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  • 19 Sep 2018 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Need to increase business? Looking for new ideas? Don’t want to reinvent the wheel? Interested in being in the same room as people who may be experiencing the same things as you?  One of the best ways to build a successful business, or grow a current one, is to network and attend local networking sessions. An hour of time could be the ROI you are looking for.

    5 REASONS TO NETWORK (AND ATTEND BUSINESS AFTER HOURS!) 

    1) Connect ​with other business owners in the community. Would you normally meet these people in your daily routine? Probably not. Connecting can lead to new business leads. Some contacts can refer you to other contacts. It also gives you the chance to be in the same room as others in similar industries that might be experiencing the same difficulties as you. It is good to be reminded that you are not alone.

    2) Word-of-Mouth Recommendations. ​This is an essential reason for networking! The more people you know what you do, the more recommendations you will get. Successful businesses are built on referrals and good public relations. 

    3) Gain new ideas. ​Obtain excellent advice from people. Your dialog may inspire your new contact to come up with a solution that you haven’t thought of. Best of all it didn’t cost you a thing! Win-win right? 

    4) Promote your business. ​ Not only can you learn from others, but your attendance in networking events such as Business After Hours is a great way to get your business in front of others. Again, all it costs you is your time at the meeting. And you may end up gaining additional business in the process!

    5) Make great business relationships. ​ Sharing ideas with each other and your enthusiasm with others like you creates strong business relationships. They, in turn, are very powerful forces in building your network! If you could learn one new strategy, gain a new business client, just by attending Business After Hours, is there any reason you wouldn’t attend? Of course networking is one piece of the business pie, but not networking sells yourself short and possibly not gain new insight, or new customers/clients. It's too valuable of a business strategy to not do so.

    You know what the great news is? Here at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, we host a Business After Hour once per quarter providing you opportunity for all of these things! Check out details on our upcoming Business After Hours. 

  • 10 Sep 2018 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get your flannels, pumpkin decor, and festive selves ready because fall is (almost) here! Knoxville is always beautiful and full of things to do, especially when the weather turns crisp and leaves change colors.  Here are 9 events you need to put on your calendar this fall in Knoxville!

    1. Late Model Nationals Knoxville Raceway September 13-15
    The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their way to Knoxville for the 15th Annual Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.  One of Knoxville Raceway’s biggest events of the year, the Late Model Nationals is one last hurrah to the racing season.

    2. A & P Pub End of Summer Party  September 21, 7:00 pm
    Atlantic & Pacific Pub’s last outdoor event of the season will feature Rocky Raccoon, a Beetle’s Tribute Band. Be sure to try a special fall drink while you’re there. May we suggest a Pumpkin Mule? Must be 21 or older to attend.

    3. Knoxville Community Schools Homecoming Week • September 24-29
    This annual tradition of Knoxville Homecoming to welcome home past Panther graduates is a week full of activity.
    Monday, September 24 – Joel Tonda Tennis Court Dedication, 5pm; Students and staff compete in the always entertaining to watch Dodgeball Tournament, 6pm @ High School
    Tuesday, September 25 – Panther Invitational Cross Country, 4:15 @ Pine  Knolls Golf Club; Volleyball vs Eddyville Blakeburg Fremont, starting with Freshman at 5:30 at the Knoxville High School
    Thursday, September 27 – Jersey Auction, 5:30 pm; Pep Assembly, 7:00 pm; Iron Man, 8:00 pm @ High School; Powder Puff, 9:00 pm @ Randy Wilson Track
    Friday,  September 28 – Alumni Association Lunch, 11:30 am @ Dyer Hudson Hall;  Parade, 3pm in downtown Knoxville; Football Game, starting @ 4:45 with the Freshman game vs. Grinnell
    Saturday, September 29 – Alumni Dance, 7:00 pm @ Dyer Hudson Hall


    4. Nearwood Winery Vineyard Open House • September 29, 12:00-5:30 pm
    Knoxville's first and only winery has expanded and its new location is now open! Join Nearwood Winery for a Stakeholder's Open House which includes live music by Highway 14 Blues Band, appetizers, and wine! Tour the new facility and check out the beautiful views in the new space located just south of Knoxville. 

