The official welcoming group of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce. Thirty Men and Women from the Spencer Business Community make up the Spencer Ambassadors in those famous red plaid coats. Each week this group call on new businesses to the area as well as welcome new staff members, building relocations and official ribbon cuttings.
If your business is new to the Spencer community please call the Chamber Office to schedule an Ambassador Visit.
Business Before / After Hours
Members of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce are invited and encouraged to attend the Chamber sponsored
Business Before and Business After Hours social networking events each month.
The Business Before Hours are typically on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 - 8:30am with
Business After Hours held on the third Tuesday of the month from 5 - 7pm.
Each event is hosted by a members business or organization of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce and is FREE for any Chamber member, their staff and employees to attend.
We are now securing hosts for 2018. Please contact the Chamber Office to reserve your date.
February 7, Before Hours: Advance Services, Inc. (ASInc.) Next to Fire Station
February 20, After Hours
March 7, Before Hours: RIDES located at 522 10th Ave East
March 20, After Hours:
April 4, Before Hours: CAASA located at 305 West 5th Street
April 17, After Hours:
May 2, Before Hours: Iowa Lakes Commumnity College, Buena Vista University & SBDC (Small Business Dev. Corp.)
May 15, After Hours:
June 6, Before Hours: Curves at Southpark Mall
June 19, After Hours: Clay Mutual Insurance Celebrating 130 Years
July 4, Before Hours: No Gathering-- Holiday
July 17, After Hours: State Bank, Fareway and Spencer Municipal Utilities
August 1, Before Hours: St. Croix Hospice at Terrazo
Augut 21, After Hours: Arts on Grand--New exhibit
September 5, Before Hours:
September 18, After Hours: Employment Connections
October 3, Before Hours: National Abstract and Esgrow
October 16, After Hours:
November 7, Before Hours: Employment Conncections
November 20, After Hours: Farmers Bank, Spencer Hospital and Spencer Community Theatre
December 6, Before Hours: Northwest Bank Main Bank on Grand Avenue
December 19, After Hours:
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer U.S.A., the Young Professionals of the Spencer Chamber, invite you to "The Chill," a community social gathering taking place during the summer months.
On select Friday (and one Saturday) nights throughout the summer, the public is invited to join other members of the community to enjoy music, food and refreshments. There is no charge for admission.
Watch for the dates for the 2018 Summer Social.View More
Chamber Bowling Outing
A mid-winter break away from the office along with a great networking opportunity. 16 teams of 5 bowlers rolling three games to see who will hold bragging rights for the coming year. The annual outing is held at Liberty Lanes in the lower level of Gateway North in Spencer.
Eggs & Issues Legislative Forums
During the Iowa Legislative season, the Spencer Chamber hosts four sessions with state representatives serving our area. This well attended event attracts constituents from around the region with concerns about legislation before our state leaders. The sessions are normally held in January, February and March on Saturday mornings and is open to the public.
All forums are held from 9 - 10:30am in the Council Chamber of Spencer City Hall. A light breakfast is served from our sponsors beginning at 8:30am when the doors open.
Invited to attend are our local house and senate representatives along with state and national government elected officials.
The 2018 Eggs and Issues Forums will be held on:
Saturday, January 20 sponsored by Winther, Stave & Company with Special Guest State Auditor Mary Mosiman
Saturday, February 17 sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College
Saturday, March 10 sponsored by Terrazzo Coffeehouse and McCreary's Creative Catering
Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook
A day-long seminar and trade show held each February. Ag Outlook is geared towards farmers and agri-business professionals to give them the knowledge they need to compete in global agriculture. The trade show features the latest in agriculture products, equipment and services. This event is free and attracts nearly 2,000 each year.
The 35th Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show will be Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The doors will Open at 8 AM at the Clay County Fair & Events Center; 800 West 18th Street, Spencer, Iowa 51301
Clay County Ag Breakfast
The Chamber Ag Committee and its sponsoring organizations and commodity groups hold a FREE breakfast in March of each year. Made to order omelets are a popular feature of this event as a way of saying thanks to the community for the support of agriculture in our region.
The 2018 Omelet Breakfast will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6 AM to 9 AM in the arena at the Clay County Fair and Events Center, 800 West 18th Street, Spencer, Iowa
Each year during the spring residents new to the community and those interested in learning more about the area embark on a 10-week course to give them a better understanding of the workings of the City of Spencer. In addition, members of the class are challenged to a group or individual class project with a goal of bettering the community.
Applications for the 2018 Class are now being accepted with the downloadable form provided below. The 10-week course will run from Monday, March 12 through Monday, May 14 from 3 to 5 pm.
Junior Leadership Spencer
Evolving from the popular Leadership Spencer program, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Iowa Lakes Community College introduced 'Junior Leadership Spencer" in the fall of 2015.
This course is offered to all incoming High School Juniors.
Watch for the more information and registration for the 2018-2019 Class beginning in September 2018.
The brain child of Spencer business people in 1984, Flagfest is a patriotic event celebrating our country, our flag and our heritage. The second weekend of June is set aside for fun and family with food, children’s amusements, street dance, grand cruise, the famous parade and much, much more. Each year the committee strives to keep the weekend a fun and FREE event for the entire family.
There is no charge to enter a unit in the Flagfest Parade - Simply fill out the registration form below and return it to the Chamber Office.
We are also accepting applications for concessionaires for the 2018 Flagfest Celebration. Information can be found on the form also found below.
Join us for Flagfest 2018, June 8, 9 & 10
Spencer Chamber Golf Fundraiser
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce Golf Fundraiser has been held for 37 years and is a great way for our members to get away from the office for an afternoon and enjoy a round of golf at both of our city courses.
Each year the golf outing alternates between the Spencer Municipal Golf Course and the Spencer Golf and Country Club.
Join us on June 22, 2018 as the Chamber Golf Fundraiser will take place at the Spencer Golf and Country Club with a shotgun start at 1:15 pm. Burger Bar Lunch at 12 pm (included in registration).
Form your team and plan to join us on one of Iowa's Premiere Golf Courses, the Spencer Golf and Country Club. Registration and sponsorship information can be downloaded below.
Spencer Chamber Annual Celebration
Each October, the Board and Staff of the Spencer Chamber of Commerce updates the membership on the accomplishments of the Chamber over the past 12 months and our goals and vision for the upcoming year.
In addition, the presentation of the Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award and the Business of the Year is held.
The 2018 Spencer Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration will be Thursday, October 25 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Clay County Regional Events Center. More details will be announced in the summer of 2018.
Nominations for the Jack Wedel Volunteer Service Award and the Chamber Small Business of the Year can be submitted at any time prior to October 19, 2018.