September 2011 Vol. 91 No. 9
The Experience A Newsletter for the Greater Burlington Partnership
Celebrate Heritage Fest
Total Resource Campaign
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View The Experience at www.greaterburlington.com
610 North 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, Iowa USA 52601
Volume 91 No. 9
News 2011- 2012
October is Manufacturers Month Greater Burlington Leadership is excited to announce the 2011-2012 class. Greater Burlington Leadership
Page 3 is a professional development series designed for individuals who want to develop and strengthen their
Welcome PDI Conference leadership skills within the community. The program gives both experienced and developing leaders a broader
Page 4 view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities through direct contact with a wide spectrum of
CBA Winners Announced institutions and people who shape the community where we live and work.
Member Survey Results The participants will learn about Greater Burlington through a variety of opportunities. Industry tours, panels
Page 5 of experts and state officials will be on hand throughout the series. The opening session is on September 14
Greater Burlington Sports & and class participants will be introduced to interpersonal skills, personality assessments and teamwork.
Outdoor Recreation Expo
Page 6 The 2011 - 2012 Greater Burlington Leadership Participants are:
Celebrate Heritage Fest • Brandi Chapman, First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa
Page 7 • Josh Cloke, Two Rivers Investment Services
Total Resource Campaign • Tony Diewold, Smith Klingner Engineering
Page 8 • Tim Fencl, Danville Mutual Telephone, i Wireless
Director Nominations Begin • Laura Hubbard, CNH
Page 9 • Melissa Jones, Heritage Medical Equipment & Supplies
New Members • John Korschgen, State Farm Insurance
• Chris Lee, Des Moines County Conservation
Business Successes • Lisa Nafziger, Great River Business Health
• Michelle Randall, GRADE A PLUS
Calendar of Events • Jeff Schulz, Flint Cliffs Manufacturing
• Byers Wolf, Energyficient Systems
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October Celebrates Area Manufacturers’
The Greater Burlington Partnership requests your presence at the 2011 Manufacturers Appreciation
Luncheon to recognize Greater Burlington’s industries. The Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon will be
on October 7, from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Pzazz! Convention & Event Center.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Aaron Thomas, a man whose family - and community - were shattered
by a profound personal loss. When life puts you to the ultimate test, how will you react? The question was
posed to Aaron Thomas and his family in Parkersburg, Iowa when their father, a much loved coach and
pillar of the community, was killed by a mentally ill former player. In his moving, powerful presentation
Aaron Thomas shares his family’s story and shows audiences how to deal with adversity, set important
goals and live a meaningful life of passion. Thomas challenges organizations to think through what they
must do to stand out, be the best in their field and define—and exemplify—the true value they provide to
their members, customers and employees. Thomas’ journey is one of faith, courage, remembering where
you came from, always doing the right thing and embracing the values that reflect the very best of the
Keynote Speaker: Aaron Thomas
All Des Moines County manufacturers receive four complimentary lunches. Additional lunches can
be purchased for $20. The luncheon program includes Des Moines County Recycling awards, and the Manufacturer of the Year will be
announced. To RSVP contact Kela Lehman by October 4 at 319-208-0042 or email@example.com
The Greater Burlington Partnership is now accepting nominations for the Manufacturer of the Year. A online form is available at
www.greaterburlington.com for you to complete. The deadline to nominate a manufacturer is September 9.
Be a Sponsor at the Manufacturers Luncheon
The $250 sponsorship fee entitles a firm not only to display space, but also to four complimentary luncheons, recognition in advance publicity
and at the event and listing in the luncheon program. To sign up your business, contact Brenda Levitt at 319-208-0047 or
Sign up to golf or be a sponsor in this year’s
Spirit Hollow Golf Course 12th Annual Manufacturers’ Appreciation
Tuesday,October 4 Golf Outing. Hole sponsors are $100.
The regional golf outing gathers area
$50 Per Golfer • $200 Per Team manufacturers for a fun day of networking,
Cart Included relaxation, door prizes, awards and dinner.
Shotgun Start: 12:30 pm If you are interested in signing up a team
Sign In By 12 pm contact Brenda Levitt at 319-208-0047 or
Shotgun Start • 4-Person Best Shot firstname.lastname@example.org by October 2.
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the national average for white poor and non-poor
Just a A national report entitled “Report Card on American Development
Education” published in 2010 ranks Iowa 31st in
educational performance compared to the rest of
the states and gives the state a “C” for educational Summit
reform. On October 5, the 9th Tri-State
Development Summit will be held
Here are some conclusions from my perspective: in Quincy, Illinois. Business and
governmental leaders are invited
Education Report Card • Expectations for student performance must to attend the ninth summit in
be raised and accountability for students, this the 15th year of the Tri-State
Several people from Greater Burlington and Des teachers, administrators and parents must be
Moines County attended the Education Summit built into the education system Summit initiative.
