Former NFL Pro’s to be in Siouxland Area Schools in November – Pre-Event 8/30/16 at Tyson Dunes Headquarters 6:00 PM – Public Welcome


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Last year former Pro Speakers presented to over 10,000 students throughout the Siouxland area in all three states.  24 presentations were provided at 17 schools encouraging our youth with positive choices. The SW motto: “You’re not born a winner. You’re not born a loser. You’re born a chooser.”

Here are just a few testimonials from last year’s Siouxland events:

“His speech really did touch me. It was cool how he told us very true stories.” – Meghan, 6th grader

“Thank you so much for coming to talk to us! I loved what you said. It’s really inspiring! Never stop telling your story!” – McKenzie, 10th grader

“After I have four hours of gymnastics, I have to do a bunch of homework. It stresses me out and I just want to give up getting good grades. I was inspired by your speech and I hope you will come back again.” -Marissa, 7th grader

“I’ve been thinking of giving up with all of the bad things that I’ve been through, but you inspire me not to.” -Steven, 12th grader

Sports World does not charge the schools. Funding for the program comes from local businesses, community organizations, churches, and personal/family contributions.  In the hope of making this a sustainable event, community participation from all areas is greatly appreciated in advance.

A Pre-Event is scheduled for Tuesday August 30th to be held at Tyson Foods in Dakota Dunes at 6 pm. Mike Morrison (former NBA player) will be the speaker and will present to business leaders, Chamber of Commerce members, Church leaders and any local organizations and public members that wish to attend. He will share a similar message that 2 former NFL Pro’s will be presenting to our area schools in November. More information regarding the Pre-Event and November’s outreach can be found on the link below.

For any additional information, please contact your local Team Captain:

Lanny Johnk


Leadership Siouxland Accepting Applications Through August 31.


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Leadership Siouxland is Currently Accepting Applications–through Aug 31.

The Leadership Siouxland Board of Directors are LeadershipSiouxland2currently accepting applications for the 2016/2017 class, which kicks off on September 15th.  The 9 month, structured program covers a variety of topics each month including economic development, public safety, diversity, non-profits and volunteerism, arts, politics and government, education and more!

In addition, participants take advantage of the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment, Talent to Strength coaching and personal development, Positive Leadership curriculum (on emotional intelligence areas; authenticity, gratitude, purpose, etc.), in addition to the opportunity to and meet and develop relations with amazing leaders from the tri-state area.  Participants have found increased leadership skills, community involvement and appreciation, self awareness, lifelong connections, networking opportunities and a fun and engaging opportunity to make an impact in the local community through a sustainable service project.

Classes start in September and go through May. The tuition for the program is $675 (meals, curriculum and supplies are included). Scholarships are available.

The all-day orientation is fast-approaching on September 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., while the other classes are normally held the first Thursday evening of each month from 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Consider joining this year’s class, or send a co-worker! It is a great opportunity to give your business great visibility and provide a great investment in one or two of your employees!

For more information, or to apply, visit before August 31st.

Save the Date for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” Fundraising Event


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Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 10 from 6-10 p.mNature Calls Monarch logo 2016_small. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 30 brews and craft beers including Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders, lagers and beer alternatives. In addition there will be some select wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening.

“This event is extremely popular. People look forward to it every year because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation and education programs,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors, and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

Eight area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 10 event. Items include fused glass, bowls from reclaimed wood, natural soaps, honey, cutting boards, natural-edge slab furniture, graphite wildlife drawings and even salsa. Artists include Julia Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Tori Engelhardt from Wild Hill Honey of Sioux City; J. Mark Lary from Second Chance Woods of Sioux City; Vanessa Wodtke of Bloom Wild from Hinton; Lynn Jarvis of Snowflake Woodcrafts from Hornick; Susan McCulley from Sioux City; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; and Reez & Hoi from Heartland Salsa of Sioux City.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints football tickets; fine jewelry; custom made knife; original artwork; Xpedition Compound Bow and much more. In addition, more than 60 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event.

Several cash raffles will be featured with proceeds to go toward Summer Youth Programs. There are two gun raffles this year featuring a 2016 Ruger .22 Semi-Automatic Pistol and 2016 Ruger 10/22 Rifle in Mossy Oak.

Advance tickets for “Nature Calls” are available for $30 each by calling the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or online at

On September 9 and at the door the tickets increase to $35 each.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at

TravelPlus TLC 3-Par Golf Championship at Sun Valley Golf Course


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TravelPlus TLC is hosting a 3-Par Golf Championship on Sunday, August 21st at Sun Valley Golf Course benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland. Shotgun start is at 1:00 PM, $50 per participant + $12 per person for cart rental.  Your participant fee includes 18 individual holes of 3 par golf, clubhouse awards dinner and guest celebrity speaker, Clark Rupert, PGA Chairman.

Flight prizes, pin prizes and more courtesy of the following sponsors: TravelPlus, TLC, Dunes Eye Consultants and Luciano’s Restaurant.

Register today – participation is limited.  Call TravelPlus at 712.233.1113 or Sun Valley Golf Course at 712.258.9770 to make your reservation.

