I have the privilege of going to visit a great many businesses, established and new, in this thriving community of ours. With the established businesses, it is usually stopping in to see how the Chamber can help them to continue to thrive. With the new ones, it is most likely through a ribbon cutting where I, or one of the executive board, enjoy the privilege of saying a few words and welcoming them.
Recently, this has included new businesses like; Stuff Etc., Hy-Vee Ankeny No. 2 and The “Hatch” technology program in Kirkendall Library, just to name a few. I have also had the pleasure of visiting long-time Chamber members, such as the Ankeny Area Historical Society and Liberty Bank, for Business After Hours events. All of these businesses and the rest of the nearly 800 Chamber member businesses provide a wealth of services or food and sometimes both, which help all of us to accomplish our daily tasks or fill our dinner plates. I encourage you to visit each and every one of them for yourself and see what they can provide for you.
Of course, I understand that if you were to try and visit all 800 businesses in our community and/or region one by one it would, of course, take an enormous amount of time. However, there is one way you and all the family and friends you can round up can visit a great majority of them in just one night.
How, you ask? By attending our annual Taste Ankeny, Experience Ankeny event on Oct. 24 in the FFA Enrichment Center on the Des Moines Area Community College campus. This event, which is open to the public, is full of flavors from our local restaurants which will be handing out samples, to service providers who can help you remodel your kitchen. So stop out and fill your tummies, then wash it down with a sampling from one of the beverage distributors while you wander the aisles of vendors searching for that company to help you finish those half-completed home projects or any number of other services you may need. All of this while enjoying the company of family and friends and yours truly.
Call the Chamber today for more information or check out our website: www.ankeny.org.