Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Progress Celebration '10

The 7th Annual Progress Celebration was a big success! A good time was had by ALL
Thanks to everyone that attended. A BIG thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers. We appreciate your support. See you next year.

Good Conversation
Good Music !
Good Times
Good Friends !
Good Advise - Never coach your wife, just watch & smile

Good Games

Good Golly!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Auen Distributing Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Chamber Coffee

Auen Distributing celebrates 60 years of business
Jim Auen addressed a large crowd this morning and shared details of how his parents got their start in Carroll.  Ike and Dorothy started as a two person business and continued to grow over the years.
Congratulations Auen Distributing
Jim's brother Dave Auen started in the business in 1970 and Jim returned after college.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Celebration '10
August 28th
5:30-11:30 pm
Depot Plaza

Join us for a fun-filled night of food, drinks, games and live bands.

Welcome New Chamber Member!

Welcome to Jim Bagley, CEO of Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative.  Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Glidden, Iowa, is a member-owned, non-profit electric cooperative.  It provides reliable, competitively priced electric energy to businesses and industries, farms and homes throughout West Central Iowa. Check Jim out at http://www.rvec.coop/ or email jimb@rvec.coop

We welcome Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative to the Chamber!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beautiful Weather for Golf!

Friday, August 20th turned out to be a beautiful day for 156 people to enjoy golf at the Carroll Chamber of Commerce Annual Agri-Business Golf Outing & Barbecue.  Thank you to the 40 sponsors who helped to make the event possible.  Chamption Ford, a new sponsor this year, awarded prizes to those who could chip a wiffle ball into the bed of a new Ford pick-up. (Good thing those weren't real golf balls).
Not only was there a great day of golf and prizes, but the Muni served a fantastic steak and pork loin meal to nearly 200 guests. The day was topped off with over 130 door prizes.  Thank you again sponsors for your generosity.  This was a great way for businesses to show their appreciation and to network with the Ag community.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chamber Golf Outing September 13

Sign up now for the Chamber 48th Annual Golf Outing - Don't miss this fun event!
Monday, September 13th at the Carroll Country Club.
12:30 Shot Gun Start
Call the Chamber Office today712-792-4383

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Progress Celebration

Mark your Calendar and Plan to attend PC '10 - FUN for Everyone!
For More Details: http://www.carrolliowa.com/

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Agri-Business Golf Outing & Barbecue

If you are looking for spirited conversation and delicious food stop at the Chamber office and purchase your tickets to the Agri-Business Golf Outing & Barbecue on Friday, August 20th.  Cost of the meal is $13 per person.  Networking with the ag community is fun and good for your business.  The committee is excited that the golf is completely full already.

Committee: kneeling Aaron Juergens and Brandon Snyder, standing Sue Schrad, Don Neary and Sarah Dorman.
Missing: Angie Loew and Patty Throckmorton.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Save Our Small Business Fund

The Iowa Legislature created loan program earlier this year under the name "Save Our Small Business Fund" The purpose is to promote the creation and retention of jobs by providing financing to eligible small businesses. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can apply for loan between $2,500 - $50,000 at an interest rate of 3.9% for up to 5 years.

To confirm eligibility, learn more, or start a loan application, businesses should contact: Lisa Shimkat 515-576-6242
North Central Iowa SBDC

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Good News Book Store and Enchanted Gardens Earn $50 in Chamber Bucks

Good News Book & Gift Store and Enchanted Gardens both have earned $50 in Chamber Bucks and are eligible to receive $200 off their 2011 dues by referring a business for Chamber membership.  Tom from Good News Book & Gift Store referred the Denison Bulletin and Gina from Enchanted Gardens referred Irrigation Specialties.  Both businesses have joined the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and will also be entered in a drawing for $200 off their 2011 membership dues.  Welcome new members and thank you Tom and Gina for the referrals.

Tom Langel accepts $50 in Chamber Bucks earned from a referral.
If you know of a business that would benefit from being a Chamber member, contact the Chamber office and you could earn $50 in Chamber Bucks and be entered in a drawing for $200 off your 2011 membership dues.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chamber office takes a lightning bolt - minimal damage

Don't know if they still build'em like they used to, but we are happy to have both the construction of days gone by and the quick action of local contractors to repair a hole in the roof of the Historic Carroll Depot. The turret was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm sometime late Sunday  or early Monday. Beyond the damage to the roof, the strike knocked out telephone service to the three-building complex that is home to the Chamber and hosts several meetings each week. One computer in the building is a complete loss, but others have only minor issues such as network cards, etc.

The depot has been  home to the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Area Development Corporation since 2007. They lease the property from Carroll Depot Centre, Ltd., a local non-profit that saved the Depot from demolition and renovated the 1896 structure using private donations, foundation grants and government grants. Interestingly, the turret was added by the Depot Centre as part of the renovation. There original building featured a turret, but for some reason had been removed (by a previous lightning bolt?). The Depot Centre even replicated the C&NW weather vane on top of the turret. Thankfully there was no damage to the weather vane, which helps give the building its charm.

The strike did not start a fire, nor was there any water damage. Quick quick action by local contractors, service technicians and staff had the Chamber up and running normally by 9:30 a.m. Monday. There is no voicemail yet, so let it ring, or call back if you get a busy signal (just like the old days!) Full service is expected to be restored Tuesday.