The Annual Peach Sale is Back!


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The weather has been great for growing peaches in Colorado.  Siouxland Youth for Christ is once again offering for sale, these delicious, handpicked peaches.

Peach prices have stayed the same this year. The cost for these mouthwatering peaches is $35 a lug.

Thank you for your order as well as your support of Siouxland YFC and the outreach to over 1,200 youth around Siouxland last year.

Each lug is 18 pounds. There will be two delivery dates: August 15th and 29th.

Peach orders can be picked up at 1807 Nebraska St., Sioux City, Iowa.

You can place your order and pay online here!

Sioux Cityan Shelby Houlihan Qualifies for Olympic Final


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City of Sioux City and Siouxland Chamber to Host “Watch Party”

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The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sioux City will host a “Watch Party” for the women’s 5,000 meter Olympic final race on Friday, August 19, 2016 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Sioux City Convention Center.  All fans and supporters are invited to attend and everyone is encouraged to wear “red, white, and blue.”

Sioux City native, Shelby Houlihan, a graduate of East High School, who won an NCAA Championship and multiple All-American accolades while competing at Arizona State University qualified for the Olympic final by finishing in the top five of her preliminary heat in Rio de Janerio, Brazil today.

The Olympic final race in the women’s 5,000 meters is scheduled to begin at 7:40 PM Central Time on Friday evening August 19th.  The event will be broadcast LIVE by KES Productions in partnership with NBC’s News Channel 4 KTIV.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said, “Shelby’s Olympic appearance has energized this community and her successful qualification for the 5,000 meter final in the Olympic Games is a testament to her years of dedication and hard work.”

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce President Chris McGowan said the decision to host another “Watch Party” for Houlihan was an easy one.  “Immediately after Shelby qualified for the Olympic finals, all of our planning partners immediately concluded that we should host another community-wide ‘Watch Party’ to support our home-town Olympian,” said McGowan.

Shelby’s uncle, Bob Prince, who earned an NCAA indoor title in the 880 yard run while competing in track as a collegiate athlete at Kansas State, added, “We were very pleased with the turnout for Shelby’s preliminary heat and believe the turnout for the final will be even better.  We are incredibly proud of Shelby and excited for Sioux City.”

Join us in cheering on one of Siouxland’s own in the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Refreshments from some of Siouxland’s leading local companies will be served and a cash bar will also be available.  For more information call the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce at 712-255-7903.


And the 2016 Annual Dinner Speaker is…


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The 2016 Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will feature former Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Alan Page as its guest speaker.

Perhaps best known for his outstanding performance on the gridiron, Alan Page’s life is a story of remarkable personal and professional achievement. Mr. Page grew up in the shadow of the National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, graduating from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963. He attended the University of Notre Dame, leading the football team to a national championship in 1966 and earning a B.A. in political science in 1967.

Page was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL draft and played in all four of the Vikings’ Super Bowl appearances. In 1971, he was recognized as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, the first defensive player to earn that distinction. During his career, Page played in 218 consecutive games, earning All-Pro honors six times and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls.Alan Page Photo

Remarkably, while still playing for the Vikings, Mr. Page attended law school at the University of Minnesota
earning a Juris Doctor degree in 1978. After leaving professional football, he served as an attorney in both private practice and at the Attorney General’s office. In 1992, he was elected to serve as a Justice on the Minnesota State Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on that Court. Justice Page was reelected to the Court in 1998, 2004, and 2010. He served on the High Court until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015.

Alan Page was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Today, Justice Page is an ardent supporter of educational excellence for all children. In 1988, he and his wife, Diane, established the Page Education Foundation which assists students of color with post secondary education. To date, the foundation has awarded over $12 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 deserving students.

This year’s keynote is entitled, “The Life of Justice Alan Page: A Personal Perspective on Athletics, Law, and Race Relations in America Today.”

The Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2016 and will begin with a Social Hour at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, and a Program with Keynote Presentation at approximately 8:00 PM.

For more information or to reserve your seat click here.

5 Lessons from “Hamilton”


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Guest Blog by: Emilee Gehling, Goosmann Law Firm


Before August 6, 2015, the nation’s first Treasury Secretary was rarely discussed outside of history buff6176216 - close-up of a ten-dollar bill ($10), highlighting alexander hamilton. circles.  It was on that day, however, that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton premiered and soon took the nation by storm.  After taking home a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations and millions in ticket sales, the smash Broadway musical highlighting the life of Alexander Hamilton did more than entertain; it also provided lessons to business owners.  Here, courtesy of Hamilton, are five lessons to help you overcome the odds to sell your business for top dollar.

