Welcome to Six New Ambassadors

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Six new Ambassadors were selected to join the Chamber’s ribbon cutting, open house attending, Siouxland promoting, organization.Green Jacket copy Look for these new Ambassadors in their green jackets at events around Siouxland.

  • Julie Adam – Sales Manager, Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center
  • Jeffrey Ajer – Assistant Performance Manager, Northwest Airlines
  • Tracy Lambertsen – Manager/Owner, Iwire Electronics
  • Seth Major – Partner/Agent, Strategic Financial Group
  • Heather Marreel – Director of Recruitment, Siouxland Community Blood Bank
  • Mary Ann Sargent – Field Manager, AAA Minnesota/Iowa

Congratulations to these new Ambassadors!

Sioux City Tourism Video

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At the Tourism Day Luncheon this past Monday the State Tourism Director, Nancy Landess, showed the Sioux City promotional video that is being played in both Chicago and Minneapolis markets.

Take a look at how Sioux City was highlighted.

Scholarship Money and a Tiara Too

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Know any local young women that could use some scholarship money for college next year?

The Port of Sioux City River-Cade Association annually holds a royalty competition that has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship money to young women throughout Siouxland.

Last year I was selected as a River-Cade Princess. I recieved a $3,000 scholarship, but beyond that have helped promote River-Cade and Siouxland through parades, luncheons, and other social events. The experience has been one of kind, and I look forward to the River-Cade festival July 15-19.n16917798_37326621_5387

I encourage all local, female high school graduates (graduating seniors 2009 this includes you too) to apply. Applications are due May 31st. SarahSignature copy

“Sioux City SUX” the next “Keep Austin Weird”

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“Sioux City SUX” is the next “Keep Austin Weird”.  Sioux City has recently adopted this whole Sioux City SUX slogan.  It’s popping up all over town, on t-shirts, signs, etc.  Just the abbreviation “SUX” is increasingly popular.  If you fly in or out of town your airport code is “SUX”.  Some may think of this tag line as unflattering but its really isn’t all that bad.   The Sioux Gateway Airport is encouraging their code by there “Fly SUX” Advertising.  The slogan is a great way to remember your airport code, I bet its a lot easier to remember Sioux City’s code than others.

Before the Sioux City SUX, started there was the “Keep Austin Weird”.  This was a slogan that Austin adopted sometime around 2003.  The slogans purpose was just that, they didn’t want Austin to be perceived as this big commercialized, over- developed city.  The slogan helps people realize that Austin, no matter how much it grows like other metros, will still be unique.

These Slogans are great ways for our Cities to have a youthful and edgy feel.  The slogans are not made to bash or mock but to be fun and catchy.  Sioux City is doing well with its tag-lines Sioux City SUX, Fly SUX, Nightlife SUX, and possibly more to come.

The Intern

-Zach

Check Out Your Own Backyard

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This afternoon I attended a luncheon and ribbon cutting that officially kicked-off Tourism Week for the state of Iowa. Nancy Landess, State of Iowa Tourism Director, spoke at the Sioux City Convention Center about Iowa’s 6.3 billion dollar travel and tourism industry.

Here are a few things I learned at the event:

  • The growth rate of tourism in Woodbury County is higher than the state growth rate, and the state of Iowa’s tourism growth rate is higher than the national tourism growth rate.
  • Sioux City has partnered with the Iowa Tourism Office and created a television advertisement that plays in Chicago and Minneapolis markets.
  • Current tourism promotions include discounts and prizes through Casey’s and the Iowa Lottery.
  • Landess had many great things to say about tourism in Iowa and Sioux City in particular.

I checked out the Travel Iowa website and it’s definitely something to look into if you haven’t before. The site features just about everything you’ll need for a great vacation here in the state of Iowa. Find upcoming events, places to stay, even road and weather conditions all in one place. (The Casey’s and Iowa Lottery promotions can be found here as well) check it all out at www.traveliowa.comSarahSignature copy

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BusinessRoundtable Header copyEver had to deal with a delinquent account?

Then attend this month’s Business Roundtable Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for some great advice.

You will hear Julie Schoenherr, owner consultant of Solutions Consulting, give practical tips on how you can cut out the added stress delinquent accounts can create. Schoenherr has over 15 years experience in the Collection Banking, Third Party Collection and Collection Training industry. Don’t miss the ideas and information to be presented at this month’s event. Email Nicole, nthompson@siouxlandchamber.com, to attend.

As always, all Chamber members are invited to attend Business Roundtables. We hope to see you there.

