Le Mars Chamber of Commerce
2018
  November
A Mainstreet Iowa Community
a community working together
Business of the Year Nominations The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for "Business of the Year". All Chamber Member businesses are eligible regardless of size or type. Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of the following criteria: community involvement, job creation, innovative practices, employee benefits, major expansion or overcoming an adversity. Businesses can self nominate or be nominated. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber Office, 50 Central Avenue SE. They must be filled out and returned no later than November 21 at 5:00 P.M. The award presentation will take place at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper commons. Make plans to attend this special evening.
Citizen of the Year Nominations Do you know someone who exemplifies dedication and service through personal involvement in the community? If so, nominate him/her for the Citizen of the Year. Nominations are being sought and accepted at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce office. Letters of nomination must be submitted to the Chamber by 5:00 P.M., November 21 Any information that would acquaint the committee with the nominee's qualifications is confidential. The Citizen of the Year will be selected by a committee from the Chamber and will be based on the individual's record of dedication and service to the community. The award will be presented during the Chamber Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper commons. Make plans to attend this special evening.
Contact Chamber Headquarters for more information 546-8821
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Activities
THE LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE IS 6:00 P.M. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1. Now is the time to be working on your floats! For info call 712-540-1631
LUNCH & LEARN Sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce and the ISU Plymouth County Extension SPEAKER – Robin Bostrom – Business Specialist with the State of Iowa Main Street Program           Topic – ERSI Report -  Specific information about Le Mars statistics for 2018 and projections for 2023.    December 10, 2018 Noon Location- Board Room at the Le Mars Convention Center Cost is $12.00 a person To make a reservation contact the Le Mars Chamber  546-8821
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 THRU SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Participating businesses include:  4 Brothers Bar & Grill                  Bling n Fashions                Brown Gift Gallery             Claussens Cork It!                                     Get Branded 360              Godfather’s Pizza              Habitue’ Coffeehouse Hardware Hank                          Hotopp Jewelry & Gifts      Joba’s Décor & Gifts           Pizza Ranch Le Bloom Floral & Antiques          ONE Office Solution          Premier Communications   P’s Pizza House Sugar n Spice                             Sunshine Natural Foods     Wireless World/Verizon
2018 PIONEER VILLAGE CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND It is time to start making plans for the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland at the Plymouth County Fair Grounds.  You or your organization is invited to decorate a tree that will be on display in Century Hall.  We hope to have as many trees as possible this year, so we truly need your support! The Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland will be open during the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, December 1 st  & 2 nd  and Saturday and Sunday, December 8 th  & 9 th .  Century Hall will be open for viewing the trees during the hours of 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The lighted parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 st  beginning at 6:00 p.m. You may decorate your tree on Friday, November 16 th  and Saturday, November 17 th  from 9:00-4:00 p.m.  There are trees provided, however you may use your own if you prefer.  Sorry no live trees!  Please take your decorations down either on Sunday evening, December 9 th  after 8:30 or Monday, December 10 th  from 9:00-4:00 p.m.  These times will be strictly enforced!  If you need to make an appointment please contact us.  We must ask that you adhere to the decorating and take-down schedule that we have set.  This is a busy time of the year for everyone, including the village volunteers.  If you can’t make these times contact me and we can try to make other arrangements. We will attempt to keep someone watching the displays during the viewing hours, however we ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for items placed on or under the trees. Below is a form to reserve a tree for you or your organization.  Please fill out and send to the address listed below. The Pioneer Christmas Village Committee ******************************************************************************************* Contact Person:___________________________________________ Phone:___________________________ ORGANIZATION NAME:______________________________________________________________________ ____________We will supply our own tree                         ______________Please reserve a tree for us Please return this form by November 12 th  to: Ann R. Crosgrove 14101 Kestrel Ave Le Mars, IA 51031 Cell: 712-539-2445