    5. Farm Crawl • Sunday, October 7, 11am-5pm
    The tradition of Farm Crawl occurs on the first Sunday in October.  Six independent family farms welcome guests from all over Iowa for an afternoon of tours, farm animal visits, demonstrations, samples, and special guest vendors. Make your way through southern Marion and Lucas County and visit Blue Gate Farm, Coyote Run Farm, Crooked Gap Farm, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, Schneider Orchard, and Williams Tool Works, for perfect, fall, family fun!


    6. Brews & Muse at Peace Tree Brewing Co.  October 13, 4-11pm
    Brews & Muse is Peace Tree’s biggest outdoor party of the year. It is an evening of live music, local food, and craft beer in the heart of downtown Knoxville. The first 300 attendees receive a free commemorative Brews & Muse glass. Ticket range in price from $8-$15.


    7. HCI Bucket Bash  October 13, 6-8pm 
    Hospice Center of Iowa’s 8th Annual Bucket Bash is a great event and it support a good cause. The evening will be filled with entertainment, appetizers, Peace Tree beer, and great raffle prizes consisting of buckets filled with local eats, gift cards, and experiences for you and your family to enjoy! All proceeds will benefit end-of-life experiences and services for patients.   Tickets are $30/person

    8. Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival • October 13 & 14
    If there is a perfect place in fall in Marion County, it is Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch. Fall Festival includes numerous craft vendors; the Country Store with costumes and fall décor will be open; and countless varieties of pumpkins, square, and gourds. Kids will love the hay bale maze and the photo ops are endless.  Lunch will also be available to purchase both days.


    9. Begger’s Night  • October 30, 6-8 pm
    All of the little ghosts and goblins will be out knocking on doors filling their bags with treats. Begger’s Night is a city wide event. Residents are encouraged to keep their front door lights on if they are passing out candy.

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    Do you have an event that you want people to know about in Knoxville? Make sure you submit your information to the Chamber's online event calendar. We send out a newsletter to 2000 subscribers every other week! 


  • 30 Aug 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Knoxville Chamber of Commerce's Director, Hannah Vander Veer's update of Chamber news. 


    DIRECTOR UPDATE
    August 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Mon, Sept 3
    Labor Day - Office Closed

    Wed, Sept 5
    RVTV Cy-Hawk Tailgate, Downtown Knoxville

    Thurs, Sept 13-Sat, Sept 15
    Late Model Nationals, Knoxville Raceway

    Mon, Sept 17
    Nearwood Winery Ribbon Cutting

    Tues, Sept 18
    Lunch & Learn, Cobblestone Hotel & Suites

    Fri, Sept 28
    Homecoming

    Tues, Oct 2

    Business After Hours, Bertrand Monument


    Congratulations to the following businesses on their August Ribbon Cuttings:

    Elite Dance by Nicole

    Grand Headlines

    Chamber Office Hours


    Monday-Friday
    8:30 am-12:00 pm 


    Please note that these are only advertised open hours, we usually have someone in the office daily until 5:00 pm. If you would like to visit in the afternoon, we recommend you call ahead of time. 

    Chamber News 

    Fall Is Good & So Is Planning
    The season still reads summer but the weather totally reads fall. For many businesses and non-profits, fall is a busy time of year tiding up everything to get ready for the end of the fiscal year and to start a new one. The Chamber is included in that as well. Our strategic planning process will begin in October with our current board but we would love to have feedback from you as well. We will be sending out a survey in the next couple of weeks. We would be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill it out. Constructive feedback is the only way we can continue to be better for you. More details to come.

    RVTV
    THRIVE Knoxville has been doing a great job preparing for WHO's RVTV arriving on Wednesday, September 5. This is a great event that brings the community together in downtown Knoxville. If you
    are interested in participating or helping out, you can reach out to Heather Ussery and Katrina Nelson

    If you come downtown to enjoy the festivities, representatives from the Chamber will be spreading the good word of Knoxville and having a fun photo booth in the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. 


    2018 Knoxville Nationals

    A HUGE Thank You to everyone who volunteered, decorated store windows, worked extra hours, housed guests, participated in the parade, or did anything to welcome visitors to our community during Nationals. We had a busy but successful week here at the Chamber. If you see any Knoxville Raceway employees, be sure to give them some kind words. Those folks work hard to put on such a great event.

    If you have feedback about any Chamber programming during Nationals, please reach out. We are continuing to make notes for next year so we can continually strive to be better. 

