Director Report - October

29 Oct 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

October 2018

Mark On Your Calendar!

Tues, Oct 30
Lunch & Learn

Wed, Oct 31
Halloween Open House

Mon, Nov 5:
HCI Care Services (now known as Every Step) ribbon cutting & open house

Thurs, Nov 15:
Living Windows

Thurs, Nov 22:
Thanksgiving - Office Closed

Fri, Nov 23:
Black Friday - Office Closed

Sat, Nov 24:
Small Business Saturday - Submit your information to us!


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Morning KIWANIS & City of Knoxville

Chamber News 

"We have a strategic plan, it's called doing things."

But in all reality, thanks to each of you who took a couple of minutes to answer our 2018 Chamber Satisfaction Survey. The results helped the board determine the direction of the next few years. Out of the planning session, the board commonly agreed on three, ten year visions: 

  1. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce will be considered the most important resource for existing and potential businesses in the Knoxville, Iowa area. 
  2. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce will contribute to Knoxville residents' quality of life through a vibrant business community.
  3. Businesses in the Knoxville, Iowa area will understand the importance and have the routine of actively engaging with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce regularly.
How will be reach these visions, you ask? It's easy (sort of)! The board is in the processes of breaking these down to easily measurable and attainable 3-year, 1-year, and quarterly goals. 

Once we have our business plan finished and tidy, you will be the first to know. Until then, if you have feedback or questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

Chamber Board Election

The electronic ballot closed on Wednesday, October 24 and the paper ballots will close on Friday, October 26. If you have not received either and are a current chamber member, please reach out ASAP.

The board is filling three outgoing board spots for Maggie Hamilton-Beyer, Sara McKay, and Martin Duffy. New board members will be reported out once they are finalized. 

Lunch & Learn - Marion County Economic Development

October's Lunch & Learn Series will feature Carla Eysink from Marion County Economic Development. Carla will focus on:

• Business Resources that exist at the local, regional, and statelevel for workforce training, business planning, marketing, and other opportunities 
• An overview of challenges facing prime employers
• Information on county economic development initiatives 

This session does not include lunch but all are welcome to bring their lunch along with them to enjoy during the hour of learning. Please note that this session is free for all Chamber members and employees and $10 for all non-members. It will be located in the Learning Center at Knoxville Hospital and Clinics from noon-1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30. Please register here

Halloween Open House

It's no trick, let us treat you!

You all work hard and we are here to appreciate you. Allow yourself a bit of a break during a busy holiday work day to enjoy some complimentary apple cider and Midwest Dinky Donuts while supplies last.

Chamber members, employees, and whoever else needs encouragement are welcome.

Living Windows is Quickly Approaching

THRIVE Knoxville is hard at work coordinating Living Windows this year which will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you are located around the square, you should have received a letter with details about the event. If you haven't please, reach out and I will make sure you get one. 

For all other businesses interested in getting involved, you can contact Larissa Van Donselaar at

To stay up-to-date on all Living Windows happenings, give them a 'like' on Facebook.

Marion County Child Care Study
To better understand current needs, Marion County Development Commission along with several community partners are working with First Children’s Finance to study the supply and demand for child care in Marion County.  A component of the research was to gain input from parents that live or work in Marion County, that have children age 12 or younger which has been completed. 

Thank you to all who took the Marion County Child Care Assessment from a parent standpoint. The link for the employer surveys will be open until November 15. If a representative from your place of work (no matter the size or category) hasn't taken the survey yet, please do:

If you have an interest in diving deeper into this relevant issue and helping to create strategy around it, you are invited to attendstrategic planning sessions. Please note that each session takes place at two different times and at two different locations. You only need to attend one.

Small Business Saturday
Are you planning a sale or promotion during Small Business Saturday? Let us help you promote it! Submit your information to ouronline event calendar. It will also be included in our bi-monthly Event E-Newsletter.

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The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to fostering a vibrant business community through effective communication and stakeholder engagement.

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