'Keep it Home' a success, will be repeated in 2012

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Keep It Home For the Holidays" campaign has been deemed a success worth duplicating.

The campaign designed to encourage people to shop locally was so well received that the Chamber plans to bring the program back next year. New promotions are also in the works for 2012, said Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer David Woolson.

A little refresher for those who might not have participated: The program was created to entice consumers to try local businesses through a $100 prize drawing each week for the three weeks leading up to Christmas.

Those who shopped, dined or played at Chamber-member businesses were encouraged to drop off business cards or receipts from the establishments with their contact information written on them. The Chamber held a drawing each week. The winner received $100. Incidentally, the most recent winner was Sharon Hale of Walla Walla.

Throughout the course of the promotion, the Chamber received more than 300 receipts. Sixty-nine different businesses were represented either by business card or receipt.

"The receipts heavily outweighed the business cards," Woolson said in an announcement. That means people were spending their money in the businesses as opposed to just collecting cards.

"By shopping local (the) dollars stayed right here for the holidays, and that is extremely important in making a viable community," Woolson said.

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Baker Boyer Investor Services financial professional Jim Stottlemyre has been chosen as one of the Top 50 Reps by Bank Investment Consultant magazine, according to an announcement from Baker Boyer Bank.

Stottlemyre works in the Walla Walla-based bank's Kennewick branch. He has eight years of experience in the financial services and insurance industries.

His inclusion on the Top 50 Reps list was based on his professional achievements. Reps who make the list are chosen based on an aggregate analysis of five categories, the announcement explained. The categories are: assets under management, production, asset growth, percentage of fee business and production-per-assets.

In a prepared statement, Stottlemyre said the more than 20 years he spent in science and technology, a field in which he earned a doctorate, were a "cakewalk compared to navigating today's financial waters."

"It's rewarding to be recognized, but the most satisfying part of my job is helping clients pursue and achieve their goals, especially in such a dynamic global environment," he said.

Baker Boyer Investor Services is a PrimeVest Financial Services Program. Primevest is a self-clearing registered broker-dealer that serves clients of about 600 financial institutions throughout the U.S.

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Friends and colleagues of Barry Jenkins will be honoring his 36 years of service with the Walla Walla County Health Department on Thursday.

Guests are invited to attend a retirement event being held in his honor.

The party runs 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the commissioners training room upstairs at 314 W. Main St.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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