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					5 First Street SW * Hampton, IA 50441
Phone 641-456-5668 * Fax 641-456-5660
www.hamptoniowa.org
Jennifer Gruelke, Executive Director, hacc@hamptoniowa.org
Lori Tarr, Center 1 Assistant, center1@mchsi.com
                                                                             March 2008 newsletter
Member Renewals
(received February 15 – March 12, 2008)

A & M Electric                            Krukow Real Estate
AGC                                       Neighborhood Bible Church
Casey’s General Store                     Point Builders North, Inc
Godfather’s Pizza                         Reminder Printing
Hamilton Sandblasting & Contracting       Storey Kenworthy
Dave & Carolyn Heuberger                  United Tire & Service Center
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

Thank you on behalf of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The
Chamber could not exist without your financial support. Thank you for your investment in the
Chamber and in the community.

New members
Klean Rite
641-425-0641
501 Central Ave West
Hampton, IA 50441
turbo@rconnect.com

Klean Rite provides 24-hour Laundromat cleaning services. Klean Rite offers 33 washers and 18
dryers for your convenience. Owner, Tom Teggatz, states the business has been in operation
since 1974 here in Hampton. To better serve the customers, a soap vending area is available if
you forget your laundry soap at home or don’t feel like carrying to the Laundromat. Klean Rite
has a kid play area to include arcade games to keep the kids busy. Klean Rite also has a self-
service car wash station located adjacent to the Laundromat.

Northside One Stop
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1208 – 4 St NE
Hampton, IA 50441
641-456-4157      Winter Hours:                                         Summer Hours:
             Monday -Thursday 4:30 am – 8:00 pm              Monday - Friday 4:30 am – 9:00 pm
             Friday 4:30 am – 9:00 pm                        Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
             Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm                      Sunday noon – 5:00 pm
             Sunday noon – 5:00 pm

Northside One Stop carries a variety of items to include: pop, coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino,
ice, mixers for drinks, wine, liquor and Lory’s Bakery items. They have many import and specialty
beers available in singles to make your own 6-pack. They have a walk in cooler for all the
domestic beer. At Northside One Stop you never have to get out of your car to purchase items.
Just drive up to the window and the staff will shop for you! New beers, wines and liquors are
added weekly to add variety to the selection. Stop in, look around and see what Northside One
Stop has to offer. If they don’t have what you are looking for, let them know and they will try their
best to get it for you.

Roger and Lucy Minnier

Welcome to the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce!

Senator Grassley Legislative Roundtable
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Join Senator Grassley as he discusses legislative topics. This event is open to everyone. Take
advantage of your legislators that come to Hampton to share what is going on at the Capital and
ask questions or voice comments. The roundtable will take place at Center 1 meeting room from
10:30 am – 11:30 am. For legislative updates, refer to www.growiowabusiness.com and
www.legis.state.ia.us.

Business Disaster Planning Awareness Lunch n Learn
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Is your business prepared for a catastrophe? What can you do to plan for an unexpected
tragedy? Mark your calendar now and plan to attend a Chamber Lunch n Learn on Thursday,
March 27, 2008 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Center 1. Cerro Gordo/Franklin County Emergency
Management Coordinator Steven O'Neil will be conducting the lunch n learn and offering
assistance to business owners/managers on how to prepare for the unexpected. Disaster can
happen at any time. Is your business prepared? Steve will provide you with steps take you can
take now to survive a disaster. Cost is free to Chamber members and $5.00 to non-members. No
pre-registration necessary, just bring a lunch and plan to attend.


Spruce Up Day
Saturday, May 10, 2008
It’s that time again to be thinking of cleaning your house, garage, yard or business. The
Chamber’s Spruce Up Day is May 10. It will be handled similar to years past with appliances
being picked up on Friday, May 9 and everything else on May 10. Registration of items will be
taken at Center 1. More information to come.
Thanks to Waste Management for donating their services to the Hampton Area Chamber of
Commerce! Thanks also to the City of Hampton for their participation. Together we will strive to
clean Hampton.


Summerfest 2008
August 29 & 30, 2008
Summerfest plans are well underway. Summerfest is a family friendly event that provides food
vendors, inflatable rides/games and free entertainment downtown Hampton Bandshell Park.
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Summerfest 2008 marks its 11 year.

Food and non-food vendor applications are currently being accepted. Vendors are accepted on a
first come first serve basis as the committee strives to eliminate duplication of products. If you
are interested in being a vendor, contact Jennifer at 456-5668.

Friday, August 29
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm       Inflatable rides/games & vendors open
9:00 – 12:00 pm          DJ Michelle Rosa

Saturday, August 30
Friends of Beeds Lake Pancake Breakfast with DJ
Friends of Beeds Lake Restoration Run (5K run/walk & ½ marathon)
9:00 am                Hampton Sidewalk Sales
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Inflatable rides/games & vendors open
BINGO by the Hampton Jaycees
Franklin County Conservation animal & education booth
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm     PV & the Phantoms
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Holiday Road
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm       Kendall Meyer (formerly known as Common Ground)

Stay tuned as additional Summerfest plans are underway…


Hampton Welcome Program
A new Hampton Welcome Program is coming soon. New residents will now receive a postcard to
stop by the Chamber office to receive a welcome bag and get acquainted with Chamber staff. All
chamber members have the opportunity to put “goodies” in the bag at no cost. Suggestions
include coupons, magnets, business cards, brochures, promotional products, anything to include
your business information. The Chamber will provide the Buy it Guide, Hampton/Franklin County
map and general new resident information. We are excited to offer this program to our Chamber
members and to new residents as they move to town. More information will be provided to
Chamber members soon.


