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Spencer Ambassadors

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.

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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 2017 schedule for Business Before Hours & Business After Hours (subject to change)
November 14, After Hours:  Farmers Bank, Spencer Hospital and Spencer Community Theatre at SCT
December 6,   Before Hours: Campbell, Higgins & Mummert, PC at 515 1st Avenue East 
December 12, After Hours:  ServPro located at 411 11th Street SW in Spencer

We are now securing hosts for 2018.  Please contact the Chamber Office for more information and to reserve your date.
January 3, Before Hours:  Southridge Heights at 1209 12th Street SE
January 16, After Hours:  Advanced Network Professionals
February 7, Before Hours
February 20, After Hours
March 7, Before Hours
March 20, After Hours
April 4, Before Hours
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
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
Augut 21, After Hours
September 5, Before Hours
September 18, After Hours
October 3, Before Hours
October 16, After Hours
November 7, Before Hours
November 20, After Hours
December 6, Before Hours
December 19, After Hours

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Chamber Chill

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.

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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.






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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
Saturday, February 17
Saturday, March 10

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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 34th Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook Conference and Trade Show will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  The doors will Open at 8 AM at the Clay County Regional Events Center; 800 West 18th Street, Spencer, Iowa  51301

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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.


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Leadership Spencer

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 will begin in January.  The 10-week course will run from Monday, March 12 through Monday, May 14 from 3 to 5 pm.

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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. 

The second class is set to begin on September 27, 2017
Registration begins on Monday, August 23.  Registration Deadline is Monday, September 4.

Dates for the 2017-2018 Session of Junior Leadership Spencer are:

Wednesday, September 27

Wednesday, October 25

Wednesday, December 13

Wednesday, January 31

Wednesday, March 28

Wednesday, April 25

Graduation in May

Students taking the class transported from Spencer High School at 12:15 pm to the designated site.  All students then returned to the High School at 3:15 pm.

Application for the Class of Junior Leadership Spencer 2016-2017 can be downloaded here: 
Junior_Leadership_App_2017-2018.pdf

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Flagfest

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 for Flagfest 2018, June 8, 9 & 10

 

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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.

2018_Golf_Invite.pdf

2018_Sponsorship_form.pdf







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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.





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