The deadline for reserving a spot at the fourth-annual Chamber Groundhog Breakfast on Feb. 2 is just a little over a week away.
RSVPs must be made by Monday, Jan. 25 by calling the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 740-335-0761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.
This annual event, held at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m., is aimed at providing chamber members and the community a business forecast for the year. The corporate sponsor of the event is McDonald’s of Fayette County.
“This year, we’ve really streamlined the event and we’re going to keep things moving,” said Nick Epifano, owner/CEO of McDonald’s of Fayette County. “There will be an excellent breakfast and excellent speakers.”
The featured speaker this year is Greg Peterson, more commonly known as “Machinery Pete.” He is well known to the agriculture audience through his popular monthly column in Farm Journal magazine, as well as his longtime column in Implement & Tractor magazine, and his “Machinery Pete” segments on RFD-TV.
Peterson has been tracking auction sale prices on all types of farm and construction equipment since 1989. Machinery Pete’s price database of more than 500,000 prices is sourced through firsthand data and a curated network of more than 950 auction firms.
Machinery Pete’s appearance is sponsored by: Anderson Equipment, Baxla Tractor, Beck’s Hybrids, Cargill, Mayer Farm Equipment, and Ohio Ag Equipment.
Also speaking will be Jamie Gentry, a partner at Enterprise Advisory Group. Gentry is a partner at a consulting firm that is contracted by the county to help certify and market the 1,600-acre “mega-site” at I-71 and U.S. Route 35. He will provide an update on this site and other industrial sites in the county on which he is working.
Another speaker will be Mike Cooper, the manager at OhioMeansJobs Fayette County. New to the position in 2015, Cooper will share employment training and trends pertinent to the region.
“Please join us to learn more about our business and economic forecast,” said Whitney Gentry, president of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. “And as always, you’ll have the opportunity to guess the identity of our secret groundhog. Seating is limited, so please register.”
Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352 or on Twitter @rywica.