Honoring bosses, employees, business and community difference makers for the past year and kicking off a new year of community building. This is our prime time to encourage each other and build for the future! It doesn’t happen without YOU!
Make your reservation: Annual Dinner Thursday January 23
About JuliMultiple award winning teacher, humorist and author, Juli makes an amazing connection with her audiences. She is able to entertain with the ability of a headlining comedian while either motivating or training with ease as a nationally recognized speaker. Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year because of her ability to help improve people’s lives through humor and effective use of communication tools.She has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada, and has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment for the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick. She has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs. Her humor is insightful, delightful, universal and enlightening which ever topic she presents.
Northwest Iowa Regional Dream Big Grow Here Contest Winners AnnouncedPeople from across the region gathered in Sioux City, Iowa on November 14th to attend the Northwest Iowa Regional Dream Big Grow Here pitch competition to determine the recipients of $7,000 in grant funds and to support entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the region. Organizers of the competition are pleased to announce Grace Boutique from Sibley as the first-place winner and recipient of $4,000. Brightside Café & Deli from Sioux City was awarded second place and $2,000, and Awaken Yoga from Le Mars was awarded third place and $1,000. These funds are provided to the business owners to help expand their businesses in northwest Iowa.Awaken Yoga is the only yoga studio in Le Mars and creates a safe space for customers to explore stillness and movement and heal from the inside out. Owner, Carmen Ohm, will use the grant funds to purchase software that will include a personal branded app for clients to use when booking classes, as well as pursue additional certifications to be able to teach other aspiring yoga instructors.The other Dream Big Grow Here finalists who pitched on November 14th included:-Daniel Stillson with SnSLabz from Rock Rapids -James VanVeldhuizen and John Emerick with Northwest Iowa Firearms from HullThis is the fifth year the regional Dream Big Grow Here pitch competition has been held in Northwest Iowa and is a program for entrepreneurs and small business owners to earn grant funds to start or grow their business. To participate, owners upload their entrepreneurial expansion or startup ‘dreams’ during an online portion of the program. Dream entrants then encourage friends, family, customers and other business owners to vote for them online to advance to the regional pitch off event. Dream Big Grow Here is a program of University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation. The Northwest Iowa Regional Contest is organized and sponsored by the economic development organizations that are a part of Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, Northwest Iowa Development and Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.
On behalf of the staff of the Plymouth County Assessor’s Office we would like to nominate Jill Renken as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 4th Quarter Boss of the Quarter.We are more than pleased to nominate our boss Jill Renken, for Boss of the Quarter. Jill has been employed in the Plymouth County Assessor’s Office for 30 years. During her 30 years of service she was first hired as the Clerk for the office. From there she was appointed as a Deputy Assessor and soon after to Chief Deputy Assessor. At the beginning of 2016 she was appointed to the Assessors position. Jill has many qualities that make her a great candidate for boss of the quarter. She shows dedication and is conscientious about her work by going the extra mile for inquiring tax payers. Her professionalism and kind personality is top notch even in the times of stressful situations. She is humble and treats others like she would like to be treated.Jill treats her co-workers and employees with great respect. Her years of knowledge and dedication make the day to day questions and inquiries easy to solve. She is respected by her co-workers and employees due to her leadership skills, hard work, and dedication. She is truly a one of a kind boss that treats her employees like family. It is a great honor that we nominate Jill Renken for the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 4th Quarter Boss of the Quarter.
Jill Renken– Plymouth County Assessor Office Boss of the Quarter
The LeMars Arts Council is so pleased to introduce you to the newest addition to the Arts Center family, Program Director Annie Laursen! Annie just moved back to Northwest Iowa from the Des Moines area this summer. She is originally from Storm Lake. Annie is a ceramic artist, potter, and Art Teacher, and has also worked administratively in the fields of banking and city government. She is excited to bring some fresh and modern ideas to the Art Center, and to be able to serve the community through this organization. Please come by the Arts Center and say hello! Welcome Annie!