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Inside this issue: • International Business Symposium

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Table of Contents Article.................................................................. Page Featured Member of the Month...................................4 Leadership of Five Seasons.........................................5 Impact CR....................................................................5 Collaborative Workspace.............................................6 Maximize Your Membership.......................................7 Calendar of Events.......................................................8 Chamber Academy.......................................................9 CEO Roundtable..........................................................9 International Business Symposium...................... 10-11 Breakfast of Champions............................................12 Call for Volunteers.....................................................12 Priority One................................................................13 EDC............................................................................14 Business Success Initiative........................................15 New Members............................................................16 Champions At Work...................................................17 April PM Exchange Recap........................................18 PM Exchange.............................................................18 Gala Winners..............................................................19

May 2011 Volume 80 No 9 (USPS558-200) Chamber Report (ISSN 108-50775) is published monthly by the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, 424 First Avenue NE, . Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. Subscription price of $35 per year is included in an annual chamber membership. Periodicals postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Postmaster: Send changes to: Chamber Report Cedar Rapids Area . Chamber of Commerce 424 First Ave. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1196 Chair: Chuck Peters Editor: Kari Stillman Contact the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce at 319-398-5317 for reprint permission. ©2011 Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

2010-2011 Board of Directors Officers

Chuck Peters, SourceMedia Group, Chair Nancy Kasparek, U.S. Bank NA, Chair Elect Brad Hart, Bradley & Riley PC, Immediate Past Chair Rob Frederick, The AEGON Companies, Secretary . William Vincent, Clifton Gunderson LLP, Treasurer

Board of Directors


Jill Ackerman, Marion Chamber of Commerce, . Honorary Director Dawn Ainger, Genova Technologies, Director Thomas Anderson, Merrill Lynch, Director Dee Baird, Priority One, President Priority One Todd Barker, NAI Iowa Realty Commercial, Director David Benson, Cedar Rapids Community School . District, Director . Barry Boyer, Van Meter Industrial, Inc., Chair Priority One Scott Byers, NAI Iowa Realty Commercial, Director Lijun Chadima, Thorland Company, Director Ron Corbett, Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids, Honorary Director Jeff Elgin, J & T Elgin, LLC, Director James Ernst, Four Oaks Inc. of Iowa, Director Gary Ficken, Bimm Ridder Sportswear, Director Ronald Fielder, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Director Kristie Fisher, Kirkwood Community College, Director Don Garland, Chair Marion Chamber, Honorary Director . Scott Gasway, J.P. Gasway Company, Inc., Director Vern Gebhard, Alliant Energy – Interstate Power & . Light Co., Director Bernard Gill, Ascott Transcription Services, Director . Shannon Hanson, ImpactCR, Honorary Director . Tom Hobson, Rockwell Collins, Inc., At Large Director Beth Houlahan, Mercy Medical Center, Director Tim Kintner, Bankers Trust Company, Director Christine Landa, Junior Achievement of Eastern . Iowa, Inc., Director Robb Loftsgard, Wells Fargo Bank, Director Curt Nelson, Entrepreneurial Development Center Inc.. Honorary Director Doug Neumann, Cedar Rapids Downtown District, . Honorary Director Ron Olson, Paulson Electric Company, Director Hazel Pegues, Diversity Focus, Honorary Director John Sheehan, St. Luke’s Hospital, Director Tim Spain, United Fire Group, Director . Vernon Squires, Leadership for Five Seasons, . Honorary Director . Michael Sundall, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, P.C., Director . Monica Vernon, Cedar Rapids City Council, Honorary Director William Vernon, Simmons Perrine Moyer . Bergman PLC, Director Brandt Worley, Worley Warehousing, Inc, Director

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From the Chairman’s Desk: As I mentioned in last month’s letter, flood protection is on everyone’s mind. We have a critical vote May 3. Brad Hart, last year’s Chair of your Chamber, sent out a compelling email, which I asked to quote: “I’m asking you to vote yes, to ask all your family and friends to vote yes, and to use your influence to ask everyone you know to vote yes. If you will take the time to study the issue carefully, if you will have some faith that those . supporting this are genuinely concerned about our community, I think you’ll . see there is no other choice for us in our recovery from our $4-6 billion disaster..

