Your Member Liaison | P: 515-450-3414 | E: kmeyn@acimech.com
This holiday season, like the rest of 2020, is certainly nothing we’ve experienced before. In accordance with the current proclamations and orders regarding group gatherings, ABC of Iowa has postponed the December 16th Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. I will keep you posted on additional details as they’re announced.

Recent IRS notices have reversed congressional intent of the PPP loans and effectively made these forgiven amounts fully taxable. This will result in a $100-200 billion nationwide tax hike on small business. ABC of Iowa recently joined hundreds of other trade associations to send a letter to Congress, urging them to correct the tax treatment of PPP loan forgiveness.

While this year has been a difficult one, it has shown how resilient our members are and how strong our industry is and will continue to be in the future. Please let me know if ABC or I can be helpful to you and your company as we weather this storm together.
APPRENTICESHIP & EDUCATION UPDATE
Ginny Shindelar, VP of Education and Training Services
P: 515-985-1175 | E: ginny.shindelar@abciowa.org
Last Chance to Register!
The deadline to register without a late fee for Winter apprenticeship classes was Wednesday, December 9th. A late fee of $100/student now applies for registrations submitted after 12/9. You can register online here or contact Ginny with questions.

Craft Championships Update
We have decided to move our annual Craft Championships competition to Jan. 22nd, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, we will unfortunately not be having the typical huge event that we plan each year at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. But we are excited to still have the competition, and allow our apprentices to showcase their skills and qualify for the national competition.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Jared Harridge, Membership Director
P: 515-681-5620 | E: jared.harridge@abciowa.org
Membership Dues
Now is the time to pay your 2021 membership dues. You may mail a check to our office, 3100 SE Enterprise Dr., Grimes, IA 50111, pay through the unique link emailed to you, or pay over the phone by calling Jared at (515) 985-1174.
Merit Shop Emerging Leaders 2021
Registration is open for the 2021 Merit Shop Emerging Leaders program. This is a four-session long academy which is designed to cultivate future leaders in our industry. We provide participants opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience in the areas of leadership, management, continuing education and technology. The deadline to register is Jan. 8th and space is extremely limited. Sign up today and find more information here!

Excellence in Construction 2021 is ON 
Mark your calendars! We will be holding our Excellence in Construction Awards event this year on Friday, April 23 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. More information will be coming soon.
SAFETY UPDATE
Rich Formanek, Safety Consultant
P: 515-681-1542 | E: rich.formanek@abciowa.org
Now is the time to enroll in STEP, ABC’s premier safety management system. This FREE program can help your company be safer than the industry average and help lower your workers compensation insurance rates.
ABC of Iowa Safety Award of Excellence
We are also announcing a new annual safety award this year. The ABC of Iowa Safety Award of Excellence will be presented to the contractor who demonstrates safety excellence through company programs, employee training, pre-work planning, and safe work practices. To be eligible for this award, you must be a STEP participant. More information will be coming in January.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
Michelle McKinney, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
P: 515-985-1164 | E: michelle.mckinney@abciowa.org
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Monthly Member News - Nov/Dec 2020 | Questions? - Call 515-985-1160