VILONIA — At least one Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce official would like to see an economic impact study conducted concerning Bargains Galore.
Laura McNeel, executive director of the chamber, told the chamber board of directors Monday night she would like seek out a college class willing to conduct the study, adding she believes the event has a significant impact on businesses in the city as well as Faulkner County. Most board members vocally agreed saying restaurants were packed and there were lines at service stations. Jim King, vice president, who conducted the meeting, said that he had noticed that Thursday and Saturday appeared to be the busiest days traffic wise.
"I bet it would be staggering numbers for this year," McNeel said. "There was noticeably more traffic this year."
Under reports, it was said the chamber had a net profit of $539.86 from booth rental of 35 spaces at the event. It was also said about $900 was made from the sale of Sno-cones, which goes directly into the signage fund.
Although they couldn’t vote Monday night on anything, due to a lack of a quorum, board members addressed many additional subjects including holding a public forum Sept. 28. While the event is in the planning stages, it was said several elected officials will be asked to attend and address "current issues."
On another note, King addressed his peers saying he needs to "get out" of his position as vice president in the near future. A pastor, he is helping other pastors to build other church congregations and may be unable to fulfill all of his chamber obligations.
• The board discussed a need for general liability insurance. It was said directors and officers’ liability may range from $1,200 to $2,000 per year. General liability, however, is anticipated to cost about $500 per year.
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• Committees are in place and the general membership is being asked to volunteer to serve on them. For instance, members are needed on the Vilonia Royalty Committee. It was said the pageant is to be held in March at the Primary School.
"We are looking for people to serve," said Jill Bonnema, chamber secretary, who also serves on the committee.
Other committees mentioned were the chamber banquet committee and the bylaws committee.
• The Fall Business Expo has been set for 1-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Vilonia Elementary School. The cost for chamber members is $25 per space. The cost for non-members is $50 per space. Plus an extra $5 will be charged to each requiring electricity. There are 25 spaces available and six with electricity, McNeel said.
• It was said that A-A Sew-lutions, owned by Marci Bailey, is a new member.
• Accounting. It was said there is $5,594.72 in the general account and $6,508.97 in the sign account. The sign account is designated for placing signage in the city.
• Web site training is to be conducted prior to Sept. 30. The board would like for a member to volunteer their services to update the Web site.
• Discussed taking bids from CPA’s to conduct an end of the year audit.