Positively Siouxland


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This week’s Positively Siouxland features Chris Mcgowan talking about one of the area’s best businessmen.  This man received the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Award for 2009.  Listen to the link and find out who this local celebrity is…

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Positively Siouxland Entrepreneurial Award!!!

Ian Banks, Social Media Intern

Marketing Monday!!!


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Good afternoon Siouxland!

Hopefully everyone got their football fill this weekend.  If you didn’t check the scores we’re looking out for ya…

UNI at Missouri State (Panthers Win!) 35-7

Iowa running back Brandon Wegher flips over Penn State defenders (picture courtesy AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Iowa running back Brandon Wegher flips over Penn State defenders (picture courtesy AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Iowa at Penn State (Hawkeyes Win!) 21-10

Iowa State v Army (Cyclones Win!) 31-10

Drake at USD (Coyotes Win!) 51-21

Nebraska v. Louisiana Lafayette (Huskers Win!) 55-0

Morningside (Bye Week)

Briar Cliff @ Midland Lutheran 14-21

Without further ado here is your Marketing Monday Siouxland!

1. Give people something for free and they will feel obligated to return the favor.

Giving customers something for free lets them know that you care about them enough to give them something and they didn’t even have to do business with you.  In most cases, they will feel obligated to buy something or leave with a good feeling towards your business.

2. Give potential customers a taste of your offerings

This is all about standing by your product.  You shouldn’t be trying to fool anyone with your product.  What’s it going to hurt to give them a little taste?

3. Make it “Extra Special”

-Make everything you do something “extra special” and clients will take notice. Not only will they come back for more, they’ll tell their friends.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Your “Neighbors” (Network!)

If you can sell to your friends or your neighbors then you can sell to anyone.  Start networking with those around you and then venture out and build relationships.

5. Do What You Need to Do to Be Seen

A great product or service needs to be advertised.  It is never going to sell if you don’t market it.

6. Be Persistent

Resilience is key.  Managing or owning a business is not for the faint of heart.  Be persistent with frequent retention with your customers and never never give up!

7. Build Anticipation

If you’re starting a business let the community know your coming before you get there.  If your bringing out a new product, build anticipation early and let the customers know how it’s going to benefit them.

8. Find Good Partners

Center yourself around people that want you to succeed and then return the favor.

9. Advertise Your Popularity

Let the community know your business is popular.  People want to feel like they are part of something and if someone else has something that everyone else loves then they are going to want to try it too.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them at the bottom…We love to hear from you out there in cyberspace.

-Ian Banks, Social Media Intern

Monday Morale!


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Mondays start the beginning of a fresh, new work week. Here is a little something to boost your Monday Morale from your Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

Here are seven one-liners to get you through the week!

-There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count and those who can’t..

-I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

– If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

– Energizer Bunny Arrested! Charged with battery.

– Why do bankruptcy lawyers expect to be paid?

-I’d kill for a Nobel Peace prize.

-I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Have a great week Siouxland!

-Ian Banks, Social Media Intern

The Life of Siouxland- War Eagle


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Overlooking the  panoramic view of the Missouri River stands a magnificent monument that honors a great chief  depicted with an eagle feather bonnet & a peace pipe.

This symbolizes the leadership and love for peace of War Eagle.

The name War Eagle is peculiar, because throughout the extraordinary life of Wambdi Okicize (War Eagle) he did nothing but seek peace.  His Indian name meant “Little Eagle” but the whites gave him the name of War Eagle.

The location of his birth is disputed and experts concluded that he was born in Wisconsin or Minnesota around 1785.

During his youth, War Eagle spent the majority of his time working with white

Chief War Eagle overlooking the Missouri River

Chief War Eagle overlooking the Missouri River

Americans.  In the War of 1812, he was influential in gaining native support of the United States against the British. Chief War Eagle also worked as a river guide on the upper Mississippi and a messenger for the American Fur Company on the Missouri.

The great chief married in Minnesota in the 1830’s and had seven children.  Adopted into the Yankton Sioux Tribe, shortly after he was elected chief of the tribe.  He spent many days traveling to Washington D.C. and organizing peace treaties.  War Eagle received a silver peace medal awarded to him by President Martin Van Buren in 1837.

Theophile Bruguier, a trader with the American Fur Company married two of War Eagle’s daughters; Dawn & Blazing Cloud.  Bruguier had a dream about a place where two mighty rivers joined through a huge bluff.  War Eagle recollected just the place Bruguier spoke of, because he had gone by it many times in his fur trading voyages.

In 1849, Bruguier along with his two wives built a log cabin and lived there the remainder of their lives trading with the Indians.  This homestead is said to be the first white settlement in Sioux City, Iowa.

At the age of sixty-six years old, the great Chief War Eagle passed away and was buried on the high bluff overlooking the Big Sioux & the Missouri.  Buried along side him are other family members, including Dawn & Blazing Cloud.  The bluff is currently part of the War Eagle Park located here in Sioux City, Iowa.

The monument recognizes the man, but it also recognizes the dream.  It is a symbol of peace to all those who drive by it or take a walk to the monument.

