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New Member Monday: St. Burch Tavern

June 24, 2019

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Owner Cory Kent explains what makes St. Burch Tavern a unique spot in downtown Iowa City.

New Member Monday: Tanager Place Coralville

June 17, 2019

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Tanager Place Coralville offers preventative services and treatment options to children, young adults, and families experiencing…

New Member Monday: Larew Internal Medicine

June 10, 2019

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Meet Dr. Larew and his new concierge medical practice, opening soon in Iowa City!

What is the Community Leadership Program?

June 7, 2019

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Outgoing Programming Committee Chair Dazi Wallace explains what CLP is about, and why you should apply.

New Member Monday: Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Specialty Care - North Liberty

June 3, 2019

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Introducing a new weekly post, featuring the newest members of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce!

Now Accepting Applications for Dir. of Marketing & Communications

May 24, 2019

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The Chamber is accepting applications for a Director of Marketing & Communications.

Chamber seeks Director of Member Engagement

May 13, 2019

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill the full-time role of Director of Member Engagement.

How businesses can win government contracts

May 8, 2019

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The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center can help Iowa City area businesses identify, compete for, and win government c…

Learn more about the Chamber's CLP program

May 7, 2019

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The Chamber is now accepting applications for the newest class in our Community Leadership Program. This is your chance to be pa…

CLP Applications Now Live!

May 1, 2019

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The Chamber is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019-2020

Chamber Minute: Week of April 29

April 29, 2019

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It's time for First Friday Coffee Connections, and the deadline for applying to become a Chamber Ambassador is nearly here. Get …

Excellence In Education FAQ

April 23, 2019

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With the Excellence In Education Awards happening Wednesday, here is everything you need to know.

Chamber Minute: Week of April 22

April 22, 2019

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The Chamber and Iowa City Area Development Group take over The Englert Theatre with the Excellence in Education 2019 Awards on W…

Apply to become a Chamber Ambassador

April 15, 2019

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Applications are now being accepted to become a Chamber Ambassador. Applications are due April 30.

Winners announced for Excellence In Education

April 15, 2019

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The Chamber and ICAD will team up on April 24 to present the Excellence In Education Awards at the Englert Theatre in downtown I…

Chamber Minute: Week of April 15

April 15, 2019

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Announcing the winners of the upcoming Excellence In Education Awards, plus a special "Missing Link" program at Big Grove Brewer…

Chamber Minute - Week of April 8

April 8, 2019

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Come get your LINC on! Learn more -- and about how to get an Excellence in Education 2019 poster -- in the latest 60-second upd…

Chamber Minute - Week of April 1

April 1, 2019

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There are just a few days left to submit nominations for the Excellence in Education 2019 Awards at The Englert. Learn more in o…

Apply for the 2019 Ag Scholarship

March 27, 2019

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Each year, the Agribusiness/Bioscience Committee of Johnson County offers the Outstanding Agriculture Youth Scholarship in the a…

Chamber to relocate office to MERGE

March 27, 2019

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The Iowa City Chamber of Commerce announced plans on Wednesday to relocate its staff office to the MERGE space on the Ped Mall l…

Chamber Update - Week of March 25

March 25, 2019

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Our Business PM returns this week! Learn more in the latest episode of Chamber Minute.

A look inside ICR Day at the Capitol

March 19, 2019

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Get an up-close look at what happens during this annual event (including burritos and kolaches!), and how it impacts our region'…

Chamber Minute - Week of March 18

March 18, 2019

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The final legislative Breakfast of 2019 is Saturday, and you won't want to miss it. Here's why.

Chamber Minute - Week of March 11

March 11, 2019

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Learn how to nominate people for the Chamber's and ICAD's Excellence In Education Awards, and meet the latest member of the Cham…

Call to action

March 5, 2019

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Together, the Chamber and ICAD will be launching a shared initiative to take our education ecosystem to the next level.

Nominations now open for Excellence In Education 2019

March 5, 2019

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Celebrating Growth and Innovation in Iowa City Area schools. Nominate a candidate today!

Photos and video from the 2019 Chamber Annual Banquet

March 4, 2019

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Watch the comedic opening and Year In Review videos and flip through a gallery of photos from our biggest event of the year.

Chamber Minute - Week of March 4

March 4, 2019

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We've got updates on the ICR IOWA Future Call to Action, Tuesday's Affordable Housing Forum for Developers & Contractors and mor…

Chamber pledges support for Iowa Compact on Immigration

February 25, 2019

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On Monday the Chamber joined forces with more than 30 business, industry and economic leaders in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City …

Chamber Minute - Week of Feb 25

February 25, 2019

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Chamber Minute for the week of Feb. 25 takes a look at First Friday Coffee Connections - March, Small Business Networking at MER…

Buy Here Business Spotlight: 3D Media Now

February 22, 2019

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Meet Chamber member 3D Media Now in Coralville, which creates 3D virtual tours of local businesses and attractions.