hosted by Governor Branstad on July 25-26 in Des • Teacher preparation methods and standards
Moines. Along with representatives from local The Tri-State Development
must be raised
school districts and Southeastern Community • Decisions about how we educate must be data Summit region consists of 35
College, Jason Hutcheson and I attended. The driven, and continuous improvement should be counties in Iowa, Illinois and
speakers and panelists included people from all over standard work Missouri. The mission of the
the country and world. The week before the summit, • Partnerships must be strengthened between organization is to “define common
a report was released by the Iowa Department of education and business issues; to develop an on-going
Education on the “state” of education in Iowa. The • Excellence in the classroom and office must dialogue…; and to improve the
report was titled “Rising to Greatness.” be rewarded, acceptable performance must be quality of life of the entire region.”
improved and poor performance simply cannot
Both the report and the summit were eye opening. be tolerated Transportation improvements,
In contrast to what Iowans have been told and • Education standards must reflect international tourism cooperation and
believed for years, the education system of the state education performance. Iowa students must be workforce development
is not the envy of the nation or world. “Rising to able to compete with the best and brightest from
Greatness” tells the story of a state that rested too collaboration have been successes
around the world of the Tri-State Summit.
long on its laurels while many other states and
nations were pushing standards higher, improving So….we have been confronted with the mediocrity
teaching methods and holding their education Dan Wiedemeier, H. Daniels
of our state’s education system. What will we begin
systems accountable. doing right now to change that reality? It is my hope and Associates, who is a former
that in the statehouse, the boardroom, the classroom, Chair of the Iowa Department
The report reflects that over a 17 year period, the living room, the office and on the production of Transportation Commission
while student performance in Iowa has remained floor Iowans will determine that “passing,” middle and currently a member of the
steady, student reading performance in 13 states of the pack, and average are not good enough for Governor’s Transportation 2020
has surpassed Iowa, and student math performance Iowa students. If board members, superintendents, Citizens Advisory Commission
in 15 states has surpassed Iowa. Forty-one states principals, teachers, parents and employers decide serves on the Tri-State Summit
have a higher percentage of eighth graders taking that Iowa students must be the best performing in steering committee.
algebra than Iowa. Just over 25% of Iowans hold a the world, we will be well on our way.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher, compared to almost Anyone interested in attending
28% for the nation. Finally, lest the reader thinks this Dennis Hinkle, President & CEO
the Summit on October 5,
poor performance reflects only a certain segment of Greater Burlington Partnership
students, here are a couple quotes from the report: should contact Brenda Levitt at
“The majority of Iowa students are underperforming” 319-208-0047 or email blevitt@
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CBA Golf Classic Winners Announced
Thank you to the 2011 CBA Sponsors:
Eagle: i wireless/Danville Telecom, Two Rivers Bank & Trust
and Universal Therapy Group
Birdie: Anderson, Roberts, Porth & Wallace, P.L.C. Law Firm,
Big River Resources, CNH, Farmers Savings Bank, Great River
Entertainment, Merit Construction, MidWestOne Bank, Summer
Street Animal Clinic, The Hawk Eye, Two Rivers Insuance, Tyson
Universal Therapy Group, LLC took home the trophy for the 12th Fresh Meats and U.S. Bank
Annual Chamber Business Appreciation Golf Outing. The team, with
a score of 51, included Scott Spear, Dave Hatch, John O’Neill, and Jim Par: Turnkey Creations
Batterson. Cindy Villebrun and Karen Elliott, also pictured, were on
the course during play promoting their business. Hole: Advanced Rehab & Sports Medicine, Air Choice One, Buffalo
Wild Wings, Burlington Trailways, Doran and Ward Printing, Hy-Vee
“The championship brought an end to a fun-filled day of socialization #2 and Iowa Hospice
by Chamber members and guests,” said Kay Sackville Breuer, Vice
President. Tee Box: Fort Madison Bank and Trust, Mazzio’s Italian Eatery,
New York Life, Brian Foecke, Paddlewheel Lounge, Burlington Pepsi,
The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many sponsors who made Somes Nick & Co., Southeast Iowa Regional Planning, Standard of
this event possible. Their continued support helps offset increases in Beaverdale and Westland Mall Office
annual membership dues.
Members Surveyed: 2012 Legislative Agenda
In July, Chamber membership received a survey to assist the • 74% of the survey respondents support a modest increase in fuel
Government Affairs Committee and ultimately the Chamber of the tax to pay for highway maintenance and improvements
Commerce Board of Directors in creating the 2012 Legislative
Agenda. Results from the survey provide solid direction regarding • 61% of responding members indicated that they sometimes have
business priorities. difficulty finding qualified applicants for available jobs, and 15%
have jobs open due to a lack of qualified applicants
• 57% of our members feel that state government is more partisan
than five years ago, and 68% believe that federal government is In response to an open-ended question concerning what should be
more partisan the number one priority of city and county government, the clear
message was reducing spending and controlling taxes.
• 51% believe that reduction of spending is the way to eliminate the
budget deficit and reduce the debt, while 46% believe it will take a The 2012 Legislative Agenda will be approved by the Board of
combination of spending cuts and increased taxes Directors in October and will guide Chamber of Commerce
leadership as they work with local, state and federal elected officials.
