Leadership Siouxland Announces 37 New Program Graduates

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The Board and Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland are proud to announce the names of the thirty-seven graduates and their sponsoring companies.  These participants were recognized on May 2 at the graduation banquet held at Wells Enterprises, Inc.  The 2018-2019 class graduates are:

Kaitlin Boettcher (Moore, Heffernan, Moeller, Johnson and Meis, LLP)

Kyle Bonstead (Sioux City Foundry)

Curtis Boschult (L & L Builders)

Rachael Chapple, Lindsey DeZeeuw, Kristin Martin (Fashion Floors)

Lesa Cropley (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)

Kevin Ehlers, Tammy Koopmans (Great West Casualty Co)

Jeanette Frey, Heather Mansfield, Blake Mullins, Melissa Tolzin, Carrina Huss, Prakriti Rajbhandari (Wells Enterprises, Inc.)

Tara Geddes (Floyd Valley Healthcare)

Maggie Harroun, Kristin Kirkpatrick, Ashley Lorimor (Goodwill of the Great Plains)

Brent Heald (Sioux City Police Dept)

Jamie Jaynes (Premier Bankcard)

Adam Johnson, Sue Visser (Unity Point Health Care)

Andrea Kovarna, Michelle Willsie (FiberComm)

Gabriela Calabria (Gelita)

Andrew Nilges (NSC Economic Development Corp)

Melissa Perera (Great Southern Bank)

Jean Guy Richard (Documents and Design)

Brendyn Richards (Siouxland Community Health Center)

Yaneli Roque (Tyson Foods)

Cody Selig (Central Bank)

Jessica Uhlenkamp (Heidman Law Firm)

Mohamed Warsame (Sugal Consulting)

Sharese Whitesell (Junior Achievement)

Adam Carlson (185th Air National Guard)

Carmen Wilson (WITCC)

Leadership Siouxland is a community leadership development program for the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  Its purpose is to train community-minded individuals from business, government, education and other sectors for leadership opportunities.  The 9-month curriculum weaves positive leadership and emotional intelligence concepts into each session, along with utilizing the Gallup Strength Finder and Talent2Strength program.  In addition, the class is divided into various teams that work together to create a sustainable project in conjunction with a local agency or non-profit organization.  The project teams learn a lot about themselves and how they can use their strengths to come up with creative solutions to help solve a problem or fill a need for the organization.  This year’s class teamed up with Friendship House, Women Aware, the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV), the Mary J Treglia Community House, Noah’s Hope, and Support Siouxland Soldiers. 

These graduates positively impacted the agencies they partnered with, and became better leaders committed to making a difference in the Siouxland community!

Leadership Siouxland is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 class.  Visit www.leadershipsiouxland.org or contact the Executive Director at info@leadershipsiouxland.org.

#MemberMonday: Keller Williams Siouxland

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? 3 years

What services do you offer? We offer residential and commercial real estate services.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? 3 years

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy being kept up-to-date about the Siouxland business community.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Annual Dinner is always a fantastic event and we look forward to the great speakers that are featured.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Keller Williams was named by Forbes magazine as the #1 Happiest Place to Work in 2018.

Guest Blog: Stop in to your Sioux City Fleet Farm…

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Hey, Siouxland! Spring is finally here! The birds are singing and it’s time to head outside to enjoy the weather. Are you ready? Well you might not know, but Fleet Farm has everything you need to get your lawn and garden looking great.

Our Garden Center is open and you’ll find nursery-quality plants (but at much lower-than-nursery prices). All our plants are grown right here in the Midwest, and all our vegetables are grown without insecticides, so you’ll get the best in quality and freshness.

If you’re looking to update your yard, we can help with that too. Pick up some mulch and fertilizer- or even a lawn mower. Top it all off with a stylish patio set, planters and lighting. It’s spring, time to enjoy your outdoor space and get entertaining!

