#MemberMonday: Heidman Law Firm


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What services do you offer? Our firm is a general practice firm and we maintain a strong client base representing individuals and businesses, as well as companies who provide liability, worker’s compensation, professional liability, health, and life insurance. During the past 40 years, we have expanded our areas of practice and legal expertise to include business, real estate, estate planning and probate, agriculture, family, health care, employment, municipal, personal injury, tribal law, and all forms of litigation.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 51 years, since January 1970.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best part of being a Chamber member is that they provide many networking committees, educational opportunities and events to participate in which helps business owners and managers connect and prosper. Also, if you are needing help in resolving a business problem, you can ask the Chamber and they will do their best to connect you with someone that can help.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Fun Fact: Heidman Law Firm, PLLC., is located at 1128 Historic 4th St., in the Evans Block Building. The firm traces its roots back to George Conway, who began practicing law in Sioux City in 1891 – just one year after the Evans Block Building was built.

Despite Pandemic, Siouxland Retains Title – Ranks First in the Nation for Economic Development


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SIOUX CITY (Iowa) – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which adversely affected global, national, and local economic activity, the Sioux City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has retained the top spot for populations under 200,000 in Site Selection magazine’s annual economic development rankings. 

After finishing third in 2018 and first in 2019, the Siouxland tri-state MSA held on to the top spot in its population category for January through December 2020 according to results released by Site Selection located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who was in Sioux City to announce the national award at a 9:00 AM press conference, was joined by Mike Wells, the President and CEO of Wells Enterprises in Le Mars, Iowa.  Wells currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), a not-for-profit economic development organization focused on increasing and enhancing employment opportunities throughout the tri-state region.

Addressing a gathering of local business executives, community leaders, and elected officials at the brand new $15 million Siouxland Expo Center in downtown Sioux City, Governor Reynolds stated, “This is welcome news and serves to confirm that, in spite of the challenges presented by the coronavirus, when it comes to economic development, communities throughout Iowa continue to be among the very best in the nation.”  Reynolds added, “I am thankful for the entrepreneurs and executives who have elected to grow their businesses in Iowa, and I am especially grateful for the jobs they have created and the capital they have invested in this particularly demanding year.”

Site Selection’s Managing Editor, Adam Bruns, who has journeyed to Siouxland to present this award on several occasions in the past but was unable to do so this year due to safety-based travel restrictions, released a statement which read, “I feel like I know Siouxland’s economy like the back of my hand.  So I know what a struggle this past year has been, especially for an area with such prominent food-processing employers.  It must be gratifying to area leaders to see the metro area finish No. 1 among Tier 3 again. But this year’s rankings carry extra good news, as Siouxland also ranks as the Tier-3 No. 1 when the numbers are examined on a per-capita basis.  Truly outstanding results for a standout region.”

In his first year of a two-year term as TSI’s Chair, Wells reflected, “No one really knew what to expect from the first global pandemic in over a century, but it is reassuring to learn that despite enormous obstacles, our economy continued to perform well relative to similarly-sized communities throughout the United States.”  Wells went on to explain that he is acutely aware of and sensitive to the ongoing struggles faced by many businesses and individuals adding, “As a native of Siouxland, I am always proud of the way our community comes together in a crisis and that is certainly what we observed in the past year.  TSI is indebted to the numerous local businesses that chose to expand right here in Siouxland, and we remain deeply appreciative of the many thousands of citizens who have focused on supporting our locally owned and operated businesses during the unprecedented difficulties brought about by COVID-19.”

TSI President, Chris McGowan pointed out that the metro had qualifying projects in all three Siouxland states contributing to the fact that Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota currently have the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  Highlighted by Sabre Industries’ August announcement of a $25 million expansion, which is projected to create 76 new jobs, the Sioux City metro had 17 qualifying projects in 2020.  Said McGowan, “With leaders like Governor Reynolds and Mr. Wells, I have every confidence that the cooperation between the public and private sectors, which is essential to robust economic development, will continue for many years to come.”

In addition to Sioux City’s top ranking, the Council Bluffs-Omaha MSA also appeared in the “Top-Ten,” finishing ninth in the tier-two category representing communities with populations between 200,000 and one million.  While visiting western Iowa, Governor Reynolds, took a moment to call attention to several eastern Iowa communities which were listed in Site Selection’s annual rankings.  Citing the magazine’s inclusion of Clinton, Dubuque, and Davenport, along with Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Governor Reynolds expressed, “Iowa’s collective performance in economic development this past year, is a testament to the determination and productivity of the exceptional people of Iowa.”  In the “Mississippi River Corridor” rankings, Clinton ranked first and Dubuque finished second for the number of qualified economic development projects per capita based on the 18 months concluding December 31, 2020.  That same analysis has Davenport joining those two eastern Iowa cities in the magazine’s Top-Ten cumulative rankings, with Davenport finishing sixth, Dubuque seventh, and Clinton ninth among Mississippi River communities.  The Governor expressed her belief that the Site Selection rankings corroborate Iowa’s classification as the state, along with Utah, to have the lowest risk and highest resiliency in recovering from COVID-19.[1]  

Each March, Site Selection magazine publishes its annual rankings.  The publication specifies, “Qualifying projects are those meeting one or more of Site Selection’s criteria for inclusion in the Conway Projects Database: a minimum investment of $1 million, creation of 20 or more new jobs or 20,000 square feet or more of new space.”