• The largest perceived threat to area businesses is the economy
(49%), with government regulations second (45%)
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Greater Burlington Partnership Seeks Event
Sports & Outdoor Dates for 2012 Guide
Recreation Expo Work has already begun on the 2012 Burlington/West Burlington
Community Guide, and your community event information is
The Greater Burlington Sports & Outdoor Recreation Expo will be
taking place in conjunction with the Cabela’s King Kat Classic fishing The Community Guide is a full-color, 80-page publication that will
tournament, which will be held in Burlington October 27 – 29. be used to market the area, with a total of 45,000 guides printed and
distributed in 2012.
The Expo will take place on October 29, the final day of competition
for the anglers. The event will feature free fishing seminars, kids’
activities, a fish fry, and exhibitors promoting sports and outdoor
recreation-related products and services. The event will take place at
the Port of Burlington, 11 am - 4 pm. Cabela’s will begin the weigh-in
portion of the event starting at approximately 3:30 pm that afternoon.
The Cabela’s King Kat Classic is expected to attract more than 300
anglers to the community competing for a prize pool of $70,000.
Booth space is available to businesses and organizations who are
interested in promoting to consumers interested in sports and
outdoor recreation. Booth space can be reserved for $25 for
non-profit members and $50 for for-profit members. For more
information about exhibiting, contact Beth Nickel, Executive Director
of the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 319-208-0045 or
Visit www.greaterburlington.com to learn more about the Greater
Burlington Sports & Outdoor Recreation Expo and the Cabela’s To be included in the 2012 Community Guide, please submit your
King Kat Classic fishing tournament. event online by September 16 at www.greaterburlington.com. You can
easily find the “submit an event” on the right-hand side of the website
on each page, as shown above. Complete the online form, upload a
photo or logo and hit the submit button. Please allow 24-48 hours
for your request to be added to the website. You will receive an email
confirmation once your event has been added.
For more information, contact Jaime Howard, Assistant Director of the
Convention & Visitors Bureau at 319-208-0052 or
CVB Markets to Group Travel Planners
As summer comes to a close, the Convention & Visitors Bureau
(CVB) begins face-to-face marketing to attract more visitors to
the community. The CVB attends several marketplaces and travel
shows each year, the first one being Travel Iowa Marketplace in
September. This one-day show focuses on the motor coach market.
Jaime Howard, Assistant Director of CVB, will meet with group
tour planners and discuss with them the variety of tour itineraries
Greater Burlington will also host two motor coach groups this
September, one from Cedar Rapids and the other from North Little
Rock, Arkansas. Each group will be taking a tour of our Heritage
Hill Historic District with a step-on guide, as well as visiting other
attractions and restaurants in the community.
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Celebrate Heritage Fest Downtown
Historic downtown Burlington is a great place to be on September 24 as the
community celebrates the 24th Annual Heritage Fest.
The event features free activities for all ages. There will be a wide
variety of live music, street vendors, artists, food, Civil War and pioneer
demonstrations, a piñata bash, tours of the depot locomotive, architecture
crafts, pony and horse drawn trolley rides, pumpkin painting, classic cars,
vintage tractors, a street sandbox and more.
“The committee is looking forward to offering a great time for families,” said
Downtown Partners Executive Director Steve Frevert. “Every year we tweak
the event to add some new things, and there is no charge to participate in the
fun.” For more information, vendor applications or to volunteer, visit
2011 Heritage Fest Sponsors:
Heritage Trust Presents:
Tour of Homes
Coinciding with Downtown Partners’ Heritage Fest, the annual Tour of Homes presented by the
Heritage Trust will take place on September 24 from 10 to 4 and Sunday the 25th from noon to
4. Five stunning historic residences on North Hill and S. Garfield will be featured on this year’s
tour. Tickets are $15 in advance at The Iowa Store, Weird Harold’s, True Value, and Hy-Vee on
Agency in Burlington, or at the door the days of the tour.
The homes on this year’s tour are 800 N. Fifth, 1017 N. Fourth, 915 N. Third, 922 N. Third, and
523 S. Garfield. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes go to fund the Heritage Trust’s preservation
work and grant programs, including a commitment to the Capitol Theater restoration.
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Jerry Krause, Jeff Burkhart,
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Total Resource Campaign Co-Chairman Total Resource Campaign Co-Chairman
Total Resource Campaign
Dennis Hinkle, President and CEO and Kay Sackville Breuer, Vice President, announce Jerry Krause, President of MidWestOne Bank and
Jeff Burkhart, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust as co-chairmen of the Partnership’s first annual Total Resource Campaign. This six week
revenue generating effort kicks off on September 28 to reach a goal of over $200,000 by November 8.
The Total Resource Campaign will create 14 teams of volunteers under the leadership of their team captains. These team captains recruit
volunteers to market sponsorships to Partnership events and publications while also seeking new members for the Chamber of Commerce.
The all-volunteer Total Resource Campaign consists of more than 100 sponsorships available during the Campaign. Volunteers assist
companies with choosing options best suited to meet the organization’s marketing needs.
“The Total Resource Campaign offers excellent exposure for companies both at the Partnership’s events and within our signature
publications,” said Rick Buller, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Teams are currently forming for the campaign.
