Guest Blog: Leadership Siouxland Taking Applications Until August 31st

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As an alumnus, past board member, and current Executive Director of Leadership Siouxland, I see firsthand the value this program provides to class participants and the Siouxland community. We provide a low-cost, time efficient way for class participants to develop the unique leadership skills needed for success in these challenging times, and networking opportunities that are unprecedented. I hope that you will consider participating in our upcoming class or sponsoring a participant from your organization.

Leadership Siouxland was formed 38 years ago. Over 1,100 Siouxlanders have graduated from the program. The 9-month curriculum is designed to allow participants to enhance their leadership skills; learn more about themselves and their strengths and talents; gain knowledge about our community and form a great network of professionals. 36 professionals from various businesses and industries in the tri-state Siouxland area graduated in May from our 2021-2022 class. Our program continues to evolve into unique experiences for each individual professional. The responses and feedback from class participants is inspiring. Some of the comments we hear are:

“It was an amazing experience!”
“The session on diversity and inclusiveness opened my eyes so I can understand different perspectives.”
“I am a better person and a better leader because of this program.”
“I learned how to be more authentic and to self-reflect; and how to step out of my comfort zone.”

“I made life-long friends and professional connections I can count on to help me navigate through
issues.”

The curriculum includes learnings on Emotional Intelligence; Change Management; Gallup Strength Finder; IDEA (Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, Access/Accessibility); Difficult Conversations; and the following areas of education about our communities: Economic Development, Public Safety, Mission Driven Organizations, and more.

The class is formed into Connection Circles, allowing for deeper and more personal conversations around the session topics. Orientation is held 8:30 AM to 4 PM the last Thursday of September. Monthly class sessions are held the first Thursday of each month October through May from 5:30 to 9 PM. Meals are provided, and the total cost of the programs is $675. A limited number of scholarships (up to 1/2 the full tuition) are available. We work with companies and individuals on payment arrangements if requested; otherwise, payment is expected by orientation. The program offers a dynamic opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and men and women of various career levels and industries.

Thank you in advance for your interest in participating or sponsoring a participant in our upcoming program. We are constantly refreshing the content, class locations and activities, so each new class has a fresh, new experience. Click here to download an application. More information is available on Facebook at Leadership Siouxland. You can also reach out to Peggy Smith, Executive Director via e-mail at pesmith@bluebunny.com or call 712.898.8594.

Leadership Siouxland develops diverse, passionate leaders who positively impact our community for today and tomorrow.

Guest Blog: CEO Jeana Goosmann Featured in “The Science of Getting Rich for Women”

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Goosmann Law Firm CEO Jeana Goosmann is featured in a new book inspiring women around the world to make a comeback after the pandemic setback. Today only, June 9th, you can download a FREE advance copy of The Science of Getting Rich for Women.  For every download, a partner organization is donating $1 to United Nations Women. Please share this and help us in our mission to create a global economic rise and miracles for women around the world.


Goosmann Law Firm is honored to announce that CEO & Managing Partner Jeana Goosmann is featured in a new book The Science of Getting Rich for Women by Sara Connell officially launching on June 14th, 2022. Jeana Goosmann’s inspirational story is one of 25 self-made women millionaires featured in the book.

A special drive to benefit United Nations Women is taking place on Thursday, June 9th where you can download a FREE advanced copy of the book and for each download a partner organization will donate $1 to UN Women. For every copy downloaded between 10am and 11am CT, they will double that donation. To download a FREE copy to benefit UN Women on June 9th visit https://www.amazon.com/Science-Getting-Rich-Women-Millions-ebook/dp/B0B3254Z9F/.

In 2009, Jeana Goosmann started the Goosmann Law Firm with a passion to run a business when leading in the law wasn’t available to female lawyers. Over the years Goosmann’s success has been built on her values of culture, quality, positivity, productivity, and growth. Since starting the firm, Goosmann has been on a mission to promote and empower other women leaders. In 2021, she won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award for her leadership of the largest Women Owned Law Firm in the Midwest. She is the author of the Amazon Bestseller Worth It: Business Leaders Ready Execute Deliver. She brings her RED Mentality to her leadership of the firm and to deliver on her client’s goals.

Goosmann says, “I’m honored to be featured in this incredible book that shares stories from top women leaders who have defied risks and overcome challenges to get where they are today. As a woman lawyer and business owner, my favorite part of representing women is that I have a unique understanding of how to navigate the role, its benefits, and its opportunities. We have the power to be agents of change helping women lead successful careers while fulfilling their passion for life.”

