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January 2019

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2019 Indianola Chamber Annual Business Meeting and Dinner

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Top Five Customer Service Tips for Small Business -- The WOW! Factor!
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Maximize Your Chamber Benefits, January 30, 12 p.m.
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Sluggers Line Drive Hitting League


Power is ok but control is everything! How well can you control your hitting?

You can join Sluggers Batting Cages indoor hitting league.
Individuals will go head to head each week to score points by trying to control their swings and hitting certain points in the screen.

This competition will challenge hitters of all ages to control their swings and drive the ball towards the middle of the field. This will not only be a fun competition but also a unique training opportunity.

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2019 Indianola Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

When: January 17, 2019  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 pl.m.
where: Kent Center, Hubbell Hall, Simpson College

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Sluggers Line Softball Pitching Camp


Improve Your Game with Sluggers Batting Cages Softball Pitching Camp.

Instructor Cassandra Darrah will be teaching the classes mechanics, strength and movement for pitching.

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Wineries of Indianola Chili Cook-Off - 8th Annual Chili Contest

Two Saints Winery, La Vida Loca Winery and Summerset Winery will be hosting our 8th Annual Chili Contest! 
When: January 19  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Two Saints Winery, La Vida Loca Winery, and Summerset Winery
Tickets: $10 each for access to all 3 wineries, included chili and wine samples

Visit all 3 wineries to taste some of the best chili's in the Midwest and vote on your favorite! Each chili will be paired with a local wine from the winery. Tickets are $10 each and will get you access to all 3 wineries and includes chili & wine samples!

🌶Each winery will have up to 6 chefs making chili, for a total of 18 different chili samples!
🌶Vote on your favorites (we'll be awarding 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes)
🌶Guests will need to drive to each of the wineries to sample the chili from that winery
🌶Summerset Winery will be hosting live music 2:00-5:00pm. FREE ENTRANCE with your ticket
🌶Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Indianola Food Bank

We are currently looking for chili chefs!  

Chili Chef Competition Rules:
🌶Contact your local winery to enter - $20 entrance fee
🌶Must use the winery’s wine as the base of your recipe. Winery will provide the bottle of wine for your recipe.
🌶Chili should be prepared in advance and you'll need 2 crockpots worth of chili
🌶Bring your own crockpot and any other tools you might need
🌶Must stay for the duration of the event to present your chili to our guests

🏆1ST PLACE winner at each winery receives $50.00 and 3 bottles of wine
🏆2ND PLACE winner at each winery receives $25.00 and 2 bottle of wine
🏆BEST OVERALL WINNER from all 3 wineries receives $100.00 and 4 bottles of wine from each winery! ( 12 bottles of wine!)

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Tickets are nonrefundable. 

Must be 21+ to consume wine. 

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2019 Warren Co Philanthropic Partnership Grant Cycle

Warren County Philanthropic Partnership to offer new grant options, including first-time grant specifically for recreational trails 
Warren County Philanthropic Partnership will offer two High Impact grants in 2019 as well as a $500 grant to a qualifying project supporting the county’s trail system. Applications will be available Jan. 21, 2019 and the deadline to apply will be March 1. 
Last year was the first year the community foundation offered a High Impact Grant, an award in an amount up to $10,000 for a larger investment project impacting a greater portion of the county. The first High Impact Grant was awarded to the historic Palmyra Church restoration project.
In 2019, WCPP will offer two grants up to $10,000 each along with its regular community grants in amounts between $500 and $5,000. In addition, WCPP will offer a new trails-specific grant up to $500, thanks in part from a recent donation of $4,605 from the Warren County Leadership Institute Class of 2018.
The trails-specific grant money comes from the Warren County Trails Endowment Fund which was started by the WCLI Class of 2014 and is held by WCPP. In 2014 the WCLI class partnered with Rotary Club of Indianola on the club’s annual Ride Across Warren County, and the club gave all proceeds toward the fund. Rotary also made donations to the fund in following years.
As is common with endowments, the fund could not pay out toward grants until it reached a certain amount. In December, the WCLI Class of 2018 chose to bring the fund to a point where a portion can now be awarded annual. After their class project of installing signs along the county’s trails, they donated the remainder of their fundraising dollars to the endowment.
Since its inception WCPP  has invested more than $1 million into Warren County communities with funds from the County Endowment Fund Program as well as donations. The County Endowment Fund Program distributes a percentage of the state's gaming tax revenue to qualified community foundations in the 84 Iowa counties that do not hold a state-issued gaming license, like Warren County.
Information about applying for WCPP grants will be released in January 2019 on WCPP's website and social media. For more information, visit, e-mail or contact Emily Roush-Bobolz at (515) 491-6508

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Top Five Customer Service Tips for Small Business - The WOW Factor! Live Webinar

When:  January 23
             11:30 Bring Your Lunch and Visit with Your Peers
             12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Live Webinar
Where: Indianola Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
            111 N. Buxton

Creating a customer service approach based on the specific requests of your customers is one of the easiest ways to better manage the relationships.

Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership & Organizational Development Psychology, is the CEO of Modern Muse Consulting and is one of their International Growth Strategists. She prides herself on being results-driven and yet having some fun along the way.

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BA Basics

What do BA’s do, really? And what does success look like for a BA? How do good BA’s spend their days, and how do they add value to our organizations? Find out at this half-day workshop!

This fast-paced, half-day session will shed some light on the purpose of Business Analysts so you can hit the ground running, whether you’re starting in that role or leading others who are. BA Basics is the absolute essence of Business Analysis, distilled into 5 simple components that BAs live out on a daily basis, in any organization of any size. According to the 3rd edition of the BABOK, “Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders”. We’ll walk through what that really means in simple, easy-to-apply steps, leaving you with a ready-to-use quick reference guide for your very next BA encounter.


  • – Break down the definition of business analysis and examine it in the context of the tactical things BAs do every day.
  • – Consider the concept of “practice” in the spirit of skill repetition, stretching, and continuous improvement.
  • – Explore what it means to enable change in an organizational context.
  • – Encounter practical and easy-to-apply techniques used to define needs and recommend solutions.
  • – Identify concrete and meaningful ways to deliver value to stakeholders.

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Project Management Fundamentals

Do more with less! Designed specifically for those who are actively managing projects, this class is an in-depth look into the processes, knowledge areas, inputs, and outputs you need to know to manage projects effectively and successfully. Learn key knowledge areas and critical success factors now so you don’t have to learn them the hard way later. This class is a high energy, hands-on balance of PMBOK knowledge and application as well as best practices learned and passed down by the pros. Walk away with critical essentials for getting a project done regardless of size or complexity, as well as techniques, concepts, and tools that will save you time and energy in the future.

During this course, participants will:

  • Describe the characteristics of a project
  • Complete a roadmap of critical knowledge areas within the lifecycle of a project
  • Practice initiating, planning, managing, and closing down a project
  • Learn a reusable set of tools for approaching projects in a comprehensive yet efficient way

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Tickets On Sale for National Balloon Classic: 2019 Annual Fundraising Gala

When: February 2, 2019
Where: Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park Street, Des Moines, IA 5030

For Gala Information and To Purchase Tickets:

Questions: 515/961-8415

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