Chamber News
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program
Governor Reynolds allocated federal CARES Act funds to provide relief for eligible restaurants and bars impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program may assist eligible businesses that experienced a decrease in gross sales of at least 15% during the second and third quarters of 2020, compared to the same time the previous year. Grant award amounts will be determined using a tiered system based on the percent of gross sales loss. 

The online application will be available at iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning Monday, Feb. 1 at 12PM (noon) and will close on Monday, Feb. 15 at 5PM. All applications submitted within that period will be considered for an award. Please note that the program is not first come, first served. Click here for more information.
Government Affairs Update - Week 2
The Chamber is a 501c6 organization. We are non-partisan, but we do take positions on issues at the local, state, and federal level to stimulate economic growth opportunities for local business. We challenge our elected officials to be responsible stewards of taxpayer money, and to invest in programs and policies that will enable North Iowa to grow.

One of our priorities at the Chamber is keeping you informed with what's happening at the state and federal levels of government, as it pertains to the business economy. Each week we will highlight issues, bills in progress, and other legislation at the state capitol. For a summary of Week 2 of the State Legislative Session, click here.
Register for Breaking Glass on February 25
Register now for February's Breaking Glass session with Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Julie Kenney. Join us from 8-9:30AM on Thursday, February 25 at the Commerce Center (virtual option available).

Julie Kenney has a passion for agriculture and is a tremendous asset to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. She grew up on her family’s crop and livestock farm and currently owns and operates a corn and soybean farm in Story County. Julie believes women are vital to agriculture, and she is a strong advocate for all Iowans. 

Tickets are $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. This session of Breaking Glass is sponsored by Clear Lake Bank & Trust.
Julie Kenney
Iowa Deputy Secretary
of Agriculture
Chamber Bowl is Next Week!
Last call for Chamber Bowl 2021! Only two spaces remain on Tuesday night - register now!

All necessary precautions will be taken to hold a safe and responsible event. Teams of six will compete for prizes and enjoy boxed dinners from Papa’s. The $200 registration fee includes shoe rental, three games of bowling, and the meal.

Time: Registration 3:30PM | Bowling begins at 4PM 
Date: Tuesday, February 2; Wednesday, February 3; Thursday, February 4
Makeup date: Tuesday, February 9
Location: Mystic Lanes | 2571 4th St SE, Mason City

See you at Mystic Lanes next week!
Wellness Tip
Try a breakfast challenge this week! "Shake up your wake up" with these five healthy breakfasts. A healthy meal in the morning is very important for your cognitive functions, energy levels, and long-term health. Read more about why breakfast is important in this article.
Member News
Do you have an announcement for your business or an upcoming event? You can submit your events to our online calendar here, and we'll post it in this section of upcoming Chamber News emails.


  • Catch the North Iowa Bulls in action at 7:30PM on January 29 against the New Ulm Steel at the Mason City Arena.

  • KCMR and North Central Mechanical Services are teaming up to help someone with their heating bills. Click here for details on how to win $500.

Decker Sporting Goods
$5 off a purchase of $25 or more
Alliant Energy
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