Calling all Chamber Members! The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to honor its invested Chamber members at their annual Member Appreciation Reception on Thursday, November 8 from 5:00-7:00pm at Fishback and Stephenson's new Taproom on Pleasant Plain Road. All Chamber members are warmly invited to join Chamber staff and board members for appetizers, a free drink ticket, and a cash bar, where half off Fishback and Stephenson Cider will be available. New Chamber members and their businesses will be honored and recognized during a brief program at 6:00 pm.
In addition to fellowship and networking, this event also provides a great opportunity to interact with Chamber staff and board members and become better acquainted with the Chamber’s program, services, and committees contributing to over 90 years of success.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-472-2111 or email Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize and showcase Fairfield’s appreciation for the manufacturing sector of our economy. The 2018 Manufacturer’s Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at 11:45am at the Fairfield Golf and Country Club.
Fairfield manufacturers have historically been outstanding corporate citizens and responsible stewards of our industrial tradition. Each year the Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon offers members of the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association a podium before the crowd to share information about trends, new developments, and other news regarding their company and products.
This event is highly anticipated networking, social gathering, and business lunch. Additionally, we appreciate the long-time partnership with Gamrath-Doyle Insurance who sponsors the lunch for each manufacturing representative.
Registrations are required by Friday, October 5th by contacting the Chamber at Events@FairfieldIowa.com or by calling (641)-472-2111. For all manufacturing representatives, lunch is sponsored by Gamrath-Doyle Insurance. The fee for Non-manufacturers which plan to attend the lunch is $20 per person.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with ATW Training Solutions again in 2018 to bring great training programs to the Fairfield area! Following the success of last year's Management Development Program (MDP), we're very proud to extend that foundation by offering MDP2. This four-session (full days) series is an extension to the original MDP offered in 2017. Participants in this series are not required to have completed MDP. This series is a "deeper dive" into leadership concepts that "connects" more experienced leaders to the current characteristics of the workforce and advanced leadership skills.
MDP2 - Fairfield 2018
Session 1: Engage Your People - Wednesday, September 26, 2018
In this session, participants will utilize the acclaimed Everything DiSC Management profile. ATW will lead an exploration of one-on-one management by utilizing the advanced assessment. By understanding their behavioral style and the style of those they are leading, participants build their leadership skills and maximize opportunities to more effectively give feedback, coach, motivate, and engage their team members.
Session 2: Empower Your Team - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
In the second session, participants continue to build their leadership influence through learning how to more effectively empower and build their team. Included in the session is an assessment of team effectiveness utilizing Team Performance Concepts, a program from the esteemed Ken Blanchard Companies. The day also includes focused discussion on creating a culture of accountability.
Session 3: Elevate Your Results - Wednesday, November 7, 2018
ntability. Participants will shift attention to how to bring out the best in themselves in session three. This session is filled with tools to enhance management productivity. Participants will load their tool kit with skills for prioritizing, managing cross-functional collaboration, leading geographically dispersed teams, building powerful business cases, project management, and managing up.
Session 4: Explore Your Shifting Workforce - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
dispersed We'll begin this final session with exploration of emotional intelligence - what research shows to be 58% of one's success on the job. We'll then turn to explore the challenges and opportunities of today's diverse workforce, including: a look at our Millennial and Post-Millennial talent, building and sustaining a culture to retain talent, and awareness of the "rules" for a respectful workplace in a #MeToo climate.
Date(s): See exact dates above. All sessions 9:00am to 4:00pm (Lunch Included)
Location: Jefferson County Health Center
Price: Originally $1,595; Now just $895 to Chamber Members or $995 non-Chamber Members (That's just $225 per full day session!)
To enroll for this class, call Mark at ATW Training Solutions at 515-727-0731,
or email him direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to once again partner with ATW Training Solutions to bring great training programs to the Fairfield area! The first of these programs is MANAGER BOOT CAMP. This full-day, instructor-led experience is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd, 2018.
MANAGER BOOT CAMP - FAIRFIELD 2018
You have been given the opportunity to manage others because you do your job well. Unfortunately, what got you your promotion - your technical skills - may not sustain you. Being a manager requires a whole new set of skills.
This course builds on the current skills you have and provides a survival kit of essential management skills. The full-day training session provides practical "real life" examples, scenarios and techniques to enable you to navigate manager landmines.