Today is the deadline for Annual Banquet tickets

February 21, 2019

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Don't miss the deadline to reserve tickets for the Chamber Annual Banquet on Feb. 28. Today (Thursday, Feb. 21) is the final day…

Chamber Office closed for Wednesday

February 20, 2019

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The Chamber's office is closed for Wednesday due to weather. Our North Liberty Roundtable is also canceled.

Chamber Minute - Week of February 18

February 18, 2019

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Catch up on all Chamber news for the week in just 60 seconds with Chamber Minute for Feb. 18.

Chamber Minute: Week of February 11

February 13, 2019

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We take a look at the upcoming Affordable Housing Forum, Building Change Grants with the City of Iowa City Government, a new Sma…

Building a Workforce Pipeline by Inspiring Young Iowans

February 12, 2019

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By focusing on workforce training and career readiness programs at both the state and local levels, we feel that our region is u…

Unveiling "Livability: Iowa City Area"

February 6, 2019

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Working with other area organizations, the Chamber has unveiled Livability Iowa City Area, a quality-of-life program for attract…

Chamber Minute - Week of February 4

February 4, 2019

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Learn about the new Livability Iowa City Area Magazine in this week's installment of Chamber Minute. All this week's news in jus…

Chamber Minute - Week of Jan 28

January 28, 2019

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See what's coming at the Chamber this week, all in just 60 seconds.

ICR Future Coalition launches high school intern and job shadow campaign

January 26, 2019

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The ICR Future Coalition has announced the launch of a new campaign to create 650 new high school job shadow and internship oppo…

Chamber Minute - Week of Jan 21

January 21, 2019

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This week's Chamber Minute takes a look at the new LINC networking event, the first Legislative Breakfast of 2019, and more. Fin…

Business Spotlight video: ImOn's Big Year

January 18, 2019

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In this video, the Chamber talks with ImOn's Greg Crosby about what drove the company to have such a big year of expansion in th…

Chamber launches video news updates

January 15, 2019

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Weekly updates from the Chamber of Commerce can now be viewed in video form, thanks to a new program launched this week called "…

Nick Westergaard announced as keynote speaker at Annual Banquet

January 10, 2019

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The Chamber's 2019 Annual Banquet will take place Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The Chamber will re-open Jan 2

December 27, 2018

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The Chamber offices are closed for the holidays and will re-open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Getting To Work On Legislative Priorities

November 27, 2018

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Over the summer and fall we’ve been gathering member feedback and developing our public policy priorities for 2019. With the hel…

Announcing the newest Chamber Ambassadors

November 9, 2018

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Congratulations to the newest members of the Iowa City Area Chamber Ambassadors!

Chamber seeking Director of Member Services

October 26, 2018

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The Chamber is currently seeking a Director of Member Services to add to our growing team.

Announcing 2018 Toast winners

October 25, 2018

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Honorees have been unveiled for A Toast To Our Communities, the Chamber's 30th annual awards breakfast that will be held Nov. 8 …

2018 Sponsorship campaign is now underway

October 1, 2018

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The Chamber’s annual Sponsorship Campaign is now underway, with some exciting changes in our events and programs.

Chamber hires Jennifer Banta as new Vice President

September 25, 2018

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Jennifer Banta as its new Vice President, Advocacy and External Affairs.

Seven tips to be better people in business

September 21, 2018

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David Aaker is well-known for his expertise in helping businesses thrive. Here are seven tips from him on how to train your enti…

Apply to join the Ambassadors

September 17, 2018

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We are now accepting applications to join the Ambassadors, a great way to get more involved with the Chamber and the community.

Read candidate responses ahead of our Chamber forum Aug. 29

August 27, 2018

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Ahead of the Chamber's upcoming candidate forum on Wednesday, August 29, we invited all five candidates in Sept. 4's Iowa City C…

Chamber to hold City Council forum at MERGE

August 22, 2018

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The Chamber will host a candidate forum on Wednesday, August 29 ahead of the upcoming Iowa City City Council primary election on…

Chamber, ICAD announce results of Project Penguin

August 15, 2018

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Recognizing a need for proactive change and leadership within the community, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa…

Preparing kids today for tomorrow's careers

August 9, 2018

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Technology is rapidly changing the workplace, with career paths available today that didn't even exist a decade ago. With that i…

Congratulations to Kelly Hayworth!

