#MemberMonday: Western Iowa Regents Resource Center

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What services does Western Iowa Regents Resource Center offer? Our center located in Sioux City provides access to participate in credit courses, complete degree programs and obtain information on new and transfer admissions to the Regents universities.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 5 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the opportunities to network with other Siouxland Chamber members.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? The surprising fact about our organization is the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be earned without having to leave Siouxland.

#MemberMonday: Availa Bank

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What services do you offer? Availa Bank offers easy, convenient, full-service banking for your personal and business needs. Our friendly and available staff is here to answer your questions, help your business grow, or turn your dream of home ownership into a reality!

How many years has your business been a Siouxland Chamber member? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 21 years since February 1999.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best part of our membership is interacting with fellow members of our community for the betterment of our hometown.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Availa Bank’s roots date back to 1870 and our chairman of the board, Tom Gronstal, was the Superintendent of Banking for the State of Iowa from 2002-2011.

#MemberMonday: Simple Life, Inc.

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What services do you offer? We are a non-profit organization created to assist individuals with disabilities in improving and building their life skills through our Day Habilitation and Home Based Habilitation services.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been partnered up with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce since February 2019.

What is the best part about being a Siouxland Chamber member? The best part of our membership is having access to what seems like endless amounts of resources. I’ve learned so much about Sioux City and the businesses we have here!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We serve over 50 members in our community and that number is growing rapidly.

#MemberMonday: Siouxland Humane Society

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What services do you offer? We provide programs and services that promote the humane treatment of animals. We are the only private, nonprofit open admission full service shelter in Siouxland dedicated to animal welfare.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for 25 years!

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? We enjoy receiving the Week at a Glance publication and other e-mails about what’s happening in Siouxland.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We are so much more than just about pets. We know how important that bond is with people and pets – we are here to help. The Siouxland Humane Society is about keeping families and pets together.

#MemberMonday: Sedgwick Talley Abstract

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What services do you offer? We offer real estate services – title reports.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members for 67 years!

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? The best part about being a member of the Siouxland Chamber is knowing that our membership supports local businesses. We also enjoy meeting new people and building relationships.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We have been doing title work since 1886!

#MemberMonday: D2 Worldwide, LLC

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What services do you offer? We offer IT services such as network, security, and hardware, communications support (marketing, product documentation, training), intellectual property strategy and implementations, data analysis and behavioral science services.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber since 2009.

What is the best part about being a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We enjoy meeting and connecting with other members, learning about their services, and taking time to understand how we can help them improve customer experience or streamline business operations!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We have team members in the United States and China, and across nine states, including our South Dakota office on the old Gateway campus, where many of us first met 20+ years ago.

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Celebrates 25 Years!

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By Dawn Snyder, Education Programs Director,
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center (DPNC) will turn 25 on October 22, 2020. The popular, local attraction and educational facility is managed by the Woodbury County Conservation Board (WCCB) and boasts more than 55,000 visitors annually. Surrounded by over 1,000 acres of woodlands and loess hills prairies, the DPNC is the perfect setting for outdoor learning. Hands-on exhibits engage visitors in learning about the plants and animals of the Loess Hills and three miles of trails give them a chance to explore our natural habitats. People from all over the country (and world!) visit this nature center to learn, appreciate and revel in our natural environment. Much has happened to contribute to this success over the past quarter of a century.

Just as it took a village to plan, create and fulfill this dream, countless people have worked over the years to make this facility one of the most respected nature centers in the state.

Some of those early nature center roots have been long-lived. For example, many volunteers that assisted with education programs and planning were part of the grassroots beginning before the nature center was conceived and are still active as nature center volunteers today. One such example is Dianne Blankenship. Blankenship has a passion for native prairie restoration and has worked tirelessly for decades to promote awareness and appreciation of the Loess Hills. To trace her history with WCCB and the nature center, you need to go back to the 1980s. She served on the interview selection committee in 1988 that hired me, Dawn Snyder, the first naturalist for WCCB. In 1989, I proposed the idea of a nature center to WCCB and recruited dozens of people to assist in that cause.

Blankenship was one of the founding members of the Woodbury County Conservation Foundation (WCCF). WCCF was established in 1990 as the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for WCCB, an essential function to assist with fundraising for the future nature center. She served with other key community leaders on the nature center capital campaign cabinet to help secure funds for the $1.35 million facility. She continues today as an important volunteer and mentor and is still serving on the WCCF Board of Directors and trumpets the cause for native plants and prairies.

