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Chamber is ready for the new year

Posted January 23, 2013 in Community Featured, Waukee

113Happy New Year! 2013 is upon us, and I hope all are ready for it. Hopefully you have caught up and are back into the routine after the holidays. Your Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce is ready.

This is a great time of year to get motivated and organized for the new year. I always look at it as a new start. I take a look at what I learned from last year and what to do differently this year.

As a business owner this is a great time to become involved in the Chamber. The Waukee Chamber’s 2012 was a very busy year, as you know. It started off with the annual dinner and Waukee Chamber’s Got Talent. We moved into our own office space in the spring. The Around the World Golf tournament was a great time as usual, and then the second annual cow patty bingo was also a great success. These are all events that are a great way to get to know your fellow business community members as well as an opportunity to promote your business or organization.

We are starting off on Jan. 27 with our annual dinner at the West Des Moines Marriott. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. This is a great time to network and bid on great items. Then the dinner and program begin at 6 p.m. The highlight of the evening will be our keynote speaker, Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery. If you would like to join us, please register online at

I want to give Sara Larson a big thank you for a great year of service as board president of the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce. Sara now serves as the Waukee Chamber Past President and will also be representing Waukee as the Greater Des Moines Partnership Affiliate Chair in 2013. You are doing an awesome job, Sara.

Our first of three Waukee Legislative Coffees will be held at the Waukee City Council Chambers on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m. On Feb. 14, the Waukee Chamber will join the Greater Des Moines Partnership for the Chamber Day on the Hill. We welcome our members to join us. On Feb. 21 our monthly networking luncheons will kick off for the year at The Village at Legacy Pointe at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit our website at or contact us at 515-978-7115.

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