Some facts supporting a yes vote include: v the $375MM flood protection system will protect billions of dollars of land and

improvements, many made since the flood with the expectation of flood protection v the plan is to get $65M from the feds and convince the Iowa legislature to allow us to keep $200M in sales tax increases, with the balance coming from our sales tax revenues v without the sales tax extension we get flood protection only on the East side of the river and it includes only permanent walls….walling off the river from our view and use as an attraction of any sort. Even then we still must come up with $35M because the feds only . pay for $65M of that $100M plan v little or no additional private investment will be made downtown without flood protection v 25 to 35% of the sales tax revenue is paid by people visiting our community and using our streets, attractions, etc. v the other choices to raise the needed funds are to significantly raise property taxes and/or raise the fees on utilities v if we don’t protect our assets, especially the ones being built with FEMA funds from the 2008 flood, we will get no help again from FEMA as it only pays once for a flooded . facility--that means no help again with the Paramount, the new Library, City Hall, the Convention Center, etc. v 40% will be used for streets, which will help make up some of the revenue the state’s antiquated road use tax formula takes from metropolitan areas . Our future is very bright if we pass this vote.” Thank you for your support..

Chuck Peters chairman, board of directors

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Featured Ulteig, a multidiscipline engineering and design firm with expertise spanning nearly 70 years, provides surveying, consulting, and engineering services to clients across the country. In addition to Cedar Rapids, the company has offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, ND; Detroit Lakes and Minneapolis, MN; Denver, CO; and Sioux Falls, SD. Ulteig was founded with the vision of bringing electricity to the rural Midwest. Throughout the years, the company has expanded to meet the needs of clients across the country with an ongoing commitment to high-quality work and superior service. With more than 35,000 miles of distribution lines and approximately 18,000 miles of transmission lines completed, the company has also designed approximately 4 GW of wind power. For more than 20 years, Ulteig has served energy clients in Iowa. Recently, the company provided design services for two electrical infrastructure improvement and expansion projects in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha. The company has designed plans to upgrade the existing Cedar Rapids, IA Water Pollution Control Facility and for a Plant Transformer Replacement for Bridgestone/ Firestone Company in Des Moines, IA. The company is currently working on additional work in Cedar Rapids that involves substation replacements for facilities destroyed by the 2008 flooding and a flood plain survey for the Bowman Woods neighborhood. Ulteig’s Cedar Rapids office is located in the Martin Building in the 200 block of 2nd Avenue in downtown Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Office 221 2nd Avenue SE, Suite 210 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Tel: 319-286-3000

May 2011__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5 Linda Langston Receives 2011 Community Trustee Award Leadership for Five Seasons, a program developed and managed by the . Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced Linda Langston as . its 2011 Community Trustee Award Recipient. The Community Trustee Award is presented to a Leadership for Five Seasons graduate representing the general public, acting with genuine care and competence to serve and lead the community. The recipient should also be someone committed to hold the community in trust, to both serve and lead it.

From Left: Vernon Squires (LFS Chair), Dee Baird (Interim President), Linda Langston (Community Trustee Award Recipient) and Bruce Hamous (OPN Architects and award nominator)

ImpactCR Hosts LOST Forum

ImpactCR Siren Wednesday

ImpactCR in partnership with SourceMedia Group held a community conversation on April 21st regarding the May 3 local-option sales tax vote. More than 200 people attended the event at Harrison Elementary School to ask questions to a panel representing both sides of the debate. The event can be viewed online at

Wednesday, May 4 May’s Siren Wednesday is a twist on a normal Siren Wednesday. Come out for the game after work and enjoy all you can eat and drink. Members of ImpactCR can call (319) 896-7560 to order their discounted ticket for $22.50. This includes ballpark favorites: hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts, soda, water and beer. Plus, six sampling tickets for specialty beers and six sampling tickets for some great tasting wings and sauces.  .  

