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LaRocca: Summer holds opportunities for work, play

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Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:31 p.m. CDT
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Bernadette LaRocca is the executive director of the Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Now that Memorial Day has passed, giving us the opportunity to remember all of our servicemen and women who sacrificed themselves to protect freedom here and abroad, we can start to think about flip-flops, shorts, golf, swimming, outdoor grilling and all the wonderful benefits of summer!

This can be a difficult time for high school and college students as they seek part-time jobs for the summer, but it can be a benefit to small business owners as a result of the increase in available employees. It is an opportunity to bring in a part-time summer employee who can “learn the ropes” and be available year after year, without the need to retrain someone new and with the added potential of having an experienced employee in the future, in the event the business growth results in the need for more full-time employees. It also benefits inexperienced workers as they become involved in hands-on experience in the working world, while they earn some of the money they will need in the upcoming school year.

The summer season is different for many businesses. Restaurants often see a decline in customers during the summer as patrons leave the area for vacation and eat out less often in favor of backyard grilling, and golf courses see an increase in numbers of golfers.

Speaking of golf...how appropriate! It gives me a chance to remind readers of the Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry annual Golf Outing, which will be held on June 17 at Eaglewood Resort & Spa. The day begins at noon with halfway house food service, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start, with many new events planned and a great buffet dinner after golf. It is our major fundraiser for the year and benefits our Scholarship Fund.

Our Platinum Sponsor this year is Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, our beverage cart sponsor is Republic Services, and our halfway house sponsor is SWD, Inc. Sponsorships are still available, and we welcome golfers, members and nonmembers alike. This could be a great opportunity to learn more about our organization and fellow members – and introduce yourself and your business to some potential new clients.

We would be delighted to provide you with more detailed information and hopefully welcome you at this fun-filled event. To learn more about the outing, other chamber events or how to become a member, please contact our office at 630-543-4300 or by email at addisonchamber@sbcglobal.net. To be added to our email list to receive notices about these and all of our upcoming events, please visit our website at www.addisonchamber.org and click on the home page link to add your email address.

Bernadette LaRocca is the executive director of the Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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