Another capital campaign cabinet member was Dr. Gerald McGowan. The McGowan family has rich history with DPNC. McGowan’s daughter, Eileen (McGowan) Lord, played a crucial role in planning and developing the nature center’s hands-on exhibits. As a member of the Junior League of Sioux City (JLSC), Lord served as chair of the Junior League Legacy Exhibit Gallery committee. Junior League’s generous pledge of $50,000 launched the design, construction and funding of the exhibits. More than 20 women of the JLSC volunteered and dedicated their time and talent to make the nature center’s exhibits such a success. Even Chamber President Chris McGowan joined in an exhibit work day prior to the nature center grand opening in 1995. Another daughter Laura (McGowan) Glover volunteered for several years on the Nature Calls fundraiser committee, raising funds for the nature center in the successful and unique beer tasting charity event. Over the years, Nature Calls events have helped fund the nature center exhibit upgrade in 2011, the Raptor House and the Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

It’s rewarding and special to share the lives of multi-generations that have been touched by DPNC. We celebrate and embrace the wonder of teaching youngsters every day. For instance, in a typical summer the extremely popular & successful Summer Day Camps at DPNC reach more than 300 youth each year. Over the years we have watched youngsters attend camp as four-year-olds, returning each year until they are 14 or 15. Several past campers have then become Junior Volunteers, and volunteer at Summer Day Camps. Then in turn, some former campers-turned-volunteers become Summer Naturalist interns and become paid seasonal staff.

Then there have been more than a handful of past campers / volunteers / interns that have gone on to pursue a career in natural resources or in the teaching profession. Tess Lord (daughter of Eileen McGowan Lord and granddaughter of Gerald McGowan) is one of those examples. Tess spent the past summer as a Summer Naturalist Intern at DPNC. She’s currently majoring in Environmental Science at Briar Cliff University and is exploring Naturalist as a career choice. And, of course, we have former Summer Day campers that now enroll their children in our Summer Day Camps and youth programs. It tends to make you feel old—but it also is so rewarding.

Of course, I can’t tell this story without my own perspective. I am honored, humbled and privileged to have started the environmental education program as the first full-time WCCB Naturalist in 1988. I can’t list every individual, but I’m grateful to the generous and kind people of this community and region that embraced the wild idea of a nature center. They helped immeasurably to create this legacy of learning and nature study that has become the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. It certainly has taken a village, and I count myself blessed to have worked with the best co-workers, volunteers, community partners and friends over the past 32 years.

Here’s to nature hikes and school field trips; the shared stories and endless memories; the new discoveries and the “Ah-Ha!” moments; the cherished wildlife sightings and the subtle beauty of the native prairie; the treasured friends—old, new, those passed from this earth, and those I have yet to meet. Thank you, all, so very much for your part in creating our story. I invite and encourage you to share in the journey of our next 25 years—and beyond.

South entrance of the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center today showing the Loess Falls Water Feature and Raptor House. Photo by Randy Schoener, Sioux City

Thursday, October 22: Livestream 25th Anniversary Raptor Release—Facebook Live Virtual Event, 2:00 p.m.,View at:https://www.facebook.com/DorothyPecautNatureCenter/. Tune in for a livestream as Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center releases three rehabilitated birds of prey back into the wild in Woodbury County. The birds were rehabilitated by SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) and to commemorate the Nature Center’s 25th Anniversary we will release the birds live on Facebook for our virtual celebration. Sponsored by BAIRD – The Holzrichter Morrison Group and SOAR. For more information contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838 or dsnyder@woodburyparks.org.

#MemberMonday: Elite Staffing

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What services do you offer? We offer executive recruitment, clerical staffing, industrial staffing and human resources.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for seven years.

What is the best part about being a member of the Siouxland Chamber? We enjoy getting to know other businesses and seeing our business community come together to support each other.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? A surprising fact about Elite Staffing is that the majority of our candidates in our talent pool are confidential and will not apply to external job posts.

Guest Blog: An alternative depression treatment near you!

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Being from a medical background, the founders of Achieve TMS Central know all too well just how devastating the effects of mental illness can be and how medications and therapies alone aren’t always 100% effective. Achieve TMS Central and Achieve TMS East are proud to be one of the largest providers of deep TMS in the nation. We now proudly serve the great state of Iowa!

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  • FDA-Approved Treatment.
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  • Most common side effects are headaches and neck pain. No effect on memory.
  • Most insurances cover the cost of treatment.
  • Treats Major Depressive Disorder (or similar diagnoses in certain cases).

Achieve TMS Central is all about community. We know we would be nothing without our unique Achieve community of dedicated professionals, who work in collaboration with community providers to develop an effective, deep TMS treatment plan to help those suffering from Depression. From our medical team to our support team and everyone in between, our knowledgeable staff members all share the same goal – to improve the lives of our patients.

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