    You should also be aware that the Knoxville Raceway has one last major event happening September 13-15. The 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals is the Raceway's second largest event of the year and brings in visitors from all over for a three day racing event. Be sure to welcome them kindly, they will be looking for things to do around town during the day.


    Lunch & Learn
    The Chamber's next Lunch & Learn will be held on 
    Tuesday, September 18 at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites from 12:00-1:00 pm. A representative from the City of Knoxville will be on hand to answer any constructive questions about the Highway 14 Road Diet project. We will also discuss how the project could impact businesses. Be sure to check your emails for more updates as the event gets closer.


    Business After Hours
    Fall Business After Hours will be hosted by Bertrand Monument on Tuesday, October 2 from 4:30-6:00 pm. The event is open house style and a great way to connect to other Chamber members and learn about what the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is up to.

     

    Welcome Lauren Bagby!
    The Chamber is excited to host an intern from Central College this 
    fall. Lauren is a senior at Central majoring in Business Management. She will be focusing on creating an action plan to help improve Chamber and community involvement during the Knoxville Nationals.  


    Follow Us on Social Media
    If you don't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  


  • 3 Jul 2018 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    America's holiday. Eat, drink, and be merry with 5 Knoxville Chamber Members this 4th of July!


    1. Coffee Connection
    Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm on Independence Day with discounts and special drinks like an Apple Pie Latte or a George Washington with cherry, almond & vanilla.

    2. Nearwood Winery
    Open noon-4:00 pm on July 4 with delicious sangria and Nearwood Wine. Might we suggest you enjoy drinks on the patio?

    3. Peace Tree Brewing Company
    Open 1:00-7:00 pm with a Best Burger Contest organized by THRIVE Knoxville on the patio! Mile Long Lager and burgers? It can't be beat!

    4. A & P Pub
    Open 10:00-2:00 pm for Bloody Marys & Mimosas (and a host of other drinks, of course!) Indulge responsibly and celebrate accordingly.

    5. Hy-Vee
    Hy-Vee will be taking part in THRIVE Knoxville's 4th of July activities with a tent set up downtown for lunch. Not only does food taste better outside, it tastes even better outside on the 4th of July!

    We encourage everyone to take part in THRIVE Knoxville's 4th of July activities happening on the square and we appreciate all those who have put in work to make this event possible. 

    Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

  • 2 Jul 2018 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DIRECTOR UPDATE
    June 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Wed, July 4
    Independence Day - Office Closed


    Tues, July 10: 
    Business After Hour - Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio 

    Fri, July 20:
    Nationals Event Submission Deadline

    Sat, July 21: 
    Aussie Agency, Marion County Tribune, Karizma Ribbon Cutting and Open House

    Tues, July 24:
    Hospitality Training - Grand Theater 

    Mon, July 31: 
    Nationals Parade Registration Deadline

    Wed, August 1:
    Elite Dance New Location Ribbon Cutting

    Welcome to Knoxville! 

    Iowa Home Care

    Chamber News 

    Office Renovation  

    We're making progress on our office update. New floor, new paint, new porch roof, and new decor! We have officially transitioned our office space to the north end of the Dixie Gebhart house. Please note that the entrance door has changed. You can now enter our office through the left door when facing the house. 


    Hospitality Training 

    We are happy to present Hospitality Training given by Ginny Krichau who is the Director of Patient Experience at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics

    The session will be held twice on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00-11:00 am and again from 5:00-6:00 pm at The Grand Theater in downtown Knoxville.

    Attendees will learn about creating personal connections with customers, common courtesy, showing caring compassion, and going the extra mile.

    Who should attend? Anyone and everyone are welcome but we highly recommend this training for:

    • Front-line employees who interact with customers often
    • Business and community leaders
    • Organization volunteers
    • Managers of retail shops, restaurants, attractions, hotels, gas stations, and convenience stores
    Cost to attend is free to Knoxville Chamber members and $10/person for non-members. Payment will be due at the event. 

    There is no limit on how many employees can attend so invite your whole staff but please make sure to pre-register.


    Business After Hours

    Business After Hours is a great opportunity for local business owners and employees to get together on a quarterly basis to network. 

    Summer's Business After Hours will be hosted by Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio on Tuesday, July 10 from 4:30-6:00 pm. Come and go as you please and enjoy some light snacks and refreshments as well as the company of others in the Knoxville area business community. 




