Your Questions Answered: RSS Subscriptions

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What is RSS?
RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds are an easy and efficient way to recieve notification when new information is available in a specific area of interest.

How Can I Benefit From RSS?
RSS feeds save time, allowing users to recieve notification only when new content is available. Web site visitors choose the information they wish to subscribe to and can unsubscribe from any feed at any time.

How Do I Subscribe to RSS Feeds?
First you will need an RSS feed reader (also called a news aggregator) there are a number of RSS readers available. A short list is available at http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-software.htm

RSS readers are simply programs that display the contents of an RSS feed in an easy to read format.

Once you have an RSS reader you simply click the icon or a link to the RSS feed and paste it into your RSS reader.

rssOur RSS feed is located on the right hand side of this blog. Scroll down and subscribe!

Sioux City Visitors Remind Us Why We Live Here

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BlBridgeWhen you live in a certain place it’s easy to forget why your community is so special. Sometimes it takes a little gentle reminder to us all that we really do live in a  unique and entertaining tri-state area. See what some  county treasurers and deputies had to say about their recent trip to Sioux City. I think friendly and genuine Midwesterners is what makes us all so happy. 🙂

-Tracey from Cass County Iowa wrote:

It was awesome !! The food, the entertainment, the hosting, the meeting, and the hospitality of everyone! WOW Most of all your courthouse is absolutely amazing!!! Thanks so much for everything

-Doug from Jasper County Iowa wrote:

Job well done! I had visions of an old livestock town and I couldn’t have been any more incorrect in my assumptions! the renovated downtown is unbelievable and something that you should be very proud of.  The activities were well balanced and I will have many memories to share in the future.

-Carolyn from Shelby County Iowa wrote:

I am sure you have been inundated with emails bragging about your hospitality. It truly didn’t go unnoticed. My family and I get to Sioux City quite often.  However, I saw a side of Sioux City I had never seen before and probably never will again.  I couldn’t wait to get home and tell my family, staff, and friends about the many new things I was honored to participate in.  Thanks for showing Sioux City off to the rest of the state!

-Mary from Decatur County Iowa wrote:

Your courthouse and staff made [the] evening spectacular.  The Orpheum was the most beautiful building I have ever seen and the entertainment was great.

-Debbie from Clarke County Iowa wrote:

This was my first May conference as Clarke County Treasurer and I must say that the experience was even more wonderful than I ever imagined it would be.  I really had fun.

Marketing Monday

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Here’s your Marketing Monday tip:

Put your Web site to work!

I found a good article from Ken Burgin with tips for making your Web site work for you. Here’s some of what he had to say.

  • Use YouTube to show product demonstrations. This also makes your Web site more likely to be found.
  • Start selling your product online. This makes you open for business 24/7 which can increase profit.

For Burgin’s complete article visit Duct Tape Marketing

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Member Spotlight Header copy Here’s how a Chamber member is using Monday’s Marketing tip (ask for testimonials) here’s what Lori Sorlie had to say about her experience, “I had been thinking about LASIK for awhile, but was unsure if I was a candidate. After speaking with Dr. Ferguson I was very pleased. This procedure has changed my life for the better. If you are thinking about LASIK this is the best place!”

Want to know more? Three businesses all under one roof: Dunes Eye Consultants, River’s Edge Optical, and Vision Correction Center all located at Dakota Dunes.

  • Diagnose, treat, and manage all of your eye needs from pink eye to glaucoma.
  • Large selection of designer frames, including Chanel, sun wear, and sports frames.
  • Offer outcome-based LASIK surgery, and free monthly seminars about LASIK to determine if you are a good candidate.

For more information visit www.duneseye.com and www.visioncorrectioncenter.com

Chamber Trivia

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Question: Can you name the song these lyrics belong to? I drove a herd of cattle down from old Nebraska way, That’s how I came to be in the state of Iowa.”Trivia Logo Siouxland

Think you know…comment on this post with your answer for your chance at a great prize. Trivia questions will be posted each Friday with anwers and winners announced the following Thursday.

Positively Siouxland

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Here is this weeks Positively Siouxland radio update from Chris McGowan.

Former Sioux City Musketeer Going for Stanley Cup No. 2

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See if former Sioux City Musketeer, Ruslan Fedotenko, now Pittsburgh Penguin, can pull off a win in game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight. The Penguins take on the Detroit Red Wings on home ice. Catch the game at 7:00 central time on Versus.

Before breaking into the NHL Fedotenko was a Sioux City Musketeer during the 1998-99 season. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Flyers until 2002 when he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was here that Fedotenko had his first Stanley cup victory scoring the game winning goal in game 7 of the 2004 finals, bringing the cup to the Tampa Bay franchise for the first time. Fedotenko brought “Lord Stanley” back to Sioux City on August 15, 2004 to share with over 3,000 fans at the Tyson Events Center.

Fedotenko’s going for cup number two in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. Pittsburgh is down by one game in the series going into game 4 tonight. Pittsburgh is looking for revenge after losing to Detroit in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last year.

Good luck to Ruslan!

A Little Peek of What Goes On

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Ever wonder what goes on in the board room during a ribbon cutting?

We recently welcomed Iwire to the Siouxland Chamber family.  Congratulation!  Check out the little bit of video that we took of  Chris Lambertsen doing a demonstration. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgyxCSgZvAI]

Iwire Electronics does numerous home and car installations.

Home Installs: Whole House Audio, Surround Sound, Security, Intercom, Home Theater, Home Automation, Structured Wiring

Car Installs: Remote Start, Security Systems, Heated Seats, Mobile Video & Navigation, Back-up Sensors &  Cameras, Home link, Keyless Entry, GPS Tracking Systems

Make you Home a Smart House! For more information contact Chris Lambertsen, System Integrator, (712)898-5277

And the Winner is…

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Last Friday the question was asked: “What is considered to be the oldest structure in Sioux City?

And the Answer is…Bruguier’s Cabin

Everyone that commented with the correct answer was entered in a drawing, and the winner of this week’s Chamber Trivia Question is Jenna. Congratulations, you can pick up your prize (a set of golf balls from The Siouxland Initiative) at the Chamber office during normal business hours.

Thanks to everyone for guessing and be sure to check back tomorrow for the new question. If your organization would like to sponsor the Chamber Trivia Question of the week contact intern@siouxlandchamber.com for more details.

Lt. Governors’ Challenge for a Healthier Siouxland

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topLieutenant Governor Patty Judge was in Siouxland today speaking about the Lieutenant Governors’ Challenge for a healthier Iowa. The challenge is part of the public health campaign “Your Heart is in you Hands” and will take place from June 15-September 6. The 12 week program allows participants to set and track both fitness and health goals for themselves.

The programs website provides a list of activities and foods that have a point value associated with them. Any participant that racks up 140 points or more receives a medal. Before ending her speech at St. Luke’s this afternoon the lieutenant governor challenged Siouxland to have over 1,000 participants sign-up within 24 hours. She gave the same task to those in Council Bluffs this morning.

For more information and to register www.ltgovernorschallenge.us