April 15, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
MACE Award Finalists
Each year the Mid-America Chamber Executives recognizes high-performing Chambers of Commerce through the conference awards program. Three finalists in each of the categories will be recognized and one will be named as the award recipient. The Recognition program will occur during the annual meeting on Thursday, May 2.
Digital Campaign of the Year

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
Event of the Year

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC
Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce
Publication Policy of the Year

Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
-"Bond Election Campaign"
-"The Chamber Advocate"
Publication of the Year

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC
Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber Grand Forks - East Grand Fork
Executive of the Year

Della Schmidt
Nate Welch
Kristina Wiltgen
Did you Know?

North Dakota farmland would cover over 12 million city blocks. Farmers there produce enough wheat each year to make 12.6 billion loaves of bread.
Entrepreneurship 101: workshop teaches veterans about business ownership

The Small Business Administration, with the help of some local organizations, is putting on a workshop for veterans in the area looking to open their own business...The workshop is being put on through the SBA, with help from TrainND, the Veterans Business Outreach Center, the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, The Small Business Development Center, Williston Economic Development, the SCORE Association and the Williston Area chamber of Commerce.
Senator visits Cavalier Air Force Station

The 10th Space Warning Squadron Spartans hosted Sen. Kevin Cramer and his staff during a visit to Cavalier Air Force Station, Feb. 21, 2019...He then attended the City of Cavalier Chamber of Commerce meeting, where he highlighted the importance of Cavalier’s mission and stressed his appreciation for the vital support the local community provides the 10th SWS.
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In regards to accounting does your chamber...

Have accounting staff on payroll: 25%

Outsource accounting: 25%

Both onsite and outsource accounting: 50%
Chamber of Commerce votes "yes" to becoming a part of Elevate Rapid City

Two Rapid City groups are solidifying an economic partnership. On Tuesday members of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce voted in favor of its Articles of Incorporation.
Awards presented at Chamber, GHDC annual banquet and meeting

More than 200 people attended Thursday night’s Huron Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureu and Greater Huron Development annual meeting and awards banquet at The Plains. Paul and Donna Christen, founders of Christen Group, were awarded the 2019 Mayor’s Award for Excellence by Huron Mayor Paul Aylward.
Four businesses, individuals to be recognized by Chamber

Four businesses and individuals will be recognized Wednesday at the Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s awards dinner and annual meeting. The event is being held at the Florian Park Conference & Event Center, N112-W18611 Mequon Road.
Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig to keynote Wisconsin Veteran Chamber's conference

Bud Selig , the former commissioner of Major League Baseball and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will keynote the Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference in May, which is expected to draw the largest crowd in its four-year history...The conference, regarded as the premier gathering of the veteran business community, will take place May 23 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and is being presented by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.
List is new Cherokee City Administrator

In Cherokee City Council action Tuesday night following a “Meet & Greet” with the public at City Hall, the City announced that Eric List is the new City Administrator replacing former Administrator Sam Kooiker, who resigned in December 2018 to accept the City Manager post in Sheldon...He has worked for the city of Pocahontas since 2010, starting as Economic Development Director and Executive Director of the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce.

Often when we talk about politics, we groan and roll our eyes...Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce especially Becky, for coordinating these forums during the Iowa legislative session and the various agencies who host and moderate. 
The future is a 'changing dynamic' on the Eden Prairie Chamber's 50th anniversary

When the business leaders of Eden Prairie founded the city’s Chamber of Commerce, it largely consisted of the pastoral landscape that prompted writer Elizabeth Fries Ellet to give the land its idyllic name in the 19th century.
Challenging time for retail amid 'recovering economy' speaker tells Willmar crowd

It has been a difficult few years for retailers, big and small and all those in between...Nustad spoke Friday at an event put on by the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at the Oaks at Eagle Creek in Willmar.
Nebraska continues to embrace new ideas to address its major housing challenges

Nebraska communities across the state have an inadequate supply of affordable housing for workers...Omaha has had such an entity for the past several years after a strong push by the Omaha city government and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. 
Chamber Chat

Last week’s stretch of good weather enabled many of us the opportunity to get out and walk through downtown...The Chamber staff was thrilled to work with all the property owners throughout phase one and we look forward to working with more.
DIVERSITY, PARITY, AND ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: Enbridge earns a spot on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index as one of 230 companies committed to advancing women. READ: https://www.enbridge.com/Stories/2019/January/Bloomberg-2019-Gender-Equality-Index.aspx
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