Friday, July 30, 2010

CADC 25th Anniversary

Carroll Area Development Corporation is a county-wide economic develop organization with 39 active and involved members throughout Carroll County. CADC celebrated their 25th anniversary at a Chamber Coffee on Friday, July 30 at the Harold Bierl Community Room. Jim Gossett, CADC Executive Director, recognized the founders and past presidents along with the current CADC Board Members.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Carroll it's All Here !

Shoppers cashed-in on all the bargains last Saturday in Carroll at the annual Ridiculous Day Sale. The weather cooperated allowing customers to enjoy the outdoor shopping experience. This annual Summer Clearance sale is a city-wide promotion started that started in 1957.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Phase 5 of Corridor Construction to begin Monday

Traffic flows on Hwy 30 During Corridor Construction
Architect's Drawing of Main St. and Hwy 30
Phase 5 of the Corridor of Commerce is scheduled to begin construction Monday, July 26.

Corridor of Commerce improvements have been an exciting addition to the visual appeal of the Central Business District. The City’s use of Local Option Sales Tax funds to enhance the streetscape in this area has led to private investment to properties that keep Carroll’s downtown vibrant, attracting customers from a wide area.

Communication is the key to making the construction period run as smooth as possible for affected businesses. Badding Construction will be doing the work on Hwy 30 this summer and asked the Chamber to relay important project information during this period. An explanation of the project is below. From time to time throughout Phase 5 additional communication from the Chamber and Badding Construction about the project will appear on the Chamber Blog.

Project Description
The project will start Monday with the closure of the two east-bound lanes from Carroll Street to Main Street. The two west-bound lanes will be converted to single lane, two-way traffic. There will not be a detour of Highway 30.

New brick inlaid intersections will be installed at the intersection of Highway 30 and Carroll, Adams and Main Street. Each of the intersections will be worked on one at a time and will be closed for approximately three weeks on two separate occasions; once during the south phase of the project and once during the north phase. Carroll Street will be the first intersection, followed by Adams Street and then Main Street. Once the south phase is completed the traffic will be diverted to the south lanes and the north phase will start.

Traffic plans for Phase 5 Corridor of Commerce
(click to enlarge, or save to your computer and view in your photo viewer)

CYP Bus Trip

It was a FUN day at the Ball Park
for CYP Members and their families
on Monday July 19th
CYP is an affiliate organization of the Carroll Chamber
to learn more about CYP contact:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Earn $50 in Chamber Bucks and a Chance to Win $200 off 2011 Dues

If you are a current Carroll Chamber of Commerce member and know of a business that is not a member but would benefit from the advantages of membership; give Chamber staff a call.  Click the icon for details on how both you and the new member can take advantage of the offer during the next three months.
Membership is an important aspect for business success.
Encourage other businesses to become part of the team that is dedicated to promoting and developing the business community and earn $50 in Chamber Bucks and a chance to win $200 off your 2011 Chamber dues.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pella Chamber Coffee

Congratulations to Pella for celebrating their 85th Anniversary by hosting a Carroll Chamber of Commerce coffee.  What a great way to celebrate a milestone event!  We're proud to have Pella as an important part of the Carroll community.

Check out the pictures and join us at the next Chamber coffee!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Welcome to Carrie Swinney, CEO of Hometown Healthcare.  Hometown Healthcare was created to assist hospitals, clinics and surgical centers across the nation with their physician staffing needs.  Hometown Healthcare is able to work closely with each of their physicians to ensure they locate to the right practice setting in the right community.

Welcome to Liz Schreck, corn specialist for AgriGold Hybrids.  AgriGold Hybrids corn specialists have the expertise to help you find the best combination of products, technologies, and agronomic practices to get the most out of your crop.

We welcome these new members to the Chamber!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Marketing Opportunity

The supply of 2008 Carroll/Carroll County maps is almost depleted.  Now is the time to market your business or organization in the 2010 updated version of the Carroll/Carroll County map that is distributed through the Chamber.  Only 5 spots remain so you will need to call the Chamber soon to take advantage of this marketing opportunity.  A two-year supply of 5,000 will be printed. 

Click on maps to see what your ad could look like.

Call the Chamber Office to be a part of this promotion helping visitors finding their way to Carroll, Carroll County and your business.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Every Local Business Can be Stung by Social Media

Be Careful with Social Media - from

I got alot out of this article and think you will too. It is in IowaBiz, an online publication of the Des Moines Business Record. It is a useful source for statewide news (though I haven't been able to crack their code for submitting news about Carroll or Carroll County).

Of course, the main message here is, "provide good customer service". Social media is a powerful marketing tool for your business and for our communities. It is important to track your social media mentions even if you don't have a presence. There are a number of ways to do this. One of the most popular is Google Alerts - email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. I use them for the Chamber, Carroll Area Development Corporation and Carroll County communities. Your business could benefit from this sort of tracking. You could learn what customers are saying about you.