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.
Here is the 2016 schedule for Business Before Hours & Business After Hours (subject to change)
Wednesday, March 2 - Business Before Hours hosted by Farmers Trust & Savings Bank
Tuesday, March 15 - Business After Hours hosted by Office Systems Company
Wednesday, April 6 - Business Before Hours hosted by St Lukes Homes / Highlands
Tuesday, April 19 - Business After Hours hosted by Farmers Insurance - Lezlie Boetel
Wednesday, May 4 - Business Before Hours hosted by The Bear Express
Tuesday, May 17 - Business After Hours hosted by Bolton & Menk
Wednesday, June 1 - Business Before Hours hosted by Advance Services, Inc.
Tuesday, June 14 - Business After Hours hosted by Fareway / State Bank / SMU
Wednesday, July 6 - Business Before Hours (Open)
Tuesday, July 19 - Business After Hours hosted by Clay County Heritage and Clay County CVB
Wednesday, August 3 - Business Before Hours (Open)
Tuesday, August 16 - Business After Hours hosted by Advanced Services, Inc.
Wednesday, September 7 - Business Before Hours (Open)
Wednesday, October 5 - Business Before Hours hosted by Spencer Municipal Utilities
Tuesday, October 18 - Business After Hours hosted by St Lukes Homes / Highlands
Wednesday, November 2 - Business Before Hours (Open)
Tuesday, November 15 - Business After Hours hosted by Farmers Bank & Warner Funeral Home
Wednesday, December 7 - Business Before Hours (Open)
Tuesday, December 20 - Business After Hours (Open)
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer U.S.A., the Young Professionals of the Spencer Chamber, invite you to the "Chamber Chill," a community social gathering taking place Friday nights during the summer months.
On select Friday nights from 5 - 8pm throughout the summer, the public is invited to join other members of the community to 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.
As we have concluded our first summer of the Chamber Chill, discussions are underway to plan the 2016 event schedule, location and enhancements. More information to come in the spring.
Sponsorships are available. Please contact the Chamber Office if interested.
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 Spencer Bowl and Fun at Gateway North in Spencer.
Congratulations to the Hard Tops of Iowa Team, the 2016 Chamber Bowling Outing Champions!
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.
Join us during the 2016 Legislative Session
- Saturday, February 20, 2016 sponsored by Spencer Main Street
- Saturday, March 5, 2016 sponsored by Spencer Hospital
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.
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.
Thank you to all of the Sponsors, Vendors and attendees that made the 2016 Event a success. We are looking forward to the 33rd Annual NW IA Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
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 32nd Annual Clay County Ag Brekfast sponsored by: Clay County Cattlemen, Clay County Farm Bureau, Clay County Growers, Clay County Pork Producers, Jones Dairy, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and Spencer Chamber of Commere's Ag Committee will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The breakfast will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, Iowa from 6 AM to 9 AM - everyone is welcome.
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.
The dates for the 2016 Leadership Spencer Class are Monday, March 7 - Monday, May 9.
To register for the Leadership Spencer Class of 2016 please download the form below and return it to the Chamber Office. The class is limited to 20 participants.
Topics for 2016 include:
- Human Services
- Education in Agriculture
- Our Public Utilities
- Clay County Fair 100 Years
- The Media
- Public Safety-Law Enforcement
- City Visioning
Junior Leadership Spencer
Evolving from the popular Leadership Spencer program, the Spencer Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Iowa Lakes Community College introduces 'Junior Leadership Spencer" in the fall of 2015.
This course will be offered to incoming High School Juniors.
The course will be held from 12:30 - 3:30pm on the following Wednesdays during the 2015-2016 School Year:
Lunch will be provided at the beginning of each session.
For more information please refer to the Junior Leadership Application Form available for download.
Take a Break
Again, the Ag Committee of the Spencer Chamber reach out to the agriculture community during planting time in late April or May and ask farmers to “Take a Break”. Local merchants donate food and other essential items that are placed in a portable cooler. Ag Committee members then take the coolers directly to those in the field encouraging them to step out of the tractor and take a few minutes to relax and stretch.View More
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.
Join us in 2016 for the 33rd Annual Spencer Flagfest Celebration, June 10, 11 & 12.
Chamber Flagfest Golf Fundraiser
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce Golf Fundraiser is now a part of the Flagfest Weekend of activities. What a great way to begin the annual celebration than to spend Friday afternoon out on the golf course with fellow chamber members.
Join us on Friday, June 10, 2016 as the Golf Fundraiser moves to Flagfest weekend with a shotgun start at 12:30pm.
In addition, lunch is provided with your registration fee to be served at 11:30am
This year the 35th Chamber Flagfest Golf Fundraisr will be held at the beautiful Spencer Golf and Country Club. Many sponsorship opportunities are available to Chamber Member businesses including Pin Flag sponsorships (NEW for 2016), hole sponsors and beverage sponsors.
Please refer to the Golf Registrations form below as well as sponsorship information. We'll see you June 10th for the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Flagfest Golf Fundraiser!
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.
Thank you to these supporting sponsors of the 2015 Annual Celebration: Bolton & Menk, Northwest Bank and Spencer Hospital!
Click Here for the Business of the Year Application Form