May 6, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
2019 MACE Award Winners
Digital Campaign of the Year:
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Event of the Year:
Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC
Executive of the Year:
Della Schmidt,
Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
Public Policy of the Year:
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce
Publication of the Year:
Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
Did you Know?

Knoxville's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car racing.
CADC chief to legislators: Carroll needs labor force boost

Carroll County’s top economic-development official urged the region’s state legislators to prioritize deepening Iowa’s labor pool and improving the climate for start-ups. Shannon Landauer, executive director of the Carroll Area Development Corporation and Carroll Chamber of Commerce, also said the trades offer lucrative and sustainable opportunities for young people in rural Iowa.
Liquor Licenses Suspended for Three Ames Bars

Three mainstreet businesses in downtown Ames are no longer able to serve alcohol as their liquor licenses have been suspended...The Ames Chamber of Commerce said the future of these businesses is unclear, but if employees are displaced the chamber will assist them.
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WSHS students explore health care with REACH

A partnership with Winona Senior High School (WSHS), Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has allowed students to experience a career field in which they express interest.
Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism

"These are fun times in the Redwood Area regardless of weather and I have some fun times I want to tell you about," says Anne Johnson, Executive Director of the Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism. "Our new visitors guide and resource guide is out and we're seeing some great results."
SmartBiz Omaha, Powered by Cox, Showcases Business Technology of the Future

Governor Pete Ricketts today proclaimed May 1 as "SmartBiz Omaha Day, powered by Cox," kicking off a first of its kind event showcasing cutting edge technology that is advancing organizations across industries. In partnership with The Startup Collaborative, a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, SmartBiz Omaha, powered by Cox, allowed attendees to see, touch and feel the future in five smart, immersive, interactive hubs: connected healthcare, connected retail, connected city, connected education and connected workplace. 
Housing incentive program gives NP a shot of confidence

It's one of the most important components when it comes to workforce housing development..."Eighteen months ago we had those 1200 open jobs and a good deal of them would've gotten filled if we would've had the housing inventory," said North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation CEO and President Gary Person.
Celebrating small business week

Small businesses make up 98.8 percent of businesses in North Dakota, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration...“The dollars you spend with them stay back here in Bismarck and Mandan they're going to support other businesses, they're going to pay employees who live in this community, they're going to support charities and nonprofits in Bismarck and Mandan,” Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter said.
Sioux Falls-based ARSI gets nod for using satellites to help farmers

Satellite images can help South Dakota farmers track acreage, compare crops and even plan the best time to harvest...Groeneveld’s business, also known as ARSI, has won the Governor’s Giant Vision award from the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce.
2019 Leadership Sioux Falls class graduates

Thirty-two area professionals graduated from the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program Wednesday - 33rd class to do so.
Milwaukee small business conference focuses on 2020 DNC

As planning for the DNC is underway, Milwaukee's small businesses are needed to prepare for the 50,000 people expected..."So we have about 14 months to plan and prepare for the DNC 2020 and part of that involves to build the capacity of small businesses," said Ossie Kendrix, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
Grafton chamber to honor four at awards dinner

The Grafton Chamber of Commerce last Thursday announced the winners of this year’s outstanding citizen and business awards. They will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual dinner May 23.
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