And the Winner is…

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Last week the question was asked: Who played the character Jesse Rainfeather Goldman in the 1994 movie Sioux City?

And the answer is…Lou Diamond Phillips

Congratulations to this week’s winner Terry “Woody” Gottburg. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 4 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.comDonate a prize and be featured on our blog.

Opportunities Unlimited

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Maximizing Personal Potential Through Dignified and Purposeful Living

It was two years ago now since I worked at Opportunities Unlimited.  To this day, some of the best memories I have were from being there.

I worked in the Waiver area, so my days consisted of working with kids that had some kind of disability.  The disabilities some times frustrated them as we all get frustrated with tasks.  Everyday they came to O.U. to learn things that may seem small, but were a big accomplishment if you knew what it took for them to get there.  It never fails, they are faced with a new challenge everyday and the workers at O.U. make sure they are placed with the right tools and in the right environment to conquer those challenges.

Sports was my background and often in sports you hear eloquent words about the will of the great fighter or the determination of the athlete to be the best, and all the things it takes along the way.

I remember watching a basketball game when I was 19 and it was within the first six months when I started working at O.U.  I heard Billy Packer from CBS Sports talk about tenacity and how fearless the point guard was from North Carolina.  It hit me right there, these are the words I now associate with individuals who have a mental disability.

I saw these kids and adults at Opportunities Unlimited demonstrate determination, desire, and dedication every day.Opportunities Unlimited

It meant a lot to me and it still does.  I still see some of the clients I worked with at the mall, the park, or around the community and I just get the biggest smile.  Not only was I inspired by them, but it was some of the most fun I had ever had in or outside of work.

I would encourage anyone to go down to O.U. and get an application and you won’t regret it. They are now looking for Residential Leaders and Residential Counselors. Residential Leaders & Counselors aid adults in O.U.’s residential rehabilitation program.

-Ian

O.U. Contact Information:

http://www.opportunitiesunlimited.com/jobs.html

3439 Glen Oaks Blvd.

Sioux City IA 51104

Phone: 712.277.8295

Positively Siouxland

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This week in positive Siouxland news Chris McGowan remembers Dwight Hauff of Hauff Sporting Goods, and congratulations North High Baseball on their recent victory at state.

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Economic Development: Young Professionals

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In the last post of our series on economic development, Virginia Anderson, Sioux City Growth Organization, talks about her role as a young professional in helping to grow Siouxland.

Marketing Monday

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Today’s Marketing Monday tip is from Starr Hall. She gives 5 tips for overcoming your social media fears.

  1. Stuck in Traditional Networking Mode.Try to incorporate at least one new technique or online marketing outreach into your marketing plan monthly. Give it some time to see if this works before deleting the profile or conversation.
  2. Too Many Choices/Too Overwhelming.Do an online search for the top social networking sites specific to your market, region or industry and only focus on those sites. Ignore the others, they don’t matter unless they can directly connect you with new contacts in your target market.
  3. Concerned Social Networking Is Not Effective. Your main focus should be reaching new contacts and connecting with them; This is how you’re going to build your brand recognition and exposure. One of the best ways to do this is to blog; just be sure to provide valuable content to your potential customer or client. Make sure to respond to emails and comments when they land on your blog or site.
  4. Fear of Doing Something Wrong Online.If you’re worried about making a mistake online, post your concern. Let the group or site know that you’re new and ask for support or feedback. For the most part, you’ll learn that people online want to help you with your social networking experience.
  5. Lack of Privacy Online. Read the privacy settings thoroughly on social networking sites that you use.  This is when you follow your intuition: You can usually tell whether a person is sincere, professional and worth connecting with simply by checking his or her profile.   Again, it’s just like meeting someone new in person. As soon as an individual enters your space, if you are turned off by his or her energy, walk away.

Hall’s full article can be found at http://www.entrepreneur.com/marketing/branding/webbrandingcolumniststarrhall/article202688.html

Economic Development: Growing the Workforce

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In part five of our series on economic development, Lance Hedquist, City of South Sioux City city administrator, speaks about the importance of growing the workforce.

We Still Want to be Friends

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n20531316728_2397Today’s the big day…at 9:45 a.m. we deleted our Facebook Profile and we will now be using our Facebook Fan Page only. (hence why we no longer show up as a friend) Visit www.facebook.com/siouxlandchamberofcommerce and become a Fan of the Siouxland Chamber.

Why the switch? In the social media world it’s a bit of an unspoken rule that profiles are for people and pages are for business. Don’t worry though, here at the Chamber we have people behind our page, the interns of course. You can expect all of the same stories, videos, and photos just now in a new location.

Not sure about a Fan Page? Want to create one for your business? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.com for more information.

Chamber Trivia

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Question for the week: Who played the character Jesse Rainfeather Goldman in the 1994 movie Sioux City?

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

Free Fun in Siouxland!

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Here’s some free events that will be taking place this weekend in Siouxland…

The tenth annual Freedom Fest is set to take place this weekend in Sioux City.  If you are unfamiliar with Freedom Fest, this is a great chance for you to get out and see several Christian bands for free.freedom fest crowd

Bands & Performers: Bread of Stone, Viktory, Grindstone, Denise Edwards, Kemi, Daily Creek Music with Melissa Moates, Resolution 541, Written

Where: Grandview Park

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

Also, this weekend the 185th Air Refueling Wing will host an air show with an agriculture theme.  The Air National Guard has hosted air shows before, but this is the first time that agriculture recognition has been given in their air shows.

Air Performers: U.S. Air Force’s F-16 “Viper” and a P-51 Mustang, an P-51(Mustang)authentic World War II aircraft.  Other featured performers include an A-10 Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, KC-135 Stratotankers, and a AV-8B Harrier.

Where: Sioux Gateway Airport/Colonel Bud Day Field in Sioux City, Iowa. Directions provided by following the link:

http://www.airagexpo.com/parking.html

When: August 1-2 2009 from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. each day

Economic Development: Technology Transfer

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Joseph Wright, Vice President of Technology Transfer Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, explains why technology transfer is important for growth in part four of our series on economic development.