The owners of Blane Robbins Electric, Inc. are Blane and Suzanne Robbins.
Blane and Suzanne met in Salmon, Idaho in 1976 and were married in 1977. They have 6 children and currently have 15 grandchildren. They purchased Suzanne’s family homestead in Groveland in 1989, where we currently reside. We have raised our children here and all but one still resides here.
Blane began his apprenticeship in Salmon, Idaho in 1979, working for Baldree Electric, Inc., (owner Joe Baldree). He received his Journeyman’s license in December of 1983. In December of 1991 Blane received his Electrical Contractor’s license, (C-12881). In January of 2006 he applied and received a Public Works License for Blane Robbins Electric, Inc., (PWC-C-16734). In 2009 he received his Master’s Electrician License for Idaho, (04297), and Utah, 7192400-5502.
We have owned and operated Blane Robbins Electric since1993. We started out small with 2 employees and grew to 19 during the boom in the early 2000’s. We currently have four full time employees.
Blane loves the trade and has enjoyed training and working with so many men over the years. He enjoys the associations with the many people of our community along with others up and down the valley. In 2010 Blane was asked to be over the electrical on the Extreme Home Makeover in Pocatello, ID. We have been a proud supporter of local school sports programs.
Blane Robbins Electric does commercial, residential, service work, and some industrial. We cover most of Southeast Idaho from Malad to Island Park and Victor, Driggs area.
Blane’s experience started in Salmon where he worked on the remodel of the Steele Memorial Hospital, several jobs for the BLM and Forest Service, worked on remodels and repairs for the Challis and Salmon School Districts. He also participated in the wiring of Church Houses in Salmon and Challis areas.
Before starting Blane Robbins Electric, I worked on several restaurants in Southeast Idaho, the Navy gymnasium, several offices, and the Paramount off Channing in Idaho Falls. I also participated in some of the street lighting on 17th street in Idaho Falls.
Blane has enjoyed doing the electrical work for the East Idaho State Fair as Blane Robbins Electric, Inc. over the past 15 or so years and the 18 prior years under Baldree Electric.
We currently do all the maintenance work for Gables Assisted Living Centers in Blackfoot, Pocatello and Shelley.
We currently do all the maintenance work for General Mills in Blackfoot, Rockford and some in Pocatello.
Blane Robbins Electric has also wired over 10,000 homes in Southeast Idaho and and over a hundred 4 plexes up and down the valley.
Over the past 21 years we have worked on many, many projects. Just a few of them include:
Engineering and wiring the Spudnik building phase one on Pioneer Road in Blackfoot, Idaho
Westmark Credit Union in Idaho Falls (Helped)
All the buildings for Mill Creek Metals in Moreland and Osgood
The Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot and American Falls
Gables Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot
Standard Plumbing in Pocatello
Remodels at the Fort Hall Casino and upgrading some lighting to LED
Several strip malls and office buildings in Rexburg and Rigby
Paul Mitchell Beauty School in Rexburg
Several Horse Arenas
We have loved being in Blackfoot, Idaho. We thank the community for the support that we have received since we began our business here. Thank you.
We are off to a great start! The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce had a respectable attendance at the annual Chamber Days at the Legislature in January and we’ve kept up the momentum with our Legislative Breakfasts that were held Thursday mornings in February.
If you haven’t stopped into one of these fun and informative video chat sessions with our legislators, you should give it a try. You will enjoy the awesome breakfast menu at Tommy Vaughn’s and the good company gathered around the tables. There will be one more breakfast on March 6 so there is still time to participate.
I hope you will put March 12 on your schedule because we have a wonderful motivational speaker for our Chamber Luncheon speaker. Her name is Jane Freund. She is the author of several books. Alliance Title is the lunch sponsor. The lunch will be held at the Elks Lodge. I know you will enjoy hearing an entertaining speaker and meeting up with friends!
That evening there will be a Business After Hours at SEICAA from 5-7 p.m. SIECAA will show off the generator up for raffle by Bingham Co-op. Tickets for the raffle will be available for purchase, too. Bingham Co-op’s Harvest for Hunger campaign benefits SEICAA and their programs. I invite you all to come out and support this important cause!
Coming up fast is the Easter Egg Hunt on April 19. This terrific event attracts more than 1,500 moms, dads, kids and other grandparents. Mix that crowd with brightly colored eggs, an 8-foot tall rabbit and a little bit of craziness and you have a real community party! Let’s say “Hello” to Spring together at Jensen’s Grove!
I look forward to meeting up with all of you at these fun events! See you there!
Membership is Top Priority
Chambers of Commerce are not all the same. Some are big. Some are small. Some have large paid staffs. Some operate solely with volunteers. Even chamber events and programs vary chamber to chamber. The one thing that all chambers have in common and hold as a top priority is their membership.
Like all other chambers, the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization. Annual member dues are the source of funding for Chamber operations and programs. This is why Chamber staff and the Board of Directors is committed to its members and work hard to provide value for those membership dollars.
One step the Board of Directors took last fall toward this objective was to revive its then dormant Membership Committee. This committee oversees membership activity, evaluates programing and proposes changes where necessary.
