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.

#MemberMonday: Meridian Clinical Research

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What services do you offer? Meridian Clinical Research partners with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to research new drugs, medical devices, and tests that could improve human health and wellbeing.

Meridian conducts Phase 1-4 clinical trials at investigative sites nationwide, including our dedicated research center in Sioux City. Meridian supports research in numerous therapeutic areas, and specializes in high-volume vaccine trials.

Almost anyone, regardless of age or background, can join a clinical trial. Beyond helping to advance medicine, participants can often get care from a local doctor at no cost and get paid for participating (amounts differ for each study). Health insurance is usually not needed to join, and Meridian studies seldom require overnight stays.

How many years has your business been a Chamber member? We joined the Chamber in July 2020, so just over a year. Meridian was founded in Omaha, NE, in 1999, where the company is still headquartered.

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? We enjoy learning about the other businesses in the Chamber and being able to introduce our company to others!

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company? We recently reached a large milestone in the study of various COVID-19 vaccines – we have enrolled over 8,000 patients in studies nationwide, including hundreds in the Siouxland area.

We are so thankful for the clinical research heroes who have joined a COVID-19 vaccine study at Meridian, and for our employees who work tirelessly to ensure these vaccines are thoroughly tested.

If you’re interested in joining a study with Meridian call (712) 639-6200 or sign up to be notified when a study may be right for you.

#MemberMonday: Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Iowa

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What services do you offer? Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Iowa is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, nonregistered home providers and Child Development Home providers. Business Development Specialist offer assist to bring and maintain child care in your community.

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

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? The best part about being a Siouxland Chamber member is the ability to interact and partner with local businesses.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company? We help parents find child care, we help child care providers succeed in running a child care business, we help businesses address child care issues with their employees to strengthen their workforce, and finally we help communities address the concerns and availability of quality child care.

Guest Blog: William J. Hale Named Managing Partner of Goosmann Law Firm’s Sioux City Location

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Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that William J. Hale has been named Managing Partner of their Sioux City, Iowa office. Will Hale will use his legal experience and passion for problem solving to lead Goosmann’s Sioux City team.   Goosmann Law helps business leaders win disputes, protect their wealth and do deals so they can spend their time on what’s worth it.   

Goosmann says, “Will is an outstanding attorney and will make a great team leader. He has demonstrated leadership in line with our core values: Quality, Culture, Positivity, Productivity and Growth. We look forward to Will, his wife Nancy and two daughters joining the Siouxland community.”

Hale joined the firm at their Omaha location in August of 2017 and focuses his practice on business disputes, trials and appeals, insurance, trade secrets, and intellectual property litigation. Super Lawyers named Will a Rising Star the last three years. Prior to practicing law Hale had a career working in the home security industry handling investigations, reporting, and consumer relations.

“I am excited to be in Siouxland and work with the wonderful team we have here.  This truly is the best firm I have ever come across, because we work as a team to serve our clients, focus on leadership and value our culture,” says William Hale.

Hale received his Juris Doctor summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brigham Young University. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Iowa.

About Goosmann Law Firm
The Goosmann Law Firm helps business leaders win disputes, protect their wealth, and spend time on what’s worth it. 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. The firm has over 30 lawyers and a total team of 68.  Their clients range from local businesses to multinational Fortune 100 companies. 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: NextLink Internet

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What services do you offer? We provide high-speed fixed wireless solutions…up to 100 mbps! Work, learn, and play with NextLink.

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

What is the best part about being a Chamber member? We enjoy getting to know and being a part of the community and having them get to know us! We hire locally – so we live where we service.

What is a fun or surprising fact about your company? We routinely participate in Giving Back Campaigns in the areas we service. We look for organizations that meet a need in the community and we give back to them to encourage their efforts.