Chamber mix-and-mingles growing

Business was booming after hours last Wednesday night during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s mix-and-mingle at La Place Rendez-Vous.
It was the best turnout the Chamber has seen since it re-introduced the monthly mix-and-mingles last May.
The event, organized by the Business After-Hours committee of the Chamber, boasted a raffle (with prizes donated by local businesses), food, and a chance for those on hand to talk business in a casual setting.
“This is something that was done infrequently in the past, but since Ala [Dulas] has come on board, she’s been the driving force,” said Gus MacDonell, secretary/treasurer of the Kitchen Creek Golf Course and a Chamber board member.
“We’ve been trying to provide more member benefits and to get together more and discuss things, and this has proved to a really popular way of doing this.
“It’s informal and it’s fun, too,” he added.
The mix-and-mingles had all but disappeared until last May when Ala Dulas, station manager at B93 FM here, came in to head the committee and resurrect them.
Dulas was very happy with Wednesday night’s turnout, and credited the evening’s sponsors (the Rainy River Future Development Corp., La Place Rendez-Vous, and B93) with making the event happen.
“We’re one of many that like to support the Chamber of Commerce and their efforts,” said Rendez-Vous co-owner Georges Blanc.
Jon Evans of BDO Dunwoody, also a member of the Business After-Hours committee, was encouraged by the renewed interest in the mix-and-mingles.
“The turnout was better than expected,” he said. “Not only did we have representation from the local chamber, but we also had our friends from across the river [International Falls Chamber].”
Also last Wednesday, the results of a mystery shopper survey were compiled and Geoff Gillon of the RRFDC handed out prizes to 18 local businesses for exemplary customer service.
The business will be given a plaque and profiled in the Times.
“The main thing here is networking amongst our membership because they don’t often get to see each other, they’re all working usually,” said Chamber president Alan Tibbetts.
“It certainly raises our profile and it’s an easy way to do it and a fun way,” he added.