About the book – The Science of Getting Rich for Women by Sara Connell

The Science of Getting Rich for Women aims to be an antidote to the global financial gap and a catalyst for women’s financial freedom and empowerment. In 1 year, women globally lost $800 Billion in income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission of this book is to create a global economic rise for women around the world to make a comeback after the pandemic setback. Author Sara Connell shares the exact journey she took to go from struggling to make $20,000 a year as a writer and coach to making over $1,000,000 in one year as an author, speaker, and coach. You’ll also read the stories of 25 women who started without investors, capital-or in many cases, anyone believing in them-and became millionaires. By the end of this book, you will have a toolkit to create millions, while changing lives and having a positive impact on our planet. To learn more about the book visit www.thescienceofgettingrichforwomen.com.

About Goosmann Law Firm

Goosmann Law Firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in the Midwest for trailblazers leading the way. They are one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States with locations in Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their clients range from local businesses to multinational Fortune 100 companies. Their areas of practice include Business, Estates, Employment, Disputes and Trials. Goosmann Law Firm is a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit their website at www.GoosmannLaw.com or call (855) 843-4531.

#MemberMonday – Art SUX Gallery

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How many years has the Art SUX Gallery been in Siouxland? We have been in business since 2019.

What services do you offer? Art SUX Gallery is located at 515 4th Street. We have over 20 artist studios and have a main gallery space for monthly and bimonthly exhibits as well as shows. We also have office space for a few photography, web design and interior design businesses.

Inside the building we created a space for Art SUX for kids (the left store front). This is where we hold events for kids to do craft and art projects for free. On the other side of the building store front is Hardline Coffee Co.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a member for almost two years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? I think what I have enjoyed most about being a Chamber member are the Chamber employees. From support, ideas, opportunities and everything in between, I feel like everyone is rooting for us and making our success their success as well.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? My favorite Chamber event, for selfish reasons, was our ribbon cutting. I had dreamt about that day for 11+ years. It was one of the best days/events of my life.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? I’d say our name, Art SUX Gallery, is itself interesting. I named it in homage to our airport code as well as a tongue and cheek reply to some people’s artistic views and tastes. Whether you pronounce it “Soo” or “Sucks”, the idea it embodies is still the same.

Property Taxes on Multi-Unit Residential Dwellings

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Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Member,

Eager to address the State of Iowa’s 22% “equalization order,” which increases property taxes on multi-unit residential dwellings in Sioux City (this includes apartments, town-homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, etc.), on Monday, October 24, 2021, Mayor Bob Scott, Siouxland Chamber President Chris McGowan, and Chamber Executive Vice President Barbara Sloniker traveled to Des Moines to meet with the Iowa Department of Revenue leadership at the state capitol.  This delegation from Sioux City met with the Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue, Kraig Paulsen, as well the Department’s legal counsel and policy advisor.

While Sioux City leaders will continue to explore all options to resolve this situation, there is no guaranteed outcome, so we urge local property owners to preserve their rights and file their appeals before the imminent deadline.  The only real estate affected by this equalization order are properties located within Sioux City and classified as multi residential.  Affected taxpayers would have received mailed notice of an increase of their valuation prior to October 8, 2021.

The deadline for Sioux City property owners to file their appeals is this Monday, November 1, 2021, and appeals must be received or postmarked that day.  Protests may filed by mail, in person, or by electronic mail.  To assist in the process, the Sioux City Assessor has put into action an appeal program located on its Beacon website.  Go to http://siouxcityassessor.com and click on Online Appeal Program tab.  There, the property to be appealed can be looked up, and at the bottom of the screen the Sioux City Board of Review Petition is located with a blue box directly below it that can be clicked on.  Taxpayers can fill out the appeal form, attach additional documents (including income and expense forms) and pictures, and then transmit the information to the Board of Review in one step.  Emailed submissions will be also accepted at SCBOR@sioux-city.org.  Taxpayers are encouraged to providing supporting information for with their protests, which may include income and expense information.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to multi-unit residential property owners with properties within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Sioux City.

Guest Blog: Frank Koekkoek Jr. Joins Seaboard Triumph Foods as Vice President & General Manager

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Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF) is excited to welcome Frank Koekkoek Jr. as the new Vice President & General Manager to lead STF.

He holds over 21 years of experience in leadership, operations, food safety, business development, and improvement in the protein industry. Frank is a detail-oriented, high-energy, and driven leader.

