October 29, 2018
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Wisconsin snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed and groomed snow highways.
Business owners can team up on insurance, but beware of uncertainties

As small business owners shop for 2019 health insurance, some will for the first time have the chance to join forces and buy cheaper insurance — depending on which state they’re in...In Wisconsin, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Property Taxpayers Inc. and Wisconsin Bankers Association have said they will offer association health plans to their members in 2019.
Chamber leads first Workforce Solutions Summit

As finding employees became an increasing problem for Eau Claire businesses with the labor market tightening, the local chamber of commerce pondered ways to solve that...“We need to bring people together, not just send out information,” said Scott Rogers, governmental affairs and workforce director at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Forum looks towards the future

Businesses across Siouxland joined the Iowa Business Council for its “Vision to Vitality” community forum at Wells Enterprises Corporate Office, Thursday, Oct. 25. The forum was the third to take place in the IBC’s goal to help communities across Iowa grow...Including Wells, the panel also featured Dr. Steven Webner, superintendent of Le Mars Community Schools; Neal Adler, executive director for the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce; and Chris McGowan, president for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.
Alliance & Chamber Partners with Iowa Workforce

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a laborshed employment study for the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Talent availability has been a concern for Cedar Valley and Iowa businesses. 

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon recently announced the 2018 Minnesota Business Snapshot, a first of its kind report for use by businesses, nonprofits, and policy-makers throughout Minnesota...“Early in 2016, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State contacted our chamber with a request to assist them with the design of a short voluntary survey intended to provide an opportunity for Minnesota businesses to collaborate more easily,” said Bud Stone, President of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hiring by Twin Cities employers dipped over past year, LinkedIn study finds

Worker hiring in the Twin Cities has declined over the past year, and Minneapolis-St. Paul continues to lose skilled professionals to cities such as San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix, a recent LinkedIn workforce report found...Laura Bordelon, senior vice president for advocacy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said employment in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area is up 2.2 percent over the past year as the region added close to 44,000 jobs. 
Chamber Updates City Council

The Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce remains busy promoting the community and businesses, Chamber President and CEO Hope Feeney said Tuesday. The Chamber continues to work on the Hickory Street Project, seeking funding for the Hickory Street Project.
Columbus hosts Latino Youth Summit for the first time

More than 600 Nebraska high school students will make their way to the area on Tuesday for the annual Latino Youth Summit...Alarcon said this grant-funded event was on the verge of being canceled due to financial issues. She said funding was running low until businesses like Nebraska Public Power District, U.S. Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Nebraska Community Foundation, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and the Latino American Commission came together to sponsor it.
North Dakota Ponders Legalizing Pot for Fun

THE NINE STATES WHERE an adult can consume marijuana for fun and without legal repercussions are in exactly the places you'd expect...Groups like the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce and North Dakota Retail Association plowed in money to defeat the initiative, and the state's attorney general formally came out against it. 
USDA receives 136 proposals to move research divisions

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says 136 groups in 35 states have expressed interest in becoming the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture...Fargo, N.D., as proposed by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, the Bank of North Dakota, the City of Fargo, and North Dakota State University.
South Dakota governor's race to deliver historic result no matter the outcome

For the first time in decades, South Dakotans will decide a neck-and-neck contest for governor...GOP gubernatorial candidates Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem shake hands after the debate in downtown Sioux Falls Thusday, May 31, at the Orpheum Theater. The debate was sponsored by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, The Argus Leader, and KSFY.
Costume makers turn doppelgängers at Deadweird

Deadwood, a town known for its hauntings and horror stories, embraced its Halloween heritage...Amanda Kille, Marketing Director with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, said the possibility of winning was an incentive for participants to go all-out with their costume. “Something about that competition and that promise of being rewarded for your hard work brings out the best of the best of the costumes,” Kille said.
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