July 15, 2019
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Teddy Bear Town, located in South Dakota, holds the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Teddy Bear Collection” with 9,000 different bears.
Aberdeen sports complex to help club sports

Recreational and club sports are a huge part of a child's development..."It's exciting to see a young entrepreneur have their dream realized in a facility like this," Gail Ochs, President of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. In Aberdeen, there were no facilities for club sports to host practices, matches, or state tournaments...
Immigration debate hampers guest worker programs critical to SD businesses

The intensely partisan and politicized national debate over immigration policies has cast a cloud of uncertainty over guest worker programs that for years have helped provide employees to seasonal South Dakota businesses that cannot find enough American workers...“I’ve heard a lot of fear and concern over not being able to staff for the summer because of problems with the visa programs,” said Richard Greene, president of the Keystone Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Rushmore Express hotel.
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Did your chamber put together or help staff an event to celebrate July 4th?

Yes: 21.2%

No: 78.8%
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Tariffs are biting Wisconsin businesses, but the pain may be worth it

President Donald Trump’s tariffs are biting Wisconsin companies, but a majority of business leaders support them anyway, according to a semi-annual economic survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the State Chamber of Commerce.
Oshkosh Chamber suggests wheel tax for homeowners, special assessments for businesses

Businesses would continue paying special assessments, while homeowners would face a wheel tax, under a newly proposed alternative to creating a transportation utility. In its latest public back-and-forth with the city over its controversial proposal to replace special assessments in supplementing the costs of certain public works projects, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce released Thursday its own alternative.
State auditor: Former central Iowa chamber of commerce employee misused more than $200,000

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars was misspent by an Iowa chamber of commerce employee over a five-year span, a report from the state auditor says. Officials for the Webster City Chamber of Commerce discovered discrepancies in one of the chamber's bank accounts in June 2018. 
Dog Days of Summer Spell Windfall of Business in Clear Lake

The dog days of summer coincide with peak tourism. A week after Clear Lake's 4th of July bash, the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce is reporting record revenue with businesses. Jacki Kelley is a co-owner of GeJo's By the Lake. Due to a massive influx of people last week, GeJo's ran out of food not once, but twice. It's a problem Kelley says isn't a bad thing.
St. Paul Area Chamber touts ownership by workers

What if the millions of business owners who will sell their companies in coming years were to find the right buyer, or buyers, were already in the building?...To give those owners options, and hopefully keep more Minnesota companies in business and locally owned, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with St. Paul nonprofit  Nexus Community Partners .
Karl Benson named president, CEO of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce

Karl Benson has been named president and CEO of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC). Benson brings a wealth of experience to the MBCC. After leaving Nike Inc.’s Jordan Brand in 2011, Benson founded his own sports marketing agency, Minneapolis Sports + Entertainment, in order to represent athletes and their charitable foundations, organizations and activities.
Large data center development proposed along I-80 in Lincoln

Lincoln has long missed out on the regional data center boom that has brought major tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft to Omaha and Des Moines, Iowa...Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall confirmed that both the chamber and the city have been involved with the project, "however, planning discussions are ongoing, so further details are not available at this time," she said in an email.
Kids learn about agriculture at Little Feet on the Farm display at the Hall County Fair

Children were able to learn more about the world of agriculture thanks to a display at the Hall County Fair. The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s agricultural committee coordinated the Little Feet on the Farm display housed in the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park.
'Banquet In a Field' brings community and producers together for a meal

Food production involves a lot more than planting a seed or feeding cattle. Farmers plant their crop, watch it grow and then harvest it in the fall. But that's only half the story, once it leaves the farm, we buy the products and eat them. The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to connect both sides of the equation.
It’s time for the Mandan Business Pitch Challenge

Are you an entrepreneur wanting to start a business and looking for some financial support? Consider entering the 2nd annual Mandan Business Pitch Challenge...“The state of the commercial real estate in the city of Mandan is really healthy. There are a few new buildings that are popping up and you see dirt moving around the community,” said Bismarck Mandan Chamber Vice President Nathan Schneider
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