Chamber Member Discount Card
The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you a business member discount
card. Chamber members will have the opportunity to provide discounts from their business with
the card for FREE. This is another way the Chamber wants to assist in promoting your business.
These cards will be sold to the community. Each Chamber member will be receiving a mailing
soon with more details. Be thinking about what you would like on the card. For example: free
drink with the order of regular priced meal, 10% or 15% discount off total purchase, 1 year free
safe deposit box rental, $2.00 off interior/exterior paint, free eye wax with haircut, $2.00 off a
certain brand of product, etc. The possibilities are endless.


Member news…

Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker of The Lutheran Hour, on
Thursday, April 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm. The Lutheran Hour is the world’s longest-running Christian
outreach radio program. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Doors will open at
5:30 pm.

First National Bank has a new website! www.fnb-hampton.com

St Patrick Catholic Church Knights of Columbus will hold their last fish fry will be held March 14,
2008.

St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hampton will be hosting Dad’s Belgian Waffle on April 2, 2008 from
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

The Seven Saving Graces for Managers:
by George Hallenbeck


In managerial and executive success, it is what comes after the “but” that is important.
Executives are generally hard-charging drivers with rough edges. They are often not out to
please people but are focused on getting things done. What does research say about the
characteristics that keep an executive in favor, even if he or she possesses some flaws or
shortcomings?

”He can be awfully shrewd and is always looking for an angle, but you eventually realize that he
has got the company’s best interest at heart and is not looking out just for himself.” And,
She can be very forward and biting with her ideas and opinions, but she is also willing to take the
time to listen carefully to your point of view.” Or, “He can pretty rough on people, but underneath
he is compassionate and considerate.”

What comes after the “but” are called saving graces – qualities or redeeming features that make
up for other generally negative characteristics.
Saving graces serve as balancers so that the driver strengths that got you where you are do not
go into overdrive and damage your efforts. They also offer benefits of their own. Because many
saving graces contribute to perceptions of you as someone who is trustworthy, considerate, and
insightful, they can help you more easily acquire information from key people, gain access to
limited resources, and navigate the bureaucracy.

The saving graces are listed in order of importance:

1. Listening: Taking time to listen can get you out of more jams than the rest of the saving
graces combined. It is the ultimate way of demonstrating that it is not all about you and your
agenda, and it is an excellent tool for breaking down barriers and getting more out of what you do
with others. Few executives are good listeners.

2. Approachability: The best executives need to be early knowers, especially when it comes to
negative information. The best executives are easy to talk to, even when conveying or having
potentially bad information conveyed to them. To be effective, approachability has to be
combined with listening. Executives ten to play 20 Questions: “Where did you get the informatio?
Who else knows? Why didn’t I hear about that before?” This is not a best practice for effectiv
executives.
3. Boss relationships: Those who ten to venture into deep and dangerous waters find that it
can be very difficult to swim alone. If you tent to stir up controversy and are quick to engage in
conflict, it is helpful to have the advice and counsel of a seasoned boss who can coach you
through such situations and provide some support when you falter. Making your boss successful
is Jon One, whether you like him or her or not.

4. Integrity and Trust: This one speaks for itself. The people you lead will often forgive a lot if
they can clearly perceive that you speak the truth and are a person of your word.

5. Humor: The use of humor to make others comfortable is a useful skill. Using self-deprecating
humor is one of the better techniques. It puts others at ease and makes your thoughts appear to
come from someplace a little more accessible. Humor allows you to become approachable by
putting others at ease when in your presence.

6. Interpersonal Savvy: Being able to relate to 360 degrees in important. Finding a way to
make a connection with individuals up and down the chain and inside and outside the
organization gives you something to rely on when things are not going so well. Diplomacy, tact,
and knowing what to say and when to say it can take the tension out of situations and make
unpopular decisions and unfortunate mistakes easier to deal with.

7. Understanding Others: The focus here is on groups rather than individuals. Understanding
others is about knowing what makes one group different from another and why that matters. This
is more difficult to master than listening, but learning to identify what is important to a group and
why is often the key for gaining buy-in and knowing how to lead difficult situations.

Saving graces are not the fire extinguisher you pull out in the case of emergency, but are more
the trusty life preserver you should wear at all times, in calm waters and rough seas. Saving
graces lead to longer tenure and staying power skills like drive, strategy, results, and power.
They can compensate for mistakes that would get those people who don’t possess them into
trouble. They smooth out the rought edges and can help smooth rough situations.

Reference: BusinessWeek




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