Strategic Decision Making
Take the Time and Do it Right
Down to the last quarter of the year time to finalize 2017.

Ideas have been brainstormed and commitments have been made to make 2017 the best year ever. We will keep hearing new ideas and thoughts. The average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day. One study shows we make over 200 food-related decisions a day! No wonder we are in a haze and feel like we can't make one more decision. Our brain is working on overload making hundreds of subconscious and conscious decisions.

How do we stay focused? I have found the 5 "M's" help me.
  1. Mission- Does this idea/plan/event/program support your Chamber's mission statement? What can be changed to better align with the mission?
  2. Meaningful- Does this matter to the Chamber? Will it add value to the Chamber? Is there someone else that is a better fit for this request/idea/program/event?
  3. Measurable- How will we know if this is successful?
  4. Manageable- Does the Chamber have the time and capacity to accomplish this? Should this be deferred to another year? What needs to change to make this manageable?
  5. Momentous- Will the Chamber look back and remember they have done this? Will you look back and wish you had done this?
If you say no to 2 or more of this questions, just say NO.
These take practice by yourself, your staff and your Board. Each person needs to reflect and dive deep with requests, projects, event, and programs.   Be honest and these reflections can become empowering. They allow the Chamber to say goodbye to regret and remorse when our decisions are grounded and aligned with both our emotions and logic. We have the context and the ability to articulate our reasoning for our answers to strategic decisions.

Now make 2017 the Best Year Yet!
Deb Bengtson
Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce 

ICCE in Ireland
ICCE Discovered & Explored Ireland
On October 20th, twenty-seven members of the Ankeny, Decorah and Urbandale Chamber traveled to Ireland. One of the first things we did was meet with the Limerick Chamber. We learned that with 600 members they are like all other Chambers. Membership (always working to increase), Economic Development, Government Relations and Marketing are some of their prime issues.

As we traveled the country visiting many of the historic places like the Cliffs of Moher, the Bunratty Castle and we were entertained with Seanchais (dressed in full medieval costume). The hospitality of the Chamber and citizens of Limerick was very warm and welcoming. 
It was a great trip for everyone and great friendships were made. Many of us are looking forward to the 2017 trip to Tuscany!  
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, 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!
Hosted By Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce  
Mark your calendars - April 12, 2017!
Continue to follow the ICCE newsletter for more information as it becomes available. 
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Kristi Ray - Executive Vice President 
Nikki Dillon - Executive Director  

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Iowa
Private Nonprofit Organizations

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Iowa following President Obama's federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms and flooding that occurred Sept. 21 - Oct. 3, 2016, announced Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.
SBA disaster assistance is now available in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright counties.

National Small Business Week

Nominations for 2017 National Small Business Week Awards
Deadline January 10, 2017

Do you know a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell?

If so, submit your nomination today for the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards. There are 15 different categories, so nominate someone for each!

  Regional Meetings

Have you been to a regional meeting lately?

ICCE has launched a series of meetings, one in each region across Iowa, to help garner member input and provide updates between chambers. These 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. 

View the ICCE events calendar, and get involved.  
Hosting ICCE Conferences

If you wish to host an ICCE Conference please go to ICCE website and fill out the registration form. This is a great opportunity to showcase your chamber, community  and bring chamber executives from across the state to your location.

ICCE Content Marketing Webinar  
ICCE Quarterly Webinar Series
Nurturing Your Online Tribe
Thursday, January 12th - 10:00 AM

As you know, your chamber must be using social media and content marketing to consistently reach your members and prospects to maintain top of mind awareness. This is critical top-of-funnel social media work that most chambers are getting very wrong. Matter of fact, most chambers are hurting themselves with every post! 
Learn expert digital tactics from industry expert Frank J. Kenny in a concise online webinar designed specifically for chambers of commerce.  

Click here for more information on the series
and to register now!

May 3-5, 2017

Mid-America Chamber Executives is excited to announce the 2017 Annual conference will be held in beautiful downtown Sioux Falls, SD.

 $225 Early Bird Pricing
$134 Hotel Special

This three day event is designed to provide chamber professionals with the latest industry trends, best practices and up-to-date information that will impact their membership. Make sure to put this conference into your 2017 budget!
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