  1. Good things take time

It took producer, composer, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda six years to write Hamilton.  Miranda wanted to ensure the musical was perfect before it came out and that he had cultivated the production to be of the most value it could be.  When Miranda started working on Hamilton, he was just coming down from his incredibly successful production of In the Heights.  Instead of using his momentum his previous show had produced, Miranda spent those six years researching, thinking, and writing.  On writing, Miranda stated: “Anytime you write something, you go through so many phases.  You go through the ‘I’m a Fraud’ phase.  You go through the ‘I’ll Never Finish’ phase.  And every once in a while you think, ‘What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it’s received as such?’” Similarly, selling a business takes time.  Curtis Kroeker, general manager for and, recommends a minimum of two years of preparation before putting your business on the market.  You should give yourself enough time to produce at least three years of accurate tax returns that are able to show your profitability.  Gathering all relevant financials is not something that can happen overnight.  In this time, you can prepare a multitude of other things in order to reach the best selling price.  Ask whose services you would like to enlist to help you through the sales process: an accountant, an appraiser, an attorney?  Evaluate your needs and research your options.  Do not settle on the first team that shows up online.  Take your time; it is worth it!

  1. Go out on an upswing

At the end of the musical, the entire cast comes together to bring finality to Hamilton’s life.  George Washington reminds the audience that their remembrance is out of their control.  Eliza, Hamilton’s wife, bemoans to the audience how she will spend the next 50 years trying to restore her husband’s image and frets that she has not done enough.  As she dies, Hamilton shows her all those who will care for and protect her legacy as she did for him. The ending of Hamilton provides a valuable lesson to business owners.  Selling at the wrong time can damage your legacy and force a sour ending.  Selling a business for top dollar can force you to do something uncomfortable: exit on a high note.  It does not sound challenging, but one of the biggest reasons business owners receive low offers for their business is this: the best time for you to sell your business — when sales and profitability are at an all-time high — also happens to be the time when you are least likely to part with it.  Yet buyers will only pay for what a business is worth.  If you wait until your business is declining to sell it, you will not be in high demand.  Like Hamilton, preserve your legacy by ending at the right time.

  1. Be appealing

Not every musical is a success, just as not every business sale succeeds.  Miranda’s Hamilton succeeded because it presented the Founding Fathers in a way audiences had never seen—hip-hop, high stakes, and compelling character portrayals.  Miranda was passionate about his vision, and it paid off.  Creativity and passion are just as important in marketing a business as they are in theatre.   When selling your business, you need to show how your buyers will be deeply and positively affected by owning your business.  Before putting your business on the market, evaluate how your business does against competitors.  Hamilton was not the first hip-hop musical and it certainly will not be the last, but it had factors that made it distinguishable from every other musical that had previously made the endeavor.  What does your business have that makes you unique and valuable?  Develop and market this point.

  1. Mitigate risk

When it comes to selling a business, there is perhaps nothing more important than fighting off risk and defusing bombs before they explode.  Alexander Hamilton was engaged in a marital affair with a woman named Maria Reynolds. Hamilton, knowing that the truth is the only way out, publicly writes “The Reynolds Pamphlets” to confess to the affair, hoping to save his political legacy.  The emotional scenes in Hamilton perfectly encapsulate someone who knew how to mitigate risk.  As a business owner hoping to sell in the near future, you should begin assessing your risk factors.  Know the trends that are affecting your industry and plan for disruptors. Honestly evaluate your financial records and clear up any red flags.  Touch base with your customers to ensure that your relationships with them will be a selling point and not damaging.  By minimizing risk, you will receive a higher offer on your business.

  1. Decrease your business’ dependency on you

In Hamilton, Hamilton delivers impassioned lines about decreasing dependency on government, reiterated in his Federalist papers: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.”  Hamilton feared the American people’s dependency on federal government.  Business owners can take note.  If your business relies on your personal talent or expertise, you will not receive high bids when you choose to sell it.  Ensure that your operations are managed by staff or technology systems.  With less day-to-day dependency on the owner of the business, a higher selling price is reached.  A company that relies fully on the departing owner will be worthless when the owner parts ways.

If you are looking to sell your business for top dollar, you face the same challenge Miranda did: branding yourself above competition.  With these lessons, you will be on the fast track to high sales as well.  Your business, too, will end on a high note.

For more information, contact the Goosmann Law Firm at (712) 226-4000 or email them through their website

You can also visit one of their four convenient locations in Sioux City, Iowa; Spencer, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.


Peirce Mansion 5th Anniversary Open House on Sunday, June 26th


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Peirce Mansion 06-16 open house-full with contrastYears of restoration efforts will be celebrated at the Peirce Mansion 5th Anniversary Open House on
Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Peirce Mansion, 2901 Jackson Street. The free event will feature refreshments and tours of the Victorian-era house.

The event will also serve as a “thank you” to Missouri River Historical Development for their $9,500 grant donation for upgrades to the electrical system at the mansion.

Restorations to the 1893 mansion have been on-going since the Sioux City Public Museum moved to an expanded facility in downtown Sioux City in April 2011. The first event held at the mansion after renovations began was a wedding in spring 2011. Since then, open house events have been held on a near quarterly basis to showcase the progress of restoration efforts. The mansion serves as a venue for not only weddings, but also birthday parties, graduation receptions and company events.

Built by local developer John Peirce, the home was purchased by the Junior League of Sioux City for $10,000 in 1958. After being donated to the City of Sioux City for use as a cultural building, it served as the site of the Sioux City Public Museum from 1961 to 2011. The Peirce Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, call the Sioux City Public Museum at 712-279-6174 or visit