Located next door was a flower shop and on slow days, Kristie would join them to help create flower arrangements. They taught her a lot (more than either of them knew!) and before long, she was even creating vintage setups for weddings, such as unique arbors made of books and trees and adding seating areas! Not long after, a bride came to her in a panic when their florist could no longer provide for the wedding. Kristie used her years of creative experience and saved the bride’s wedding day (which was the next day) and wedding flowers! Since then, people have been calling and requesting wedding flowers and that’s really where Dorcey’s Flowers begins.
Four years ago, Kristie moved the business to Logan County because she saw a positive change in the area that she wanted to be a part of. Initially opening in Bellefontaine, Kristie soon began looking for a bigger space as business continued to expand. Thankfully she found the perfect spot at 118 N. Detroit Street in West Liberty a little over a year ago. Timing was great for the larger space, as last year during the busy Fall wedding season, Dorcey’s had 14 weddings to prepare flowers for!
Kristie’s background is unique and there’s no doubt the creative industry is where she is supposed to be. She used to work in the film industry, where she created sets and costumes for Directors. Eventually, she became her own Director and even won an MTV Movie Award. Due to her creative past and experience, Kristie feels that she can execute any idea her customers come up with. The Dorcey’s Flowers marketing strategy is much like others with a focus on social media, but what sets them apart is Kristie’s view on customer service. She makes sure to go above and beyond for her customers. She also makes sure to be involved in the community and stresses the importance of being a Chamber member, which can help with business visibility. Kristie says that being a part of a Chamber is like being part of a business family and the networking that comes from it helps her business (and many others) thrive.
You can check out Dorcey’s Flowers for a special event this weekend, November 9-11, where the flower studio will be open for a retail shopping event. This one-of-a-kind event is a chance to do some holiday shopping and find some of Kristie’s “mistletoe magic” for yourself. On Wednesday, November 15, you can also join Kristie for a Holiday Wreath Workshop at BUILD Cowork + Space from 6:30-8:30pm. You’ll also want to save the date for the last Saturday in April 2024 for something special that is in the plans! Find more information about these events on Dorcey’s Facebook page.
Do you love your job but hate your boss? Is your organization doing great things, but you feel like you’re just a cog in the machine? Maybe you don’t care either way what your day-to-day entrails, as long as you can continue to work with the people around you.
We all have a reason we get up and go to work every day. And yes, a paycheck may be one of those reasons, but as renowned leadership expert Pete Blank shared on October 12, we continue to go to work because of at least one of four reasons: our job, our organization, our boss, or our squad. Pete encouraged attendees to consider why their team comes to work every day, and how to make all four reasons relevant.
This was the second Signature Event in our annual Pursuit of Excellence Series, a program the Chamber developed and brought to life in 2019 as a way for business owners and managers to learn – or brush up on – the basics of business. In just one hour every month, attendees hear from an industry expert on a topic relevant to their business: everything from financial statements to business insurance to social media strategy.
Starting with 3 machines and a small tool shop, IEG Plastics was founded in 2004 with a vision to supply customers with high quality plastic injection molds. Initially, the company started supplying customers with plastic injection molds that were built offshore and then brought back to the United States for production. In addition, IEG chrome plated parts out of Korea, China and Taiwan. This practice gave the company a chance to diversify their services and ultimately open their Bellefontaine injection molding facility in 2015, located at 223 Lock and Load Drive. This was done in an effort to re-shore work and to better support their customer base.
Selecting the Bellefontaine location was a strategic decision for IEG. After sitting down with community leaders and discussing many options, the local support and the promising manufacturing labor pool made Logan County a favorable choice for the company. Jim Moore, Owner, boasts about what a great team and staff he is privileged to have. This can be attributed to the fact that the team “lives and dies by their core values.” Those core values are: Positive Thinking is Powerful Thinking; Lock & Load; Individual Commitment to the Group Effect; Do the Right Thing; Aim for the Highest Peak. IEG’s experienced team of professionals operates on the Traction Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). This EOS is built around accountability, both to the team members at IEG and to their customers. Using the tools and key components of Traction (Vision, Data, Process, Traction, Issues & People) fuels IEG’s business approach of providing customers with top notch service, impeccable quality, and unparalleled partnership with clients.
Not only does the IEG team strive to exceed expectations in their business, but they also focus on being positive community members. They actively share their time and talents in support of causes to help improve and bring measurable change to the community. IEG has been a Chamber member since shortly after opening their Bellefontaine location. They believe their Chamber membership is beneficial in many ways, but especially in the areas of networking and keeping up to date on what’s happening around Logan County. This greatly affects the company, as IEG thrives on word of mouth.
