A special website will be availableto recognize those who made ourbusinesses and community specialin a unique year and we’re going world wide!Spread the word, share the link andbe a part of blowing Le Mars’ horn!
•Le Mars Citizen of the Year•Le Mars Business of the Year•Mainstreet Volunteer of the Year•Employees and Bosses•Volunteer Awards•and videos from past years
Our Annual Recognition
The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will never stop touting theachievements of our wonderful community and the people whomake it special.
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 David Howe / Daniel Gradert / Steve & Stacie WebnerTHANK 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 PaulingWe 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 area businesses, organizations and nonprofits may submit their information here. If your information changes submit a new form. We will remove your previous information.
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.
Greg Thompson – Employee of the MonthOn behalf of Total Motors we would like to honor Greg Thompson as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce December 2020 Employee of the Month. In the month of August, Greg marked his 20th year of selling vehicles. However, Greg would likely describe those 20 years as more than just selling cars, it has been 20 years of building relationships, helping friends & family, watching families grow, and being there for others during their best and worst life situations. Throughout the working day, Greg is either seen with customers in person or over the phone. If you see a phone call come in from Greg it is likely to see how you are doing or to wish you a happy birthday.Total Motors is fortunate to have such a dedicated and hard-working employee like Greg Thompson. Greg works 6 days a week and is always the last one at work on a nightly basis. Greg has not had the easiest road in the last several years, as he has battled cancer and other health concerns. However, Greg’s relentlessness and determination will not allow him to take a day off unless it is necessary.It is evident what means the most to Greg in his life, and that is his family and his support system. Greg might not show it, but when you hear him talk about his family, you can tell they share a special place in his heart and give him the drive to do what he does best.To add further, Greg’s daughter, Angela Wurth, wrote:“Growing up, my dad always pushed my brother and I to be the best we could be. He is one of the strongest, most hard-working, dedicated people I know, and I am proud to be his daughter. During sports, we could always hear him in the stands cheering “ACE”, which he taught us to mean “Attitude, Confidence & Effort”. He has now passed that phrase down to his grandchildren as something to live by.Our world was rattled back in 2012, when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but even that did not slow him down. He continued to work through chemo and radiation treatments, only missing a few months after some major surgeries and having to stay home to recuperate. He rarely takes any days off, except for doctor appointments or check-ups. Even through all of that, he never complained and kept on keepin’ on. He does not like to draw attention to himself, so, sorry, dad, if you are upset about this now, but you deserve it!He always goes above & beyond, no matter what, and takes pride in supporting businesses in town and shopping local. He loves what he does and told me once that he still gets that thrill after each sale. He appreciates and is thankful for all his customers over the last 20 years. We are so proud of you dad and the great example you have been to us and your community! We love you! “Greg is a very deserving candidate for this award. We are fortunate to have Greg on the Total team and fortunate to be a witness of his work ethic and his passion to help customers through the years. For these reasons we choose to salute Greg Thompson with the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce December Employee of the Month award. Congratulations!
Jean Weiner's upcoming Watercolor WorkshopSaturday & Sunday, January 9 & 10th 9:00am-4:00pm (1 hour break for lunch)$150 includes instruction and all suppliesThis 2 Day watercolor workshop will be an enjoyable weekend learning the technique of pouring watercolor to create "Winter Woodland" a beautiful layered painting glowing with light! Jean will provide the drawing for this workshop so no sketching or drawing skills are required. Students will follow Jean's step-by-step demonstrations, in a relaxed and encouraging environment, to create their 11" x 15" painting! During this workshop, students will mask and pour 3 separate times, capturing strong light, middle, and dark values in the process. Add a few additional finishing brushstrokes and you'll have a painting you wish to frame and enjoy for years to come!About the Artist: Jean Weiner exhibits, competes, and sells her art nationally and internationally. Her awards include, Iowa Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia and Watercolor West. She is a signature member with the Southern Watercolor Society and Iowa Watercolor Society. She has been commissioned to do a number of paintings for private collections. To learn more about Jean or to view her work, visit her website at www.jeanweinerart.com.
Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Exhibition:The Iowa Watercolor Society was organized in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic watercolorists. IWS now celebrates well over 150 members and offers the opportunity for interested painters to network with artists statewide.Each fall, the IWS sponsors a juried exhibition with monetary awards. The IWS accepts entries in water media on watercolor paper, and awards the finest in Watercolor in the state of Iowa. From this exhibit, a traveling show is created and provides outreach around the state. We are honored to be on the tour of this annual exhibit, which features our Adult Watercolor Instructor Jean Weiner, and local artists Melissa Van Egdom and Connie Luhman (who also currently has items for sale in our giftshop)! This exhibit will be on display until January 30th. To learn more about the Iowa Watercolor Society, check out their website: https://www.iowawatercolorsociety.org/
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.