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May 2015

Lots of Merriment at May’s Business After Hours and Wake Up Hailey

By | Chamber News
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The new Wake Up Hailey banner, courtesy of Hawley Graphics.

April is supposed to be the month of showers, but May took that title this year. Neither the lawns nor the locals have been complaining, however, as the community of Hailey is looking lush as May gives way to June.

The May Business After Hours (BAH) was held next to Zions Bank in the courtyard of the Meriwether Building. The rain that day was nice enough to hold off until after the well-attended festivities came to a close. Hundreds of locals gathered together to enjoy food from Jersey Girl—the cookies and wraps were huge hits—fresh local beer from the Sun Valley Brewery and another impressive business card raffle.

Locally Owned Radio co-hosted the event along with Zions Bank and prizes were provided by Wildflower, The Feathered Flip, Nelson Auto Service, Pioneer Title, Stinker Stores, Christopher and Company, Zions Bank, and the grand prize was a $1,500 advertising package from Locally Owned Radio.

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Clockwise: Leisa Hollister of Locally Owned radio and her daughter, Maya; The wraps–and cookies–from Jersey Girl were big hits; The I Love Hailey Truck Raffle is set to make some lucky person’s $25 dream come true; Nancy Glick of Centerlyne won the Business Card Raffle grand prize of $1,500 in advertising on Locally Owned Radio.

Hawley Graphics hosted the May Wake Up Hailey (WUH). A friendly crowd enjoyed food from Rasberrys and fresh joe from Hailey Coffee Company. The big news of the event was that Andy Hawley shared an update of the “Welcome to Hailey” sign he’s working on. The Hawley Graphics design for the sign was not only selected as the best during the locally held contest, but his bid to make it also turned out to be the best. It should be installed sometime in June.

Hawley Graphics was also kind enough to donate a tear-drop banner that reads “Wake Up Hailey” on it to help lessen our use of balloons for such events.

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Hawley Graphics and Art Studio on Bullion Street was a great place to host wake Up Hailey; Rasberry’s supplied tasty treats to help start the morning right; Local business leaders always enjoy our Wake Up Hailey events; Look for our new banner announcing Wake Up Hailey on the second Tuesday morning of every month!

June’s WUH will be hosted by Washington Federal on Tuesday morning, June 9th, from 9 to 10 am. The June BAH will be hosted by the City of Hailey, next to the Library on Thursday, June 18th, from 5 to 7 pm. We hope to see you all there!

Redfish Technology Redefines Success

By | Chamber News

Redfish TechIt’s rather easy to judge a company’s success simply by looking at its books. But a truly successful company doesn’t just have its numbers in the black, its employees are also enjoying the positive and profitable values of feeling appreciated, challenged, productive and that there’s opportunity for professional growth.

No matter how you measure it, Redfish Technology, which has offices in the Main Street Plaza Building in Hailey, is an extremely successful company. For the third consecutive year it took home first place in the Best Places to Work in Idaho contest (which is based largely on employee responses), and the company’s founder and president, Rob Reeves, was recently named 2015 Idaho Business Leader of the Year.

“If we do things right in our house, so to speak, it permeates outside our offices,” Rob said, about a business philosophy that’s been steadily evolving since he first started up the nationwide executive search firm in 1996.

Best Work Palce Idaho“A big part of this is the culture. It’s a very dynamic environment. You’re not in cubicles. You’re working independently, but ultimately you’re part of a team. It can be very enlightening and allows a lot of room for personal growth, if you’re willing to find and face your weaknesses, “ Rob said, adding, “It’s a very human job.”

According to Rob, the ideal humans (talent scouts, executive recruiters, headhunters, or whatever you’d like to call the high tech recruiting staff) are a “special breed:” sharp-minded, solution-oriented, risk-takers and team players who can thrive in a unique environment. Commissions amongst the 11 staffers are shared, with rewards going out for the top quarterly and annual earners. But being successful for Redfish Technology is about more than sales.

“We try to have a very holistic view of business,” explained Anna Mathieu, Redfish Technology’s marketing communications manager. “How does business fit into our lives and our world? What are we doing right? What can we improve upon?”

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Rob and Anna of Redfish Technology.

Every week the team sits down to watch TED Talks on everything from technology trends to time management tips to motivational speeches. They also have strong community connection programs like “One for One,” which allows staffers to donate money and time to charities after every professional placement—something they do rather regularly.

Besides the market being “very, very strong right now,” Rob explained another key to his company’s success. “I’ve got a very determined streak in me, “ he said. “Sometimes the brilliance is in just getting through until it comes back around.”

By Mike McKenna

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

Cari’s Hair Care Helps Hailey Look Good

By | Chamber News

Cari's Hair CareWhen you think about it, it’s a pretty simple dynamic: when we look good, we feel good. And if we get to spend a little time getting pampered during the process, all the better.

That’s pretty much the philosophy behind one of Hailey’s longest-running sole proprietorships—and longest tenured members of the Hailey Chamber  – Cari’s Hair Care and Day Spa.

“People can come in feeling depressed and down, but when they leave they feel good about themselves. At least that’s what we’re always hoping for,” Cari Larsen said, while we sat in the office of her Hailey salon.

“You want people to feel special. Life can be busy and hectic. That’s their time in the chair. You want them to enjoy themselves, and you want them to come back,” Cari said with a smile.

374530_689483911076745_862614592_n[1]And coming back to Cari’s is something folks have long been doing. Some of her clients have been with Cari since she first started her own business, working out of her house in 1975. In 1977, Cari made what was then considered a risky move, she opened a commercial space in an old home on north Main Street.

“It was several blocks up from the main business corridor and people thought I would never make it. I was there for 36 years,” Cari proudly declared, about a building that she did a couple major additions to and now houses Wood River Dental. That section of Main Street is now full of successful businesses, while Cari’s Hair Care has moved across the street to Centennial Station.

Cari’s is a full service salon and spa, offering everything from manicures and pedicures, to facials, waxings and tanning, to hair cuts, styling and—what they’re best known for—coloring. People regularly walk in looking for help with coloring done at home or from another salon that isn’t exactly what they were hoping for.

“We can pretty much fix anything, so long as the hair is still on the head,” joked Cari, who is also a proud wife and mom to three grown sons.

Cari said that one of the big keys to her longevity has been her great staff: Krystal, Stacey, Mona and Shirley—who’s been working with Cari for more than 20 years.

“You’ve really got to enjoy connecting with people and making them feel good about who they are. And we try to do that,” Cari said, adding that, “The industry has changed over the years, but it’s still about loyalty and friendship.”