Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. Gets Support From Sturgis Chamber of Commerce

SMRI-LOGO-colorOfficials with the non-profit Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. announced that the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce offers its support of SMRi and its of its ownership and licensing of trademarks pertaining to the Srurgis® Motorcycle Rallyafter the City of Sturgis passed the same resolution to support SMRi.

In a written statement from the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, they state “Our Vision Statement calls us to ‘unite and lead the Sturgis Area toward greater economic, social and community betterment.’ Further, our Mission Statement states that we will ‘advocate on behalf of its members to support business, agriculture, and tourism resulting in an enhanced quality of life for the entire community.’ In that vein, SMRi has proven to be an important economic and philanthropic force, as well as a worthy partner in our effort to promote and revitalize the City. It’s time to move forward together.”

“This is another step toward bringing the community together and showing those in Sturgis and beyond about SMRi and the important role we play,” said Dean Kinney, Chairman of the SMRi board. “SMRi is determined to help the citizens realize the financial benefit for the rally they have, as a community, helped create and sustain for decades.”

9 Responses to “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. Gets Support From Sturgis Chamber of Commerce”

  1. 1 Bruce T Sep 26th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Politics at its best. As far as I know the lawsuit to cancel these SMRI trademarks is still going on…Only final judgment is worth to be in the news.

  2. 2 Brenner Sep 26th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Tired to hear about this money hungry group of people.

  3. 3 deadwood1783 Sep 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is a done deal folks. We have the best “legal” system money can buy. Take care not to refer to it as a “justice” system.

  4. 4 Bludog Sep 26th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Not necessarily as jaded as the author of the last post but, from what I’ve read, SMRI is butting heads with WalMart. If it’s simply a measure of net worth, the chamber has selected the wrong pony.

  5. 5 Free Enterprise Sep 27th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    No surprise at all. The current head of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce was heavily involved with the creation of SMRI.

  6. 6 Dante Sep 27th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    From my understanding the Chamber of Commerce nor the city of Sturgis itself has any input or control over what amount of the proceeds they would get from SMRI licensed products – SMRI gets to decide that, right?

    The city would have been wise to copyright it first or in this case try to claim the copyright themselves since they have the most vested interest of everyone involved. Can you imagine the expense a city would incur in logistics and labor if your city hosted an event like this?

    Maybe I am way off-base – I am no expert, just been following the story here and there – if I am, feel free to educate me on the subject.

  7. 7 Gary Pozak Sep 27th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The dirty politics of a shitty small town without interest except during the rally.

  8. 8 Darryl Briggs Sep 30th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    SMRI is non-profit, lol. I guess after they pay their officers’s salaires there aren’t any funds left.

    A vendor told me that the little “official” holographic image they have to put on the merchandise is a buck a piece…. I didn’t ask if that was the license fee itself or if they ay a license fee plus have to pay a buck for the sticker too. I’ll have to find that out next year.

    AND if the group is non-profit, why do they charge the city 10% of what the city gets from the rally?


  9. 9 Local Resident Nov 24th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Over the last two years SMRi has donated over $100,000 to local charities and will continue it’s dedication to supporting the local community. Which included a dental bus that came to the elementary school last week and gave free dental care to the children. I don’t believe that they should own the rights to the town name but you are way out of line accusing the board, who volunteers, of getting any money. You should educate yourself before you speak.

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