Boomerang Generation

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785073_boomerangThe current generation of young adults has been called many things, one of them being the Boomerang Generation. We got this title because many of us will leave home for a short period of time (college, vocational training, etc.) and then boomerang a.k.a return home to our places of origin to start our professional careers.

Siouxland is seeing its fair share of “boomerangs” return. Laura Giese, an associate at the office of Drs. Wheelock and Bursick General Dentistry, said that after she finished school returning to Sioux City was the best choice. “After spending eight years at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, receiving my undergraduate and dental degrees, it was time to make that big decision—where should I practice?  Born and raised in Sioux City, IA, it was my intention to stay close to home without being home.  Needless to say, Omaha, Minneapolis, Kansas City and other surrounding areas—none of these stacked up to the experiences I knew I would receive right back at home in Sioux City, at Drs. Wheelock and Bursick General Dentistry.”

Not only are young professionals coming back to Siouxland to start their careers, they’re impacting the community in big ways. The Sioux City Growth Organization (Sioux City GO) was formed in 2002 to encourage young professionals to become active members of the Siouxland community. Sioux City GO also works to attract and retain young professionals in the area.

Are you a young professional in Siouxland? Comment on this post to share why you enjoy being back in the area.

Marketing Monday

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Today’s marketing tip is from Duct Tape Marketing‘s Josh Jantsch. Below are his steps for starting your own marketing campaign. The full article can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mawoph

  • Review a description and perhaps even photos of ideal customers
  • Review a list of trigger phrases customers say out loud or to themselves when expressing a need for what you sell
  • Review and practice answering this question in a marketing way – What do you do for living?
  • Review and practice telling someone the most impactful way to describe the value your organization brings in 30 seconds or less
  • Answer at least one phone or written customer/prospect inquiry, no matter your job title
  • Call one customer and ask them to share something they need, want, like or dislike about doing business with your organization
  • Review a list of stated organization or personal marketing goals and the indicators used to track them.

Have a marketing or advertising question you want answered? Send all questions (or your own marketing advice) to intern@siouxlandchamber.com. Marketing tips are posted every Monday.

An Open House with Personality

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This afternoon I attended the ribbon cutting and open house for Rejuvenation Centre (319 Dakota Dunes Blvd). Every event is always a little different, and this one didn’t disappoint. The open house was complete with gift bags, prizes, and bingo. Although it seems a little odd to find bingo cards at a business open house, the idea was fantastic. In order to get your card stamped you had to tour the new Rejuvenation Centre facilities and visit with staff and sales reps. It was a great way to get people interested and informed about products and services. Personal touches and thinking outside the box, i.e. bingo at an open house, turn good events into great ones.SarahSignature copy

Chamber Trivia

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Question: Who was the architect of the Grandview Park Band Shell?

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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.

Getting Rid Of Your Old Magic Box?

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Tired of looking at that old 32” TV that you don’t use because it’s so outdated…plus it’s also about 32” deep in the age of inch thick flat panels. Also getting up to change the channels is NOT a real form of exercise!  The Sioux City Environmental Board is hosting an E-waste Collection/ Recycling Event.  So come get rid of your piles of old electronics.old tv

  • Where: Tyson Event Center Parking Lot
  • When: June 27, 2009
  • Drop off details: *Minimal fee charged, cash only( monitors and TV’s $5, Computers and VCRs $2, small misc. $1) *Bring any electronics- VCRs, phones, stereos, gaming systems, TVs, computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, digital cameras, video cameras, etc. (No large appliances)
  • Money collected will go for community recycling education.

For more information on the event contact Ellen Myer, Environmental Services Manager (712)279-6957

And the Winner is…

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Last week the question was asked: 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.”

And the answer is: Sioux City Sue

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Congratulations to this week’s winner Amy Anderson. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 2 tickets to Friday’s on the Promenade! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Chamber Trivia Question.

Would your business like to sponsor a Trivia Question? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.com Donate a prize and be featured on our blog.

Clean Up The Mizzou!

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Last years clean up was a great success with a huge turnout.  This years Missouri River Relief is going to be even bigger!  There is a large group of Siouxland river enthusiasts and Siouxland partners on the board this year to make this years even better than the last.  Volunteers  from all over the area are all pitching in.  Don’t worry, for all the storms we’ve had in the past year there will be plenty of trash for everyone…   Last year there was around 15 tons of trash taken off the Mizzou.   This year, lets get 15 more tons and then some!

Clean-up Time 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  SATURDAY,  June 27th

For more info on whats going on, where to go, what you get, and what to bring go to:

http://www.riverrelief.org/event/siouxland-clean-up-09/

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.

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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.