March 25, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
MACE Conference

This year's conference features keynote speaker, Tracey Powell, presenting on how moving beyond your comfort zone builds excellence and will be closed out by Malcolm Chapman, speaking about building meaningful relationships in the workplace.

The two networking evenings promise to be incredible. Wednesday night feature comedian Tommy Ryman and Thursday night you can enjoy the music of dueling pianos.
Did you Know?

Sliced bread was invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder  of Davenport, Iowa.
Council Hears Update From Chamber

The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on March 18th, 2019. The Council heard from the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, who presented the activities the group has been leading and participating in.
An Iowa Solar Energy Debate, Matt Sinovic Discusses Mueller Investigation

On this week’s Insiders, we will start with an argument over solar power. Iowa lawmakers are debating changes to the solar energy process. Todd Miller is the President of 1 Source Solar in Ankeny. John Stineman is the executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance. They debate the potential new changes.
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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 offer its chamber executive any of the following? (Pick one)
Furnished automobile
Car allowance
Mileage reimbursement
None of the above
Survey Says:
Does your chamber have a multi-year strategic plan?

Yes: 74.1%

No: 25.9%
Willmar chamber endorses bill allowing licenses for undocumented immigrants

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is in favor of a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a Minnesota driver's license. House File 1500, authored by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley, would create a “noncompliant license” that could be obtained by providing any of a number of documents that range from an application for asylum to a recent “home utility services hook-up work order.”
Chamber Chatter: Not your ordinary networking group

One of the many services the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce provides is helping local businesses grow through networking opportunities. People still like to do business with people they know and trust, so building relationships is key.
This important incentive program helps Nebraska startups get off the ground

Many states are surpassing Nebraska in creating high-productivity, high-wage jobs, mainly in technical industries, that give significant economic advantages to those states...Attracting such startups fits into the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s five-year economic goals. 
Nebraska lawmakers still seeking agreement on property taxes

With their session nearly halfway over, Nebraska lawmakers are still trying to unite behind a plan to lower property taxes amid uncertainty over how to cover the cost..."Raising the sales tax rate is a non-starter," said Jamie Karl, a vice president for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "It makes up a significant part of the overall tax burden that businesses face in this state."
ND Senate kills bill to use oil tax savings for tax relief

North Dakota's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday killed a proposal by top GOP House members to tap some earnings from the state's voter-approved oil tax savings account to help offset income taxes...The Greater North Dakota Chamber, the state's largest business organization, supported the legislation, as has the North Dakota Watchdog Network, which keeps tabs on how public money is spent.
Legislature acted correctly in repealing blue law

The North Dakota Senate approved a major change Tuesday, voting to end one of the strictest blue laws in the nation that has kept many businesses closed until noon on Sundays...Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter points to the difficulty some businesses will have in staffing the extra hours: "… this is a community with approximately 2,300 open jobs. So we know workforce development, the ability to attract and retain talent is critical to their success."
2019 South Dakota Legislature Fascinated by Hemp

The 2019 session of the South Dakota legislature saw a flurry of activity over industrial hemp. Bills authorizing its production passed both the House & Senate with healthy majorities before it was stopped by a veto from Governor Kristi Noem, which was upheld in the Senate. Long time lobbyist and legislative observer Dave Owen says the Governor had good reasons to veto it
‘A true community’: Vermillion, South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota. This is a place where students, faculty and community members live and where many call home...Nate Welch, president and CEO of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC), said the history of Vermillion begins before the history of South Dakota.
African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin To Open Its New Office “Legacy”

The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AACCW) is following the Sherman Phoenix’s model by expanding its office space and providing space for Black entrepreneurs with its new development: “Legacy”.
Grafton YPs showcase businesses

The Young Professionals group in Grafton grew from a desire by the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce to find ways to recruit and retain millennials. The initial efforts that sprouted from a regional conference of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives proved to be more popular than expected. What started as purely social activities has expanded in the past year after Megan Schelwat was hired as the chamber’s director of special events and tourism promotions.
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