Getting acquainted with WC

It’s been a busy month here at the Chamber. I started March 4 and my wheels have been running ever since.My first job will always be to support our Chamber members and make sure they are receiving many benefits as a result of belonging to the Chamber. We want to provide sound business policy, the highest level of service, encourage innovation, develop a strong business climate and create an amazing quality of life for our residents.

It’s important to get out and meet current members and find some new members. The board is working very hard on helping me in my duties and we’ve had meetings all month. Kiwanis invited me to lunch, Rotary has asked me to speak, I’ve met many people this month and because the Daily Freeman-Journal posted my picture several days, most of the town knows what I look like. So far this month I’ve had the pleasure to welcome Jen from 1328 Studio, Chris from The Trashman and Brandon and Travis from Tile Pros and TMI Services as new Chamber members.

The Retail Committee is on fire and planning events for each month for the rest of the year. The Legacy Learning Center out at Briggs Woods is offering some very cool classes, both free and paid. The Chamber Associates are now known as Chamber Champions and are involved in projects planned throughout the year. The Education Committee brought in Rob Williams to teach us about twitter as a business marketing tool. The local radio station KQWC interviewed me and as a result we are now planning a Guys Night Out. The Regional Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives and Top of Iowa Tourism group met here and planned events for the year. We’re planning an Adult Leadership Program with the ISU Hamilton County Extension starting in the fall.

We’ve worked with Cindy Schieber of North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center sending two possible new businesses to her to help with creating business plans. Look for information on The Tour we’re showcasing spaces for sale and for rent around Second Street and Superior Street on April 24. Not only will you receive all the details square footage, price, etc. you’ll also get the history of the building from our Chamber Champions. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes for a couple of hours. You’ll be able to stop by the Chamber and pick up a map. We are looking to add a stop at the very end where you can have a snack and talk with your friends about what you saw.

Boone Bash River Dash is coming up and the Chamber will be once again hosting the Cardboard Regatta. We hope you’re planning your boat now. Of course, we will still have some fun on Crazy Days, enjoy the Doodle Bugs, thrill at the races and eat too much at the fair. Ladies Night Out is a go and we’re working on fun, new ways to celebrate the holidays in Webster City.

Finally we are planning three street festivals on June 14, July 5 and Aug. 9. Friday nights, we’ll close off part of Second Street, ask a different non-profit each night to sell burgers and hot dogs as a fundraiser for their organization, encourage stores to stay open late and have a live band playing. Capping off the night will be a free movie in the park. Tourists will come and stay overnight and enjoy the farmers market, 9-hole golf outing and the races on Saturday. Locals will bring lawn chairs, maybe dance a little and shop a little. We’re calling it Summer Nights and we’re asking you to mark your calendars and save the dates for a whole lot of fun in Webster City.