“The Total Resource Campaign is a great way for volunteers to meet our area’s top community leaders and business owners while working
directly with many of the Partnership’s most dedicated leadership,” said Krause, “so call Kay Sackville Breuer, 319-208-0041 to take advantage
of this great opportunity to get involved.”
Be A Part of the Team!
The kickoff for the Total Resource Campaign is sure to be the event
of the season! A tailgate party has been planned for all volunteers
and the referees are ready to get the game started. All of the teams
will be led to the tailgate party by their team captain on September
28 at 7:30 am in the RiverPark Place parking lot.
The tailgate party will feature breakfast for the team and fans,
music, a cheer squad and fun. After the main event, the players
will hit the streets and begin to sell the sponsorships for the Total
Resource Campaign while they “Go for the Goal.”
Prior to the tailgate party, all teams will have training on how best
to reach their team and individual goal. As sponsorships are sold,
team members will be earning cash and a trip to Las Vegas next
spring. In addition to the cash and trip opportunities, all team
members will get to know new people in the community and build
their business network.
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Members Share Thoughts For Progress
In mid-July a member survey was e-mailed to members of the Chamber of Commerce and their employees. The survey requested input from
members to help the board of directors and staff ensure we are fulfilling the members needs. Only a few of the questions from the survey are
highlighted. in this article.
The graph to the left asked members what they think the main
purpose of the Chamber of Commerce should be. Promoting the
community and creating a strong local economy were the top two,
which was also reported in 2010. Last year, creating a strong local
economy ranked first, whereas in this year’s survey promoting the
community ranked first.
The graph to the right represents feedback on how well the Chamber
of Commerce performs in creating a strong economy. The average
score was 6.73 down from the average score od 6.9 in 2010. As you
can see, there is room for improvement, and the board of directors will
look at the goals for the current year again in preparing for 2012.
The graph represents feedback on how well the Chamber of
Commerce performs when related to promoting the community.
The average score increased this year from a 7.27 to 7.39. Through
the combined goals and efforts of the Chamber of Commerce
and its partners, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Economic
Development and Downtown Partners, numerous efforts are
being used to promote Greater Burlington. Some of those include
advertising such as TV, radio and publications, representatives at
trade shows and acquiring meetings and conferences. As a business
person in the community, you can help with the latter option. Do
you have meetings or conferences that you attend? Why not suggest
holding those in Greater Burlington!
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MEMBERS Educatius International
1013 S Central Ave, Burlington, 319-759-6202, www.educatius.org,
Jodie Figert, International Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
We bring high school students to the US to attend our local schools. They
live with a family and learn to view America through our eyes. Learn
AndMer Apartments and Homes more about this amazing opportunity and bring the world to your home.
5512 Flint Crest Dr, Burlington, 319-750-0520
Mike Hoffman, General Partner, MikHof66@aol.com
Fur-Feathers & More
In business since 1978 and offers for rent luxury one, two bedroom 2825 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington, 319-754-2158,
and studio apartments and two bedroom homes in Burlington. Luxury www.myspace.com/furfeathersnmore,
apartments are located in new subdivision near Crapo Park. Lisa and Carl Bolander, Owners, email@example.com
We have hermit crabs, birds, hedge hogs, ant farms, chinchillas, cages,
Burlington Shell Station bird toys, waters, himalayan salt lamps, bath salts, lucky bamboo, water
gels, sugar gliders. “We are a lot more than just a pet store.”
130 S Roosevelt Ave, Burlington, 319-753-5984
Kim Walters, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Chinna, President
Luckenbill Appraisal Service
Your car deserves Shell fuel. Pickup your 3 cent a gallon cash discount 4th St, Burlington, 319-759-1293, www.luckenbillappraisalservice.com,
card and enjoy great monthly store specials. Check us out, we are right Tammy Luckenbill, Owner, Appraiser, email@example.com
around the corner. We are a leading provider of real estate valuations in southeastern Iowa
for the mortgage lending marketplace. With many years of experience
Charlie Biggs Chicken in the business, we have a proven track record of reducing lenders time,
efforts and costs in managing the appraisal process.
13410 Hwy 78, Wapello, 319-868-3100
Kim Walters, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org Pizza Hut WingStreet
Sean Chinna, President
Need a break from cooking supper tonight? Charlie Biggs Chicken offers 1410 N Roosevelt Ave, Burlington, 319-753-2251, www.pizzahut.com,
bucket chicken and many sides. For lunch, pick up chicken strips and Amanda Wirt, Manager
dipping sauce. Charlie Biggs, great chicken, at the right price! Pizza lunch buffet is back! Also try Wings hand-tossed and sauced in one
of 8 intense flavors.
Gasland Mount Pleasant
1703 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington, 319-754-5018 Pizza Hut Delivery
Kim Walters, District Manager, email@example.com 3125 Agency St, Burlington, 319-753-5136, www.pizzahut.com,
Sean Chinna, President Tony Seibert, Manager
We are here 24/7 to serve your fuel and convenience needs. We have an Whether you’re gathering for a game or making it a lunch meeting,
in-store liquor department and a roll your own tobacco machine. Check feeding a large group is easy when you order online. It’s affordable
us out, we are right around the corner. Our lower menu prices allow you to feed a lot for a little and easily
with pizza and pasta to wings and more, you can satisfy any appetite.
