Meg Schneider 
Senior Vice President, Greater Des Moines Partnership
In most of our organizations, there is no shortage of good ideas of programs you should offer or events you should host. Nor is there a lack of needs within the business community that you may be called to address. The tricky spot for all of us is finding that balance of what we take on, what we say no to and what no longer suits our mission and we should dismiss.

It may sound easy enough, but defending the very real limits of staff time and resources or staving off a pet project can call upon your courage and political will as a leader. And it shouldn't. In Good to Great, Jim Collins called our attention to mission and the ability to focus on the core business of what you do best as the means to becoming a great organization. This means a real gut check when it comes to where your organization spends its time, money and political clout. When you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else.

Some ideas to try:
  • Establish a general rule that when you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. If you add an event, you discontinue a different event that is under performing.
  • Create a grid where Board members rank programs and events based upon how they perform in meeting your mission, financial commitment, and staff time. Some will rise to the top, some will fall to the bottom. This gives you an objective opportunity to kill off some sacred cows.
  • Require committees creating new programs or events to submit a page outlining the mission, target audience, time and financial commitments of staff and volunteers, as well as an implementation plan before the Board considers it for approval.
Its easy to be dazzled by the shiny new thing or to pay attention to the squeaky wheel, but your members look to you for assistance and at the end of the day, that is the call that needs answered. 

  Two $500 scholarships available

The Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute's 2016 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships. 
For 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers.  Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute's curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters "IOM" in public mention and professional correspondence.  The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.
Individuals who applied for the ICCE scholarships are eligible and will be selected by the scholarship committee. Winners will receive a discount code to be used at the time of registration.
Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast Institute is April 22nd.
Early registration deadline for West and Northeast Institute is May 27th.
For more information about Institute's curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit  to help you gain insight into the program.
Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected. 
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce 

ICCE congratulates the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce who was awarded a 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organization procedures, and positive impact on the community.

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. A 5-star accredited Chamber places the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 3% of Chambers in the United State.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3 Stars, 4 Stars or 5 Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.

Great job Urbandale Chamber, again congratulations.
2016 Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives
Conference/Annual Meeting 

March 29, 2016
The March 29, 2016 ICCE Conference was a huge success with a record attendance. Thank you to our host Des Moines East + South Chamber of Commerce and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. ICCE appreciates all the work you put into making it a success.

Thank you to our speakers, Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership. ICCE is looking forward to the ACCE Conference in Des Moines in 2018, see video Jay presented in making this a reality. ICCE will be there to assist Des Moines in making this one of the best ACCE Conferences.

Thank you to Governor Branstad for taking the time to visit with ICCE members and their volunteers and the presentation of the Recognition of ICCE's 100 Years of Service.

Thank you to Mick Fleming, CEO, Association Chamber of Commerce Executives, on his presentation "Horizon Initiative's" describing the eight possible factors that will influence the chamber movement and communities over the next ten years.

Please take time to also thank our sponsors Chamber Discoveries, CIRAS, Central Holidays West, Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport, Chambermaster, Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa Association of Business and Industry. We couldn't do these conferences without their support.
                You can go to ICCE web site to see photos of the conference and speakers and video presentations.
INSTITUTE, Teresa Burns, Humboldt & Dakota City Chamber of Commerce, Travis Kraus, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, Alissa Westphal, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce
ICCE, Brooke Prouty, Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Scarlett, Nevada Chamber of Commerce
MACE, Blain Andera, Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce
Mark your calendars
Fall Conference - October 5-7, 2016, 
Hosted by Orange City Chamber of Commerce. 

Hotel arrangements are being made at Hampton Inn and Super 8 Motel in Orange City, Conference location at the Prairie Winds Event Center. Watch for reservation information for the event and hotels coming soon this month on the ICCE web site. Mark your calendar now for October 5-7, 2016.


Would you be interested in hosting either the One Day Conference or Fall Conference in 2017?

If you are interested in being considered to host either of the 2017 conferences, please see the following applications linked below:

Iowa's Small Business Week Awards Reception
Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 3:00-6:00pm
West Des Moines Marriot

Join us as we celebrate Iowa's Outstanding Small Business Owners and Advocates! Click the link below to download the reception flyer and help out by promoting the event to your membership!


SBW Reception Flyer


ICCE Quarterly Webinar Series

We are offering you a new webinar series from industry expert Frank J. Kenny to show you exactly how to do content marketing for chambers. This series will consist of 4 separate sessions, each session relates and builds off the previous session, but they are also designed to be very useful as stand-alone sessions as well if you cannot make it to them all. These sessions are 1-hour each and will include many recent examples and lessons from the chamber and other related industries. This is next level stuff and Frank is going to show you the quick and easy way to do it right.

The first webinar of the series is scheduled for April 14th!
Click here for more information on the series and to register now!
2016/2017 ICCE Membership Investment

Just a friendly reminder if you have not paid your membership dues please do so at your very earliest convenience. Early payments help ICCE pay bills and plan for the future programing, knowing resources are available. If you have any questions in regard to your invoice please contact Shar Pardubsky 515-240-8785.
ICCE 100 Year Celebration
August 25th, 2016
The 100 Year ICCE Celebration committee kicked off the celebration at the March 29th conference with a birthday cake, an announcement of the celebration to be held August 25th, 2016. Location to be determined.  Mark your calendar now for August 25th, 2016.

If you have any past history pictures, please email them to Shar. ( iowachamberexecs@gmail.com )
ICCE Heading to Ireland
Discover and Explore Scenic Ireland


Because of the renovation of the Adare Manor we have moved our location for overnight stays to Savoy Hotel in Limerick, this will not change any other plans for the trip.  The Savoy is as beautiful as the Adare and has great shopping, restaurants and in the town of beautiful Limerick.  If you have any questions regarding the change in location please contact Shar Pardubsky at 515-240-8785.  Chamber Discoveries has moved the book and save date to April 15, 2016, so you have plenty of time to make your reservations.  Don't wait too long, reservations are going fast.  We have two chambers with 20 signed up to travel.  Click here to visit the website.
Reminder - ICCE members this is an opportunity for your chamber to make some additional revenue.  For each traveler your chamber signs up you will receive $200.  Also, once your chamber has 10 travelers the 11th is at no cost.    

Click Here for the reservation form

Click Here for more details at the ICCE website

Mid America Chamber Executives Annual Meeting
May 4-6, 2016
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The 2016 MACE Annual Conference , attended by chamber executives from throughout the Midwest, offers participants educational opportunities, high-level networking beyond their colleagues in their own states, and a chance to better understand the key policy, economic, and workforce issues affecting all of the MACE states

For additional information,go here
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