January 28, 2019
Produced by the Mid-America Chamber Executives
Learn from the Leaders:
State Leadership Panel

This year's MACE conference will feature a panel involving the following state leaders:

  • Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber
  • Bryan Slone, President of the Nebraska Chamber
  • Arik Spencer, President of the Greater North Dakota Chamber
  • David Owens, President of the South Dakota Chamber

Learn from the state leaders how to stay relevant in the changing industry, emerging issues, the importance of advocacy and lobbying, and how issues effect the local and state level differently.
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.
Did you Know?

South Dakota is the second leading producer of honey in the US.
South Dakota Employers Could Pay Less Unemployment Tax

Contribution rates that South Dakota businesses pay for unemployment insurance would drop about $2.5 million in calendar 2020 under a plan state lawmakers endorsed Wednesday..."If these rates were going up, we'd all be here howling like mashed cats," David Owen said. He is president for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and serves on the advisory panel.
Bill gutting South Dakota transgender sports policy dies in Senate committee

A bill to require transgender students to participate in South Dakota high school athletics based on their sex at birth rather than their gender identity was killed by a Senate committee on Thursday...Numerous school and business groups, including the Sioux Falls School District and Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, testified against the legislation, saying it's discriminatory and could cause businesses to move out of state, as well as open school districts up to lawsuits.
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Northwestern Community-Based Lobbyists To Ask State For More Support

Lobbying groups from two northwestern Wisconsin regions share similar interests in getting more help from state government. The Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance — with more than 100 members tied to the chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie — had to postpone its 25th annual  Chippewa Valley Rally  due to frigid weather expected in  Wisconsin this week
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County to expand services throughout the state

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County has been growing quickly for the last couple of years, and in 2019, they’ll make an even bigger leap: expanding services statewide. As it grows, the chamber will focus on serving south central Wisconsin and will change its name and website, nixing the “Dane County” to reflect its wider presence.
Ames Main Street votes yes to agreement with Ames Chamber

Members of the Ames Main Street board unanimously voted to merge with the Ames Chamber of Commerce for leadership following a meeting earlier this week in which Chamber President and CEO Dan Culhane outlined the benefits of the agreement which he said would be to ensure a team of employees at the Chamber would handle some of duties of Ames Main Street’s executive director.
Thousands gather for the University of Okoboji Winter Games

This weekend, folks from all across the globe enrolled themselves in the University of Okoboji Winter Games...“It’s just such a fun way for everybody to escape the cabin fever and enjoy the charm of Okoboji,” says Kylie Zankowski, Director of Membership and Event at the Iowa Greatest Lake Area Chamber.
McGregor celebrates highlights of 2018

The McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual business meeting and dinner on Monday, Jan. 14 at Bann’s Bar and Restaurant in McGregor. The banquet room was full to capacity with 98 chamber and community members in attendance.
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 150 years

The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 with community events, a series of historical videos and a look back at business beginnings in the area. "I said recently at an industry conference we were celebrating our 150th and everybody just gasped," said Chamber President Teresa Bohnen. "And it's kind of awe-inspiring to be the person sitting in this chair when it happens."
Broad range of senators support new Nebraska business incentives program

A new business development tax-incentive program designed to help attract and create more higher-paying jobs in the state will begin its journey through the 2019 Legislature propelled by a broad range of initial support...Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, suggested that "in many respects, we are at an economic crossroads."
Hughes: Everything is on the table

A whopping 739 bills were introduced by Nebraska state senators this legislature session, the most since 2005, but whether most of them see the light of day outside of hearings remains to be seen...With the session barely starting, “Basically everything is on the table” concerning property tax relief and the need to raise revenue, Hughes said Thursday morning at the McCook Chamber of Commerce conference call.
'She tells it like it is': Best-selling author Rachel Hollis speaks to sold-out crowd in Fargo

With infectious energy, best-selling author Rachel Hollis hit the stage dancing to Beyonce's anthem of women empowerment, "Run The World," and incited a dance party at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex...It's the biggest event ever hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce — even bigger than when all-star Shaquille O'Neal spoke at the SHAC in 2017.
So far, so good for Minot at Legislature

Several bits of good news came out of Saturday’s legislative forum held in Minot at the State Fair Center...First of all, thanks again to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce for planning the legislative forums held on certain Saturdays while the Legislature is in session. And, thanks to our senators and representatives for making themselves available for comment and to take questions from the public. This is how government should work.
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