Relationships and Connections

At last spring's Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives' (ICCE) Annual Conference, we were privileged to hear from Mick Fleming, CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He described the eight factors that will influence the chamber movement and communities over the next ten years, known as the Horizon Initiative.

Among the points Mick made that stood out to me was this: "Lobbying takes relationships and connections with people before you need something from them." Talk about one of the prime functions of a chamber! Creating connections and opportunities for networking is an important service chambers offer. We are all about building bridges with business, education, government, and more in order to effect positive change in and for our communities.

Recently, the group of professionals that I work with had a chance to experience this first-hand. There was an issue impacting our community that needed to be addressed at the state level. Because our chamber and economic development personnel had relationships intact, local officials reached out to us for help. Because our chamber and economic development personnel had relationships intact, we were able to reach out to and schedule appointments with key legislators. Because our chamber and economic development personnel had relationships intact, we were able to garner the help of additional local government officials who joined us on our visit to the Iowa Capitol.

The result? Our key issue concerns were heard and we received the outcome we were seeking. This all happened because we had taken time to develop relationships and connections. Officials thought to consult us for help. We were able to reach key decision-makers. Other officials joined the effort. And, we were able to see resolution of the issue.

How about you? Are you taking time to develop relationships and connections with people before you need something from them? A great way to start would be by planning to attend this spring's ICCE Annual Conference on Wednesday, April 12.

Now is a perfect time to take another step in becoming more connected. Register Here

Lynn Olberding, IOM
Executive Director
Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce

April 12, 2017: 9 am - 4 pm 
Hosted By Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Waukee Community Center - 675 Walnut Street, Waukee, IA   

Telling Your Chamber's Story in 2017
Kyle Sexton - Speaker Kyle Sexton - Speaker
- 10 Tiered Membership Mistakes
(You Don't Have to Make)
- Turning Social Media Into Business Media
- Telling Your Chambers Story in 2017

ICCE will hold its annual meeting over lunch. At that time presentations of scholarships will be made and your new ICCE Board of Directors will be introduced.

If you would like to stay overnight, ICCE has negotiated a special price with the Mariott West Des Moines. $129/night, call 515-275-1500 and mention the conference, or click here to book your room. We will also be planning a dinner for the night of April, 11. Anyone who is planning to be there is invited.

Registration: $75.00

Register Today! 
Hosting ICCE Conferences
Would you be interested in hosting either the One Day Conference or Fall Conference?

This is a great opportunity to showcase your chamber, community and bring chamber executives from across the state to your location.

If you wish to host an ICCE Conference please go to our website and fill out the registration form.

2017/2018 ICCE Membership Investment
You will be receiving your ICCE 2017/2018 membership investment invoice electronically shortly. ICCE appreciates your support and investment in ICCE, and looks forward to another successful year.

All dues are based on your chamber's income. If you have any questions regarding your invoice please contact Shar Pardubsky, ICCE Executive Director at 515-240-8785.
New Members - New Executives  

Matt Notz, Executive Director Maquoketa Chamber  
Have you gained any professional credentials in the past few years?

Every year at the ICCE Annual Meeting Chamber Executives with IOM status are displayed in the program. Please make sure you are up to date with ICCE, and include your photo as well.

Not sure if you're up to date, contact Shar Pardubsky at
As an ICCE member, it's time to think about planning for 2017 and the conferences you plan to attend for continuing your professional development. We offer scholarships to not only our own conferences but regional and national professional development opportunities as well. Applications are due February 15, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarships offered
U.S. Chamber Institute Program 
MACE Annual Conference 
U.S. Chamber Government Affairs Conference 
ICCE Fall Conference.
Share this opportunity with others, and submit your application to save some of your education budget today.

Apply Here 
TUSCANY 2017 - October 18-26

ICCE Tuscany Trip
Would your chamber be interested in traveling with us? 
The travel program has been designed by ICCE to be a revenue generating machine for our members big or small. Members enjoy traveling with a group, earning non-dues revenue and having all activities pre-planned for them. Chamber Discoveries makes it easy!

Contact Shar to see how your chamber  
could be traveling for FREE!

It's Effect on Iowa Hospitals

If Congress repeals the law, but fails to compensate for the law's redistribution measure, then Iowa hospitals vital to the local economy will be at risk, particularly many hospitals in rural areas.

ICCE feels that a strong business presence will be critical in this effort, which is why we are planning to send a joint letter from ICCE Executive Board to Senator Grassley urging his support. We hope you're able to send a letter to draw awareness on this issue to your Congressman. Thank you.

A draft of the letter ICCE sent to Senator Grassley to raise awareness among the business community to support Iowa hospitals in the legislature is located here. Feel free to use this draft to send to your Congressman.
  Regional Meetings

Have you been to a regional meeting lately?

The regional meetings give you the opportunity to provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa.  

ICCE is currently scheduling these meetings, and will provide full details when they are complete.

Keep watching for your opportunity to participate in these important meetings. 
 Thank You Urbandale Chamber of Commerce  
Thank you to the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce for the use of your Chamber Board room for the ICCE Board two day planning session. ICCE appreciates your kind hospitality.
   Annual Conference 
  MACE strives to recognize its chamber members who go above and beyond the call of duty to promote their city with new and inventive ideas. These awards are given by the MACE committee as recognition of the highest examples of hard work, passion and effort displayed by chamber members across the region.

If you know a chamber within the MACE region that is deserving of recognition for the exceptional work they have done over the past year, let them know it. 

Click Below to nominate the best-of-the-best in five different categories.
ChamberMaster Reports on Recent Chamber Industry Trends
The results showcase industry trends and projections from hundreds of Chamber of Commerce professionals across the U.S. and Canada.

The survey results include details about non-dues revenue and member benefits, among other statistics. The majority of respondents indicated annual dinners/awards/auctions as top non-dues revenue generators, while some of the most utilized member benefits include the Chambers' online directory as well as group insurance options.
Click here to see the reults!
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