Meeting Minutes
Sunday, 19th November 2017

Meeting Minutes

October 16, 2017

 

Shop Bellevue Ohio met on October 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Hunters Needs
President:  Jeannie Gore

ATTENDING:  Jeannie Gore, Janell Davenport, Judy Miller, LeRose Meadows, Nancy Rowe, Liz Kile, Jennifer Piper Kinney


Finance Report: none

CORNSTALKS DOWNTOWN

Comments have been very positive with the local people.   The Asset Group (Kathy Rosier) volunteered to take cornstalks down week of November 13th after school.  Nancy Rowe’s husband offered his truck to haul cornstalks away. The Asset Group will meet at Candy Depot before removing the cornstalks.  Currently looking into using the City Compost and Mayor Strecker will be contacted.
LeRose mentioned people are requesting that Christmas light be wrapped around the downtown lamp posts when the cornstalks are removed to begin the holiday season.   Judy and LeRose asked about the Shop Bellevue Ohio group funding the lights.  It was also mentioned that all the different groups in Bellevue could come together and donate monies for the lights.  The City Department or the mayor will be contacted to see if the lights even possible. Conversation tabled for a later date.
Scarecrows:   Shop Bellevue’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow event has 30 entries this year, the most ever!  
A huge “Thank You” to all the businesses and organizations for participating this year.  It’s fun to see the creative minds and involvement in our community.  Pizza Wheel is doing a promotion with their scarecrow on Facebook to entice people to vote for their scarecrow. By voting for Pizza Wheels scarecrow, you are automatically entered into the contest to win a $20.00 gift certificate.  Great idea!  


SBO ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES for ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES
 First, we would like give a THANK YOU to Deb Cook and the Attica Hub for generously giving SBO the full back page of the Attica Hub publication, advertising our local businesses who purchased the ads and also showcasing our generous sponsors who helped fund the cornstalks this year for the downtown fall decorations. We are requesting extra copies to give to our sponsors.
Advertising Opportunities:  SBO has some Great Opportunities to Get You Noticed before Shop Small Saturday!  
    Sandusky Register:  The November 19th Sunday edition of the Sandusky Register will feature a full page in the Register and also a section in the Marketplace for the Shop Bellevue organization, showcasing our various local businesses who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to come together as a group to affordably advertise your business.  This edition will come out just before Shop Small Saturday which is one of the biggest shopping days to increase foot traffic into your stores.  Jeannie mentioned she will be running a coupon for Hunters Needs which will be trackable and entice customers to stop in during the Shop Small Saturday event.  Deadline for submitting your ad is November 13th  The cost is $75.00  Please contact Jeannie Gore if you are interested at 419-483-5789    
    Attica Hub:   The Hub weekly newspaper serves the surrounding area (Attica, Bellevue, Bloomville and Republic) with weekly local and school news.   The ad will run the week of November 13th edition, your business, organization, event has the opportunity to advertise with the SBO group for only $40.00, grouping us together to create a huge impact for Bellevue and our businesses.  Deadline for artwork is November 10th.  Cost is $40.00   To learn more, contact Jeannie Gore 419-483-5789.  
     Seasonal Guide:   Distributing over 45,000 copies in 20 counties, your business will reach a broad group of potential customers when you team up with Shop Bellevue’s group business page featuring local businesses and events.
- October 20th publication highlights Shop Small Saturday
- November 27th publication is the Christmas edition
- December 9th publication is the Winter edition
Here’s another affordable way for your business or organization to get noticed when you join together and advertise together!    Only $55.00 for your choice of publication dates.   Contact Jeannie Gore, 419-483-5789

SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
Shop Bellevue Ohio has received a huge amount of promotional goodies to share with local businesses to use as tools to promote their business while getting geared up for the upcoming Shop Small Saturday event. November 25th.  
Liz Kile at The Golden Acorn shared with us how extremely busy it gets that day and encouraged everyone to get involved with their businesses and enjoy the festivities.  
American Express also sent SBO 200 canvas tote bags and the Shop Bellevue logo will be silk screened onto the bags. The bags will be handed out by various businesses during Shop Small Saturday and enclosed in the bags will be local business coupons, flyers, business cards….anything with your information.  We invite all businesses and organizations to drop off at least 200 pieces of literature at Hunters Needs, that they would like inserted in the bags.  Affordable and effective advertising for you!  

     Jennifer has a youth group at Mt. Carmel and mentioned she may be able to get some volunteers to stuff the smaller bags that go into the canvas bags.  Information from businesses will be needed to be turned in by November 1st.
One request is to not use expiration dates on your literature, so your information can be used at a later date during another of our SBO events.  

     GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY FOR SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
Shop Bellevue will be requesting from local businesses, gift cards and gift certificates for those who would like to participate, to be placed into a basket for some lucky Shop Small Saturday winner.    Drawing will be held on December 7th following the parade in Central Park.   First National Bank (sponsor of the Christmas parade)  will be contacted with more details to follow.

 

     RADIO ADS FOR SHOP SMALL SATURDAY PROMOTION
It was voted on to use BAS Broadcasting radio advertising on 92.1 The Wolf or 100.0 Coast Country to broaden the awareness here in Bellevue for local businesses and services getting involved with Shop Small Saturday on November 25th.  The ads will run (Nov 20-23) Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday prior to Shop Small Saturday. The advertising cost of $288.00 will be paid by the Shop Bellevue organization for :30 second commercials, 4 x per day, 6am – midnight rotator and BAS will match the ads we are purchasing which doubles our number of radio ads.  Thank You BAS Broadcasting and our radio representative Becky for working out this great opportunity for SBO!  Tags will be available for individual businesses to announce their business name and location for a minimal charge.  Please call Jeannie for more information about this offer as soon as possible.  419-483-5789

SBO CHILI COOK-OFF 2018
Discussion for Celebrity Challenge (Military Branches)
Voted to have a Chili and Soup Cook-Off for 2018  (details still being worked out)
Date:  Thursday - February 1
Location:  Bellevue Middle School
Winning Categories:    Celebrity Challenge (1 – 2 – 3 place)      People’s Choice (first place)        Overall (1 – 2 – 3)  

Next Meeting November 6th
Location:  Four County Veterinarian Services     1050 Castalia Street, Bellevue     Host: Jennifer Piper Kinney

Time:  7pm.  Everyone welcome!  


No Meeting November 20th


Respectfully Submitted
Janell Davenport - Secretary

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