Look me in the eye..but just one eye please


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Matt BoothHosting a networking event at 7:30 a.m. can make it hard for people to get out of bed not to mention focus on relationship building. That wasn’t the case this morning when Matt Booth, internationally known motivational speaker, proved to the Siouxland Chamber Business Roundtable and Sioux City GO that getting energized and checking your attitude can be a refreshing start to the day. To a crowd of more than 50, Matt spoke about how you can improve  from a slick networking to building long lasting relationships valuable to your quality of life and career.

With an enthusiastic demeanor, Matt taught the crowd how the first step in relationship building is to have a genuinely positive attitude. Not only does that attract others to you, but you become approachable and someone pleasant to be around. It’s important to constantly check your attitude so it becomes a habit to stay positive, just as routine as brushing your teeth.

Matt also gave the group some worthwhile tips on networking and communicating effectively. Below are just some of the valuable tools he shared with our group.

Business Cards: Use the Name people call you on your business card-When you introduce yourself to people, do you use your full name ie: Jonathan A Doe III? Your middle initial? Then why include that on your business card. Use the name that you introduce yourself as so people know who you are know how to address you when making contact.

The internet is prime real estate-Purchase the domain to your name so when contacts google your name (c’mon you know you do it), you can rest assured they are finding accurate information. Domain names are cheap (some less than $10 per year) so why not give this as a gift to friends, family or youngsters BEFORE they become motivational speakers or CEO’s.

Smile!- One of the best ways to make people like you is to smile. It can be said in any language and is rarely misunderstood. This is an easy improvement to make when networking and building relationships.

Look ‘um in the eye- Who ever said that had it right. One of the quickest and most effective ways to build a beneficial relationship is to gain trust. Eye contact is a wonderful tool to develop that trust. Focus on just one eye and maintain that contact. Try it, you’ll soon find out how powerful one-eye contact can be.

Use the FORD technique to get people to like you– No I don’t mean using the topic of cars, I’m talking about questions to ask people in regards to their Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Dreams. Don’t forget to LISTEN to the answers, networking doesn’t work as a one-way street.

Overall, Matt Booth shared some great tips and advice on how to be an effective communicator. Please remember, the business roundtable committee is open to all chamber members and a great place to develop current relationships and make new contacts. Best of all, its included in your chamber membership so there is no additional charge! You might even learn something in the process.

Did you miss this business roundtable but want to join in next month? Not a problem, feel free to contact myself or Nicole at nthompson@siouxlandchamber.com and we’d be happy to put you on the list.

-Beth Trejo, Director of Investor Relations- Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

And the winner is….drum roll please…


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Question for the week:

What famous Hollywood actor was stationed in Sioux City as an Operations Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron in August 1943?

The answer is…  Jimmy Stewartjimmy stewart

Congratulations to this week’s winner Rhonda Boell. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 4 tickets to Friday’s on the Promenade! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Chamber Trivia Question.

Would your business like to sponsor a Trivia Question? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.comDonate a prize and be featured on our blog.

The Kitchen Incubator


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You’re sitting around the family dinner table and mom made her special recipe tonight.  The one that all the women at work want, the one she won’t tell a soul and was probably passed down and then perfected from generation to generation.

The light bulb turns on.  Our big break!

The ideas start forming, the ball starts rolling, you’re head starts spinning, and you imagine how successful the recipe could be. Then, it drops on you like a ton of bricks.  You swiftly get discouraged, because you know nothing about building a product up from the grassroots.  Dad has told you time and time again, “Do you know how much it costs to start something like that? Taxes, overhead, inventory etc. these things cost money!”

The thoughts you had moments ago that seemed like Cortez’ gold, are now just worthless sandstone shattered into a million pieces.  If only you had a start up, someone who had a warehouse or a building to give this recipe some legs.Kitchen

I hope this scenario was amusing.  I also hope it is something you have all been through.

And now for a solution to this problem, the Kitchen Incubator. This certified kitchen can give your special recipe, spice, cream, flour etc.; the tools to get it off the ground.  Once your product gets going, and you raise enough capital, you can start a solid business with enough funds to buy your own facility to make and market the product. Thus creating jobs and economic growth. Get the concept?

The Siouxland Chamber is so excited about this great idea that its currently being evaluated and considered by economic arm of the Chamber, The Siouxland Initiative (TSI).  Right now, TSI is measuring the local demand for such a facility here in Siouxland!

VegetablesTSI could see the kitchen incubator having ties to the expertise of universities in the tri-state area.  The kitchen incubator would have a food preparation area that would take care of the certification process and would provide commercial-grade-equipment that can be used on a “pay for use” basis.

The kind of equipment included in the facility will depend largely on the demand of the entrepreneurs in the area wishing to give their product a chance to grow.  The kitchen incubator would also provide necessary business resources on an as-needed basis. Office space and shared office equipment, as well as warehousing space would all be part of the kitchen incubator facility.

This is your chance, embrace it…

If you have a food processing company in the start-up phase, or are interested in making your recipe a hit, please feel free to contact TSI for more information:

Joseph T. Wright

The Siouxland Initiative

Tel. 712-255-7903

Mobile 712-301-7421


Have a good day Siouxland!


