September 3, 2018
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Did you Know?

Wisconsin leads the nation in the exports of cranberries, whey, ginseng root and sweet corn.
Celebrating Chamber of Commerce Month

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 102 years of service to Kenosha County businesses in 2018. On Oct. 11, 1916, historic and noted Kenosha business leaders such as Zalmon Simmons, James Cavanagh, Gene LaMacchia, W. John Frost and Frank Wells solicited members and held the first meeting of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce at the Elks Club in Kenosha.
Potter named Hudson Chamber president

The Hudson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau announced last week that Mary Claire Olson Potter has accepted the position of chamber president. Potter brings 17 years of chamber experience to the Hudson Chamber of Commerce including the Rochester Area Chamber, Saint Paul Area Chamber, and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Small Business Summit 

Register for the 2018 US Chamber Small Business Summit in Washington D.C. on October 2-3.

Does you chamber have an active ambassadors type program?
Survey Says:
Is Your Chamber a Member of ACCE?

Yes: 58.3%

No: 41.7%
Iowa Business Council’s “Vision to Vitality” shows a successful collaborative approach to growth

The Iowa Business Council held its second “Vision to Vitality” community forum in Muscatine yesterday...Greg Jenkins, President and CEO, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, discussed the community’s efforts to address the challenge of workers commuting in and out of Muscatine, but not necessarily living in town.
Iowa ranked 14th hardest working state in the nation

Work ethic is one of things Americans are known for throughout the world and even more so in the Midwest and Iowa. A recent report from financial website WalletHub ranked Iowa as the 14th hardest-working state in America..."People in other states and other places look to Iowa for that very factor," Spencer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Campbell said.
Living costs in St. Cloud at national average, but we pay more for groceries, health care

In many respects, you could say St. Cloud is pretty average. That includes our cost of living...The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce releases local results of a cost of living index every quarter.
St. Paul officials hammering out details on $15 minimum wage proposal

St. Paul city leaders got more feedback Wednesday night on plans for raising the city's minimum wage, as the City Council inches toward drafting an ordinance to set it at $15 an hour...St. Paul Chamber of Commerce President B Kyle, who co-chaired the Citizens League's study committee, says it could isolate the city.
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce: Career Exploration Day, Oktoberfest

The goal of the Career Exploration Day, hosted by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Committee and the Nebraska National Guard, is to introduce students to a variety of careers by allowing them to participate in hands on activities, such as exploring vehicles, using tools, operating computers and interviewing workers.
Nebraska State Chamber Speaks Highly Of Broken Bow

The  Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce  was happy to welcome the  Nebraska State Chamber  to Broken Bow on Tuesday, September 11. Numerous members of the Broken Bow Chamber and media were in attendance at the event that was held at Adams Land and Cattle.
Devils Lake leaders will vote next month on downtown streets project

Devils Lake city commissioners will make a decision next month on a disputed $6.4 million downtown streets renovation project. The city originally planned to repair broken streets and sidewalks in 2015. Paula Vistad, executive director of the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber previously released “Activate Downtown Devils Lake,” a proposal to make improvements to the corridor.  
Organizers: ND Moves project a success

Rugby wrapped up its participation in this summer's North Dakota Moves project Wednesday, removing all traces of the pop-up demonstration placed in July...Durkee, who serves as executive director for the Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors' Bureau, told the Tribune the temporary project served its purpose: to generate lots of feedback from Rugby residents.
SD Legislators OK Online Sales Tax

State and local governments can charge sales and use taxes to South Dakota customers on most purchases made through Internet and mail starting Nov. 1, the Legislature decided Wednesday..."These are good bills. Please pass them," David Owen, president for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.
Five Ballot Measures Face SD Voters’ Verdicts

As county auditors prepare for absentee voting that starts Friday, Sept. 21, the statewide ballot has more than just candidate elections. Five measures also will be decided, by a yes or no vote...Leaders are former legislators Mitch Richter of Rapid City and Darrell Solberg of Sioux Falls. Lead opponent is David Owen, president for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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