In his recent positions, Frank served as the Director of Operations for Perdue in Lewiston, North Carolina, and as the Complex Manager for Butterball in Raeford, North Carolina.

“We will continue to enhance our core values of safety, people first, and food safety, At STF, our foundation must be built on people first as we continue to focus our efforts on making STF the company of choice,” said Frank.

His passion for the protein industry started young as his father, Frank Koekkoek Sr., worked in the industry for 54 years, retiring as the Vice President of Operations at Michigan Turkey Producers (MTP).

Frank is relocating to Sioux City with his wife, and five children, Carleigh, Kamdyn, Kyndall, Kailyn and Konner. In his free time he enjoys football, the outdoors, and spending time with this family.

Kick Off the Holidays at Booth 117

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Kick Off to the Holidays at Booth 117

October 9, 2021
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
144 Gaul Drive

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Shop for all the upcoming holidays! 🎃 🦃 🎄

Drinks and snacks provided. 🍷
Giveaways!! 🛍️


Come check out the reveal of all the new holiday decor!

Learn more here.

#MemberMonday: Ability Tech

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What services do you offer? We custom build adaptive technology for individuals with limitation. We modify toys or other devices to be switch adapted. We also run ChairAbility which allows other individuals or organizations to donate unneeded equipment or supplies and we donate them back to individuals, families, or organizations that are in need.


How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? This is our first year as a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.


What is the best part about being a Chamber member? Being such a small business, the Chamber has allowed us to network with other local businesses and owners to help us grow and find answers to problems that they have already gone through.


What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Ability Tech was started and still operates out of our basement, but some aspects have grown into Grandpa’s garage. Another interesting fact is that Ability Tech started with an idea to help our son Kayden play baseball more independently and that has turned into “how can we help everyone else” that feels left behind in the adaptive technology community. We put the benefit of our customers before the benefit of Ability Tech, we are “Adapting for Change”.

#MemberMonday: TAGG, LLC (Together A Greater Good)

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What services do you offer? TAGG (Together A Greater Good) connects nonprofits, businesses and consumers for mutual benefit. TAGG’s innovative approach allows people to support their favorite causes without spending an extra dime!

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? We have been a Siouxland Chamber of Commerce member for less than one year.

What do you enjoy most about being a Siouxland Chamber member? I love the community support, ongoing education of businesses/non-profits in town, and the ongoing fun ways to network. Siouxland is very lucky to have such a strong Chamber!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? TAGG users have generated over $700,000 in donations to Omaha area organizations, just by snapping photos of their receipts. I can’t wait to make that kind of impact here in Siouxland!

#MemberMonday: Access Systems

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How many years has your business been in Siouxland? For the last year we have dedicated our efforts to organic and sustainable growth here in Siouxland. Proudly operating as the only Iowa based provider in the area.

What services do you offer? We are a 4-pillar company offering managed services – copiers and printers, total IT care, document imaging and phone systems.

How many years has your business been a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce? This is our first year as a member of the Siouxland Chamber under our new Siouxland leadership.

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? The connections and the relationships created with great people.

What is your favorite Chamber event/memory? All events are a pleasure to attend, but I enjoy the Connect 101 meetings because it’s always a good way to start your day.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company/business? Access Systems has sustained 46% year-over-year growth since 2005, growing from one small office in Adel, Iowa with 4 employees to now over 15 offices across the state of Iowa with over 250+ employees. This proud fact is only possible through genuine relationships and award-winning service. Access has received recognition and awards not only as a Top 5 Workplace in the state of Iowa, but as one of the Top Workplaces in the entire United States, as well as the CRN’s Fast Growth 150 Award for 2021, the 2021 Solution Provider 500 and the ENX Elite Dealer Award.

NATURE CALLS is BACK!

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Nature Calls is a fundraiser that combines beer & wine tasting, nature market vendors, raffles, and a charity auction to raise funds for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 at the Sioux City Convention Center from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY this year! Limited Tickets Available!
Purchase your tickets online at https://woodburyparks.org/ after August 1st. Tickets are $40 each.

Each Nature Calls ticket includes:
– Collectible beer mug
– 12 beer or wine samples
– Heavy hors d’oeuvres
– Access to raffles, silent auction, live auction & nature market vendors

Join the fun and support the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center!
~ Come early for best selection because varieties are limited ~
This event is for ages 21 and up and ticket sales close at 11:59 PM on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Tickets are also available at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center during open hours or by calling 712-258-0838. Contact Dawn at dsnyder@woodburyparks.org for more information.