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February 6, 2018

CMO Card
Remember to use your NEW CMO Card for 2018!

Decker Sports:
$5 off a purchase of $25 or more

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Event Calendar

Click here to see what's going on this month!

 Member News
  • A group of UNI MBA students (based at NIACC) is developing a marketing plan for farmers' markets to increase foot traffic and vendor income. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to assist in their efforts.
  • Pappajohn & SBDC Start Smart on February 7 from 6-8PM at the NIACC Pappajohn Center.
  • Governor Kim Reynolds will attend a ribbon cutting/open house from 4-6PM on February 8 to celebrate the new Francis Lauer Youth Services facility.
  • NIP Fitness will have a ribbon cutting at their new facility in Clear Lake at 4PM on Friday, February 9.
  • Country Inn & Suites - Worth County will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for their recent renovations at 11:30AM on Tuesday, February 13.
  • Spend Valentine's Day with Courtney Krause at 7PM on February 14 at Fall Hill Brewing.

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Chamber Bowl This Week! bowling

See you at the Chamber Bowl this week on February 6, 7 and 8! Registration begins at 3:30PM with bowling at 4PM and a roast beef dinner served at 7PM by Butcher's Steakhouse.

Prizes will be awarded for high and low scoring teams, individuals, and for the best dressed team. We are planning on good weather, but just in case, we have a make-up date of Wednesday, February 14.
For any questions, contact Kativa at the Chamber.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Ag Breakfast Set for March 21 breakfast

The Chamber Ag Breakfast will be held at 7AM on Wednesday, March 21st in the All Seasons Building at the North Iowa Events Center.  
This year's keynote speaker is Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHER. Marji is a lifetime Iowan and lover of photography. Through FarmHER, she is revitalizing the image of agriculture by showing the female side of farming, creating community among women in agriculture, and reaching out to young women interested in agriculture. FarmHER has been featured in an expanse of arenas ranging from an Emmy-winning documentary and award-winning weekly television show to RFD-TV, to USDA's National Ag Day Celebration and Successful Farming magazine.

This year's Ag Breakfast will also feature an ag expo highlighting the work of our Chamber members. If you are interested in having a booth at this event, there are two spaces remaining. The fee is just $50.

Tickets are available in books of 8 for $75 dollars for Chamber members and $88 for non-members. You can purchase individual tickets for $11 each and youth tickets for $5.
Register online or contact Kativa for more information. 

Global Familiarization Tourstrips

The Chamber's Global Familiarization Tours are wonderful opportunities for stress-free travel to exciting destinations. A group will depart for Germany in March, a trip to Japan is scheduled for August, and we are also looking at adding another trip to South Africa in November!

The Best of Japan | Tokyo - Fuji - Kyoto
$5,699/person double occupancy
12 Days | August 23-September 3, 2018
  • International round-trip air from Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Transportation and hotel accommodations
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • English-speaking guides & sightseeing fees
Japan Info Session at 6PM on March 1 at the Commerce Center.

Response to 2017's South Africa trips was so strong that
we'd like to offer this trip again in November - if we have
similar interest. Click here for a sample itinerary and let Allyson know if you are interested in more information.

Lunch and Learn lunch

Are you struggling to find dependable employees? Hiring workers with different abilities might be the solution. One Vision Employment Solutions is hosting a Lunch & Learn on February 20 to educate businesses about disability guidelines in the workplace and how to make simple accommodations that allow you to increase your hiring pool.

Time: Noon-1PM
Date: February 20, 2018
Place: Commerce Center (9 N Federal Ave)
Cost: $10, includes a light lunch

Contact Kativa with any questions or to get help registering.

Wellness Tip wellness
What does it take to live to 100 and beyond? Susan Pinker shares the secrets to living a longer life. It may be as simple as making eye contact. If you don't have time for the whole video, watch 6:38-9:27 for the shocking statistics. 

Susan Pinker, TED Talk
Susan Pinker, TED Talk

Mason City Chamber of Commerce
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Mason City, IA  50401
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The mission of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce is to promote progressive community and economic development to benefit Chamber members and the North Iowa region.