The 2020 ranking marks the ninth time since 2007 that the Sioux City metro has ranked first in the nation in its population category by Site Selection.  The Sioux City MSA was also recognized as the top economic development community for populations under 200,000 in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.  The Siouxland metro ranked second in both 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006 and 2018.  The metro region has ranked in the top three nationally in its population category a remarkable thirteen of the last fifteen years. 


[1] COVID-19: Fiscal Impact to States and Strategies for Recovery, A Report by the Council of State Governments https://web.csg.org/covid19/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/07/fiscal-impact.pdf

#MemberMonday: NAI United


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What services do you offer at NAI United? We offer all aspects of commercial real estate including buying, selling, leasing, business brokerage and property management.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been members of the Siouxland Chamber for 16+ years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy knowing our interests are constantly being protected.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Since our first full year of business in 2006, we have been the region’s highest producing commercial real estate firm and have sold or leased over $600,000,000 worth of commercial real estate.

#MemberMonday: Mid-States Utility Trailer Sales


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What services do you offer? We offer trailer sales, trailer repair, and trailer part sales.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been members since 2018.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the connection to the community and local small business owners that our membership provides.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? In the past, we have repaired trailers for musical groups and other live shows.

January New Investors


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Help us in welcoming our new Chamber members for the month of January.

Apiam Solutions
Bernard Global
Carlson Group at REMAX Preferred / Jeff & Rachel Carlson
Creative – Meetings, Events & More
Dakota Business Group
J & M Real Estate Group / Shane Monahan
La Isla Restaurant
Lofted View Events
R Perry Construction
Shook Handyman Service
Sioux City NAACP
St. Croix Hospice
United Real Estate Solutions / Jacquelyn Brummond

#MemberMonday: Avid Hotel


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What services do you offer? We offer accommodations, meals and other services for travelers and tourists. Our hotel features a gym and free grab and go breakfast.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been members since 2018 but just recently opened our hotel in downtown Sioux City.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We love being connected to our city. All of us working together for the collective good of our community is important.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? We have an actual gym, not a repurposed hotel room like most hotels. Also our hotel brand is made with a sound sleep in mind.

#MemberMonday: Seasons Center for Behavioral Health


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What services do you offer? We are a comprehensive behavioral health agency serving children, families, and individuals. Our Sioux City office location offers outpatient therapy and specialized trauma services.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been a member for 4 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We love the opportunity to connect with the Siouxland community and stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the area. We began providing services in Woodbury County in 2017 and opened our office location on Sunnybrook Drive in January of 2018. It’s important to us to continue to engage with the community and continue to spread awareness of the behavioral health services we offer Siouxland residents.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? We have TWELVE office locations across Northwest Iowa, including a therapeutic camp for children called Camp Autumn, which opened in 2017 and serves nearly 200 campers each year.

#MemberMonday: Surface Solutions


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What services do you offer? We offer bathroom and kitchen refacing and resurfacing.

How many years has your business been a Siouxland Chamber member? We our nearing our one-year anniversary as a Siouxland Chamber member.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? We enjoy the opportunity to work with the great Chamber staff and meet employees of other local businesses.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? We have been in business for 25 years providing homeowners and contractors an affordable alternative to conventional remodeling!

#MemberMonday: Mills, Shellhammer, Puetz, and Associates Insurance


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What services do you offer? Our team of knowledgeable insurance professionals is committed to helping you find a policy that fits your needs. We focus on providing personalized attention and exceptional customer service to create a full suite of services including personal, commercial, life, and health policies.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We have been an active member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for 26 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member? The best thing about being a Chamber member are all the opportunities it creates to interact with our community and business leaders.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your business? Our agency is located in the old Milwaukee train depot. When we first started in 1994, we rented 750 square feet of this space. Now, we occupy 7,000 square feet of newly renovated space that restored many of the depot’s original features.

Guest Blog: Seaboard Triumph Foods


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Our Community and Employee Support in 2020

2020 has been a year like none other – no words have ever rang truer. At Seaboard Triumph Foods, we are lucky to continue our work and provide donations to employees and the community throughout the year.

In addition to safety precautions, our organization has experienced changes in our Executive Leadership team. To see all the new faces, check out this webpage: https://seaboardtriumphfoods.squarespace.com/executive-leadership-team

This year we implemented new practices to keep our employees safe during the pandemic while continuing to perform our vital role as a part of the global food chain. Our practices include face masks, face shields, daily temp checks, sanitation stations, social distancing, and new lab testing procedures like 24-hour turn around tests through our in-house Health Service professionals.

We also introduced a Manager In Training (MIT) Development Program to provide leadership training for our employees. This allows them to gain the knowledge necessary to be a successful leader within STF, while expanding their opportunities for promotion.

Celebrating and valuing our employees is a core component of our culture here at Seaboard Triumph Foods. This year was no different. In total, we gave our employees over 45,000 pounds of meat and gave away money to 40 different winners in our Warm Hearts-Warm Homes, 10 days of giving contest.

Since we established ourselves in Sioux City in 2017, Seaboard Triumph Foods has been supporting the community. Each year we donate a significant amount to local non-profits and the Sioux City School District. Because as a large employer in Siouxland, we are dedicated to giving back to the community in ways that help now and in the future of this wonderful place we call home.

Some of the local non-profits we have donated to in 2020 are Hope Street of Siouxland, Support Siouxland Soldiers, Goodwill of the Great Plains Shoe & Mitten Party, United Way of Siouxland and the Food Bank of Siouxland.

As we look toward the year ahead, we are excited about new ways to positively impact the communities in and around Sioux City. We are Siouxland Proud!