According to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, only 5 out of every 100 of businesses are still operating after 30 years.

Happy 35th Anniversary! and its owner, Rex Simpson, were recognized for its 35th anniversary by the Southwest Michigan First Chamber. Simpson was recognized for his service to the Chamber as a Chamber Ambassador and Buy Local board member.

Hobby-Sports in Portage has been a Chamber member since 2016, and Rex has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2018. Rex is a staple at Chamber events, and he has built great relationships in our business community. Hobby-Sports provides access to a wide variety of RC vehicles, drones, and other collectibles. Rex is a perfect example of an entrepreneur recognizing a niche and building a great local business. Not only does Hobby-Sports thrive, but the community thrives because of businesses and people like Rex, the Chamber noted.

35 years is an incredible feat!
Join us in congratulating
Rex on 35 successful years!

Stevens International Named Premier Distributor for Alclad II Metal Finishes

As Alclad II approaches its 25th anniversary, the company acknowledges Stevens International Hobby Distributors’ role in introducing Alclad II to the US hobby market many years ago.

In recognition of this, Stevens International has been named the brand’s premier USA distributor beginning in 2024. The popular brand of lacquer paint is well-known by consumers throughout the hobby world as a preferential airbrushing line for plastic modeling and radio control.

“We are thrilled that Alclad continues to lend us their trust,” said Stevens International President Alan Bass. “Our customers have known for years that Stevens is a top distributor when it comes to their hobby paint sections. We are happy to now be the primary source for retailers to fill their Alclad racks.” Dealers interested in carrying Alclad II can contact Stevens International through their sales representative or at

RCS Named Innovative Business
Of The Year

RCS Rocket Motor Components, parent of Aerotech Consumer Aerospace, was named the Innovative Business of the Year by the Cedar City, Utah, Chamber of Commerce. RCS was one of several local companies that supported the launch of NASA’s Artemis I rocket in 2022. The company, founded by CEO Gary Rosenfield, is building a new headquarters and model rocketry museum in the city.

Maine Hobby Store Opens Larger Location

RC Destination moved from Norridgewock to Skowhegan in December and plans to open an indoor track for those looking to race their remote-controlled vehicles.

Owners Dennis and Danielle Turner relocated their shop to a previously vacant storefront in Skowhegan. Dennis Turner told the Morning Sentinel that the grand opening celebration was the store’s biggest weekend in several months.

The new location, with 7,500 square feet is about nine times the size of the previous store in Norridgewock. The Turners are taking advantage of the space, building a carpet race track and a crawler area that will take up over half the store. The store will host race nights, birthday parties and other events.

Danielle Turner’s father bought the hobby shop in 2018 and passed away soon after. The Turners took over the store, and it has grown significantly. Dennis hopes to leave his construction job and work full-time at the store.

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