Gasland N 8 St
1204 N 8 St, Burlington, 319-754-5198 Ruhl&Ruhl
Kim Walters, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Chinna, President 1013 S Central Ave, Burlington, 319-752-9933, www.ruhlhomes.com
We are here 24/7 to serve your fuel and convenience needs. Join our Megan Stopulos, Director of Marketing, email@example.com
Ronnoco coffee club. We also sell beer, pop, milk, candy, ice and snacks. Eric Schultz, Regional Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check us out, we are right around the corner. Darcy Hoile, Director of Career Development, email@example.com
Mike Wendt, General Sales Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gasland Summer St Doris Mosley-Johnson, Broker, email@example.com
1003 Summer St, Burlington, 319-754-5081 Lyle Rosson, Realtor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Walters, District Manager, email@example.com Joyce Roth, Realtor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Chinna, President Phyllis Roxlau, Realtor, email@example.com
We are here 24/7 to serve your fuel and convenience needs. Pickup your Joyce Wills, Realtor, firstname.lastname@example.org
3 cent a gallon discount cash card. Check us out, we are right around A family-owned company since 1862, Ruhl&Ruhl is the largest privately-
the corner. owned real estate company in Iowa. In addition to residential sales, we
offer services in relocation, new home sales, farm and land sales, senior
Godfathers Pizza services, real estate investment, mortgage and insurance services through
13410 St Hwy 78, Wapello, 319-868-3100 Nelson Ruhl Agency.
Kim Walters, District Manager, email@example.com
Sean Chinna, President Universal Therapy Group, LLC Agency
Breakfast, lunch or dinner at Godfather’s Pizza is the right deal. Try our 2 locations: 411 Agency and 112 Broadway, West Burlington,
tasty breakfast pizza, mini personal pizza for lunch or large pizza for 319-750-1911, www.universaltherapygroup.com,
dinner. Call ahead and we will have your pizza “Hot & Fresh” for pickup! Cindy Villebrun, Owner/President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Spear, Owner , email@example.com
Newport BP Providing rehabilitation, wellness and fitness services to all individuals
513410 St Hwy 78, Wapello, 319-868-3101, so they may have the opportunity to function at their optimal level. We
Kim Walters, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org provide patients with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to help
We are here 24/7 to serve your fuel & convenience needs including diesel, accomplish their rehabilitation goals. Universal therapists have a heartfelt
showers and trucker supplies. We are home to Godfather’s Pizza and commitment to get you to the business of living, all done in a fun,
Charlie Biggs Chicken. Stop by and see us on Hwy 61 North. engaging atmosphere.
Crazy Coyote The Washington
2505 Mount Pleasant St, Burlington, 319-752-5001, 306 Washington St, Burlington, 319-758-9553,
Jason Olnes, Owner, email@example.com www.thewashingtonmusic.com,
We have cold beverages, warm atmosphere and great food prepared to David Hazell, Co-Owner , firstname.lastname@example.org
order. Home of the Crazy Coyote Burger and other signature sandwiches. Nightclub dedicated to serving the area featuring live music.
Open 7 days a week!
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Mark Your Calendars
Business Successes for September
Experience It! Business Successes:
Friday, September 2 at 11:30 am
Saturday, September 10 at 11 am
Monday, September 12 at 5 pm
SCC for the new Animation & Graphics
Communication classroom addition
A Ribbon Cutting was held with Nancy Koval, KSB Insurance Staff and
clients celebrating their new location on July 20. KSB Insurance is located
at 3019 West Avenue. To contact them, please call 319-752-0907.
Director Nomination Process Begins
Members and investors have a chance to take on policy setting Deb Mulch, Bryan Bross and Dave Beach.
roles. Those wanting to assume the duties, or know of someone
with the capabilities, need to make their ideas known soon. Members of the Economic Development nominating committee
are Bill Hassel, Jerry Sherwood, Jerry Krause, Randy Pflum, Matt
Chamber Chairperson Rick Buller appointed a committee last Shinn, Steve Delaney, Mark Richardson and Doug Martin.
month to nominate next year’s officers and directors. GGB
Chairman Bill Hassel and DPI Chairperson Dennis Imler did the Members of the Downtown Partners Nominating Committee are
same for their groups. Dennis Imler, Dana Johnston, Shawn Foehring and Todd Darnall.
The committees seek Board of Director candidates with a variety If you would like to submit a name to the Nominating Committee
of perspectives who will serve from January 1, 2012, to December please contact the chair person for Chamber of Commerce, Rick
31, 2014. In addition, other selections will include chairperson, Buller, email@example.com; Economic Development, Bill Hassel,
chairperson-elect, treasurer, and vice-chairs. firstname.lastname@example.org; or Downtown Partners, Dennis Imler,
Chamber of Commerce nominating committee members are Rick
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17 - Gahn Wildlife Refuge Open House
September Calendar of Events Come view the Refuge’s resident trumpeter swans and fish 9 am - 12 pm (with
Iowa fishing regulations in effect) the 3-acre pond. The Refuge is only open to the
public one other time of the year. Directions: 8 miles North of Burlington, West off
Hwy 61. For more information, visit
2 - Friday Fest www.dmcconservation.com.