Join the fun from 5:30p to 8:30p in the Randy Kuehl Honfidence Picnic Pavilion - look for the ImpactCR banner!

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Chamber Showcases Collaborative Workspace Thanks to Pioneer Workspace Solutions, The Chamber has the ability to showcase collaborative workspace at its office. The key to a collaborative work environment is to encourage individuals to work together as a team and that the sum is greater than its parts. The furniture features a design that is open and flexible allowing for interactive exchanges promoting a team atmosphere. Chamber and Priority One staff is encouraged to move outside of their individual space and spend time working in the collaborative space or hold a meeting in a space that doesn’t require four walls and a closed door. We encourage all members to visit the Chamber and peruse this trend.

Special thanks to Pioneer Workspace Solutions for providing the furniture.

“They really go to bat for us.” Mike Daniel CEO, HR Green Inc.

BANKERS TRUST commercial banker: Pierre Kisting

“Bankers Trust has a real willingness to get us what we need and make connections to others who can help. They know our business and have worked with us every step of the way. You get local flavor, local service, local relationships – with big bank capabilities.”

221 Third Avenue SE 319-896-7777 400 Blairs Ferry Road NE 319-221-1230 Member FDIC

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Maximize Your Membership Consider enhancing your online presence and showcase your business by adding your company’s events and/or . discounts and coupons online. The Chamber’s Web site averages 12,000 visits per month. The events page . consistently ranks among the top five pages viewed each month. Chamber members are encouraged to access the member login feature to add events to our community . calendar. Whether you are planning an open house, . fundraising event or educational seminar all members have the ability to post the event online. To view a list of all member coupons visit or . on the Chamber’s home page you’ll see a promotion of member coupons and discounts along the bottom of the page. Adding events and coupons online is a free service . to all members. Upon submitting your event or coupon a simple approval process occurs before your company’s information is online. Visit and select Member Login and begin maximizing your Chamber membership. If you need member login information for your organization please contact Jeff Schamberger at 730-1402 or .

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Events Calendar May ❖❖ Monday, May 2

❖❖ Thursday, May 5

❖❖ Wednesday, May 25

Spring 2011 Welcome Reception

CEO Roundtable – Kickoff Luncheon

ImpactCR – BLT with Liz Mathis

Bottleworks Lofts & Condominiums 905 Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Chamber Boardroom

Chamber Boardroom

The CEO Roundtable Kickoff Luncheon speaker is Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager. The Chamber’s CEO Roundtable brings together CEO’s, Presidents, owners and general manager’s for a confidential and invigorating exchange of information, ideas and insights.

ImpactCR’s Bigwig Lunch Talk series continues with guest speaker Liz Mathis.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome new community members to the Corridor as we strive to be an inclusive community. Complimentary

❖❖ Tuesday, May 3 Chamber Academy – Marketing Series: How I Learned to Embrace Social Media 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chamber Boardroom Hear about 7 ways that social media can be used for business and explore the benefits and risks of adopting or ignoring these new technologies. Presented by Maureen Osako, Informatics Sponsored by

❖❖ Wednesday, May 4 ImpactCR

Siren Wednesday at the Kernels 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A Siren Wednesday twist! Come out to the ballpark and enjoy all you can eat and drink. $22.50 includes game ticket and food/drink Sponsored by

❖❖ May 4 - 5 Investing in Leadership Workshop – Phase I Grant Wood Area Education Agency 4401 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids Individuals committed to our community and wanting to participate in a community visioning process will participate in Phase I of a 2 phase workshop. The workshop will be conducted by Inside Results, an affiliate of Pacific Institute. Details are available at Registration fee: $350

Sponsorship opportunities are available for most Chamber events. Contact Candy Nanke for details at

✍ Denotes a Signature Event

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary $5 for Future ImpactCR members Sponsored by

