ICCE Annual Fall Conference
Prairie Winds Event Center - Orange City, Iowa 
Mark your calendar and plan on attending the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives Fall Conference October 5-7, 2016 hosted by the Orange City Chamber of Commerce at the Prairie Winds Event Center.
Mike Hofman, Executive Director for the Orange City Chamber and committee members have been working on an agenda that you will not want to miss. As the President, CEO, or Executive Director, along with all Chamber Staff, to your respective Chamber, we always want to learn from one another what's successful and what isn't. Per surveys from past conferences the committee is presenting opportunities for each of you to hear from one another about special events, and talk about board issues, small business issues, what's new in technology/social media, dues structure, marketing items, and managing volunteers. Well you can learn it all from one another at our round table discussions at this year's fall conference.

You will also have an opportunity to hear from a top notch speaker David Aaker, who is an internationally recognized motivational speaker. David offers several programs such as: Customer Service Interactive Seminars, Leadership for Business Success, Strategic Planning Session, Building Better Board and the list goes on. We will also have presentations on what the Chamber Alliance is and how it works with ICCE. We'll hear from the Small Business Development Center, along with other presentations yet to be determined.

Socializing is always of great importance when you're attending ICCE Conferences. We are offering a couple opportunities for those who want to arrive early on Wednesday, October 5th.

Wednesday, October 5th - 1:00 PM

-  "Landsmeer Golf Club" - 18 hole Championship golf course.
Make your own tee time - 712-737-3429 or click here.
- Bus Tour - Take a bus tour of Orange City and learn about its heritage and development. Did you know that it is home to Diamond Vogel Paints' corporate offices and Northwestern College is located in Orange City, along with much more?   Also, because of its Dutch heritage, you can see the Old Mill, Sioux County Museum along with lots of other interesting sites. Let us know if you want to take a tour.
- 4:00 PM - New Member Orientation - If you're new to your chamber and want to learn more about what ICCE does and has to offer this is a great opportunity for you to learn and meet other new Executive Directors and staff.
- Welcome Reception - Wednesday evening, with entertainment by "The Usual Suspects".
- Dinner - You can choose (see below) some possibilities where you would like to have dinner on Wednesday evening at one of the finest restaurants in Orange City. Walking distance from your hotel.
  • Mexican Restaurant - Los Tullpanes
  • J's Sports Bar
  • Nederlanders Grill
  • Blue Mountain
- 100-Year Celebration - ICCE will celebrate its 100 years on Thursday evening at dinner at the Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium.
  • One of ICCE's past chairs, David Vollmer, will share with us some great history and pictures of the past. (Just a little trivia on ICCE. Do you know what ICCE was called before it changed its name to Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives? The Iowa Secretarial Bureau, the Iowa Association of Commercial Organization Secretaries - I.A.C.C.S.)
This is just a peek at what is planned for the Fall Conference. Watch for more information as we get closer or go to ICCE's website for a draft of information on the conference.  

Make your reservations now at one of the Hotels, rate $109, under group name of Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives (ICCE).

Hampton Inn, 712-707-4100 - To reserve a room online Click Here 
Super 8 - 712-737-2600 - must call for reservations.

If you have questions regarding the conference feel free to contact Shar Pardubsky, ICCE Executive Director at 515-240-8785 or Mike Hofman, Executive Director with the Orange City Chamber at 712-707-4510.

ICCE Quarterly Webinar Series

Another Great Benefit of Being an ICCE Member
We hope you enjoyed the first of a four part webinar series that ICCE is offering. If you were unable to participate, you can still sign up for the remaining three. This is a new webinar series from industry expert Frank J. Kenny to show you how to do content marketing for chambers at a reduced price. Each series relates and builds from 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. Each session is an hour long and will include many recent examples and lessons from the chamber and other related industries.

The 2 nd webinar series is scheduled for
Thursday, July 14 th at 10:00 AM on
Engagement through Social Media - Growing Know,
Like and Trust (While Increasing Retention)

Click here for more information on the series and to register now!
July 25-28 - McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Join the world's largest gathering of small and medium businesses in Chicago where business gets personal with celebrated speakers, business experts, tech innovations, mentor and peer networking, and off-the-chart experiences. Ignite your passion at Sage Summit.
Passion is at the heart of every entrepreneur and business professional. It is the very essence of why they've decided to become business leaders and why Sage was created. With every challenge comes those who are brave enough to seek a solution and passionate enough to follow through.
  • Three full days of learning, networking, and getting your hands on the latest technology available from over 150 vendors.
  • Enlightening keynotes from A-list entrepreneurs and visionaries like Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deschanel, and the Shark Tank sharks.
  • Over 300 sessions, mentorship networking opportunities, certification opportunities, and a fun beach concert with The Killers.
Sage Summit is open to everyone who wants to learn and share ideas, whether they use our products or not. If you've ever wondered what partnering with Sage can do for your business, here's your chance to find out. Our 300+ sessions, mentorship areas, and networking opportunities are all focused on growing your business.
Celebrity entrepreneurs. Visionary speakers. Hundreds of learning and networking opportunities.Sage Summit has it all: education, networking, opportunity, and fun!
    Register to attend Sage Summit today for $99!
Go to
and use promo code ICCE99.

Must register before July 15, 2016 to receive this special offer

8 Ways for Chamber Pros to Get Caught Up at Work
By Marcy Weaver, Executive VP ChamberMaster
In the world of Chamber of Commerce management, extra time is scarce. Learn how to make the most of your day by following these simple tips:
Keyboard Shortcuts
Learn keyboard shortcuts for the computer programs you use regularly. The time you save will really add up.
Internet Time
Limit how many times a day you check social media, news, etc. Otherwise, leave them alone (seriously).  

The Black Hole of Email
Schedule specific times of day to check email. This seriously improves productivity. Read and respond, then close your email program.
Separate Work and Personal Emails
By having different email accounts you can avoid answering personal emails at work and work emails at home.  

Critical or Important?
When you're overwhelmed and don't know where to start, put tasks into two categories: critical and important. Finish the critical items and then tackle things that are important.  

Be Prepared 
Save time by putting together tomorrow's game plan today. Before you leave, arrange the details of your day. This way, you can easily prioritize and schedule, which allows you to work more efficiently.
The Exit Plan
You have a work start time, but do you really have a leaving time? If you schedule to leave the office at a specific time, you're more likely to stay on task and be more productive.  

Use a Member Management Solution
Manage your organization with software designed specifically for Chambers. It saves a lot of time when it comes to managing day-to-day operations of your Chamber. 
ICCE 100 Year Celebration
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Fall Conference Dinner
Because ICCE knows how busy each of you are with summer events, your "100 Year Celebration Committee" decided to celebrate its 100 Years at this year's Fall Conference, Thursday, October 6 th.

We will invite all past ICCE chairs and staff to our Thursday evening dinner. We will have a program of events from the past and introduce all in attendance. We will also have some testimonials from past presidents and staff on how ICCE impacted their careers. Please, let's have a great turn out for the conference. Show those who helped build and develop ICCE into what it is today how much we appreciate all their foresight in making ICCE great.

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 is in the beautiful town of Limerick.  If you have any questions regarding the change in location please contact Shar Pardubsky at (515) 240-8785. Don't wait too long, reservations are going fast.  We have two chambers with 20 signed up to travel.
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
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