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Business Succession Workshop April 30

Gain skills now to benefit you - and your business - in the future.  The Spencer Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College to offer a FREE seminar geared to local business owners, who at some point in time will look to sell the business. “What is business succession?  I get that question a lot,” said Kelly McCarty, Regional Director of the SBDC.   “Business succession could involve transferring ownership to family members; or, it might be that one of your employees is interested in buying it; or, it could

"Chamber Chill" Launches this Summer

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer U.S.A., the Young Professionals of the Spencer Chamber, invite you to the "Chamber Chill," a new community social gathering taking place Friday nights this summer.On select Friday nights from 5 - 8pm beginning June 12, the public is invited to come down to the Riverfront, the greenspace in front of Gary's on the River, and enjoy music, food and refreshments.  Each night will feature a different theme with area brewers and distributers serving up your favorite beverage.  There is no charge for admission.
The scheduled nights for the Chamber Chill are:
  • Friday, June


Spencer Chamber of Commerce Celebrating 125 Years

It was 1890 that the Spencer Chamber of Commerce came into existence.  In those early years an organization under the title of Spencer Improvement Club was formed with Mr. J.O. Birdsall becoming the first President years later in 1905 and 1906.
Then in 1907 the Spencer Commercial Club was organized with H.J. Buck as its President.  In 1918 the Spencer Commercial Club was located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Opera House Building.  Officers were: President Otto A. Bjornstad; Vice President J.O. Birdsall; Secretary E.S. Perry; and Treasurer P.R. Graham.
During the early 1900's, one of the main projects

Clay County Designated a Home Base Iowa Community

Clay County has officially been designated a Home Base Iowa Community following an effort by many county agencies and organizations. 

With around 300,000 military men and women leaving active service, communities in Iowa are encouraging these retirees to relocate and fill job opportunities matching their skill sets.  Over 100 Clay County businesses have made a pledge to hire returning military veterans if a job opening takes place that matches their skill levels.  In addition, Clay County has developed an incentive package as part of this process including housing and rental assistance, hotel, gas,  food vouchers and much more.
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