Ian Banks, Social Media Intern

101 Ways to Take Advantage of the Chamber


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I could not sleep last night because my head was spinning with all the ideas I had today for our special series ‘101 Ways to Take Advantage of the Chamber.’ Which do I leave out this week and what do I put in?  The list is long and distinguished, but hopefully I chose the right ten for this week…

31) The Siouxland Initiative (TSI) Alongside the Chamber, TSI not only helps build new business, but they can assist when its time to expand your current business by helping you start up or sustain growth.

32) Call Nicole- Nicole Thompson at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is an integral part in coordinating all our events.  Find out how you can host a Business After Hours, become a Chamber Ambassador, or get involved in the Chamber Golf Classic.

33) Technology Friendly Environment–  Let’s face it, business has changed.  A good idea can plummet without the right technology & this can deter a lot of potential entrepreneurs.  Use the resources we have at the Chamber to make sure you have the right technology to compete in a 21st century environment.

34) Want to start A Restaurant Franchise? Being a member of the Chamber will help you do business.  Statistics by The Schapiro Group show when consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce they are 40% more likely to eat at that franchise in the next few months.

35)  Don’t hold anything back- Starting a business is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be handled entirely alone.  Maximize all your opportunities and allow us to be one of your resources.

36)  We work for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota…- Providing businessmen and women alike with the tools to do business in their state is crucial.  From supporting more cell phone towers so a signal is never lost, to trying to reduce regulations and taxes on start up businesses.  These details are crucial factors when someone decides where to start up business.  The Chamber lobbys to make sure our state is business friendly.

37)  Transportation- We improve transportation connections within Siouxland and lobby for trade corridors needed in economic development.

38) Friendship–  Of course we will be your friend, but that’s not all of it.  The Chamber sets up events to promote business interaction and they also serve the function as making friends within the community.

39)  Quality of Life- It is our job to recognize that Siouxland has a responisbility in providing quality of life.  We push towards promoting events that will do just that, such as: Fridays on the Promenade, Artsplash, Saturday in the Park or Go Fest 2009…just to name a few.

40) Be Seen! Being a member of the chamber gives others online access directly to your website via our online business directory.

Stay tuned for next week’s 101 Ways to make sure you are getting the most out of the Siouxland Chamber.

– Ian, Siouxland Chamber Intern

Positively Siouxland-Family Day!


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Listen here to Chris McGowan saying a few words about the importance of family in midst of all the chaos life can sometimes throw at you…

Positively Siouxland- Family Day

Annual Dinner Video


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To be able to go forward we first must look back and see how far we have come.  Take a look at what the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce has been up to in the last year…



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Come on out to the E-Cycle!


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A couple of months ago I wrote a blog that included all the places that you could go to get rid of all your old electronics…

Now, the City of Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board is designating a old television special day for you to get cleaned up around the house and get rid of those electronics that are collecting dust.

On October 3rd, come on down to the Tyson Events Center parking lot by using the Pierce Street entrance and you can find other fellow Siouxlanders disposing of theirs as well.  The recycling will go on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only a minimal fee will be charged (monitors and TVs $5, computers and vcrs $2, small misc. $1) .  The money collected will cover the cost of recycling as well as assist with community recycling education.

What you can bring: Bring any electronics—vcrs, phones, stereos, gaming stations, TVs, computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, digital cameras, video cameras, microwaves, even toasters and vacuums, etc. (Sorry, no large appliances)

Save the date October 3, 2009…!

The Life of Siouxland- The High School


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The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

-Aldous Huxley

In 1893, a school opened sectioned in the middle of Sioux City known as “The castle on the hillHigh School.”  Around thirty years passed, and this historic building and school was renamed as Central High School.  The school was way ahead of its years and had luxuries that other schools and buildings during this time didn’t.

Nearly $105,000  were poured into this school as it was a direct effect of Sioux City’s thriving economy at this time.  For the first year, the enrollment came to 292 students and 9 teachers (32 kids per teacher).  As Sioux City grew and the economy flourished, the numbers ballooned in 1913 to 965 (300% increase in 20 years).  This influx of students led to plans for a new addition to this already large school.

The new design was mulled over and a special election was held.  The vote was orchestrated by the city’s womens’ club to decide if citizens were willing to pay taxes to keep the same stone material and architectural design.  This addition cost more than double as the lump sum came to $225,000.

The enrollment grew as a direct result and Central High School stood the test of time during some critical times in Sioux City & American History.  For exactly 80 years, “The High School” and Central High School opened its doors to then the youth of Siouxland.  After it was closed in 1972, the “Castle on the Hill” has been placed on the National Registry of historic sites.  We’re proud to have this magnificent piece of architecture in Siouxland as it stands as a living link to our past.

A couple years ago, Rockestra was held within the doors of Central High.  I remember looking around while listening to the sweet tunes of some old time rock & roll by Siouxland’s finest musicians and thinking about all the memories that have passed through the halls.

castleThese walls harbored and facilitated learning, friendship, and growth.  Some of the lives have passed that use to roam these halls and some our still living here in Sioux City today.    Nevertheless, they served as the backbone for this great city coupled with the men and women from Heelan and East.

So today as you drive around on this beautiful day take a little trip by the “Castle on the Hill.”  Look at it and smile, because it still breathes and is waiting to breathe again.  It waits for a new life, a new era entrenched in a Siouxland economy that welcomes it back once again…

Ian, Social Media Intern

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