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 2019. Please contact the Chamber Office to reserve your date.
January 2, 2019 Before Hours:
February 6, 2019 Before Hours Faith Lutheran Church on north end of Spencer
February 19, 2019 After Hours Ag Outlook Conference & Trade Show (No After Hours)
March 6, 2019 Before Hours Iowa Lakes Community College (Future Ready Iowa)
March 19, 2019 After Hours SPACE & Spencer Municipal Golf Course
April 3, 2019 Before Hours
April 16, 2019 After Hours Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in the Early Childhood Center
May 1, 2019 Before Hours
May 21, 2019 After Hours
June 5, 2019 Before Hours
June 18, 2019 After Hours: State Bank, Fareway & Spencer Municipal Utilities
July 3, 2019 Before Hours
July 16, 2019 After Hours
August 7, 2019 Before Hours
August 20, 2019 After Hours
September 4, 2019 Before Hours
September 17, 2019 After Hours
October 2, 2019 Before Hours
October 15, 2019 After Hours
November 6, 2019 Before Hours
November 19, 2019 After Hours: Farmers Bank, Spencer Hospital & Spencer Community Theatre
December 4, 2019 Before Hours
December 17, 2019 After Hour: ServPro of Spencer & IOwa Great Lakes
The Chill Community Social
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 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 our 2019 Summer Dates and locations.
Spencer Chamber of Commerce Bowling Fun Day
The Spencer Chamber Bowling Day is a great way to break the winter blues. Held each year in February at Liberty Lanes in Spencer, teams of 5 compete with other teams of business people, employees and organization staffs looking to take home the traveling trophy for best team.
Join us on Friday, February 1st, 2019. Please fill out the following downloadable entry form and return it to the Chamber Office at 1805 Highway Blvd or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
26th Annual Legislative Eggs & Issue Sessions for 2019 will be:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 with Northwest Bank Sponsoring
Saturday, March 9, 2019 with Clay County Farm Bureau Sponsoring
Saturday, March 30, 2019 with Iowa Lakes Community College
In the event of a cancellation due to weather a possible make up date is: Saturday, April 13, 2019
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 during Ag Week 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.
Sponsored each year by: Clay County Growers, Clay County Cattlemen and Pork Producers, Clay County Farm Bureau, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Western Iowa Dairy and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Subject covered include: Manufacuring/Industry (Economic Development), Law Enforcement-Public Safety, Healthcare, Culture, Tourism & Tranportation, City and County Government, Education and more.
The 2019 Session of Leadership Spencer will commence on Monday, March 4th and conclude on Monday, May 6th.
Class is held from 3 to 5 pm.
Registrations are now being accepted. Class size is limited to 20 individuals.
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.
In 2018, the course was offered to High School Juniors and Seniors and at NO COST.
The purpose of Junior Leadership Spencer is to foster current and future leadership by offering young people in our community the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to broaden their knowledge of what makes Spencer tick.
In addition, students will be introduced to career opportunities and volunteer service - all in a FUN entertaining and educational learning environment.
The brain child of the Spencer business community 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.
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.
Form your team and plan to join us in June 2019 at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course.View More
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 soon
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 1, 2018. Forms available for download below.
Women of Vision
The Spencer Chamber Women of Vision program was developed to highlight the talents and women professionals in our community. The luncheons, held quarterly, allow participants to share their experiences and demonstrate how they've achieved success as well as what talents they bring to the Spencer area.
Everyone has a story and the Women of Vision program aims to showcase the individuals that make Spencer the Success City of Iowa!
Mark your calendar for the next Women of Vision Luncheon on Friday, October 5th at Spencer Sacred Heart Parish Hall.