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  • A Publication of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce August 2014

    with us.Come

    AugustAug. 1 Business

    Buffet, 11:30-1 p.m., Chamber/CVB

    board room

    Aug. 5 Shades of Ireland travel presenta-tion for Chamber hosted trip, 5:30 p.m., Chamber/

    CVB board room

    Aug. 8 Ribbon Cutting/Open House for new lo-cation of Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex,

    2 p.m., 161 Road Camp Rd.

    Aug. 12 Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m.,

    The HUB

    Aug. 23-24 Ruston Gun, Knife, Coin &

    Boat ShowSeptemberSept. 5 Business

    Buffet, 11:30-1 p.m., Chamber/CVB

    board room

    Sept. 9 Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., The

    OWL CenterOctoberOct. 21 Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., NLMC

    Oct. 23 Lighten Up Lincoln Community

    Wellness ExpoNovemberNov. 13 Business

    After Hours co-sponsored with

    WMWO Chamber, hosted by Landry Vineyards


    Chamber Connection

    Deliver to:Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 2111 North Trenton St., Ruston, LA 71270

    The economic impact of $2.5 million dollars to the Lincoln Parish economy is attributed to the 64th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival which was held June 27-29, 2014. As you know, there are many factors to the calculations. The dollars indicated represent not only money spent directly at the festival, but also local shopping, taxes collected from vendors, money spent to produce the event, hotel stays and more. Ruston hotel rooms were sold out both Friday and Saturday nights. The data is gathered from random surveys taken throughout the festival weekend, as well as from gate receipts and other sources.

    This years festival attendance was 18,500. While approximately half that number were in downtown Ruston enjoying the parade, carnival, concerts and amusements, and visiting downtown merchants, others attended Louisiana Peach Festival

    Louisiana Peach Festival economic impact hits $2.5 million

    activities such as the 25th anniversary of the rodeo, 5K and Fun Run, tennis and bass tournaments, kids fishing tournament, quilting

    contest displays, fine arts show, diaper

    derby and baby photo contest,

    a concert by Rustons own Russtown Band, cookery contest, and the 30 years

    running Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts show.

    The weather got a little tricky

    a few times, in turn giving us slightly cooler evening air. Railroad Park had people shoulder to shoulder, dancing and singing during the concerts. From the country/rock sounds of Louisiana Swamp Donky, the baritone rhythm of up-and-coming Dylan Scott, the Swamp-Funky Zydeco Good Time with Chubby Carrier, to the sing-along to the best of the 80s with The Molly Ringwalds, there was definitely a party going on!

    Children and grown-ups alike enjoyed a variety of activities downtown on Saturday. As you would expect, there was good

    festival food like fried peach cobbler, funnel cakes, turkey legs, sno-cones and about anything else your tummy can think of, including of course, fresh peaches and peach ice cream There was rock wall climbing, paintball target shooting, bungie jumping, and a mechanical bull. Powerhouse Tumble and Cheer, LA Tech cheerleaders, Champ, a clown, and a magician entertained the crowd, and what fun to watch the peach eating contest! In the afternoon Zach ONeal from Simsboro took the stage and sang to festival goers.

    Thank you to every business and individual who sponsored any portion of the festival. Thank you to each volunteer, those who stayed three hours, and those who stayed all day. Thank you to the merchants who participated in the first Peach Stop game and to all who donated prizes for that. Ruston-Lincoln, we will continue to work hard to produce a festival you can always be proud of. Thank you for letting us serve you.~ The Chamber staff and board

  • A Solid Board

    Chamber UpdateBy Judy Copeland, President, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

    Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Staff

    Judy Copeland, PresidentIvana Flowers, Communications & Special Events

    Melissa Carpenter, Office Manager

    Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

    Travis Napper, Executive DirectorAmanda Quimby, Marketing Director

    Deana Sherrill, Administrative AssistantDeadline for submitting newsletter information

    is the 15th of the month.