This Friday after-hours celebration features a live music from Steel Around, food
and fun from 5:30 - 8 pm on the riverfront sponsored by American Eyecare & 18 - Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra POPS!
Freedom LASIK. Beverage sponsor is Golden Eagle Distributing. Admission Enjoy a terrific evening of great food, drink and the sensational music of the
is free! Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra! The 2011 Pops will feature music from
Iowa with guest artists Edward Corpus and Rachel Walker Corpus. For more
2 - Friday Night Live! Hello Dave information, www.seiso.us.
Hello Dave performs at 10 pm at the Boogaloo Cafe. Hello Dave plays a fresh
new blend of country, blues and rock & roll they’ve dubbed “Chicago Twang.” 21 – Smart Start
On tour, Hello Dave has shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Little This free workshop at the Burlington Public Library from 5:30 - 7:30 pm will cover
Big Town, Pat Green, Van Zant, Blues Traveler, and The Doobie Brothers. The the basics you need to know to launch your business idea, writing a business plan,
band has also traveled the world entertaining U.S. troops, including Afghanistan marketing ideas, legally organizing your business, preparing for a bank loan and
and two trips to Iraq. Open to ages 21 & over only, and free. For more other financing options. Registration is required by calling 866-722-4692 x 5375.
information, visit www.thepzazz.com. 23 – KISS Army
2 - Microsoft Windows Playing at the Pzazz! Convention & Event Center, they are armed and dangerous
Conquer Microsoft’s newest version of Windows from 9 - 4 pm at with identical makeup, outrageous outfits, classic instruments, top-notch
RiverPark Place. Maximize effieciency through folders, files and libraries. musicianship and an uncanny character portrayal to boot, KISS ARMY RULES!
Microsoft seminars - Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Open to ages 21 & over only. Tickets on sale now. For more information, visit
To register, contact Barb Blow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-208-5375. www.thepzazz.com.
2 - 5 & V Downtown Cinema 25 - Fourth Annual PZAZZ! Car Classic
Grab a lawn chair and come downtown for the last showing at the 5 & V! Roll on in for a spectacular day stacked with chrome, whitewalls, ragtops and state-
Downtown Partners presents free movie nights at the corner of Fifth and Valley. of-the-art custom rods! Located at the parking lot west of Pzazz! Convention &
Featured movie is Land Before Time – Sponsored by Casebine Community Credit Event Center. Pre-registration is encouraged - visit www.rodandcustomshows.
Union. For more information, visit www.turnkeycreations.com/5&v/. com to register today! On-site registration will be available the day of the show
beginning at 9 am. For more information, visit www.thepzazz.com.
6-8, 10 - Hunter Safety 4 Day Course
The 4-Day Hunter Safety Course is on September 6,7 & 8 5 - 9 pm at Starr’s Cave 28 - SEIRPC Annual Golf Outing
Nature Center and on September 10 8 am - Noon at Big Hollow Shotting Range. SEIPRC is holding its annual golf outing as a fundraiser for the Great River
For more information ,visit www.iowadnr.gov. Housing Trust Fund at 11 am at Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course. The Housing
Trust Fund promotes affordable housing in Southeast Iowa through owner-
8 - 11 – Iowa Wife-Husband Golf Championship occupied rehabilitation and first time home buyer assistance. To sign up a team or
The 51st Annual Iowa Championship will be held at the Burlington Golf Club find out more information, call 319-753-4305 or visit www.seirpc.com.
directed by the Iowa Women’s Golf Association. The championship is a 36-hole
modified alternate stroke. For more information, visit www.iawga.org. 29 - QuickBooks Pro Level I
A hands-on training seminar in QuickBooks from 6 - 9 pm at SCC/Center for
10 – Stearman Fly-In Breakfast Business. Learn how to set up a business, business and vendor files, and chart
Stearman Fly-In Breakfast catered by Hy-Vee at the Southeast Iowa Regional of accounts. Become skilled in invoicing, paying bills, bank reconciliation, and
Airport Authority. Pay at the door for a full breakfast $6 or light breakfast tracking expenses. Discover what reports track your profitability, sales, and
$4. Network, eat and enjoy 40 Stearman aircraft. For more information, call expenses. For more information or to register, call 319-208-5375.
11 – Southeast Iowa Pigeon Club
Buy, sell or trade. Everything in fur, feathers & flea market items. Held at
Southeastern Community College Grounds. For more information, call
319-392-8177. Burlington Bees Home Games
15 – Rotary Chicken BBQ Tickets are $8 for adult box seats, $6 for general admission and $4 for
Dine in or drive thru at the Port of Burlington 4 - 7 pm for your feast of chicken students/seniors. For more information, visit www.gobees.com.
and sides during the Annual Rotary Chicken BBQ that supports area youth.