The Membership Committee has been charged with the task of individually meeting with the entire Chamber roster. Each committee member receives a short list of businesses to make contact with each month. These visits can be done one-on-one or by phone. The goal is to build relationships. In the process, we expect to discover new ways the Chamber can serve its members and shore up existing programs.
Serving on the Membership Committee are Dawn Larsen, Julie Percy, Michelle Reay, and Andrea Jeffery. Adjunct members are Echo Marshall, Vern Murray and Buzz Pfieffer.
The Board of Directors regularly reviews Chamber programs and events to insure members are getting the “best bang for their buck.” The Membership Committee is an important component in fulfilling this pledge to our members.
Since board members are businessmen and women themselves who are elected by their peers, they are wholly invested in overseeing an efficiently run operation. They want the Chamber to offer its members quality programs, events, and marketing and networking opportunities that benefit its members and members’ businesses. Simply put, this is the reason we are a Chamber.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting the community Easter Egg hunt next month. The hunt will be held on Saturday April 19th near the shelter at Jensen Grove Park.
For a time and a list of activities please contact the Chamber office 208-785-0510
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How To Be A Good Mentor
By: Jesica Smith
Mentoring an individual who is new to business can be a challenging and rewarding experience.
By becoming a mentor you not only progress your mentee’s personal and professional development but you progress yours as well. Before you can become a good mentor you need to have the key skills listed below.
“Patience is a virtue.” William Langland was spot on when he coined this phrase in “Piers Plowman.” To fully comprehend the issues that are plaguing your mentee you need to understand their business. One of the most important abilities to have as a mentor is the ability to listen. Set regular meetings and focus on your mentee’s needs, issues and goals.
Quick fixes are not the answer. If you give your mentee immediate answers to a problem they may not retain that knowledge for future issues. Teach your mentee how to understand an issue and how to approach it.
Honesty is vital to the mentoring process. Some business owners are often the last people to see problems and issues facing a business. If you see an issue or problem do not tip toe around the subject. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. If you avoid difficult and sensitive issues your mentee will not be able to grow and the issues will not be resolved.
It is vital to remain positive when you have to deliver tough and difficult messages to your mentee. When businesses are struggling there are usually common sense reasons to why there are problems. You should always accentuate the positive and offer practical solutions for problematic situations.
In conclusion, to keep your mentoring relationships on track, set regular meetings, be honest and open, don’t look for quick fixes and stay positive.
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Renewing Chamber Members for January and February
B Bar B Leather
Bank of Commerce
Basic American Foods
Bingham County Senior Citizens
Bingham Memorial Hospital
Blackfoot Medical Center
Blaser & Olesen
Blackfoot Elk’s Lodge
Davita Snake River Dialysis Center
Department of Labor
First American Title
Java Express & Juice Jungle
Jerry Smith Offices
Blackfoot School District #55
Les Schwab Tires
S & G Electric Motor
Snake River School District
State Hospital South
20th Century Ford
The Morning News
West Mark Credit Union
Winger’s Road House Grill
Facial & Oral Surgery Association
Jensen’s PC Repair
Dennis N. Marshall, OD
E. M. Tanner & Sons
Broadway Graphics, LLC
Clark Radio Electronics
Idaho Central Credit Union
Idaho State Journal
Simpson Dental Offices
Pocatello Regional Airport
Downtown Bread Company
RE/MAX Preferred Properties
Development Workshop, Inc.
RELAY FOR LIFE 5th ANNUAL TALENT SHOW
Back by popular demand is one of the most successful Relay for Life events Bingham County does to raise money for the American Cancer Society! It’s BINGHAM’S GOT TALENT! The Angels Among Us relay team is sponsoring the 5th annual talent show. It will be held Saturday April 26th at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. The admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, at the door. Karole Honas, Channel 8 news anchor, will emcee the event.
The event is open to anyone of any age doing talent of any kind, and is not limited to Bingham County residents. Registration forms are available at Tweedy’s Music on Judicial Street, Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, and online at www.jasonleemumc.org. There is a $25 entry fee to be paid when registering. The registration deadline is April 18th at noon.
Acts are limited to 5 minutes. Judges will choose a 1st place winner in each of 2 categories: under 16 years of age and 16 and older. The winners will receive $100 and a trophy. The audience will also have an opportunity to choose their favorite talent act by filling their favorite contestant’s box with money. $1 per vote–unlimited votes. The person whose box contains the most money at the end of the night will be given the People’s Choice Award and receive $50 and a trophy. There will also be drawings for door prizes.
Kicking off the evening again this year will be South East Idaho’s well known singer, songwriter, and recording artist, LYLE ALBERTSON and his STRAIT COUNTRY BAND. Lyle’s classic country music and his CDs are well received as he plays throughout South East Idaho and the surrounding states. They are not competing, of course, but just setting the stage for the great talent acts that will follow.
If you are interested in making a donation toward the expenses of this event and getting your name on the program, you may do so by contacting the team captain, Dick Kaiser, at 313-5373. All proceeds raised go to the American Cancer Society.
