November 18, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Present at the MACE 2020 Conference!
Hilton Garden Inn
201 E 8th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
Wednesday, May 6 - Friday, May 8, 2020
We are lucky to have incredible Chamber of Commerce thought leaders and industry shapers in the MACE membership – including you! We’re looking for industry experts and insiders to deliver great value to the 2020 conference program agenda. We’re looking for proposals on a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Public Speaking/Media Relations
  • Social Media/Digital Marketing Strategy and Techniques
  • Membership Sales Trends and Strategies
  • Member Relations/Retention/Engagement
  • Diversity: Marketplace, Workforce, Chamber
  • Engaging the “New” Workforce
  • “Killing” Sacred Cows
  • New Approaches to Healthcare

Please submit your proposal by December 2nd. Contact: Alex Rudie | or fill out  this form.
Did you Know?

The Black Hill caves are the third-longest cave system on the planet. Although it has more than 175 miles of plotted passageways, the entire system lies beneath just three square miles of land.
Marijuana, Hemp Positioned To Be 2020 Issues In SD

Hemp could be going to another vote of the South Dakota Legislature, while marijuana — be it medicinal or otherwise — could be going to a vote of the people in South Dakota in 2020. David Owen, president and chief lobbyist of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, addressed members of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce for its annual pre-legislative breakfast Wednesday with a little news on what state politics could look like next year.
The Holidays across South Dakota - Holiday Cheer takes over Vermillion

The Pierre and Fort Pierre area celebrates the Christmas Spirit, as do other towns in the state. Weather, travel and time permitting, one can join in the spirit at various towns all season long. The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company has announced that for the fourth year, the Standstill Parade of Lights is returning to downtown Vermillion. 
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Institute for Organization Management (Institute) is the premier continuing education experience for chamber professionals. Since 1921, the Institute program has educated and empowered chamber executives with the knowledge and skills they need to be leaders in their organizations and industry.

The Institute curriculum is comprised of four week-long sessions. Each session is five days and is offered at five locations across the country annually. With courses on topics such as advocacy, media training, membership, finance, legal issues, human resources, and much more, Institute ultimately educates participants on all facets of running an association. To view a full listing of course offerings, click here .  

Does your chamber do anything to celebrate Small Business Saturday?
Survey Says:
Has your chamber ever participated in a trade mission abroad?

Yes: 5.4%

No: 94.6%
Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday – or Shop Small – is about more than shopping at small businesses. It’s a cause that helps support local economies and promotes vibrant, diverse communities. This is a nationwide movement, fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together to celebrate the community, and will be recognized locally by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
Program gives small businesses and entrepreneurs a helping hand (and money)

Making big things happen for small businesses is one of the goals of  Brew City Match , which is helping to change the economic landscape in several Milwaukee neighborhoods...Though led by LISC, the initiative is also supported by other partners, including the City of Milwaukee, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Savings & Loan, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation and MKE United, which are leveraging resources to provide financial and other support to multiple projects.
That’s Yesterday’s News series highlights Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Folks gathered Saturday at the Burlington Public Library to attend the monthly series “That’s Yesterday’s News” led by Terry Abrisz, who transported attendees back to the Burlington of 1939 and the inception of what now is the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant..."Burlington’s Chamber of Commerce representatives went to Washington and presented our case, and we won.”
Central Iowa organization working to boost mental health in the workplace

It’s not easy to go to work if you’re feeling depressed, anxious or stressed...“When my mom passed away six months ago, that was a rough few weeks after that,” said Darrel Sarmento with the Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce.
Mental Health the Topic at St. Cloud Chamber’s Lunchtime Learning

Kelti Lorence with the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and Marc Van Herr the Executive Director of The Beautiful Mind Project joined me on Rush Hour Monday. The St. Cloud Chamber joins me once a month to talk about their Lunchtime Learning events. December 4th is the next Lunchtime Learning event and features How to Profit from Mental Wellness. Listen to my conversation with Marc and Kelti.
Co-Working Wars

Co-working spaces often appear as an oasis to those burned out on the corporate rat race. Most don’t look like offices at all...Life Time Work is catering to what O’Reilly calls “established professionals” and companies of all shapes and sizes. One such entity is the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. Shannon Full, TwinWest’s president and CEO, says that the chamber had been leasing 3,000 square feet in a “regular office building” in Plymouth. TwinWest’s eight employees now work out of three adjacent glass offices at Life Time Work.
Nebraska State Chamber Announces Campaign for State Incentives Proposal

A campaign supporting a proposed update to Nebraska’s economic development incentives program was launched last week. Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said economic incentives have brought the state 110,000 new jobs since 1987.
Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce announces 2020 ‘Top 35 Under 35’

The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 “Top 35 Under 35” honorees for the Grand Island area on Monday...“This community is fortunate enough to have a strong base of current and future leaders who call Grand Island home. It is important to recognize these individuals as we continue our talent recruitment and retention efforts,” said chamber President Cindy Johnson.
A Conference Is Trying To Bring Opportunity For Energy and Tech Companies

The North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo gathered people from the energy and tech world to discuss business opportunities and growth in the region...“It’s important that North Dakota becomes a destination like you said, so that when we bring in strong talented people into these companies that are doing business in North Dakota; they can make it a home. It’s a great place to live and play and raise a family,” says Chris Kalash, Director of Membership Services at Greater North Dakota Chamber.
TRIBES AND TRADES CREATE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP: With support from Enbridge and other sponsors, the Minneapolis-based Building Trades Tribal Partnership Program provides Native Americans with training in pipeline construction. Through the partnership’s industry connections, many graduates are able to find immediate employment—including on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project facilities upgrade in Superior, WI. WATCH:
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