April 22, 2019
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Scholarship Auction
It is the goal of MACE to ensure access to industry-specific professional development opportunities for everyone. Providing 12 scholarships each year to the annual conference allows new leadership to learn from their peers across the region. These scholarships are funded by your donations and the scholarship auction. The scholarship auction will be held at the annual conference, on May 1, 6:00 pm. Please be certain to bring along any auction items you would like to donate. We ask that you please fill out the form in advance.
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The name Black Hills comes from the Lakota word Paha Sapa, which means, "hills that are black."
South Dakota Businesses Playing Defense in Legislative Session

Business groups had to play defense at times during this year’s legislative session. Dave Owen, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says some gun related issues could have created problems for their members
Second lawsuit challenging ban on out-of-state ballot question contributions

Several organizations are attempting to overturn a ban on out-of-state contributions to South Dakota ballot question committees...The ban would also impact South Dakota Chamber of Commerce members who have out-of-state headquarters by preventing them from contributing to ballot question campaigns even if it directly affects their business, according to the lawsuit.
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Does your chamber conduct a program targeted to the military or veterans?

Yes: 4%

No: 96%
How ya gonna keep ‘em in the Valley? Chambers, EDCs and Momentum West collaborate with schools to retain grads

There’s an old song with the line: “And how ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paris?”...“The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce connected with the UWRF Career Services office and requested we speak on the UWIN initiative to their members at a business lunch."
Why American Family Insurance is becoming a big name in Milwaukee

In jeopardy after U.S. Bank ended years of sponsorship, Milwaukee’s annual July 3 lakefront fireworks display needed someone to step in — and fast...While American Family is being a standout corporate citizen, the company also is looking out for itself, said Tim Sheehy, president of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Maquoketa establishes incentive program aimed at renovating upper story apartments

The city of Maquoketa and local groups have established a new program to encourage the renovation of upper story apartments, as part of updates to its downtown incentive initiative. The city, Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Economic Alliance made the announcement Monday. 
City, hospital officials celebrate groundbreaking of new rehabilitation hospital

Local leaders and hospital officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 40-bed rehabilitation hospital in Coralville, which will become the second of its kind in the state..."A facility such as this is desperately needed," said Kim Casko, executive director of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. "Speaking from a business perspective, the economic impact of this facility is going to be tremendous." 

More than 3,500 students attend  Wayzata High School  in Plymouth. It’s a school known for academic excellence, but it’s no time for the teachers to get complacent...Veninga helped coordinate this event in conjunction with the   TwinWest Chamber of Commerce .

Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism representatives Kelly Nygaard and Casie Steeves stopped by the KDHL Studio Wednesday for AM Minnesota. A variety of topics were discussed including a new program developed by the Faribault Economic Development Authority and the chamber.
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hosts an Evening with Legislative Leadership

Great Plains Communications, the largest independent telecommunications provider in the state of Nebraska, was proud to participate with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry as they hosted "An Evening With Legislative Leadership" on Tuesday, April 9 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Eaton Corp. 'family' recognized with Freedom Award for business for its community service

Donyel Isaac, a quality auditor at the Eaton Corp. plant in Kearney, said volunteering for projects at work benefits the community and her coworkers, but it’s also a big boost for her...The Kearney team was one of only two plants in Eaton’s global network to receive the corporation’s Stover Award for outstanding voluntarism. The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce also recognized Eaton as an outstanding company.
‘Hogwash’: Kennedy comments draw wide criticism from community, state leaders

UND President Mark Kennedy is under fire after community and state leaders described comments he made Wednesday to a Colorado newspaper as “hogwash” and “horribly disappointing.”...Not everything was a controversy, however, said Barry Wilfahrt, president/CEO of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce.
Business Accelerator Fund proposed to spin off from MAGIC Fund

Minot and area businesses would gain access to a new loan fund for start-ups and expansions under a proposal that goes to the MAGIC Fund Screening Committee Friday...The person would work under Visit Minot, in cooperation with Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp. 
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