#MemberMonday: Briar Cliff University

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland since 1930.

What services do you offer? We are a full-service University including undergraduate through doctorate programs.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary as a Chamber member in September 2019.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy staying connected to the community and its leaders.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? We enjoyed taking part in last year’s 64th Annual Siouxland/Washington Conference.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your community /business? When the college was started for women in 1930, the campus had its own golf course so the female students would have access to a place to learn and play golf within the city.

#MemberMonday: Analytical & Consulting Services

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland for 23 years.

What services do you offer? We offer environmental compliance and laboratory testing 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 of Commerce for 15 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the business networking opportunities.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our favorite memory was our groundbreaking in August of 2006.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We are constructing an addition which will double the size of our current facility that was built in 2007.

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Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday: Chatterkick

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland 7 years!

What services do you offer? We offer audits, social media management, sponsored content, website development, coaching & speaking.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 7 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy connecting and collaborating with business owners.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our ribbon cutting at our new location!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We were founded in Sioux City, but have grown to have team members in 7 cities around the country in Sioux City, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Panama City.

Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday: Great Southern Bank – Sioux City

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland for 95 years.

What services do you offer? We are a full-service Regional Community Bank offering a full array of personal and commercial loan services; deposit services; electronic banking; mobile banking and cash management services. We work hard helping families realize the dream of home ownership, helping business owners expand their business or provide the right product or service to help an individual save for a future goal.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber? 49 years

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy being a participant in an organization that believes as we do, in being strong community partners, committed to the growth and prosperity of the people and businesses we serve and helping to make our communities a better place to live, work and do business.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Chamber Dinner where General Schwarzkopf was the featured speaker.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Great Southern Bank has produced the fifth best total all-time shareholder return among the 549 publicly traded banks based in the United States. – BankDirector.com 8/24/18

#MemberMonday: Time Management Systems, Inc.

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How many years has Time Management Systems been in Siouxland? We’ve been in Siouxland since the beginning – we started in 1985.

What services do you offer? We offer time and attendance, payroll and commercial security.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 19 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? As a local, small business, we enjoy the business connections we make by attending events.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our favorite memory was our groundbreaking ceremony held in April of 2017.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We have been family/woman owned since 1985.

Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you area member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday: United Way of Siouxland

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How many years has United Way of Siouxland been in Siouxland? 98 years.

What services do you offer? United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 40 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the opportunity of getting to know others in Siouxland.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Chamber Annual Dinner is our favorite event.

What is a fun and surprising fact about your company/business? United Way helped provide 42,000+ services last year.

Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

Sterk Financial Services is proud to be celebrating their 15-Year Anniversary!

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Sterk Financial Services 15-Year Anniversary

The Sterk Financial Services team is so proud to be celebrating our 15 Year Anniversary this year.  The SBA says that only 25% of business make it to the 15 year mark, so we wanted to share something special to mark this occasion – our top tips on how to smooth out your ride.  We know that for many people, investing in the stock market can be a bumpy ride.  Some days markets go up, and other days markets go down.  This can be scary for some, and exciting for others.   This up and down roller coaster-like swing is also known as market volatility.  Here are a few tips to smooth out your volatility and help you enjoy the ride.

1.  Know your tolerance for risk.  Are you aggressive and look at market dips as an opportunity?  Or are you conservative and the big market swings keep you up at night worrying about the date you can retire?  Perhaps you are middle of the road and feel a little bit of both.  Whatever your tolerance for risk happens to be, it is very important to align your portfolio with volatility you can stomach.  If you are not sure where you land, we can help you determine that thru a simple questionnaire and a conversation about what matters most to you.

2. Don’t make emotional buy and sell decisions.  Many investors get nervous about the market and sell when things are heading down.  Conversely, many people feel comfortable getting into the market only when it is high and has been for a while.  Unfortunately, these emotional cues prompt buy and sell patterns that are the exact opposite of smart investing practices.  Buy low and sell high is the name of the game, but it doesn’t always feel good to do that.  Make decisions ahead of time, and not in the moment, of when you plan to buy and sell within your portfolio.

3.  Consider adding alternative investments to your portfolio.  Alternative investments can add diversity to a portfolio, and also hedge against volatility.  They tend to have a low correlation to stocks.  Simply put, that means alternatives move in their own direction regardless of the market moving up or down.  There are a lot of different types of alternatives, and the amount of alternatives that is right for you is completely dependent upon your own individual circumstances and risk tolerance.

The tricky thing about money is that it doesn’t come with instructions! You need a plan. You need a strategy. You need an experienced guide to help design, monitor, and grow your portfolio. The Sterk Financial Team has a specialized program for managing money. Our goal is simple – to help you protect and grow your investments to set yourself up for a successful financial future. Call us to learn how we can take the complexity and uncertainty out of investing, and help create clarity and confidence as you move forward.

Alternative strategies are not suitable for all investors. Investors should be aware that alternative investments may be subject to certain fees, create taxable events, may be illiquid and no secondary market may exist.

Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC.  Insurance offered through Sterk Financial Services which is not affiliated with Woodbury Financial. Sterk Financial Services 350 Oak Tree Lane, Ste 150 Dakota Dunes, SD 57049.  Phone 605-217-3555 Toll Free 866-800-2186 Fax 605-217-3535

#MemberMonday: Famous Dave’s BBQ

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland for 15 years!

What services do you offer? We offer dine-in, to-go and catering.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 15 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the business contacts that a Chamber membership provides.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Chamber golf outing continues to be our favorite event.

What is a fun and surprising fact about your company/business? Our “All American Feast” is served on a garbage can lid in tribute to Famous Dave Anderson’s first smoker.

Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!

#MemberMonday – Family Medicine Center / Siouxland Medical Education Foundation

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Dr. Leah Johnson, CEO & Chamber Member

Family Medicine Center / Siouxland Medical Education Foundation

How many years has your business been in Siouxland? 43 years

What services do you offer?  The Family Medicine Center was established in 1975 in collaboration with Sioux City’s two hospitals, Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint-St. Luke’s. For the past 40 years we have been in the business of caring for the whole family, from newborns to grandparents. We see patients for prenatal care, baby wellness, vaccinations, school and athletic physicals, acute care visits, annual physicals, regular check-ups, mental health, and much more. We provide extensive onsite laboratory and radiology services. Our pharmacists are available for medication consult and reconciliation.

The Siouxland Medical Education Foundation is a 3-year Family Medicine residency program designed to educate and train potential future doctors of Sioux City. The program welcomes 6 new residents each year that are looking to work in one of the many family medicine fields. Many doctors in the tri-state area have come from our program and we are proud to be a part of the continuing education process.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce?
We have been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 36 years!

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the diversity of the members, the strong focus on the Siouxland population as a whole and its advocacy in the state and country.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Personally, playing human Foosball at a board retreat and beating Chris McGowan’s team!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business?  Over 83% of family physicians within 30 miles are graduates of our program. We strive to return full scope physicians to Siouxland communities and hospitals.


Each Monday a Siouxland Chamber member is featured on our blog and Facebook page. If you are a member of the Siouxland Chamber and would like to be featured, simply complete this questionnaire and return it to McKenzie Matasovsky, Manager of Membership Engagement. Each week we randomly select a business who has turned in their completed form. This is a great way to receive an extra plug for your business and we LOVE to brag about our members!