The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Days Committee would like to inform you of our 2021 plans for a vendor event. The festival will run Wednesday, June 16 to Saturday, June 19, 2021 with Saturday, June 19 the day that vendors are featured in downtown Le Mars. This year we are consolidating many of the ICD festival events and activities to our downtown. The City of Le Mars completely renovated the Olson Cultural Event Center into a green space with wonderful seating, gazebos, flower beds, etc. Three streets surrounding the event center will be closed off allowing all vendor participants to be in this location. We hope you will choose to be a part of the 2021 Ice Cream Days Festival. This year, the parade will be Saturday, June 19. The parade will once again line up on Stadium Drive, near the Le Mars Community High School. The Parade will travel along Central Avenue starting at 8th Street South and continuing to 6th Street North, then East on 6th Street to the Fairgrounds.
We’re In: Larry Petersen / Steve Albert / Adam & Amy Schmidt / Who’s next?John & Debra Ahlers / Jean Witter / Norm & Ruth Barker / Lynn HartterSteven Albert / Dr. Leslie and Iris Hemmingsen / Joel DeJong / Kevin EekhoffCole Sitzmann / Brad and Brenda Schindel / Aaron Bouma / Adam Schroeder David Howe / Daniel Gradert / Steve & Stacie Webner / Phil & LeAnn ArensTHANK YOU to our new Associate Members: Bill and Mary Bomgaars / Mike DonlinDr. Robert Embree / Her Health Women’s Center / Jack & Kathy FrusJames & Carol Beckwith / Jerry & Audrey Scholten / Jim & Roxie AndersonJim Gergeni / Julie Langel / Kathy Sitzmann / Lon & Jeanine PenningLynn & Donna Nuebel / Marlys Pelz / Micah & Mckenzie Lang Dr. Wayne & June Marty / Brian & Kay Michaelson / Randy ReardonBob & Jeanne Rust / Todd Wendt / Richard Ziettlow / Kent & Terri PaulingBill & Jill YoungWe appreciate the support of every member. If you or someone you know might be a potential Ag Advocate or Associate Member, call the Chamber for further information.
Le Mars 2021 Open 4 Business Contest Winner – Jill Mescher Sugar n SpiceThe Le Mars competition for the State of Iowa Main Street Open 4 Business contest was held on Wednesday, February 10. The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street program oversees the local portion of the competition. The grant contest was launched in 2015 and is an opportunity for businesses located within state-designated Main Street districts to compete for a chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds. The grant money is to assist with business development or an expansion project that will benefit the local community. Previous winners were the Brown Century Theater $18,500 and Get Branded 360 $14,500. There were two competitors for the Le Mars applicant. Piece of Cake and Sugar n Spice shared their business ideas and how they would benefit the downtown economic climate. Judges for the competition were Rich Ziettlow, Steve Collins and Mary Reynolds.The Le Mars local winner was Jill Mescher, owner of Sugar n Spice. She has won a $500 cash prize to be used for her new venture. Ziettlow, Collins, and Reynolds will write the Open for Business grant with Mescher. Each designated Main Street community across the state may submit one local business to represent their community. Next Mescher will compete to be selected as one of the 12 semi-finalists from across the state of Iowa. Skype presentations will be made to judges in Des Moines. Semi-final competition will be held on May 26, 2021. From the 12 semi-finalists the group will be narrowed to five sub-state winners who will each receive $8,000 and advance to the state contest which will be held in Iowa City, Iowa the evening of August 2, 2021. The state winner could win up to an additional $20,000. At the sub-state and state competitions, a 25% cash match is required from the winning business. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.
SBDC counselors are your first stop for navigating through the COVID-19 crisis. SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done through zoom (skype or hangout) meetings or phone conference calls. We can help you through loan application process or other business issues that this crisis is causing including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR Issues and more.
Small Business? Here are your options. (click above or links below)
•Paycheck Protection Program This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.•EIDL Loan AdvanceThis loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.•SBA Express Bridge Loans Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.•SBA Debt Relief The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Save Small Business Fund is a $5,000 grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for mall employers in the United States and its territories.
Michael Dreckman – 2021 1st Quarter Boss of the QuarterNominated by Ashley SchuttpelzI would like to honor Michael Dreckman as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2021 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter. In the short time that Mike has worked for Iowa State Bank, he has made a significant impact, not only on the business, but his staff.I have worked for several managers at several different places of employment and have never had a manager quite like him. Since Mike began at ISB he has continually set our team up for success. He gives his staff empowerment by treating us with respect and appreciation. He consistently shows us empathy, humility and vulnerability.Mike is always extremely positive and enthusiastic which makes our working atmosphere a place we want to be. His visions for our bank have always been communicated and he takes great strides and great pride in making that vision a reality. He manages the workplace with trust and motivation, and our successes are made known and appreciated.Mike has always inspired me to be a better employee, to take charge and show leadership where I can. He takes time to listen to our ideas and keep the environment an open one, where we feel safe and encouraged to make decisions and contribute to the success of our bank. I believe Mike deserves this award because, to me, even though he has not been with us for very long, it will not be long enough. He has made out staff more of a family and I have a lot to thank him for, especially for helping me realize my importance in the bank and the many abilities I have. He has helped me realize my potential and I am most grateful for having him as a boss.For these reasons I choose to salute Michael Dreckman with the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2021 1st Quarter Boss of the Quarter award. Congratulations!
The book on Le Mars' history, which recently won a state award, will be reprinted if a minimum of 50 books are ordered. Red's Printing will be handing the reprint so call Pam at Red's 712-546-5174 to place your order. If you missed out on getting a book before --- here's your chance to purchase a copy of this award-winning book.