directors as well as all of the committees and task forces are made up of volunteers that give of their time and share their expertise and talents.  We need to realize that it takes the efforts of willing leaders to build and better the community.

The business community and individuals can be a part of building leaders for tomorrow by nurturing potential leaders today.  Seeking out opportunities for those with leadership talent, providing responsibilities in daily routine or through special projects, companies can teach and cultivate the leadership abilities of their staff thus producing leaders for their organization for years to come.  Individuals may also be proactive in seeking out opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and volunteer for such leadership roles that will give them the chance to stretch and practice their abilities to direct and accomplish results through group actions.

The Chamber sees this nurturing or leadership as a vital part of sustaining the growth of our community.  We admonish and invite the businesses in our area to review what they are doing to foster leadership in their companies and how they can foster leadership talent or allow those with demonstrated skills to apply their talent.  We invite individuals and the business community to become more active in volunteering their time to build the community in whatever capacity they see fit.

The Chamber, understanding the importance of nourishing new leaders and helping to foster leadership talent, instituted the Leadership Program in 2004.  Taking cues from the many wonderful programs already in place throughout the United States and Idaho, the Chamber will enter its eighth year hosting the leadership program.

This eight month program is geared at cultivating the needed talents, knowledge and networks that help create an effective leader. Each year, the aim of the program is to increase a base of informed and capable leaders who are committed to using their talents to meet the needs of our businesses and community.

All of the sessions are designed to be highly interactive, stimulating and thought provoking.  A typical day might involve a fast-paced combination of group discussion, exercises, field trips and presentations by respected local leaders.  Class sessions will be held in locations appropriate to the topic, the community is the classroom.  The instruction will not reflect any one solution or political viewpoint but rather will present varied and diverse approaches to problem solving.  Participants will be expected to share their unique experiences and learn from one another.

The 2014 program will be held once a month typically from eight-thirty in the morning to five in the afternoon.  Areas of exploration in 2014 will include:  Personal Leadership Skills, Industry & Agriculture, Local Government, Health Care, Education, Law & Justice, Media, and Tourism.  2014 Mini-Cassia Leadership will begin on January 16, 2014 and graduation will be in August.  If you or someone in your company would like to participate, the registration deadline is January 13, 2014 and class space is limited to 18 participants.  Tuition is $395, all transportation, meals and materials will be provided.  Tuition must be paid prior to the first session.  For more information, please call the Chamber at 679-4793.

This community draws strength and moves forward through the efforts and abilities of those who are willing to work at making a difference.  Leadership is not only the directing and teaching of others, but more importantly the courage to take that first step towards getting something done.

August Member Spotlight Thursday, 03 June 2010 17:14
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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 19:00

Title Cash

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Title Cash located at 744 Overland Avenue in Burley to commemorate their grand opening.  The Burley location is managed by Denise Heyler, who is pictured cutting the ribbon. Title Cash has been serving consumer’s short-term financial needs since 1994 and there are over 300 locations in 10 states. Their business is making Title and Payday Loans to help with those tight moments between pay days. If more time is required, an installment loan can be made using your car title. Business hours are 9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday, 9am -2pm on Saturdays; their business number is 208-678-6035.

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 18:49

Tires 2 Go

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Tires 2 Go located at 524 B Street in Rupert to commemorate their grand opening after the move.  The business is owned by Victor Ruiz and he is pictured cutting the ribbon.  They carry and fix tires and wheels for farm, industrial and commercial vehicles. They offer emergency road services 24 hours a day and they also carry batteries. Business hours are 7am – 7pm, Monday through Friday and7am to 5pm on Saturdays and their number is 208-434-2102.

Monday, 01 October 2012 19:57

ADDICTIONS

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I found out this week I am an Addict!

Now hold on before you make your judgment about me, because I know that is our human tendency, let me explain.  No, I'm not a drug addict, and no I'm not an alcoholic.  I found out this week that I am an Urgency Addict.  Urgency Addict what is an Urgency Addict?  That's what I said too.   So let me try and explain what urgency addiction is to the best of my knowledge so far.

I started this new class 2 weeks ago on Management Development.  It is a program put on by our consulting company and teamed together with Kent State University in Ohio.  For the last 2 weeks we have been talking about time management not just individual time management but time management of our management team and technical team as well.  The book we have been discussing is by Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill.  It is called “First Things First”.  The introduction starts out asking a few tough questions.  Questions that I found pretty disturbing. 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 17:29

Bighorn Sales

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Bighorn Sales LLC located at 948 East Main Street in Burley, to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by L. Rick and June Larsen who are pictured cutting the ribbon. Rick started as a lot boy at his father’s Chevrolet dealership in 1974 and he has been in car business for over 30years. Bighorn Sales is a dealership and a detail shop. Their customers enjoy the small town buying experience without the big store pressure. Business hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10am -2pm, their store number is 208-878-7425.

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