Take your Coffee with Cream and Networking

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My first week as an intern is coming to an end and today I had my first outing. I attended a South Sioux City Chamber coffee event at the Northeast Community College Business and Industry Training Center. I really had no idea what to expect and was a little nervous to venture out from behind my computer desk. But once we arrived and had the chance to talk with a few business owners, I realized that the “Siouxland spirit” is alive in local businesses.

Everyone I talked to had such a passion for their industry, but beyond that, an overall pride for the Siouxland area. Networking events, such as these weekly coffee events hosted by the South Sioux City Chamber, offer local professionals the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other outside of the typical workspace. After meeting just a few individuals, it was apparent that they have an interest in other local businesses success just as much as their own.

It was exciting to hear about new ideas, plans, and happenings in the community. I hope to continue to be able to highlight these unique stories on the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce blog.

  • Want to be featured on our blog?
  • Send me, intern@siouxlandchamber.com,  an interesting fact about your industry or business, employee highlight, 5 creative reasons to work for your business, or unique stories that might not make more conventional news.SarahSignature copy

Support Your Siouxland Soldiers

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On May 15th @ 2pm, KSUX’s Ronnie Lee will be Broadcasting Live from Tires Tires Tires parking lot on Gordon Drive.  The “Tire Guy” is already dress in full camo and also will be accompanied by the 1-113 CAV of the Army National Guard which will have humvees, camo netting, supplies, and equipment set up.

On Saturday the 16th, “Armed forces Day” Ronnie will continue broadcasting live until 4pm.  There will be an area set up to make care packages from 10am – 2pm.  Stop by and make a donation! For every donation Tires Tires Tires will give you a “$10 OFF Any Automotive Repair Service” gift certificate.  Also miniature American flags will be given to any donors  compliments of  Miles Inn.

Stop by and support your Troops!

-Zach

Social Media  Intern

Art Tasting Tonight

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Looking for an outing tonight? There is still room to RSVP for the last wine tasting of the season hosted by the Sioux City Art Center.

  • What: an opportunity to meet 3 Sioux City artists and sample some wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • When: tonight, May 14, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Artist Studios at The Benson Building (705 Douglas Street)
  • How: RSVP 712.279.6272 ext 200
  • Cost: $15 at the door

Saturday in the Park Performers Announced

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Saturday in the Park, Siouxland’s free music festival, announced five additional artists that will be featured at this year’s event.

Below is a little information, courtesy of Argosy’s Saturday in the Park, about the artists that will join previously announced-headliner Counting Crows this July 4th from noon to 10:30 p.m. at Grandview Park.

Shemekia Copeland: At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already aShemekia Copeland force to be reckoned with in the blues. While still in her 20s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and John Mayer.

http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/

Mike Doughty: Mike Doughty’s new album, Golden Delicious, is a loose-Mike Doughtylimbed, freewheeling set that brings all the aspects of his singular muse together in one smart, humorous and eloquent package. Doughty’s last offering, 2005’s Haughty Melodic, was a sprawling, expansive set that took years to produce. On Golden Delicious, Doughty hewed close to his “dude theory” – the idea of making a relaxed record that sounds like a bunch of dudes playing music for the pure joy of playing.

http://www.mikedoughty.com/

Lenka: “I’m really in my element,” says Lenka ask the wind chimes soundLenka and she surveys the forest outside the Woodstock, NY, recording studio where she laid down the final tracks of her self-titled solo debut and is now noodling around on a few other tunes. The natural setting clearly reminds her of home – not her adopted home of Los Angeles, but the Australian bush, where she grew up.

http://www.lenkamusic.com/

Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l: Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'lDance Band Int’l plays classic Central and West African dance music – specializing in soukous, Highlife, Rumba, Dry Guitar, and other delights from the great continent. The multi-racial band mixes their backgrounds in traditional African music, jazz, and underground rock to bring these classic sounds to life. The group has been winning over a diverse audience of listeners, dancers and rockers, and causing a buzz among established African music critics.

http://www.occidentalbrothers.com/

Midwest Dilemma: Justin Lamoureux has toured coast to coast under the name Midwest Dilemma for nearly five years. Many know Lamoureux as Omaha, NE, based signer-songwriter whose debut release Timelines & Tragedies was nominated Album Of The Year in his hometown. The album also charted CMJ (College Music Journal) Top 200 bands in the United States shortly after the release. Lamoureux is now bringing his new record out on the road for a near three week solo tour with long time friend and singer-songwriter Brad Hoshaw (nominated Best Singer-Songwriter in Omaha, NE).

http://www.midwestdilemma.com/

For more information visit http://www.saturdayinthepark.com/