Weekly Update 7.29.09

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Ian Banks, newest social media intern, talks about his first week with the Chamber.

And the Winner is…

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Last week’s question: Sioux City natives and Central High graduates, Esther and Paulline Friedman, are better known as…?

And the answer is… Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

Congratulations to this week’s winner Dave Madsen. 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.

Economic Development: New Business

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Part three of our series on economic development in Siouxland focuses on the importance of new business. Brad Howard, Economic Development MidAmerican Energy, talks about what Siouxland has to offer.

Clutter here, Clutter there, Clutter everywhere

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Nothing is worse than something you don’t use taking up needed space in your house, attic, or garage.

Especially, when you will never use it again.

With technology constantly improving we are faced with the question, what do I do with the old family television or computer?  You ponder would someone want this old thing still?  Can I just throw it away?

TOld computerhe fact is, a lot of people don’t know what or how to disperse of their old electronics.  So, down at the Chamber today I called around and found out where to take these things to get them off your hands.

Option #1-Goodwill

At all their locations Goodwill will take anything computer related.  Laptops, desktops etc., they send them to Dell and they will get the parts or refurbish them.  If they work Goodwill will sell them at the store as well.  They do request that you erase your data on the PC before you bring it in.  If other electronics work, they will take them as well.

3100 W 4th St, Sioux City – (712) 293-148

5931 Gordon Dr, Sioux City -(712)274-4380

2323 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City, NE (402)494-6072

Option #2-Executive Recycling

Executive Recycling will take computers, radios, monitors, routers, keyboards, hubs, printers, telephone devices, modems, electronic motors, cell phones, automotive electronics, copiers, typewriters, televisions, and cables.  The fee will be judged on the amount of electronics you bring to them.

2404 Dakota Ave. South Sioux City, Nebraska (402) 494-1131

Option #3 Staples

You can bring basically any type of electronics to the Staples warehouse, except for televisions.  It will cost $10 for your computers and it will depend on the amount of electronics you bring.

840 Gordon Drive Sioux City, Iowa (712)252-9933

Although, I am sure there are more options than just these three in the Siouxland area, I hope this somewhat accommodates our readers.

If anyone has any suggestions on where you take your old electronics feel free to comment at the bottom.

Economic Development: Social Media

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In part two of our series on economic development in Siouxland, you’ll hear how social media is having an impact on growth from Beth Trejo, Director of Investor Relations here at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

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Economic Development: The Basics

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 This post kicks off a seven part series that looks at economic development in Siouxland. Each day a short video clip will be posted with a professional in Siouxland sharing how they’re helping to further economic growth.

Thanks to the Coalition for a Greater Siouxland for providing this information. The Coalition for a Greater Siouxland is a group of tri-state area economic development professionals who meet regularly to make a positive impact on our communities. Their mission statement is: To continue to grow economic opportunities, increase wealth, and improve quality of life initiatives throughout Siouxland by investing in people and promoting business development through regional collaboration.

Today you’ll hear from Anne Westra, City of Sioux City Economic Development Specialist. Anne talks about her work with site selectors.

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It’s not what you know, it‘s who you know.

I am sure you have all heard this commonly used phrase.  Being a master communicator gets your foot in the door and always gives you options.  Losing your job, needing a place to stay away from home, or wanting a recommendation from a distinguished individual are all times when a strong networker can fall back on the relationships he/her has built.

The Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) understands networking & relationship building are vital to today’s professional.  That is why they are bringing in internationally known speaker and trainer Matt Booth.  His seminars focus on helping people be themselves and improve themselves everyday.  He has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Iowan and Rising Star Award winner.

This seminar will aid attendees in taking random, every day interactions and make them into long-lasting relationships.  Matt Booth entertains, educates, and impacts live everywhere he goes.  He does through showing the audience how to get “Matitude.”

Who: “Matitude” with Matt Booth, sponsored the Sioux City Growth Org.

Where: Long Lines Family Rec. Center, Community Room-3rd Floor

When: 7:30-8:30 a.m. on August 20, 2009

*Coffee, juice and rolls will be provided.

RSVP

Space is limited.  Please reserve your place by August 17 to Nicole Thompson.

nthompson@siouxlandchamber.com

Marketing Monday

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Your Marketing Monday tip this week comes from Meghan O’Brien, an economist with Iowa State’s Regional Capacity Analysis Program and ISU Extension program specialist. O’Brien has presented her tips for businesses during tough times across the state. Below is what she had to say about marketing.

  • Try lowest cost options first. Use customer database as a tool, offer workshops or seminars in house, partner with other businesses.
  • Don’t eliminate your marketing budget, but stick with the tried and true. Spend money where it’s been most effective.
  • Use the web and local business resources for networking.
  • Retail businesses can inexpensively update the appearance of the store by changing signage, moving around inventory, updating fixtures.
  • Service based business can enhance logos and branding, update uniforms, change appearance of front of business.

The full article and other business tips from Meghan can be found at http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2009/jul/toughbiz

Siouxland has the Green Light

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Traffic Green LightThinking about starting up a business in the Siouxland Area?

The time couldn’t be better according to recent polls conducted and reported on by CNBC.  In “America’s Top States for Business ’09,” Iowa ranks fourth, while Nebraska came in eleventh, and South Dakota was slotted at twelfth.

States were judged on several different components, these included: cost of business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation, technology & innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital, and cost of living.

The rankings included a states overall economic health and growth.  They also gave recognition to states based on how many major corporations are located there.

This state recognition by CNBC is indicative of the accolades that Siouxland and the surrounding area has already received this year.  For the second year in a row, The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development arm of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, had been given recognition as one of the Top Ten Economic Development Groups in the nation for 2008.

Another factor that plays into positive economic development is low rates of unemployment.  In a blog already posted this past year, out of 372 metropolitan areas, only twenty cities have less unemployment rates than Sioux City.

Also, we all know that business is business and what truly matters is quality of life.  But economic trends tend to intrude upon our happiness and business creeps into our personal life as a result.  Not the case in the Midwest, compared to the rest of the nation when judging overall happiness we come out on top.  Nebraska ranked first, Iowa second, and South Dakota ranked eighth according to a mainstreet.com Happiness Index.

Your probably sitting at home with your laptop, at work in your office checking your desktop, or looking at this blog on your mobile phone.  If you are, I hope you feel as I do how fortunate we are to live in the Siouxland area.  There are red flags going up all over for businesses with the recession on a national scale.  Here in Siouxland, green means go and that’s what were doing; MOVING FORWARD.

If you, like I said, are reading this blog on this beautiful sunny day in Sioux City, Iowa tell a family member and tell a friend about all the good things going on in Siouxland.  I know fourth in economic development for 2009 is hard to conquer in 2010, but lets try to get in the top three for next year. 🙂

Fellow Siouxlander,

Ian

Chamber Trivia

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Question for the week: Sioux City natives and Central High graduates, Esther and Paulline Friedman, are better known as…?

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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.