Chamber News
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Breaking Glass this Thursday
Last call for our April Breaking Glass Leadership Series with Cynthia (CJ) Warner, President and CEO of Renewable Energy Group (REG). Join us at 8:30AM on Thursday, April 8 on the Third Floor of the Commerce Center. This session is sponsored by First Citizens Bank.

Just a couple of years ago, Cynthia Warner took over as REG's leader. Take a look at this video they put together upon her arrival to get to know to a little more about CJ before Thursday's session.

Tickets are $10 each for employees of Chamber member businesses and $20 for non-members. A virtual option is also available.
April 22 - Make it OK Training
The Worksite Wellness Committee is hosting a Mental Health Workshop from 10AM-Noon on Thursday, April 22. The “Make It OK” Ambassador Training will teach participants how to identify people facing mental health illnesses and provide participants with the tools to be an Ambassador and conduct their own “Make It OK” training session in their workplace or to community groups.

Healthiest State Initiative Executive Director Jami Haberl is conducting the training at the Commerce Center. The participation fee of $5 for Chamber members, $10 for non-members, covers the cost of instructional materials.
Friends of the Festival
The Band Festival committee is busy planning the 82nd North Iowa Band Festival, with some adjustments and some tentative scheduling. The festival theme reflects our challenging times: Banding Together and Marching Forward.
Since we were unable to conduct a fundraising campaign last year, we’re counting on the generous support of our community to keep this celebration a free event for all to enjoy.

Please consider supporting the Friends of the Festival campaign. Click on the button below to donate.

The North Iowa Band Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. 
Government Affairs Update - Week 12
April 2 was the second funnel deadline for the legislature. Any bills that did not pass the originating chamber and through a committee in the opposite chamber are no longer eligible for debate or further consideration this session. Tax and spending bills are exempt from this deadline as are bills placed on the “unfinished business” calendar in either chamber. 

Click here for more information, including updates on Broadband and Childcare initiatives.
Golf Outing Correction
Swing and a miss! We were so excited to get you our April newsletter, we made an error on this year's Golf Outing details. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 17 at Highland Park Golf Course. Click the link below to register your team, or complete the updated registration form.
Wellness Tip
The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an eight-week competition (April 1 - May 31) designed to engage Iowans in employer-supported volunteering. Employers with the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee will be recognized with a visit by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor to their workplace! Click here to register
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.
  • Healthy Harvest of North Iowa recently launched Grow. Eat. Play North Iowa campaign featuring a quiz to determine your ideal local food experience - Take the quiz!

  • Fairy Time Designs craft class is from 10AM-Noon on Saturday, April 17 at MacNider Art Museum.

  • The 1st Annual Axes for Autism event will follow the walk with a tournament from 1:30-4:30PM on April 18 at The Country Axe in Southbridge Mall.
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