During Boot Camp you will learn how to:
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm (Lunch Included)
Location: Jefferson County Health Center
Price: Just $295 Chamber Members or $345 non-Chamber Members
To enroll for this class, call Mark at ATW Training Solutions at 515-727-0731,
or email him direct at: Mark@AtwTraining.com
Secretary Pate’s new Fast Track Filing system makes it easier for Iowans to start a business
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the statewide launch of the Fast Track Filing system for new businesses. The new, innovative application greatly enhances the speed and efficiency of the filing process. New businesses using Fast Track Filing will have their documents processed within a maximum of two days, and a minimum of five minutes.
“My office is Iowa’s business portal. I pledged to Iowa’s business community that we would offer service at the speed of business, not the speed of government. We have achieved that for new businesses with the Fast Track Filing system,” Secretary Pate said. “Entrepreneurs will be able to get their new business ventures up and running much quicker.”
The system is accessible online 24 hours a day at filings.sos.iowa.gov.
Early projections also show Fast Track Filing will save the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office more than 4,000 staff hours annually.
“It greatly reduces or eliminate processes my staff currently handles, like scanning documents, serving as cashiers, and extended correspondence with filers. Fast Track Filing enables us to offer Iowa’s business community the customer service it deserves,” Secretary Pate added.
The Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Services Division has processed a record amount of new business filings during each of the past three years, surpassing 20,000 filings annually. The office handles more than 60,000 phone calls and approximately 12,500 walk-in customers each year.
Several business entities tested the Fast Track Filing system over the past few weeks. The response is overwhelmingly positive:
What They’re Saying
The Fast Track Filing system was made possible through the Iowa Legislature’s creation of the Technology Modernization Fund in 2017.
“It was designed by the Information Technology Division in my office, with assistance from QCI, a West Des Moines-based technology consulting firm. Our I.T. specialist Kyle Phillips deserves most of the credit for the technological aspects. He did a great job,” Secretary Pate said.
Fast Track Filing is currently available for new business filings only, but will expand to handle other types of business filings with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office in the future.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite area businesses to be involved in the 2018 Barnyard Bash. There are many sponsorship opportunities!
This free family- friendly event will be held on Friday, June 22 from 5:00-9:00pm at the Maasdam Barns. A mix of new and traditional country music with a hint of classic rock will be played by the Harvest Band from 6:00-9:00pm. Other entertainment will begin at 5:00pm which includes various area businesses with agriculture related booths and activities! Bounce Houses, a Tractor-cade, horse drawn wagon rides, and many more displays and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or reserving a booth, please take advantage of online registration. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! We are looking forward to celebrating our vibrant agriculture sector with the entire community! If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
The Sustainable Living Coalition will be hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, June 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Light appetizers and adult beverages will be served. The Sustainable Living Coalition operates out of the Eco Barn Event Center located at 2143 185 Street just south of Abundance Eco Village. The Eco Barn lane is the first left on Lotus Lane leading into the Eco Village.
The Sustainable Living Coalition is a 501c3 formed in 2004 as part of an Iowa Great Places grant awarded to the Town of Fairfield. This grant allowed for the purchase of our 12 acre campus and the eventual development of the Eco Barn facility. The mission of the organization is to empower individuals and communities to live fully rooted in the abundant flows of natural systems. The focus is building our local food system and regenerative agriculture practices, promoting adoption of renewable energy, tackling the challenge of food insecurity, and becoming a physical hub for education and community engagement at the Eco Barn Event Center. Monthly Pot Luck and Community discussions with speakers from around the country have been held since fall of 2017 and the Earth Day at the Eco Barn celebration attracted over 200 participants. The Eco Barn is a net energy positive facility melding state of the art energy, water and waste systems with refined, rustic charm.
The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to Chamber Members, their guests and the general public. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or by email at Chamber@FairfieldIowa.com.
Coming back to your roots allows time to think about who you are and the journey you have taken to get there. In January of 2017 the opportunity opened up which allowed me to do two things that I love: plan events and serve our community. My younger self would have been surprised to find she would become the Event Coordinator at the Chamber of Commerce. In fact, I’m not sure I even knew what a Chamber of Commerce was! In my new role, I have had the great pleasure to serve our members and give back to the community which has been supportive every step of the way. I think about all the people who have invested their time, energy, and talents into me. Talk about humbling!
Here I sit with another opportunity which would have surprised my younger self. You will now be able to find me as a Lender at the Washington State Bank here in Fairfield. I am excited to help make home buying & business building dreams come true by fulfilling their moto ‘Invested in You’!
As I conclude my final weeks as a Chamber staff member, I am grateful for what each of our members, Board Members, Ambassadors, and volunteers have taught me along the way. It has been a joy to see our community connect, engage, and prosper together. Cheers to another chapter!