Celebrating a Year with the River Falls Chamber

SCVRJP was founded in 2001.  In January of 2008 SCVRJP was award the 2007 River Falls Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. 


In the photo from left to right, Bill Rasmussen, me, Alison Page & John O’Boyle.  Bill & Alison are still on the board.

It’s been on of my favorite accomplishments.  For one, I didn’t really set out to achieve it.  I did suggest the Chamber have a non-profit of the year category.  Which they started this year.  Every visit to the web page, and every Chamber newsletter lists the award winners.  Award winner, photos are still on the Chamber website

The other reason I apprecite this award is that Chamber members themselves vote for the winner.  It was fun to get emails or in passing conversation, “hey I voted for you”.  Others said they noticed SCVRJP was a finalist.  It got our organization circulated in the Chamber network.  As a nonprofit – its imperitive to be connected to the community.  Afterall, it is who and why we do our work, for our community.

Point A

January  2001


Point B

January  2008

Small Business of the Year

What did it take to get from Point A to Point B?


·   1,008 Board Meetings

·   The hiring of 4 staff

·   Grants from $1,000 to $145,000

·   Partnerships with other organizations

·   Recruiting new board members

·   Providing quality services

·   Fiscal Management

·   Strategic Planning