Now let’s talk about deals and special events. Our Lowest Prices sale runs May 10th-18th. Not only will you get some of the hottest deals for your home, we have a day filled with special events for you. Join us Saturday, May 18th for a chainsaw carving artist demo, and gardening & greenhouse seminars. The kids can make a special craft and the first 250 customers get a free bird suet cake. It all starts at 10am, so get there early.

It’s going to be a day filled with gardening tips, tricks and fun at your Fleet Farm store. We hope to see you on May 18th – and don’t forget to check out the Garden Center to get your yard ready for sunny days. Happy spring, Sioux City!

#MemberMonday: CD Norvell, PC

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We’ve been in business in Siouxland for 9 years.

What services do you offer? We offer tax and accounting services.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been a member of the Siouxland Chamber for 3 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? I enjoy meeting prospective clients at networking events.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We are a Dave Ramsey endorsed local provider in the Siouxland area.

#MemberMonday: Signs By Tomorrow

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland for 27 years – since March 9, 1992.

What services do you offer? We offer signs, lettering and graphics.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We’ve been members for 27 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the ability to interact with other small business owners.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our grand opening party in 1992 was our favorite memory.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company / business? We lettered the tail of an airplane with an image of Charlie Chaplin.

#MemberMonday: J & L Staffing and Recruiting

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We are starting our 14th year in Siouxland.

What services do you offer? We have staffing solutions to match your every need. We offer direct placement, temporary/projects, executive searches, temporary to hire and contract.

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

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the opportunity to participate in the Employer Consortium.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? Our favorite memory was the Annual Meeting that Norman Schwarzkopf was the keynote speaker.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? We provide transportation for 260 riders every day to go to work.

#MemberMonday: Northwest AEA

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland since 1975.

What services do you offer? Northwest AEA is one of nine AEAs across Iowa that offer special education services to children from birth to 21 years of age; professional development for educators in school districts; and school improvement services.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 43 years!

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of Siouxland organizations.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? We are appreciative of the assistance given by the Chamber for our 100-year commemoration of our Sioux City office building. We had an ice cream social and open house for community members.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? The Iowa AEA system was one of the first educational service agencies (ESAs) established in the nation. Much of the legislative language to create Iowa AEAS was written by Sioux City native Dr. E. Robert “Bob” Stephens. There are four national awards in his name bestowed by the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) for outstanding contributions to the field of education.

#MemberMonday: Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? Scouting has been active in Siouxland for over 100 years and as the Mid-America Council for 18 years.

What services do you offer? We are a nonprofit impacting youth in character development, physical and mental fitness and citizenship training. These are today’s young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 32 proud years!

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy keeping informed of new happenings, networking and the sense of community membership provides.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? The Chamber Annual Dinner is always our favorite – it’s a signature, hallmark, “must attend” awesome evening in Siouxland!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company or business? Beginning just recently girls can now join Cub Scouts, allowing us to serve and impact the full family.

Cory’s Lawn Service – Commercial & Residential Lawn Maintenance

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Cory’s Lawn Service provides both commercial and residential lawn maintenance. Lawn maintenance includes weekly mowing, fertilizing and weed spraying, spring cleanup, power raking, shrub trimming, and fall cleanup.

Call Cory today at 712-490-0452!

#MemberMonday: L & L Builders Co.

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? We have been in Siouxland for 58 years.

What services do you offer? We offer commercial construction, general contracting, carpentry, concrete and commercial/industrial construction maintenance.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been members for 46 years – since 1973.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the resources and friendships that are developed over time. Being a Chamber member is like having another key company/marketing firm in the area helping to promote your business or industry.

What is your favorite Chamber event or memory? We enjoyed working as a team at the Chamber membership drive helping to promote and sell the idea of being a Chamber member to Siouxland businesses who aren’t, but should be Chamber members!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company? We have a Maintenance Plus Division within our company which focuses on helping both industrial and commercial clients with smaller type construction projects which are too big for their staff.