Take Note
In September, entrepreneurs submitted their dream to start or expand a business in the Northwest Iowa Dream Big Grow Here grant contest and recruited family, friends and customers to vote for their entry. Over 17,000 total votes were cast and today we are announcing the top three vote getters along with two additional entrants chosen by a selection committee who will advance to the regional competition. These finalists will have the opportunity to present their idea to an audience and judges in a pitch-off event for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes. The five finalists are: Lefty Leigh’s and Cassens’ Catering from Oto (Heath and Kari Cassens) JAK Sprat from Sanborn (Jodi Krikke) Heartland Coffee & Nosh from Correctionville (Stacy Orndorff) Joyency from Sioux City (Josh Cobbs) Gnarly Pepper from Sioux City (Sara Gotch) The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa will host the pitch-off event on Thursday, November 15 th  at the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center (301 34 th  Ave) in Sheldon. A social hour with food and beverages will begin at 5:00 p.m. During this time, each finalist will have a booth set up to showcase their business for attendees to visit. At 6:00 p.m. each finalist will have 6 minutes to present their business, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A from the panel of judges. The winners of the competition will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with first place receiving $4,000, second place receiving $2,000 and third place receiving $1,000 to grow their businesses.  The Northwest Iowa regional contest is sponsored and organized by Iowa’s West Coast Initiative and Northwest Iowa Developers and includes the following counties: Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. Siouxland Economic Development Corporation is also a sponsor of the event. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information about each entry and the finalists can be found by visiting https://www.dreambiggrowhere.com/Vote.aspx.
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Employee of the Month Boss of the Quarter
Get them in the line up for 2018. Contact Kevin. 
Office: 712.546.7811
  Direct: 712.541.6501
Sandi Tritz  Murphy, Collins, Bixenman & McGill Employee of the Month
Nominated by Staff Our Attorney partners at Murphy, Collins, Bixenman & McGill, LeMars Office would like to take this opportunity to recognize Sandi Tritz as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month for October. Sandi started working with our firm approximately 4 years ago as a receptionist/legal assistant.  From the day she started working she has contributed to the success of our entire team.  Sandi has extended great effort in helping and assisting her co- workers in meeting deadlines and challenges concerning various work activities. Sandi is always timely and efficient in performing her work duties. She meets all challenges head on with a positive attitude and her patience in time of extreme pressure concerning our many deadlines is an outstanding quality she possesses. During these years with us Sandi has displayed great enthusiasm to learn and grow professionally.  She has recently accepted advancement to a new position with the firm and we look forward to her continued dedication as a valued member of our legal team.  It is an honor to have such a dedicated and pleasant employee such as Sandi. Congratulations Sandi for the October 2018 LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.
Chamber Annual Dinner Thursday January 24. Welcome new Chamber Boardmembers: o Margaret Catton    M. Catton & Co. o Jennifer Scholten   Jobas o Dr. Steve Webner  Superintendent, LeMars Community Schools o Dana Wendt           Bling-N-Fashions
November
ribbon cuttings Friday	10:00 AM Ribbon Cutting / Healing Center of Le Mars, 700 12th Street SW                                                                                (formerly Sharon’s Embroidery)  Wednesday	Coffee / Hotopp Jewelry & Gifts        Friday		 After 5 /  Le Mars Arts Center to Celebrate Susan Betsworth's 				 				exhibit, "A Retrospective from the Beginning to Now"   Wednesday	Coffee / Hospice of Siouxland    Wednesday	Coffee / Perspective Insurance  	 Wednesday	Coffee / Kingsley State Bank 2nd 2nd 7th 7th 9th 9th Get it on your schedule: 14th 14th 21st 21st 28th 28th
Ribbon Cutting at Hillview County Park
Chamber Coffee Schedule
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Veteran’s Business Roundtable November 12 After School Program and YMCA Tutoring ISU Extension Annie’s Project Nov 12-29 Treasure your Chest Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation 11/10 Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring opps