Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Welcome to Kim Daniel, manager of Carroll 5 Theatre. Carroll 5 Theatre is a five screen movie theatre showing the newest releases, including 3-D.

Welcome to Don Nepple, administrator of Moose Lodge #273. Moose Lodge #273 is an international organization dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing communities together and celebrating life. The Carroll Moose Lodge has food, full bar and Wednesday night bingo available to members. They also have a meeting room available to rent.

We welcome these new members to the Chamber!

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Welcome to Senior Ambassador Don Bernholtz. Don is a native Carroll resident retired from the Navy and IDOT.

Welcome to Margaret & Larry Saddoris, owners of CAMDEN Apartments. CAMDEN Apartments offer clean and cozy apartments and corporate housing needs. Short term leasing is also available.

We welcome these new members to the Chamber!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mark Nepple is named Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Mark Nepple for being named Manager of the Year for Bomgaars, a Sioux City-based chain of 59 stores.  Mark received this award  "in recognition of both the financial growth of the store and his personal growth as a manager."

Mark served on the Chamber Board of Directors from January 2007 thru December 2009.  Having worked with Mark, none of us are surprised at his receiving this award.

Nice job, Mark!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rock & Ride 2010

The Carroll Cycle Center will host Rock & Ride 2010 on Saturday, June 5th. Bands will be playing from 1:00 - 10:00 pm ($5 cover charge). The store will be open from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; there will be demos and other activities. The Carroll Chamber of Commerce will run the Beer Garden from 12:00 - 11:00 pm. The Chamber appreciates the opportunity to be involved with this fundraiser as proceeds will be used for projects. Thank you Terry.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Summer Events

Summer will be here in no time. Be sure to mark your calendar for some of the Chamber's bigger summer events:

July 24th - Saturday: Ridiculous Day
August 20th - Friday: Ag Golf Outing and Barbeque
August 28th - Saturday: Progress Celebration '10
September 13th - Monday: Chamber Golf Outing

Come join the Chamber and celebrate summer!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament - Thank You!

Iowa Central Community College defeated Ellsworth Community College 12-6 to claim the NJCAA Region XI Championship. The weekend was filled with great weather and fantastic baseball. A special thanks goes to our official sponsors. The tournament couldn't have been possible without the generous contributions from the community.



  • The Graphic Edge
  • New Hope
  • Hy-Vee
  • Charley's Designs & Signs
  • Champion Ford
  • Farner-Bocken
  • Pizza Hut
  • Walsh Motors
  • Carroll Chamber of Commerce
  • Quiznos
  • Pepsi Americas
  • American Home Shield
  • Pella
  • Western Iowa Networks
  • Uptown Sporting Goods
  • Mid-Iowa Insurance & Real Estate
  • Sam's Sodas & Sandwiches
On behalf of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA, we would like to thank the City of Carroll for their hospitality. This was a fantastic experience for all of the student-athletes and spectators.



NJCAA Region XI Baseball - Championship Game

Iowa Central Community College defeated Southeastern Community College 6-4 to advance to the NJCAA Region XI Championship Game. Iowa Central will face Ellsworth at 2:00 PM today. If Iowa Central wins, the tournament is over. If Ellsworth wins, we will be coming back tomorrow (Monday) to play the double-elimination championship game at 11:00 AM.

Championship Day, Maybe...

The end is in sight for NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament at Carroll Stadium. Only 3 teams remain in the tournament: Iowa Central, Southeastern, and Ellsworth. The pressure is on Iowa Central to remain undefeated in the tournament and take the trophy home today. The double-elimination tournament has the potential to go until Monday if Iowa Central gets a loss. To see the tournament bracket and other information, you can go to

The rumors of rain today are starting to look more and more false. The sun is shining and the first game of the day has started off with some big home runs and great defensive plays. Come join the fun!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

First Pitch of 2010 NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament

The sun is finally shining and the first pitch of the 2010 NJCAA Region XI Baseball Tournament has been thrown! Iowa Lakes is taking on Kirkwood for the right to enter the double-elimination bracket. Come on out and enjoy the beautiful evening at the Carroll Stadium as we kick off an action-packed weekend of junior college baseball!!!

You can go to to see the tournament brackets and to watch the games LIVE via your internet browser.

View tonight's Iowa Journal feature on the Carroll County economy

Click here to view Iowa Public Television's Iowa Journal feature on the Carroll County economy. Click here to learn more about the advantages of locating your business in Carroll County and Western Iowa.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Carroll featured on Iowa Public Television

Carroll is Bucking the Trend.

Carroll will be featured on IPTV's Iowa Journal show Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 pm.
The format for Iowa Journal will be a round table discussion on economic development and
Carroll will be featured as a County that is doing well.

Read more about it

Come Out To The Ole Ball Games!

The Iowa Community College's DII Baseball Regional Tournament is heading back to Carroll for the second consecutive year! After a great inaugural tournament, the ICCAC can't wait to see what is instore for them, the fans, and the town in 2010. The tournament dates are May 13th-17th.  There will be 11 games played over the weekend and tickets are just $7.00 for an all day pass for adults and $4.00 for students. Please feel free to call 515.238.0016 or visit for more information on the tournament.

The Game Times are as Follows:
Thursday 7 PM
Friday 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM, 2:00 PM and 7 PM possibly
Monday 11 AM if needed

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

National Small Business Week May 23-25

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.

The Carroll Chamber of Commerce recognizes the impact made by entrepreneurs and small businesses within the area and want to say thank you for your contributions to the strength of the area economy.  Small businesses do make a difference and you should all be proud of the community you have helped to build.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Smart Economic Development Conference

Cindy Ranniger and Sue Schrad from the Carroll Chamber/CADC along with Carroll Mayor Jim Pedelty; Manning Mayor Harvey Dales; Marion Burns, MidAmerican Energy Company; and Larry Sporrer, Templeton Area Development Corp. attended the 25th Annual Smart Economic Development Conference in Des Moines yesterday (Thursday, May 6).  The day consisted of a robust line-up of top-notch speakers.  Keynote speaker Brent Pollina shared information on site selection and state and local incentives.  He shared statistics on Iowa's ranking for attracting business and industry to the state.  Workshops ranged from: financing options, workforce, branding, spec building, social media and much more.  It was a very good day, with many ideas being brought back to Carroll County communities.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Carroll Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum Wrap up

The final Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum of the season was held at Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll Tuesday evening, May 4 at 7 p.m. State Senator Steve Kettering and State Representative Rod Roberts spoke to a 30+ crowd on the issues of government reorganization, gun permits and texting.
 Both legislators felt the session went rather smoothly with both Democrats and Republicans working relatively well together. Education funding was a topic of particular interest along with how Iowa will handle spending problems next year.
Carroll, Iowa will be featured on . . .
 Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 PM on their Iowa Journal program
Iowa Journal program is an economic round table discussion. 
The feature on Carroll will highlight St. Anthony Regional  Hospital, Marketlink and
 Western Iowa Advantage along photo footage of the community.  Be sure to watch.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Carroll Chamber of Commerce House District #51 Candidate Forum

Carroll Chamber of Commerce was host to the District House #51 Candidate Forum, Monday evening, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Gene Vincent Auditorium Carroll High School. Candidates Larry Lesle (D), Don Bernholtz (R), Joel Pawletzki (R) and Dan Dirkx (R) opened the evening addressing their single important issue facing the district and their resolution.
A crowd of 50+ listened as candidates answered questions provided by the public both in advance and during the forum. The forum was simulcast on KCIM 1380 AM radio station.