Tickets available from any club member in mid-August. Proceeds help support Burlington Regional RecPlex
community projects. For more information, call 319-754-7706. Check out the 2011 game and tournament schedule for the RecPlex at
Every Thursday May 5 to October 27 from 5 - 7:30 pm at the Port of
To Submit Calendar Information Burlington. For more information, contact Downtown Partners at
319-752-6365. The September 15 Farmers Market will be at Crapo Park.
Visit www.greaterburlington.com and click on Submit an Event!
Dennis Hinkle Beth Nickel Sherri Krause Jaime Howard
President & CEO Convention & Visitors Bureau Finance Manager CVB Asst. & Welcome Center
319-208-0050 Exec. Dir. 319-208-0045 319-208-0044 Coordinator 319-208-0052
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay Sackville Breuer Jason Hutcheson Melissa Schwenker Brenda Levitt
Vice President Economic Development Membership Director Econ. Development & Govt.
319-208-0041 Exec. Dir. 319-208-0043 319-208-0046 Affairs Coord. 319-208-0047
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Frevert Brenda Wischmeier Sheila Newman Kela Lehman
Downtown Partners, Inc. Director of Marketing Existing Industry and Workforce Administrative Assistant
Exec. Dir. 319-208-0056 319-208-0040 Specialist 319-208-0048 319-208-0042
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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United Way Campaign Kickoff 19th Annual Paint-A-Thon
Luncheon Since 1993, Diamond Vogel Paint, Community Action and
Two Rivers Bank & Trust have been partnering together for the
The Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way’s Annual General Annual Paint-A-Thon. The Paint-A-Thon gathers volunteers
Campaign Kickoff Luncheon will be held September 14 at 12 pm in the and paints homes for elderly and or disabled people in the
Pzazz! Convention & Event Center. The General Campaign officially Burlington/West Burlington and Mediapolis area.
begins with the Kickoff Luncheon and will run through November 30.
Campaign Vice President Chet Young and General Campaign Chair Jerry After September, a total of 411 homes will have been painted.
Krause will give a keynote presentation and the 2012 Annual Campaign More than 600 volunteers on 29 teams make this project
video will be shown. possible.
To RSVP or for more information, contact the United Way Office, If you are interested in volunteering in future years, contact
319-752-7831. The luncheon sponsors are F&M Bank & Trust, Malette Glader, Diamond Vogel at 319-753-0815, Sharon Ford,
MidWestOne Bank, Two Rivers Bank & Trust and US Bank. Community Action at 319-753-0193 or Jim O’Neill, Two Rivers
Bank & Trust at 319-753-9110.
SEIRPC Annual Golf Outing &
Fundraiser for Great River Housing
SEIRPC (Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission) is holding its
Announces Burlington Office
Caroline Ruhl, President of Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS, is pleased
annual golf outing, a four-person best-shot as a fundraiser for the Great to announce the addition of a Burlington office.
River Housing Trust Fund.
Ruhl&Ruhl, the largest privately-owned real estate company
This event will be held at Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course on in Iowa, has other residential sales offices located in Iowa and
September 28 with registration and buffet lunch at 11 am and tee off Illinois. The Burlington office is located at 1013 S. Central
at 12:15 pm. The cost is $50 per golfer and includes: buffet lunch, 18 Avenue.
holes of golf and cart, awards for top teams, and chances to bid on silent
auction items. Doris Mosley-Johnson is Ruhl&Ruhl’s Managing Broker and Eric
Schlutz is Ruhl&Ruhl’s Regional Manager.
The Great River Housing Trust Fund promotes affordable housing in
Southeast Iowa through owner-occupied rehabilitation and first time The people at Ruhl&Ruhl are committed to making the home
home buyer assistance. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. buying and home selling experience easy, fun and hassle free. For
The registration form is available at www.seirpc.com or by contacting more information, contact Ruhl&Ruhl at 319-752-9933 or visit
Debbie Laughlin at 319-753-4305 or email@example.com. www.RuhlHomes.com.
Want to Win $100,000? U.S. Cellular $1 Million Calling
Time is running out… Notre Dame’s Pot O’ Blue & Gold raffle ends Between September 9 and October 6, anyone 18 years or older
September 25. Sixty cash prizes totaling $150,000 will be given away. Odds can visit a U.S. Cellular store and ask an associate for a code
are 1 in 67 of winning. Free tickets are given away each week. Stop by Notre to vote for their favorite school at www.uscellular.com. Two
Dame or other retail outlets listed at www.notredamefoundation.com. Call thousand randomly-selected voters will be awarded $25 U.S.
in your order 319-754-8431 x 385. Or, purchase your ticket on line at Cellular debit cards simply for supporting their schools. Public
www.notredamefoundation.com. The Pot O’ Blue & Gold is the school’s and private schools, kindergarten through high school are eligible
largest fundraising event, and we thank everyone for their support. For to win a share of $1 million that can be used any way the schools
more information, contact Val Giannettino, Development Director see fit. U.S. Cellular has awarded $100,000 to a pair of Iowa
firstname.lastname@example.org. schools. For more details, visit your local U.S. Cellular store.
