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April 2015

Big Crowds for April’s Business After Hours and Wake Up Hailey!

By | Chamber News

BAH Mtn West 2April is one of those odd months when both the second Tuesday (our usual mornings for Wake Up Hailey) and the third Thursday (our usual nights for Business after Hours) fell on the same week. Nonetheless, the Hailey Chamber was happy to host both events in the same week, and both were exceptionally successful and well attended.

April’s Wake Up Hailey was held at Harrison Insurance, with a happy and supportive crowding over-flowing out of the office space at the Old Mercantile Building.

“I was thrilled and surprised by how many people showed up. It was really great, and a lot of fun,” said Kathy Harrison, the owner of the independent insurance agency. To find out more about Harrison Insurance, please check out Chamber Corner profile.

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Geegee Lowe and Bob Wiederrick

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The Old Town Mercantile in Hailey.

April’s Business After Hours, or BAH, was hosted by Mountain West Bank. More than 100 local business people and community members attended the festive event. Woodside Motorsports showed off their summer toys and food was provided by Zou 75. The social crowd event kicked a keg of microbrewed beer!

The Business Card Raffle was again a huge hit, and we’d like to thank everyone who generously offered up prizes: Mountain West Bank, Goode Motors, Silver Creek Ford, Wood River Sustainability Center, Hurtig Shooting Center, Franklin Building Supply, Dr. Jeffery Roth DMD, Woodside Motor Sports, Auto Works, Senior Connection, Christopher and Company.

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Mountain West Bank’s friendly staff.

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Goode Motor’s Grand Opening

By | Chamber News

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome Goode Motor to town with a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday April 10th. Members of Goode Motor’s staff, the City of Hailey and even the president and vice-president of the Hailey Chamber were all there to celebrate the Grand Opening.

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Located on North Main Street, Hailey’s branch of Goode Motor offers new and used Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. It’s part of the Goode Motor Auto Group, which is 100% local owned and operated in southern Idaho and includes the Gem States oldest Ford dealership with roots all the way back to 1917.

Hailey is thrilled to welcome such a highly-respected dealership to the Wood River Valley.


Harrison Insurance Helps Out

By | Chamber News


“You never realize how important it is to have a good insurance agent until you really need one.”

That’s what a friend uttered shortly after losing his house in a fire. While being an insurance agent may not be the most glamorous job, it can definitely play a big and positive roll in people’s lives.

Kathleen Harrison, Shannon Kozeliski and Evan Stelma

“I like to help people,” is what Kathleen Harrison said when asked why she works as an insurance agent. “That’s the thing I like the most about it, that and explaining to people how things in the insurance world work in simple terms they can understand.”

Kathleen is the owner of Harrison Insurance, located in the Old Mercantile Building across from Atkinsons’ Hailey on Bullion Street. She first came to the area in 1973 when she and a girlfriend toured much of the Mountain West in search of the ideal ski town. They decided Sun Valley was the best, so they moved up from Southern California the next season. Harrison 3

Kathleen eventually met her husband, Steve Harrison, a true local “lodge-baby,” as she called him, since he was born in wing of the old Sun Valley Lodge. The Harrisons spent a decade in California before moving back to Idaho to raise their two daughters, Tami Harrison and Amy Backus, both whom still happily call the Valley home.

Kathleen—or “Kathy” to many of her friends—first opened her business in her home in 1988, before eventually opening an office in 2002. Harrison Insurance now employees both Shannon Kozelski and Evan Stelma. “I could not do this without those two. They’re terrific,” she said.

What makes Harrison Insurance unique is that it’s an independent agency, meaning it can essentially shop around with all the other insurance providers for the best deal for each particular client. It also means they can offer a wide variety of coverage, for everything from life and health to property, casualty, commercial and business holdings. That’s why their motto is “For all your insurance needs.”

Harrison 2Kathleen enjoys owning a small business in a small town like Hailey. “I love connecting with old friends and clients at the grocery store and having my neighbors as my clients,” she said. To try to help out the community she loves so much, Harrison Insurance is making a contribution to The Advocates every time it gets a new client this year.

“I want to do the right thing for people,” Kathleen said, about her business—and her life’s—philosophy.

By Mike McKenna

This story originally appeared in the Chamber Corner section of The Weekly Sun.