Annual Participation Fee $150

❖❖ Wednesday, May 11

International Business Symposium 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Kirkwood Center 7725 Kirkwood Blvd, Cedar Rapids This regional event is designed to allow businesses to stay current on international business practices or provide information for those interested in increasing their global presence. Details on pages 10-11

❖❖ Tuesday, May 17 ImpactCR – “What Women Want: Strategies to Move Financially Forward” 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Prairiewoods: Franciscan Spirituality Center 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha Securian Financial Group conducted a groundbreaking survey of women’s financial perceptions and priorities. ImpactCR is bringing this information to help women move financially forward.

❖❖ Thursday, May 26 International Roundtable – Mexico & Central America Update 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jose Jimenez, from the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s representative office in Mexico City, will present a market update on Mexico and Central America. Free to attend, lunch included. Complimentary

❖❖ May 31 – June 2 Investing in Leadership Workshop – Phase II Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids This is the second half of our Investing in Leadership workshop where we will create a vision and active plan for our community. Individuals must complete Phase I before attending Phase II. The workshop will be conducted by Inside Results, an affiliate of Pacific Institute. Details are available at Registration fee: $350


❖❖ Thursday, May 19 PM Exchange

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For the latest listing of events or to register and pay on-line please visit

Fleck Sales Company 11125 High Life Ct SW, Cedar Rapids Member Event Complimentary

❖❖ May 22-25 America’s Small Business Summit Washington, DC

The Chamber’s delegation will be bringing the voice of business to Congress during the Small Business Summit.

ImpactCR Events ImpactCR hosts a number of committee meetings each month. To learn more about the organization’s various committees or find out when the next committee meeting is visit for details.

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Marketing Series How I Learned to Embrace Social Media 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 Chamber Boardroom $35 members, $50 future members

Maureen Osako, owner of Informatics, will present “How I Learned to Embrace Social Media,” during this month’s Chamber Academy. As social media grows in popularity, it’s apparent these tools are not just a fad or trend. Many businesses struggle with how to incorporate these new tools into their marketing strategy effectively. Osako will discuss ways people consume information and what that means for businesses. She will also address the

seven ways social media can be used for business, and explore the benefits and risks of adopting or ignoring these new technologies. Sponsored by:

Kick-off Luncheon with Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz Noon - 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5 Chamber Boardroom The Chamber’s CEO Roundtables bring CEO’s, Presidents, owners and general manager’s together for a confidential and invigorating exchange of information, ideas and insights. Each Roundtable consists of 10 - 12 members of noncompetitive companies representing various types of industries and organizations. Through monthly meetings, members can enjoy candid, confidential discussions and receive advice and support from fellow CEO’s who understand and share the unique challenges of top-level management. Roundtables are NOT leads groups for sales but are designed to provide members with the support and direction needed to maximize your organization’s growth and prosperity.

CEO Roundtable participation provides: • • • •

An informal, trusted board of advisors Diverse perspectives creating visionary solutions . and ideas Resourceful and engaged peer leadership Personal and professional growth .

The annual cost to participate is $150.00 and includes 3 luncheons throughout the year with all participants. To enroll, please register online and complete an application form at

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Extraordinary opportunities in unexpected places.

Fostering Global Success Wednesday, May 11 at The Kirkwood Center

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Registration & Breakfast - Sponsored by Lil’ Drug Store Products

8:00 am – 9:30 am

WELCOME Keynote Address: Christopher Wenk, Senior Director of International Policy, US Chamber of Commerce

9:30 am – 9:45 am

9:45 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 11:00 am


Exhibits Open

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Navigating Today’s International Business Landscape

Best Practices for Export Sales

LUNCH, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS & KEYNOTE Keynote Address: Jalel Aossey, Director, Midamar

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Foreign Trademarks and Customs Issues


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Crossing Cultures: Tips for Communicating in the 21st Century

