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Strohacker: Spring and growth is in the air

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:53 a.m. CDT

Spring is in the air and in our step in Genoa!

Thank you to the nearly 700 people that came out to the 7th annual Home & Business Expo on March 8 at Genoa-Kingston High School. What an amazing display of our community’s businesses and organizations! The gym was packed with more than 50 vendors, two jump houses, an exhibition area and members of the community. Anyone who visited the expo was able to get a real sense of what Genoa is all about. We are a genuine community that supports one another and encourages those around us. We are proud to work, live and play here in Genoa.

We, at the chamber, have the privilege of working with so many amazing community members. At this month’s Monthly Membership Lunch, we heard a presentation from Dan Kenney of DeKalb County Community Gardens. The DCCG has 50 garden plots in Genoa that are available for rent for only $15. Kenney explained how growing fresh vegetables would not only lead to a healthier lifestyle, but also would benefit those in need right in our community. To find out more about how to rent a plot or be involved, visit their website at www.dekalbgardens.org. We are looking forward to next month’s Membership Lunch on April 24 as we hear from Lisa Cumings of KishHealth System and Live Healthy DeKalb County. To join this Lunch and Learn session, email the chamber at info@genoaareachamber.com. The cost for lunch is $7 and the meeting will be held at the KishHealth Community room in Genoa. The address is 599 Pearson Dr.

With a continually growing community and chamber, we know how important it is to stay current and efficient. That is why the chamber continues to re-invest its membership dues in ways to benefit members and their businesses. We are excited to be working with CMJ Technologies of Sycamore to upgrade our computers and software. Technology is the backbone of businesses and will continue to evolve and present even greater opportunities for businesses to achieve short- and long-term success. We are committed to evolving with it! Come grow with us!

To find out more about the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce or what membership offers, visit the website at www.genoaareachamber.com or stop by the chamber office at 111 N. Sycamore St.

• Cortney Strohacker is executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.

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