January 7, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Date:  May 1-3, 2019
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn – Sioux Falls, SD
Cost:  $235, early bird or Register 3 get the 4 th FREE
Sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation & Institute for Organization Management
Tracey Jones: Risk, Reward, and Resiliency: How Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone Builds Excellence

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Tracey has reinvented the context of her life countless times because change is necessary for growth. Her latest book, Spark: Igniting the Greatness Within, shares the five keys necessary to fuel your passion and raise the bar. Learn the tools and mindset needed to help encourage risk and uncover your entrepreneurial attitude. Life is best lived when you are dialed into your unique purpose and creating a tremendous legacy. 

Did you Know?

Minnesota inventions include water skis, the stapler, Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, the automatic pop-up toaster, rollerblades, and Snickers.
Blaine High School program helps connect teens with employers

A new program in the north metro is working to  help  link employers with young people trying to break into the workforce for the first time. Blaine High School is partnering with the Metro North Chamber of Commerce to place teens into  jobs  within their community. The local chamber did a pilot  program last year in a partnership with Coon Rapids High School.
New Year, New Leader at Austin Chamber of Commerce

The new year means changes for an organization that represents hundreds of Austin-area businesses. And while the leadership might be changing, the mission is not. "They're invested here, they work here and as they grow here, everybody benefits," said Sandy Forstner.
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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 .  

MACE POLL
Are you currently attending or have graduated from the Institute for Organization Management?
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Survey Says:
Does your chamber conduct a state Day at the capitol program?

Yes: 40.0%

No: 53.3%

I don't know: 6.7%
Midlands Voices: Incentives Will Keep Nebraska Open For Business
By Bryan Slone, David Brownand Wendy Birdsall

Slone is president of Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Brown is president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Birdsall is president and CEO of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The new year brings new optimism. For the business community, 2019 also ushers in plenty of uncertainty. Employers face serious challenges — including a workforce shortage and a nationwide skills gap that are preventing their growth.
North Dakota lawmakers to mull Sunday shopping ban repeal

Two Fargo lawmakers say the time is ripe to repeal Sunday business restrictions in North Dakota that have been in place since statehood and rooted in religious tradition...The Greater North Dakota Association, the state’s chamber of commerce, has long supported lifting the ban, while the North Dakota Retail Association has taken a neutral stance on it.
Wary of new ethics rules, North Dakota lobbyists rethink plans for legislator receptions

Some lobbying groups are rethinking plans to hold legislator socials after North Dakota voters passed a ballot measure etching new ethics rules into the state constitution...Greater North Dakota Chamber President and CEO Arik Spencer, whose group spearheaded the opposition to Measure 1, was unsure whether they would hold their legislative social early next year.
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce votes to consider merger with Elevate

The Rapid City Area Chamber board set out to vote on the potential merger with Elevate Rapid City on Thursday morning, but they didn't vote yes or no...Instead, the board unanimously voted to explore the possibilities first and make a final decision at their Jan. 17 meeting.
Supe's On: Brandon Valley preparing for upcoming legislative session

In preparation for the 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session, the Brandon Valley Board of Education and Administration hosted our District 10 and 25 legislators for collaborative a meeting to discuss the upcoming legislative session...In late January, our Brandon Valley High School Student Council will be joining the Chamber of Commerce in Pierre for Brandon Day at the Legislature.
Whitehead named president of Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce; Coon promoted to VP

The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday a new president and the promotion of one of its long-time staff members. Angel Whitehead will serve as the Chamber’s new president, according to a news release from the organization
Everything you think you know about Madison business is changing

Who we are, what we do, what we make, how we live, where we live — it’s all changing. Madison’s business community is changing too...Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon has been asking himself a fascinating question lately: If there were no Chamber of Commerce, and the businesses of the Greater Madison Region decided to create an entity to represent the business sector, what would that entity look like?
Grundy Center looking for businesses to enter competition

The Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce is trying to boost business downtown.
Grundy Center Chamber-Main Street is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use an extra $20,000 to launch or grow their business ideas within the Grundy Center Main Street district.
Iowa acts to boost workforce

The good news is Iowa’s unemployment level is as low as it’s been in the state’s history...“Workforce development continues to be the defining challenge of Iowa,” Molly Grover, with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, said on behalf of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, an organization representing the chambers of commerce in Iowa’s 16 largest cities.
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