Friday, February 26, 2010

Chelsea First Followup Focus Group.

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the followup meeting to the focus Groups.
We have made a lot of progress .

We had a problem communicating with everyone through email so...
We have been collecting emails from a variety of meetings and...

The Chamber of Commerce is about to finish a new "Chelsea First" email list!
This list is separate from the Chamber of Commerce members list.
Look for a test email soon !

The job description for the marketing position should be posted sometime next week.
Encourage all interested people to apply. Qualifications will be listed on the job posting.

The Marketing Steering Committee is considering Quarterly Public Meetings.
Any Thoughts??

Monday, February 22, 2010

Focus Group Followup Meeting

The followup meeting to the Chelsea Business focus groups is Tuesday 2/23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Library.
Hopefully, we will all be dug out of the snow by then!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chelsea First 2/17/2010

Great Marketing meeting this morning!

The group followup meeting at the library will help to catch everyone up on the progress.
That meeting is Tuesday February 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library.

Come and hear the latest updates on creating an all encompassing Chelsea First Program.

Special Thanks to Michelle Balaka for taking the time to walk around the downtown and talk to business owners. She plans to make her way to the Southend of town businesses soon.

Check out the Chamber of Commerce website. They will soon have a form to take ideas from Chamber and non -Chamber members .

Mike Casey -Thanks for your input!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Comments from the Chocolate Extravaganza

Important Chocolate Extravaganza comments from the River Gallery

Congratulations to Trinh and the "chocolate" movers and shakers here in Chelsea...we'll share a few thoughts and invite you to do the same....

River Gallery used the event as a leverage to invite our art patrons to come on out and have some fun. A number of our regulars did come for a visit and we sold one major piece of art and a few smaller pieces. These folks are new to the events in Chelsea and "Chocolate Extravaganza" provided a nice introduction.

We asked every single person where they were from and discovered that most of the new faces for us were local families. Most of the locals were moms and children with the early morning visitors being seniors. There was also a strong representation of women out with women having fun. The Ann Arbor visitors we met were in town to have lunch at the Common Grill and the "Chocolate Extravaganza" came as a surprise to them.

River Gallery events: Many thanks to Phil of Northwoods Jerky for setting up a very cool table of "Signature Cocoa Jerky" .Phil greeted and spoke with every visitor, persuaded many to take their "maiden jerky voyage" and regular jerky lovers had a ball learning more about his business. Lora Wang did a superb job demonstrating the art of calligraphy and has a very special talent reaching out to children, teens and those who knew nothing of the Lunar calendar and the Year of the Tiger. We gave away about 40 artworks and believe me there were a lot of hopeful, smiling faces taking home bright red calligraphic representations of "Love", "Double Happiness", "Prosperity", the "Tiger" to hang in their homes for the New Year.

Ideas for next year: I think the event is so well organized and established at this point that reaching out to Ann Arbor and beyond in a targeted way might really pay off. I think it might be nice to offer some special events and give-aways and discounts to seniors (there are a lot of them in Chelsea!)
Maybe we could ask the CCA (or merchants can create their own) to design some interactive events for the moms and kids, with prizes and shopping coupons etc...there were a lot of families in town. These are just thoughts...whatever you do next year count us in the mix.

"DESTINATION CHELSEA FIRST" For those of you who don't know there is a meeting on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 PM at the Chelsea Library to review the results of the focus groups that were created as a result of the marketing efforts and dollars that come from the DDA, the City of Chelsea, and some private donors. ALL ARE WELLCOME...ALL ARE INVITED!! Chocolate Extravaganza is certainly an event that nees to be leveraged in the campaign for Chelsea.

thanks for including us, we enjoy you all,
Deb and Patty

Monday, February 15, 2010

Chocolate Extravagnza

The Chocolate Extravaganza was successful in bringing shopping customers into Chelsea.
Post your results on this site. This event and the wine women and shopping event have been successful in bringing customers into Chelsea. What other events could we do to draw paying customers into Chelsea?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Followup Focus Group meeting

Thanks for the comments concerning creating a Chelsea First Program.
The followup meeting for the Chelsea Focus Groups is scheduled for Tuesday Feb.23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Library (use the north side entrance near Merkel's).
The focus groups will be discussed as well as the creation of the Steering Committee to move forward in creating our program.