Boat Ride & Trivia Contest time

It’s that time of year again for the MOV Chamber Boat Ride & Trivia Contest! This year’s event will be held on Friday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m. on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler.

Tickets are $35 per person and on sale now through July 7 at www.movchamber.org. Children ages 12-17 are $15 each while children under 12 are free to attend. Your ticket includes a delicious burrito bar catered by Qdoba Mexican Grill, free non-alcoholic beverages, and a trivia team of four to six people. There will be a cash bar available.

For those who like to enjoy some friendly competition, we’ve also incorporated a trivia contest as part of our river adventure. This will classify as another MOV Chamber Challenge Cup activity that can help you gain points for your team. So, bring your smart and funny co-workers to increase your chances of winning.

Attendees can board the boat between 5:30-5:59 p.m. We will depart from Point Park in Parkersburg at 6 p.m. sharp for a two-hour tour of fun, food, great scenic views, adult beverages and ornery fellowship. The boat will return at 8 p.m.

This event is open to more than Chamber members. Friends, family, co-workers and members of other organizations are certainly welcome aboard.

This boat ride is made possible thanks to some great partnering organizations. We would like to thank our sponsor, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Marietta. They will be giving away some great door prizes, including a gift certificate for a free night’s stay and tickets to local Marietta attractions.

The Parkersburg Area Jaycees will also be onboard offering a chance to win two WVU football season passes. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50. The net proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Parkersburg. If you haven’t yet seen a Jaycees member to get your entry in, this will be the perfect opportunity.

Pre-registration is required and no refunds will be given after Friday, July 7. Visit www.movchamber.org to register. Credit cards are accepted online as well.

Our Boat Ride and various Challenge Cup events are just some of the many benefits you have access to as a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley. If your business is looking to expand your reach in the community, or seeking networking opportunities and resources, I encourage you to give me a call. I would love to learn all about your business and inform you about all of the great things that the Chamber can offer. Check out some of these other upcoming special events:

* Business After Hours Hosted by Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown Parkersburg:

Tuesday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites, 920 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg

Join us Tuesday, July 18, for an evening of networking with fellow MOV Chamber members and guests of Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown Parkersburg. Stop by between 5-7 p.m. to enjoy a cookout/BBQ themed event. There will be a DJ, door prizes, and even an ice cream truck will be there to deliver some sweet treats. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Free for all Chamber members.MOV Chamber members can register online at www.movchamber.org.

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* Lunch & Learn Hosted by Perry & Associates:

Thursday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Perry & Associates, 1907 Grand Central Ave., Parkersburg

Please join us for an informational session with Perry & Associates. This month’s topic will be, “QuickBooks: Questions and Answers.” Perry & Associates Experts, who work with QuickBooks every day, will be available to answer and explain how you can use QuickBooks for even better control of your daily financial transactions. If you are a beginner or a seasoned QuickBooks user, this event is for you. The training will focus on answering all your questions regarding QuickBooks including how to organize expenses, control cash flow, invoicing, preparing reports, sharing tax information and documents, processing payroll, tracking mileage, and more. Seating is limited to the first 15 registrants. Lunch will be provided. Open to all MOV Chamber members. To register, visit www.movchamber.org.

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* Annual Award Nomination link now open through Friday, Aug. 18:

Now is the perfect time to begin thinking of those in the Mid-Ohio Valley that you would like to nominate for one of these memorable awards for our Annual Dinner to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The nomination form is now live on the MOV Chamber website at www.movchamber.org. Nominations should be made based on the appropriate category:

* New Business of the Year

* Curb Appeal/Property Improvement Award

* Community Involvement Award

* Family Owned/Home Based Business of the Year

* Non-Profit Organization of the Year

* Woman, Minority, or Veteran Owned Business of the Year

* Small Business of the Year

* Chamber Volunteer of the Year

* Young Business Leader of the Year

* Business Person of the Year

Additional materials will also be accepted and can be sent to MOVChamberNominations@gmail.com. Our committee will review that information as we meet to decide our winners. More information can be found on the on-line nomination form. The winners will be announced at the MOV Chamber Annual Dinner to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Parkersburg Art Center.

Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at info@movchamber.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 501 Avery St., 9th Floor, in Parkersburg.

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