    NATIONALS NATIONAL NATIONALS 

    It's that time of year where we are seeing checkered flags in our dreams. Make sure your business is taking full advantage of the opportunities that the Knoxville Nationals brings to town. 

    Parade

    The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and McKay Insurance Agency are happy to host the 2018 Nationals Parade during the58th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores which takes place in downtown Knoxville and is enjoyed by hundred of locals and race fans from around the world. Enter your float by Friday, July 30.

    Community Event Submission
    Sure there is a lot going on at the track but there is also a lot going on around town. Submit your business or group's information by July 20 to be included our website and collaborative marketing efforts during Nationals.

    Volunteer
    Give your employees a chance to get in on the Nationals action! The Chamber is looking for friendly, fun people to be smiling faces for fans who will be coming to Knoxville. People are needed to help for 2 to 3 hour increments with parking and the parade. Sign up.

    Window Painting 
    Frosty Harrington is painting business windows for the 2018 Knoxville Nationals starting the beginning of July. Each painting is $50. To schedule yours, call 641-891-7121.


    Follow Us on Social Media

    If you don't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  


  • 31 May 2018 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Sat, June 2:
    Ribbon Cutting - Knoxville Veterinary Clinic

    Wed, June 13
    Lunch & Learn - Nationals 2018


    Thurs, June 28:
    Ribbon Cutting - Iowa Home Health Care

    Chamber News

    New Board Members

    The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce has a full board! At May's board meeting, Kevin Stittsworth and Dustin Demoss were approved to fill vacancies once filled by Jason Everly and Hannah Vander Veer. Kevin will also be chairing the Marketing Committee. If you or anyone you know is interested in serving, nominations will begin in October. A list of the current board can be found here


    Chamber Lunch & Learns Have Begun

    With a full board and a full-time staffed office, it was important that we begin offering programs that provide benefit for members and bring people together on a regular basis. Lunch & Learns over varying topics will be held once a month for one hour during the lunch. All members and employees can attend for free. Future programs and registration information can be found here.  


    Chamber Receives Grant 

    We were fortunate to receive a $6000 grant from the Knoxville Heritage Community Foundation in conjunction with the Knoxville Public Library. The money will be put towards updates to the Dixie Gebhart house to create a more inviting Visitors Center. An open house will be planned when work is completed. 


    Nationals Parade Entries Now Online

    The Nationals Parade is hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by McKay Insurance. This year's parade has a nominal fee of $10 for Chamber members and $20 for

    non-members. The Nationals 

    Parade gives you great exposure to the community and National's visitors. Deadline to enter is July 30enter today!

    Follow Us on Social Media

    If you don't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  


  • 27 Apr 2018 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chamber News - April 2018

    We have staff!

    After a few weeks of having an unstaffed office during an employee transition, the Chamber Office is now open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. The Chamber is excited to be hiring 2 part-time Administrators as well which will help to have extended office hours during the summer starting in June. 


    New Membership Software

    One of the biggest projects for the Chamber Board for the last few months was instituting a new membership software program. We went with Wild

    Apricot which gave us good features for a great price. This new software will help tremendously to keep track of our member's information as well as a consistent membership renewal process. With new things comes new challenges so we appreciate your patience with us if we call asking for information that may have been lost or that may need updated. In the end, it will all be worth it and more accurate! It will also allow for members to sign in to their own account to update information and access special content. More information on that is to come.


    New Website

    A feature of Wild Apricot was a website that streamlined many process for us. The new website has been launched with all of our current information but we will still be updating it frequently to provide the best user experience possible. We also have a new website address, www.knoxvilleiachamber.com. If you see information that appears to be wrong, please don't hesitate to let us know!


    New Email Addresses

    I guess you could say we are going through a technology overhaul at the moment... since our website has changed, so have our email addresses. You can always reach me (Hannah) at director@knoxvilleiachamber.com or our generic email we give to the public is info@knoxvilleiachamber.com.

    Chamber Logo

    The current board

    felt strongly about getting started on fresh footing which led to the decision of a rebrand of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. In March at our Annual Meeting, we unveiled our new logo and brand. This will be the identity leading the way of the Chamber moving forward. For more details and information explaining the brand, click here.


    Follow Us on Social Media

    If you don't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  


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217 S 2nd St, Knoxville, IA 50138
641-828-7555

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