February 18, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives

Date: May 1-3, 2019
Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Sioux Falls, SD
Early Bird Cost: $235 or Register 3 get the 4 thFREE
Early Bird Price ends April 10.
MACE Scholarships
The MACE Board of Directors is pleased to be able to offer 12 scholarships for this year's MACE conference in Sioux Falls. Two recipients from each state are expected unless applications are not sufficient in any one state.

Each year the live and silent auction program at the Mace conference provides the resources necessary for scholarships. Chambers in attendance at the conference are encouraged to bring an auction item, basket or similar.

There is only a limited number of scholarships available.
Applications are accepted until noon on March 29th. Please see the website application below.
Did you Know?

Minnesotan baseball commentator, Halsey Hal, was the first to say 'Holy Cow' during a baseball broadcast.
Eggs & Issues forum participants talk scrambled politics

Death and taxes may be the surities of life—at the Eggs & Issues forum hosted every year, it's taxes and more taxes, hashed out out over eggs, sausages, coffee and French toast. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce's Eggs & Issues forum is an annual breakfast and interactive panel discussion featuring Brainerd lakes area legislators Friday morning, Feb. 15, at Madden's Resort on Gull Lake.
Park Rapids Chamber receives award

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has received an award for niche marketing. Chamber President/CEO Butch De La Hunt accepted a Destination Marketing Award on Feb. 6 at the Explore Minnesota Tourism conference in St. Paul.
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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 .  

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Survey Says:
Does your chamber have a standing finance committee?

Yes: 47.8%

No: 52.2%
Michael Yanney's speech at the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce's 2019 annual meeting

Below is the text of Michael Yanney's speech at the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th annual meeting Monday evening:

One hundred years ago the Kearney Chamber of Commerce was founded and initiated its mission and purpose. Think about the first Board of Directors meeting and what might have gone through their minds 100 years ago.
Don Walton: Workforce development — spending or investment?

What is identified in the corporate world as investment is often identified politically as spending when it occurs in the public sector..."We need to make strategic investments now," Nebraska Chamber President Bryan Slone said.
North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity

North Dakota  is looking to make computer science and cybersecurity courses accessible to all students across the state. ... At the end of the 2017 legislative session, Baesler convened a group of educational stakeholders and the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce to identify goals for the following session. Stakeholders agreed computer science "was a necessity in our state," she said.
'There is no silver bullet' to solving N.D.'s worker shortage, officials say

North Dakota’s Commerce commissioner says there are possibly 30,000 unfilled jobs in the state, making workforce issues a top priority. Low unemployment and nation-leading labor participation make it “a challenge” to fill those jobs with qualified applicants, Michelle Kommer told Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber members Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Community heroes recognized at luncheon

Local businesses and individuals were honored this week for their contributions at the Community Champions Awards Luncheon, held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. The event was hosted by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and awards were presented from the Chamber, the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Aberdeen Hotel Alliance and the South Dakota Prairie Business Initiative.
Spanish driver's license test gets boost from South Dakota senators

A driver's license bill that Sioux Falls business leaders say will help the city's workforce received support from senators on Wednesday morning...The Sioux Falls and Rapid City Chambers of Commerce, as well as building and health industry representatives, urged the committee to pass the bill because the state's English-only test is hampering business' ability to hire potential employees in the state's increasingly diverse population. 
Evers proposal to decriminalize marijuana, legalize for medical use

Gov. Tony Evers proposal to legalize medical marijuana would allow an individual with a debilitating medical condition to possess up to three ounces or 12 live plants...Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is also urging Governor Evers to rethink his plan to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use.
Hudson Chamber announces 2019 board

The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2019 Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Jan. 24.
Lawmakers talk broadband, workforce at Chamber forum

Three lawmakers sat down for a Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce forum as the sixth week of this year’s legislative session approaches. State Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center, and state Reps. Dean Fisher, R-Montour, and Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, shared their thoughts on what’s happening at the State Capitol in Des Moines.
Is Iowa to blame for this town's 'desperately needed' $9 million housing project sitting unfinished and empty?

With its imposing clock tower and weather vane perched over a stately white facade, the three-story McQuillen Place stands poised to become a centerpiece of this small city's Main Street..."It's a definite frustration for everybody involved," said Mark Wicks, executive director of the Charles City Chamber of Commerce. "There's been too much put into it at this point. It's not something you can walk away from."
NATIVE AMERICAN JOBS:   Greg’s 100% Native-owned construction company worked on the Line 3 Replacement Project in Wisconsin and hopes to support Native employment in Minnesota. He knows from his work just how safe pipelines really are. “It’s gonna benefit our people, everyone’s people, to move forward.”  LISTEN:
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