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Odessa’s Newest Business

new_businessGood news!
Odessa now has licensed child care! Congratulations to Kaylene James who has opened Kinder Haus Family Home Child Care in Odessa. Kaylene’s new business meets the State’s stringent requirements for in home child care (and that is no easy feat) and is now open for business. At the time of our daycare forum in Davenport, Odessa had NO licensed child care options so this is great news for her community. Please help Kaylene get the word out that licensed daycare is now available. You can contact Kinder Haus at 509-350-9848 and follow Kinder Haus on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kinderhausodessa/
Way to go Kaylene!!!!

Reprinted with permission from:
Margie Hall
Executive Director
Lincoln County Economic Development Council

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2016 Membership Drive Under Way

logoThe Odessa Chamber of Commerce is seeking members for the 2016 membership year.

What a great time to be a chamber member! I cannot believe this year has flown by so fast. It has been an amazing year filled with wholesome information and good laughs. I truly have enjoyed working for such an amazing organization and am proud of the work and commitments that our members have shown to better our organization as a whole. We truly have been growing business and growing community.

Our meetings have been filled with good information that any business owner can bring back and apply quickly. We are working hard to find some guest speakers that fit into the small business model for next year. Please check our website or add your email address for speaker information as it becomes available.

We have added SurveyMonkey! to our tools used to find out what type of information you would like to see come to the meetings. After every meeting, a link will be sent out that sends you to a quick 5-question survey. Your feedback about the guest speaker will help us judge how important the subject is and how beneficial it is to your business. We look forward to hearing from you!

You may notice that this letter is coming a bit earlier then in past years. Our hope is to have all members ready for action by January 1. This way, we will have a better chance to get everyone signed up for newsletters, advertising opportunities, Business of the Month participation, and meeting updates before you can miss a thing! We hope you take this opportunity and prepare your business for the New Year as well. Planning your marketing strategy now gives you more time to organize and prioritize your sales and events!

Last year, your officer team updated the mission statement and logo. We have felt the buzz and excited to continue into this next year. We hope you will join us as we have some more amazing projects and speakers planned for 2016.

Marcus Horak – President
Find the Membership Form here!

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November Events

 

NovemberThe season of “Thanks” has arrived. We are all thankful for something; our family is at the top of that list. As we enter the Holiday Season, Odessa has many opportunities to spend with family, to offer thanks, and to have a great time. As we enter November, we want to highlight some activates that you shouldn’t miss!

Saturday the 21st marks the Lions Club’s annual Turkey Carnival. If you love bingo, don’t miss out! There are plenty of inkers to go around and the calling of bingo numbers will run into the night. Each bingo winner gets a turkey, or two…. Or three! There will be other games going on during this event, the kitchen will be offering hamburgers and pie, and a raffle will finish out the night. Come on down with the family and enjoy this wonderful atmosphere on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

The Odessa Masonic Lodge is offering a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity for fellowship with others around town who can’t get make it out of town.

The afternoon starts with a warm, homemade meal followed by board games well into the early evening. So find your favorite board game and come on down! Turkey provided by the Odessa Masonic Lodge. Check the Odessa Record for RSVP information.

We wish you a wonderful November and hope you have an opportunity to make one of these events. Stay warm while hanging Christmas lights and always remember the reason for the season.

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Photos curtesy of the Odessa Record

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Odessa’s Newest Business

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Odessa’s newest business has moved, or rather is still in the process of moving, into the formerly empty storefront on First Avenue that was once the Napa store and, before that, housed quite a few other local businesses. Jeff and Sharri Proulx are moving Etched Dreams from the high-rent district of Redmond to the much more reasonably priced, prime downtown spot it will occupy in Odessa. “The overhead in Redmond kills new business,” said Jeff.

Etched Dreams is actually an Internet-based business. Rather than a retail store, the Odessa location will be a workshop for completing the etching work and a small showroom and retail outlet facing the street, where samples of their work will be on display. Most of the etching they do is on glassware, and only good-quality glass is used. They can also use the etcher on other materials, such as wood, stone, ceramics, etc. They have been busy designing and completing beer mugs to be offered for sale at this year’s Deutschesfest.

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Jeff and Sharri Proulx –Courtesy photo.

Their business is thriving. So what prompted the move to Odessa? They say that Odessa picked them. They found the people friendly and welcoming, and they found everything they needed to keep their business thriving. They also saw opportunities. Struck by the idea of losing young people to the big cities, they wanted to contribute something that would help stem that outward flow and create work right here in town.

The two have dreams of sharing their expertise with new entrepreneurs and creating startup businesses through partnerships. They want to take some of the guesswork out of starting up a new business by acting as teachers and mentors to those with the drive and ambition to want to be their own boss.

The first person to take advantage of their mentoring in what they hope will be a long line of entrepreneurs starting businesses in Odessa is Miranda Taylor. She plans to offer customized apparel and accessories. Starting out with quality clothing lines purchased in bulk, she will add logos, names, graphics and sayings to outerwear and to hats, purses and the like that she will sell online. Her customer base will be the entire world.

The design work will all be computerized, and Sharri Proulx will teach her the applications and the use of a hot press that seals the logo or graphics to the clothing. The approach is to have the entrepreneur start off debt-free. As the business grows, it can then afford to purchase its own equipment and hire others to help out through crunch times such as Christmas.

Taylor is a single mother raising a young daughter. She has lived in Odessa for only a couple of years but has thrown herself into community volunteerism. Last year, she was assistant Biergarten chairperson under DeJay Buck, and this year she has assumed the role of chairperson. She is currently employed by the Odessa School District as a paraprofessional/bus driver, but she has dreams of being her own boss.

Jeff and Sharri Proulx have been married for 11.5 years and have five grown children between them. In fact, Sharri was recently out of town for a few days, welcoming her 10th grandchild into the world.

Etched Dreams will fill an empty storefront and bring added revenue to the town. But the bigger picture is even more exciting and encouraging. The whole idea, says Jeff Proulx, is to bring new money into Odessa, not just recirculate what is already here.

From the Odessa Record, with permission- September 3, 2015 | Volume 115, Number 21

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