The continuous success and expansion also brings along the need for more employees. IEG Plastics is currently hiring for Production Associates, as well as a Process Technician, Process Engineer and Tool Room Associate. You can find more information on their website: https://ieg-llc.com/career/, where you can also find their core values and some key descriptions of a quality employee. You can find more information about IEG products on their website, as well as on Facebook.
Please join us in congratulating IEG Plastics on being the Logan County Chamber of Commerce October 2023 Business of the Month!
Congratulations to Lutheran Community Services on their ribbon cutting and grand opening of their new building at 820 W. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine! This beautiful building was built by Link Construction and now holds the Thrift Store, Our Daily Bread (serving lunch & dinner) and Bridges Community Action. The Chamber and community celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting on September 21. You can find more information on their website: https://www.becomebettertogether.org/
As Julie shared, “We want guests to have the perfect experience each and every time they stay with us. We’re all about the details and little extras.” Some of their “extras” include a welcome basket with snacks and gift cards to Rainbow Row shops, top-notch mattresses and bedding, and unparalleled standards for cleanliness. Each flat highlights a different region of the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa to Antarctica. The Flats are a favorite for traveling healthcare workers and businesspeople, and are also an excellent option for out-of-town guests and those passing through the region.
The Flats are available for booking through Airbnb and VRBO. You can also book directly through their website and learn more at www.theflatsdowntown.com. Congratulations, Julie and Norm – this is a wonderful addition to our community!
The Chamber celebrated with Shannon Maier, founder of Journey Living, and her team on the opening of the new Sozo Center on S. Main Street in Bellefontaine. In her previous role as a truancy officer for Bellefontaine City Schools, Shannon saw a need for counseling for some of the young people she interacted with. Her passion is to guide people of all ages through their own personal journey while teaching them strategic life skills through her G.O.A.T. program, life coaching, and public speaking engagements. Tammy Nicholl recently joined the JLM team after a long and rewarding career of social work and addressing mental health and addiction issues in our community. The Sozo Center is the new home base for Journey Living Ministries and is located at 661 S. Main Street, Bellefontaine. You can learn more about JLM's work at their website, www.journeyliving.org. Congratulations, Shannon & Tammy!
August 4 marked the official opening of the One-Eyed Cookie Lab! Owner Jennifer Rachek has been baking her whole life and decided to turn her hobby into a business in 2020, naming it after her one-eyed Labrador Amelia (the original “one-eyed cookie lab”). Her record-breaking ribbon cutting crowd is a testament to how excellent her cookies are! Jennifer’s shop in the Historic Opera Block on Court Avenue in Bellefontaine will be open Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 8pm starting in mid-August. You can learn more about the One-Eyed Cookie Lab at www.oneeyedcookielab.com. Congratulations, Jennifer – the Chamber team is so excited to have you in downtown Bellefontaine and we look forward to regular stops in your store!
Any business that joins during our Membership Drive will receive 50% off their 2023 membership dues, 25% off their 2024 membership dues (if paid by 7/25/2023), and free event registration for select upcoming Chamber events, including our New Member Meet & Greet on July 28.
Interested in helping us reach our goal? Here are a few ways you can help:
We look forward to sharing our progress with our members at the end of July. Happy Membership Drive month!
The Chamber celebrated the grand opening of the K9 Army Dog Training’s new space with a Ribbon Cutting on June 29. Their new space looks great and is perfect for their puppy classes, basic obedience, and residency programs. To learn more visit hafhpetcare.com or stop by and see them at 8104 State Route 117, Huntsville. Congratulations, K9 Army Dog Training!
The Chamber recently hosted a Ribbon Cutting on June 28 to welcome Hodson Energy to Bellefontaine. Hodson Energy said, “Our focus goes beyond merely setting up operations. We understand that the heart of Ohio beats in its rich industrial heritage, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and we are eager to support and enhance this legacy by embracing the transition toward electric vehicles and domestic battery manufacturing. As we move forward, our company's mission is to create a future where renewable energy technology supports innovation and strengthens time-honored industries, all while providing a cost-competitive form of energy generation that ensures their ongoing vitality.” Welcome to Logan County, Hodson Energy! Hodson Energy’s new Bellefontaine office is located inside the Main Street Marketplace at 130 S Main St, Bellefontaine, OH 43311. To learn more about Hodson Energy visit: hodsonenergy.com