To Submit Member Information Send to Kela Lehman, email@example.com
OFFICERS DIRECTORS Chamber Board of Directors
Chamber Board of Directors Julie Anderson, Hope Haven Area Development Center Brian Messer, Farmers Savings Bank
Chairperson Dave Beach, Hy-Vee Food Store Deb Mulch, Burlington Community YMCA/YWCA
Rick Buller, Legacy Partners Sonya Belger, Styltique LJ Pritchard, Titan Broadcasting
Past Chairperson Eric Benne, Swanson, Engler, Gordon, Benne & Clark L.L.L.P Eric Reisinger, MidWestOne Bank
Tony Hayes, Great River Medical Center Bryan Bross, Klingner & Associates Lynn Ritter, Ritter’s Florist
Chair-Elect Joe Cochran, CPA Associates, P.C. Michelle Russell, Rheinschmidt’s Flooring America
Mike Dick, Carl A. Nelson & Co. Mike Dick, Carl A. Nelson & Company Lance Shaver, Federal Mogul Ignition Products
Sue Eastin, US Bank Judy Stevens, Re/Max Real Estate Specialists
Rodney Gibbons, Slumberland Furniture Theresa Thielen, Hass Thielen Funeral Home
Jeff Burkhart, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust
Laura Hubbard, CNH Marvin Thomson, Two Rivers Investment Services
Bill Malcom, MTC Technologies Joyce Vance, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
VISION – A growing regional center of commerce, industry, education, health care, entertainment and
culture which provides a great place to live and work.
MISSION – The Chamber of Commerce is a business association that exists to serve as a catalyst for economic
growth and community development in Greater Burlington, Iowa.
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Summer Street Animal Clinic
Universal Therapy Group
Friday Fest December 12
September 2, 5:30 - 8 pm Music by: Steel Around Holiday Showcase at the
Port of Burlington Burlington Golf Club
Biz Tour & 505 Social
September 22 at 5:05 pm
A Biz tour will be held at
Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm
followed by a 505 Social.
Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm is at
13852 Washington Road
Members: Free &
The tour will begin at 5:15 pm and will run about 30 minutes.
Thursdays, 5 - 7:30 pm
After the tour enjoy Elk burgers. Special thanks to Titan Port of Burlington
Broadcasting for helping sponsor this event.
RSVP to Kay Sackville Breuer at 319-208-0041 or Every Thursday May 5 through October 27
email@example.com. September 15 - Crapo Park
The Farmers Market is supported by
www.greaterburlingtonyp.com First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa.
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September 2011 ( J) Johnson Conference Room (W) Winegard Board Room
(A) Alliant Energy Executive Conference Room
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
7:30 am (A) 11:30 am (Furniture Plus)
Value-Added Ag Ribbon Cutting
5 - 7:30 pm (Riverfront) 5:30 pm (Port of Burlington)
Farmers Market Friday Fest
5 6 7 8 9
7:30 am ( J) 7:30 am ( J)
Executive Committee Government Affairs
5 - 7:30 pm (Riverfront)
12 13 14 15 16
5 pm (SCC new Animation & 12 pm (Burlington Apartments) 8:30 am (W) 8 am ( J) 12 pm ( J)
Graphics Comm. Classroom) DPI Business Greater Burlington Leadership Ambassadors YP Leadership Committee
5 - 7:30 pm (Crapo Park)
19 20 21 22 23
7:30 am (W) 7:30 am ( J) 5 pm (Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm)
Board of Directors BRE Committee YP Biz Tour & 505 Social
10 - 12 pm & 3 - 5 pm (W) 8 - 10 am & 1 - 3 (W) 5 - 7:30 pm (Riverfront)
TRC Volunteer Training TRC Volunteer Training Farmers Market
4 pm ( J)
26 27 28 29 30
8 am (Weird Harold’s) 7:30 am (A) 5 - 7:30 pm (Riverfront)
DPI Marketing & Promotions Entrepreneurship Committee Farmers Market
7:30 am (RiverPark Place)
12 pm ( J) TRC “Go for the Goal” Kickoff
DPI Design Committee
4:30 pm (A)
Leadership Program Committee
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Call Janine Clover at 319-208-5381
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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610 N. Fourth St., Suite 200
Burlington, Iowa 52601
WEB SITE www.greaterburlington.com
A Place for Community
As Downtown Partners presents Heritage Fest on September 24, it’s
worth reflecting on the importance of downtown Burlington to the entire
community. Downtown is where the past, present, and future intersect.
People gather here from every walk of life. On any given day you might find a
performer singing to children at the Burlington Public Library, a DJ spinning
at The Washington, or a combo playing a waltz at the Steamboat Senior
Center. Downtown has the oldest business in Burlington with Prugh Funeral
Service founded in 1852, and we have entrepreneurs from other states and
countries who have come here to start new businesses. We gather downtown
to watch bike races, visit the farmers market, gaze at the river, enjoy
fireworks, marvel at Snake Alley, and applaud as a parade rolls past. Here is
where people dine, shop, dance, worship, work, study, and live. This place
embodies our heritage and is the essence of our community. Downtown
belongs to all of us.
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