Positively Siouxland


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This week’s Positively Siouxland features two radio spots by  the Chamber’s Chris McGowan.siouxland cham

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Recapture Saturday in the Park


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Saturday in the Park was a tremendous hit this year on 4th of July at sat in the parkGrandview Park.  Siouxland really stepped up and made it a day to remember.  We were blessed with great weather, atmosphere, food vendors and musical performances.

It’s not over though…

Luckily, that great day isn’t gone yet. IPTV is going to run a one hour special Thursday night starting at 8 p.m., that will recapture the sights and sounds of Saturday in the Park 2009.  If you have some time make sure to tune in to Iowa’s Public Television and who knows you might just find yourself on T.V.!

Marketing Monday


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Marketing MondayIt was a fabulous Monday today,

A fabulous Monday for Siouxland I say,

Even though Monday is not my favorite day,

I am hoping your Monday is more than okay,

When the Chamber’s Marketing Monday gets thrown your way!

The Great Communicators

Some people are just great communicators.

They generate a lot of support from all different walks of life.  These “masters of communication,” have figured out how to invest in people and make them the priority.  They don’t necessarily talk all the time, but when they do, great communicators comprehend and enunciate what their audience is thinking perfectly.

Is your business a great communicator?

If not, it is very important that you become one as quick as possible.  Being a good communicator is evolutionary.  You have to continue to read customers, react and learn from interactions with them.

I provided some tips below that I hope will aid you and your company grow in this very important aspect of marketing.

  • Maximize your mission statement
  • Choose your words with precision
  • Know your audience and where you can find them
  • Perfect your presentation of facts (Let the customer know what you offer and constantly improve that information)
  • Persuade the customer with clear and credible facts

These five tips will help you grow your base and communicate with the customer.  The most important thing to take away from all of this is remembering to GROW.

Continually, be tuned in to people and engage in conversation.  Books, blogs, internet, journals etc. are all great info. on how to build a business, but interaction with others is the key.  The easiest, most accessible resource walks by you every day, stands next to you in line and comes into your company.

I would appreciate anyone who is reading this blog to throw out names in the comments section of  the great communicators of our generation.  They can be public figures, businesses who you have seen from a distance or just people in the community.



Chamber Trivia


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I promised this week’s trivia question wouldn’t be nearly as easy.  Let’s see if you’re up to the challenge!

Question for the week: What famous Hollywood actor was stationed in Sioux City as an Operations Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron in August 1943?

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Think you know…comment on this post with your answer for your chance at a great prize. Trivia questions will be posted each Friday with answer and winners announced the following Thursday.

GO FEST 2009!


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Let’s GO Siouxland! GO where?

Go down to Jolly Rogers on Saturday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. and check out the Sioux City Growth Organization’s first of the year event.  This special night will feature local band Electric Junction and Kory and the Fireflies.KORY AND THE FIREFLIES

This is going to be a blast.

Anyone who has been to Jolly Rogers knows of their excellent location.  The bands are going to be playing out on the point, next to the water, on a summer night with live music, food and drinks.  This event is sure to be packed and tickets are going on sale now for just $10.

Now, a little bit about the main event…THE BANDS

Kory and the Fireflies have toured with the Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and supported national acts with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and many others. They sing what has been described as “pop rock with a punch” and if you want to get a little taste of their stuff check out notable songs such as:   “Sometimes”, “Pop Fly” and “Everyone.”

ElectricJunctionElectric Junction (Indie/Rock) will be opening up for Kory and the Fireflies and these boys are Sioux City favorites.  Three of the five guys are from here in Sioux City and have been touring in Madison, Denver, Lincoln, Kansas City, and Chicago and now their back for the Sioux City crowd for this special night.

Hopefully, all this information on these bands and great atmosphere has you as excited as I am for this special evening in Sioux City, Iowa.  You can order your tickets from Melissa Sharp at msharp@gsiowa.org or you can pay upon arrival.  Let’s make this a great showing Siouxland and expect to see over 1,000 strong rocking out on one of these last summer days!

Jammin’ on 4th Street


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Do you love to see live bands and jam out to music on a warm summer night?

Look no further, Sioux City has just the event for you.

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce works very hard to bring Siouxland Pert' Near Sandstonequality community enhancement initiatives.  In doing, so they teamed up with area sponsors to make Fridays on the Promenade Summer Concert Series a reality.

If you haven’t heard of the concert series, we encourage you to get down to Historic 4th Street and enjoy the live music, food, and beverages. The live bands take center stage every other Friday. This week we are on an off week, so mark it on your calendars for August 21st.

The night of fun in the sun and live music starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm with only $2 of admission.  Just don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs.

This next week’s musical guest is Pert’ Near Sandstone(pictured above).  If it gets a little wet, no worries the party will move to the Chesterfield.  This is an excellent chance to experience Sioux City atmosphere, enjoy music & have quality time with friends and family.

Remember if you want free tickets, just answer our weekly Chamber trivia question and you will be entered in a drawing to win 4 free passes to the event.

If you have any more questions about Fridays on the Promenade check out their interactive website located at…


Winner, Winner, Winner


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Question for the week:

What in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition?

The answer is…

The Sgt. Floyd Monument

Congratulations to this week’s winner Ann Peterson. Everyone that answered correctly was entered in a drawing for this weeks prize, 4 tickets to Friday’s on the Promenade! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Chamber Trivia Question.

Would your business like to sponsor a Trivia Question? Contact intern@siouxlandchamber.comDonate a prize and be featured on our blog.