Business matters

Webster City Schools hosted the quarterly Chamber of Commerce coffee on Tuesday morning with about 75 Chamber members and guests attending.

Tuesday’s meeting, held in the lobby of the high school competition gym, marked the second gathering since the Chamber of Commerce switched from weekly coffee hours to holding the events four times a year.

Chamber Director Deb Brown welcomed those present and introduced school Superintendent Mike Sherwood. He called teacher Dawn Scholtens to the microphone to tell the audience about a special award she recently received. Scholtens was one of four Iowa teachers to be presented with the Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award. The awards were presented by the Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville.

Sherwood also discussed the recent roll out of the one-to-one technology program which put an iPad or iPad mini in the hands of each district student. Sherwood said the roll out has gone smoothly and added that many students were already accustomed to working with the digital tablets.

“One young person told me that he didn’t like reading books on his iPad, but preferred to hold the book in his hands,” Sherwood said. He added that district was working towards being “tradigital” and said, “Books, pencils, paper and the like are never going to go away.”

In other presentations, Mona Everson reported on the funds raised during RVTV by several businesses, including Designer Graphics Plus, Frito-Lay, Hy-Vee, Mornin’ Glory and Webster City Custom Meats. The funds raised were donated to Upper Des Moines Opportunity.

John Laird, naturalist with Hamilton County Conservation, reported on the recent Night Hike at Skillet Creek and discussed up coming programming in Hamilton County.

Steve Struchen reported on the downtown design project in which Iowa State University design students worked with businesses to develop plans for upgrading store front looks and business logos.

Lori Foster of Van Diest Medical Center reported on the hospital’s new website and reminded those present that the hospital has a group of speakers available for service club presentations.

New employees at Fareway – Brandon Brase and Jerud Thompson – introduced themselves. Police Chief Brian Hughes introduced his newest police officer, Adam Peterson. Michael Wright, the new manager at Black Hills Energy was also present.

Darcy Swon of inTANDEM Workspace announced that a fourth business has taken up residence at the co-working facility. Henkel and Associates of Boone, an accounting firm, has opened an office at the Bank Street workspace. Swon also said she would be holding a ribbon cutting and open house at her office on Dec. 12. The open house is from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Swon also discussed the Chamber’s successful How to Wow seminar series. She said in the near future a survey would be sent to Chamber members to gauge what topics should be presented next year.

New businesses were also recognized at the coffee Tuesday. Randy Andrews, owner of Lucky Shot Athletics, talked about his personal training services and his partnership with SNAP Fitness.

Michelle Peterson announced that she and Nick Fiscella would be opening a Fiscella’s Fine Baked Goods in what was the former Lomita’s location. The restaurant will feature breakfasts, lunches, baked goods and on a few nights a week, Italian dinners. She said the restaurant is scheduled to open in December. Peterson provided samples of sweets that will be available at her business.

The next quarterly Chamber coffee will be held March 6.