November 12, 2018
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College football games have also been a Thanksgiving staple for decades. Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, for example, was a Thanksgiving tradition that produced the “Game of the Century” in 1971. 
Omaha-area companies say they expect to sell more in 2019, but worry about finding workers

Area business leaders expect to ring up more sales next year as the strong national economy buoys Omaha-area companies...It’s a reflection of a good economy, according to the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, which released its  annual economic snapshot of the region , heralding the “optimistic outlook” of the company chiefs who responded to the survey.
Chamber ag barbecue a night to remember

Keith and Shirley Kort, a Blue Hill couple who spent their entire married life promoting Blue Hill, the beef industry, and agriculture in south central Nebraska, received posthumous honors Thursday evening from the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Music Lane bridges generations with North Dakota icons

Before she painted a portrait of Peggy Lee, Melissa Gordon didn’t know much about the celebrated singer born in Jamestown...The public art project was brought about from the 2017 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan team from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the North Dakota Music Hall of Fame and Mandan Community Beautification Committee. 
November recipients of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Eagle Award Program:

The Eagle program is sponsored by the Chamber to recognize workers in Minot who exhibit superior customer service.
Mpls Fed official to talk at Pierre Chamber event

Ron Wirtz, director of regional outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will be at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce for a presentation on South Dakota’s economy on Monday morning, Nov. 26.
Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce welcomes David Merhib as president and CEO

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce announced Monday the hiring of David Merhib as its new president and CEO. Merhib has served as the president and CEO of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce in Brookings, SD for the past four years.
Greater Madison Chamber names area's Most Innovative Company

A pair of Australian sister companies that help put the lid on the use of electronic devices won the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Most Innovative Company award. LocknCharge and TechDen have their North American headquarters in Madison, at 4510 Helgesen Drive, with 27 employees.
Greater Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce Celebrate their Successes and their Future

The Greater Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) met on Saturday to celebrate their chamber, their businesses and were introduced to future initiatives to continue their focus on positively impacting the community through successful business ownership.
Business community contributes $120,000 in hopes of keeping Iowa Wesleyan University open

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Alliance is encouraging Iowa Wesleyan University to stay open...In letters to the Iowa Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, the Chamber encouraged the board to delay the closing to pursue a sustainable future for the institution.
“Welcoming Business” signs push for a more inclusive community

One Human Family QCA and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce teamed up to spread inclusivity with "Welcoming Business" signs. The signs have a simple message, "We Welcome All People." The goal is to encourage people of all races, gender or religion to feel more comfortable in the community.
As Rochester grows, 'trailing spouses' still struggle to find work

Professionally speaking, MaryAnn Matveyenko is a catch. Before she moved to Rochester four years ago when her husband took a job at Mayo, she was using her Ph.D. in integrated biology to lead a lab at the University of Southern California...For Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce President Kathleen Harrington, these trailing spouses are both a challenge and opportunity for the city.
Chamber’s new president touts partnerships

Collaboration and searching for individual business needs is what new Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce President Krista Jech is aiming to work on in her new position. The chamber president position was held previously by Tim Roche for the past four years.
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