November 19th National Play Monopoly Day

Today is the day to enjoy one of the best loved, and most hated, games ever created, Monopoly. Designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902 and promoted by Parker Brothers, it is estimated that over 5 million people have played the game since 1935.

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Of course something considered a monopoly has been outlawed in America so the game is the only place in the States that you can form a monopoly in business, destroying your friends and family on your way to the top (hopefully they will still be friends and family after the game is over. After-all it is just a game).

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Parker Brothers knew what they were doing. Since 1883 they help create and promote over 1,800 games. It use to be a great American pastime for the family, and friend, to gather around a table and play games, talk and enjoy each other’s company. Today most people play games on their computers either alone or with people halfway around the world. It is just not the same.

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Of course, neither are the Parker Brothers since they have been taken over by Hasbro. Still, when people do gather together and play a game, monopoly is still one of the most popular pulled out of the closet. Hasbro has kept up with the times as well changing the pieces, and squares after popular movies, interests and television shows.

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After all, who wouldn’t want to become the next King of Thrones, Wizard of Oz or the top Cat in Cat-o-poly. So today is your day, although it might not end until tomorrow, or the next day… or the next day… oer the next day…

How to celebrate – Play Monopoly tonight! Try and invent your own new version of Monopoly and submit it to Hasbro. Make it interesting, whoever wins gets to make all the family decisions for a week!

 

October 19th National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

Well, back to the exciting stuff! Today is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day – a day I am sure we have all been waiting for!

Actually the Chamber of Commerce does play an important role in our lives. It helps regulate free trade in our communities. Businesses that become members of the chamber are reported on as to their fairness, products, and service. Businesses do not have to become members but are highly encouraged to do so.

The idea is to help the consumer find the best product available to them locally. They also field complaints and let consumers know if there is a problem with one of the local companies. They are usually independent and judge pretty fairly, more often than not, taking their lead by what the community says about the businesses without interference.

The Chamber also creates different events in the community to help advertise the businesses in the community and any special dates that the community should be aware of. They often help the local tourism groups and generally serve any activity going on in their county, city, or community.

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The National Chamber of Commerce was established in 1912 as an organization that serves the local Chamber of Commerce groups and makes sure they remain fair and impartial. President William Howard Taft formed the Chamber in December of 1911 before Congress who overwhelmingly approved of the Chambers formation.

No, it’s not very exciting and there are times, in some communities, that it’s even hard to find someone at the Chamber, but when they are there, they do good work. When moving into a community, it’s a great idea to check with the local Chamber of Commerce to see who is who and what is what. It may save you a lot of time getting to know your business neighbors.

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How to celebrate – Look up your local Chamber of Commerce, nearly every city, or county, has a chamber. Get your business registered with the local Chamber. See what special events the Chamber in your area has planned for the year.