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The BPAC Presents Spring Concerts
There is no better way to celebrate spring’s arrival than to attend a concert at the BPAC! The BPAC has a wide array of programming scheduled for March. Whether it is community, school, or professional concerts, there is always something to please all ages and tastes. The heat will be on and you will always be greeted with a warm smile, a friendly handshake, and great entertainment. Tickets for all the concerts are available at blackfootpac.com, BPAC 208-317-5508, or Tweedy’s Music.
BYU Synthesis, the award-winning instrumental jazz ensemble hailing from Brigham Young University, will headline the Intermountain Jazz Festival on March 8. Synthesis will combine swing, blues, jazz, and Latin styles into a feast of jazz entertainment you won’t forget! The group plays throughout the world as a peer to professional artists. They travel the world presenting popular and original music with new, innovative, swinging beats. Along with their original music, they play timeless numbers from jazz legends like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong. During the day a high school jazz festival will be held. Nine area bands will be participating in the festival as they perform, are adjudicated, and attend clinics. The public is invited, free of charge, to listen to these bands scheduled throughout the day.
The beloved musical “The Wizard of OZ” will be presented by Blackfoot High School on March 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, and 21 at 7:00 pm. Filled with incredible local talent, this show is one to which you will want to bring the whole family. Plan now to experience the magic of live theater with our own talented Blackfoot High School students.
Other outstanding spring concerts include singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff on April 8, Blackfoot’s Distinguished Young Women on April 19, Bingham’s Got Talent on April 26, and “In My Life,” a musical tribute to the Beatles on May 31.
For more information about these concerts and other scheduled events, visit the BPAC’s website at blackfootpac.com.
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A Scheduled Approach to Good Health
A focus on prevention is essential when it comes to lasting good health. That means being proactive rather than reactive. If you’re healthy today and want to stay that way, it’s best to take preventive measures now. Don’t let things go, and try to fix problems that creep up on you.
Here’s a game plan for staying on the healthy side:
•Schedule a physical or annual checkup with your doctor.
•Visit the optometrist and get tested for glaucoma, macular degeneration and other ocular maladies.
•Talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms or changes in your breasts or if breast cancer runs in your family.
•Consider a bone density test.
•Visit your dermatologist for a routine skin cancer check.
•Purchase new athletic equipment.
Every 6 Months
•Have a dental exam twice yearly and have dental X-Rays annually. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
•Clean out your pantry of unhealthy/expired foods.
•Change your air filters every 3-6 months.
•Check your blood pressure.
•Manage your weight and keep track of any significant gains or losses to report to your doctor.
•Plan your meals to ensure you’re getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
•Evaluate your stress level and make time to relax.
•Make time for exercise—both cardio and resistance training. Just 30 minutes per day will yield results.
•Floss and brush your teeth on a regular schedule.
•Give your body the nutrition it needs with Reliv. Reliv’s premier nutritional solutions provide optimal amounts of key nutrients.
Looking at the statistics on preventable disease and obesity-related illness paints a grim picture. Far too many people don’t think or worry about what they put into their bodies or how much they exercise until a problem develops.
We lead busy lives and our on-the-go meals often fail to meet our nutritional needs. The good news: you can fill in these gaps with Reliv. Reliv goes beyond the minimum daily requirements to follow the standard of optimal nutrition, developed by researchers who have shown that higher levels of key nutrients are essential to good health and well-being. Best of all, we considered bioavailability when formulating our products to ensure that your body can absorb these nutrients.
Take the preventive approach to your health and give your body the optimal nutrition it needs to stay healthy. Make Reliv a part of your everyday plan for good health. For more information, contact Dee Ann Lucks, 208-521-1981 or https://untilthewholeworldhears.reliv.com
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HELP POWER A HEALTHY HEART WITH SHAKLEE’S COQ HEART!
Your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body every day. As the hardest-working muscle in your body and the circulatory system’s main control center, your heart requires a significant amount of energy to function properly. That energy is made available with the help of a nutrient called coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which also plays a role in supporting blood vessel health. CoQ10 is produced naturally by the body and is present in all cells. Dietary intake helps maintain CoQ10 levels; however, the amount of CoQ10 consumed from foods is typically less than 10 mg a day. More important, factors such as poor diet, aging, and daily exposure to free radicals may increase the need for this crucial nutrient.
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CoQ10 is vital to the trillions of cells in the body that must make their own energy to survive. To make energy, cells burn sugars and fats that come from the foods we eat. These nutrients are broken down and carried through an energy-producing pathway that requires CoQ10.
Resveratrol is a phytonutrient found in red wine, red-grape skins, and purple grape juice. Like CoQ10, resveratrol plays a role in heart and blood vessel health. In laboratory studies, resveratrol has been shown to help reduce the oxidation of LDL and to promote blood vessel relaxation.
Dietary intake helps maintain CoQ10 levels. However, the amount of CoQ10 consumed from foods is typically less than 10 mg a day. Supplementation is beneficial; to get the same 100mg of CoQ10 in CoQHeart, you would have to eat 6 ¼ pounds of beef or 100 cups of broccoli.
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