    Executive BoardChairman

    Aaron Paul, Business Technology Group

    Chairman ElectMike Jones, Argent Financial

    Vice Chair - Community DevelopmentKathy Crowder, Crowder Concepts

    Vice Chair, Program DevelopmentLee Denny, Bank of Ruston

    Vice Chair -Organizational DevelopmentPatrick Blanchard

    LA Methodist Childrens Home

    Vice Chair, Economic DevelopmentDoug Postel, LA Delta Community College

    Board of Directors


    Your Chamber, here for you

    Notes From The ChairRuston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce By Aaron Paul, Chairman

    Aaron Paul

    Well another Peach Festival is in the books and as I am writing this the Chamber staff is working on the final official numbers for overall attendance to the festival. So we do not have official numbers yet on attendance but we do know that this has been one of the best attended Peach Festivals in years based on our individual events attendance. The music was phenomenal and the rides were exciting. My family had a blast the whole weekend. Thank

    you to all the volunteers who helped this year and made the festival a big success. The Chamber

    Dog Days of Summer could not do it without you! A special thank you goes out to the Chamber staff who worked overtime to make the festival successful.Thank you for your continued support and involvement in OUR Chamber.

    Aaron PaulChairman, Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

    Co-Founder, Business Technology Group, LLC 318-251-89931609 Industrial Drive, Ruston, LA 71270

    We have celebrated our love for peaches this last month with what I hear was the most fun ever experienced at the Louisiana Peach Festival. Im glad the event was a success, because honestly, I was a little worried about the weather. We were definitely blessed with cooler concerts than I have ever experienced at the festival! We are also blessed to have such a great staff, a great Board of Directors and continually giving volunteers. Im hearing good things from our member merchants about our first ever Peach Stops. We plan to bring it back next year and hope to have you as a participant.

    We finish one event and move on to the next. We will be hosting a Special Travel Presentation on August 5th at 5:30 pm, here at our office to promote a group tour to Ireland. This fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce is an opportunity for you to get a group of your friends to travel with you to Ireland on April 20th and returning on April 29, 2015.

    On August 23 & 24, the Ruston Gun, Knife, Coin, and Boat Show will be hosted at the Ruston Civic Center. Simply put, I did not release our deposit early enough to get back the full amount so our Board voted to stay at the Civic Center instead of moving to the Event Center. This is going to be a great event, with lots of things for everyone to see and do. We hope to add some activities outside, as well as have some boats to see. Come check it out!

    Our Business Buffets are still not where I want them to be with attendance. If youre not coming to these, you are missing out on some great stuff. We are doing this for you, just trying to give you a little more for your membership money. On the first Friday of each month, we host a Business Buffet brown bag seminar (we feed you knowledge, not food) conducted by one of your peers. This month we had Jill Williams of First National Bank speaking about social media, with a more in-depth look at Facebook. If you missed it, we plan to have more seminars on social media since our attendees have expressed they want to know more about online marketing.

    Speaking of marketing, have you logged in to your member portal and checked it out lately? There is a social media site very similar to Facebook that you can post to and only our members can see. There is also a news tab where you can post information about your business, your employees, or maybe you just want everyone to know youve just become a new parent or grand-parent. There are several other tabs available, but these are two of the newest ones. You should take advantage of these perks, they are part of your membership and they are a great way to market your business.

    Take care and may your day be blessed with customers.

    Justin BarnesSr. Project Manager

    Melodye TannerCEO, CFO

    Tom BourlandRF, ACF, CWB

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    Join us Tuesday, Aug. 12 for Business After Hours hosted by The Hub, 5-7 p.m. at 750 Celebrity Dr.

    "We are so excited to be hosting Business After Hours for this month. There are so many wonderful businesses in our area, and we are looking forward to having everyone come out to the "HUB Tour"!" - Wayne Hunter

    Theme is HUB Tour with putting greens set up throughout the building. There will b