August 8, 2018

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates Coralville City Administrator, Kelly Hayworth, on 30 years of service with …

The business of tailgating

August 7, 2018

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The Iowa Hawkeye football team is gearing up to kick off a new season later this month -- and with it, the return of tailgating.…

Community Leadership Program Class of 2018-2019!

August 2, 2018

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Congratulations to the CLP Class of 2018-2019!

Now Accepting Applications for Vice President, Advocacy & External Affairs

July 26, 2018

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the position of Vice President, Advocacy & External Aff…

Choosing Action: Guest article by Mark Nolte

July 2, 2018

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The Iowa City Area faces looming challenges to its business community. Are we willing to address them?

Introducing the Iowa City Intern Club!

June 11, 2018

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The Chamber has teamed up with partner orgs and members to provide summer programming for interns.

FAQ: Project Penguin

May 7, 2018

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In an effort to keep our members and investors informed, here are responses to commonly asked questions about "Project Penguin,"…

Chamber opposes Chinese tariffs

April 12, 2018

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the proposed trade tariffs by the Trump Administration against China, and t…

ICACC becomes one of the first Chambers nationwide to accept Bitcoin

March 14, 2018

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The Chamber now accepts Bitcoin payments from members, making it one of the first Chamber organizations in the country to do so.

Applications Now Open for Ag Youth Scholarship

March 7, 2018

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Each year, the Agribusiness/Bioscience Committee offers the Outstanding Agriculture Youth Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to…

Join our Business Council on Legislative Affairs

December 14, 2017

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The Business Council on Legislative Affairs is established to engage members in the Chamber’s policy and advocacy work at the lo…

Announcing the Chamber Legislative Priorities for 2018

November 2, 2017

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce has released its 2018 Local Legislative Priorities, giving members an overview of the ini…

Chamber wraps up successful Sponsorship Campaign

October 31, 2017

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The Chamber has successfully concluded its 2017 Sponsorship Campaign, with more than $196,000 raised.

Read the positions of City Council candidates in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty

October 25, 2017

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce invited City Council candidates from Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty to share the…

See results from our Member Survey

October 4, 2017

Here's a quick summary of what we learned from our 2017 member survey.

We're seeking nominations for TOAST 2017

September 6, 2017

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The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for A Toast to Our Communities! The event recognizes leaders and b…

Read candidate responses ahead of our School Board Forum Aug. 30

August 15, 2017

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Ahead of its school board candidate forum set for Aug. 30 at the Coralville Public Library, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commer…

Community Leadership Program Class of 2017 - 2018

August 1, 2017

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Congrats to the 2017 - 2018 CLP Class!

Expert Edge Applications

May 15, 2017

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Apply to present at an Expert Edge seminar!

Community Leadership Program Applications Available

April 21, 2017

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Apply for the Chamber's Community Leadership Program!

Thank you for Attending the 2017 Annual Banquet!

February 20, 2017

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The Chamber's Annual Banquet was Thursday, February 16.

Congratulations to December's Small Business Spotlight!

December 8, 2016

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BRL HR Consulting's owner, Brenda LaMarche, discusses the HR consulting and HR outsourcing services her business provides.

Congratulations to November's Small Business Spotlight!

November 10, 2016

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Black & Gold Chiropractic & Wellness owners Drs. Jess and Jake Young discuss their family-friendly business.

A Toast to Our Communities Award Recipients Announced

November 10, 2016

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Chamber Announces Best in Business Award Recipients

Welcome Tim and Rob to the Chamber Team!

October 25, 2016

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The Chamber welcomes two, new team members!

Congratulations to October's Small Business Spotlight!

October 11, 2016

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Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design President, Cheri Hochstetler, discusses Dwell's recent expansion.

Congratulations to September's Small Business Spotlight!

September 15, 2016

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Grab some grub at our spotlight business!

Community Leadership Program Class of 2016 - 2017

August 1, 2016

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Congrats to the 2016 - 2017 CLP Class!

Congratulations to August's Small Business Spotlight!

August 1, 2016

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MMS Consultants specializes in civil engineering for the public and private sectors, with a full range of services from design t…

Welcome Kim Casko to the Chamber Team!

July 28, 2016

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Kim Casko Named Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

Congratulations to July's Small Business Spotlight!

June 30, 2016

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tiny feet BOutique and Playspace co- owner, Hannah Shultz, explains what makes their business so unique.

Above & Beyond: Chamber Members Give 110%

June 10, 2016

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Thank you to the 110% Club!

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For those who prefer not to get newspaper ink on their fingers...the electronic version of our monthly print newsletter is below. Envision is distributed on the first Monday of the month inside the Corridor Business Journal.

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