Doing Business in Brazil

Going International: Lessons We’ve Learned Along the Way

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Break Exhibits Open


Developed for businesses actively engaged in international business as well as those beginning to explore the opportunity. Find out more on speakers and topics at or

Entering Exports

Iowa and Canada: Develop a Business Connection with your Northern Neighbor

Doing Business in China: Basic Rules to Live By

Afternoon Break - Sponsored by Canada and International Strategies and Considerations

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Select the sessions that you wish to attend or follow a track: Getting Started Cultural Competency Legal & Logistics

Managing Talent Across Cultures: Building, Developing and Retaining a High Performing Team in Asia

How to Respond to Trade Leads

Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by ESP International

Wednesday, May 11 The Kirkwood Center $85 Chamber Members or Economic Development Investors (including other communities) $145 future member $45 luncheon only

Register and pay online at or

May 2011________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 11 Morning Keynote: Christopher Wenk, Senior Director of International Policy United States Chamber of Commerce Christopher Wenk is the Senior Director of International Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce. In his capacity at the Chamber, Wenk is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, including bi-lateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations, on Capitol Hill and within the business community. Previously, Wenk served as the Director of International Trade Policy at the National Association . of Manufacturers (NAM), which is the nation’s largest industry trade association. In his capacity at the NAM, Wenk advocated on behalf of the NAM’s members on international trade issues with the Administration and U.S. Congress. He also worked with NAM policy . organizations to formulate positions on trade issues . and managed industry group coalitions on behalf of . the NAM. Before joining the NAM, Wenk spent more than five years working on Capitol Hill. Wenk has appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, PBS’ Nightly Business Report and CNBC’s Morning Call. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Wenk also received a Masters degree in Political Management from the . George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Lunch Keynote: Jalel Aossey, Director Midamar Jalel Aossey is a Director at Midamar Corporation, a family owned Cedar Rapids business that has pioneered the Halal food industry in North America since 1974. Prior to joining Midamar, Jalel worked with Prudential Financial Services. Over the years with Midamar, Jalel has been quoted in numerous media stories including features in the “Wall Street Journal,” “Los Angeles Times,” and several overseas publications. In 2007, Jalel was asked to speak before US government bodies on the topic of the Halal and Muslim markets. Jalel is an active participant (and North American representative) at the World Halal Forum established in 2006 and held annually in Malaysia. He is currently serving on the boards of directors for MYCA (Muslim Youth Camps of America), the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, and is a charter member of Rotary International in Cedar Rapids. In addition, he is an involved member in the ISNA (Islamic Society of Northern America), CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations and MAS (Muslim American Society). Jalel was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. . He is a graduate of Cornell College where he majored . in International Business. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Asia and North Africa, and embraces cultural differences. Additional speaker biographies available at

International Business Bureau Members In today’s global economy, it is important that business strategies in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor include international partnerships to stay competitive. With the support of the following International Business Bureau members the Chamber is able to create programming and events centered around International Business. This event is graciously sponsored by:

The Chamber woudl like to recognize our International Business Bureau Members for their continued support. If you would like to learn more or become involved plese contact Julie Stow at 319-730-1409 or

Acme Graphics American Profol Bankers Trust Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Coe College CRST Czech Cottage Divine Engineering Dunlap International ESP International

Frontier Natural Products Highway Equipment J-TEC Associates Midamar PMX Rockwell Collins Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Van Meter Industrial Vector Corporation

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Our Mission: To give the healthcare we’d like our loved ones to receive.

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Behavioral Health


ER/Trauma ..............................369-7105 Poison Control ................. 800/222-1222 Urgent Care Bowman Woods ..............832-1463 Westside ..........................396-1983 Marion .............................377-4844 Patient Information .................369-7211 General Information................369-7211 My Nurse 24-Hour Health Information & Referral .....877/242-8899

Chemical Dependency Adolescent ........................368-5671 Adult ..................................363-4429 Child/Adolescent Center ........369-7441 Counseling Center .................369-7952 Mental Health Services ..........369-7190

Surgery Center Cedar Rapids .....................558-4800 SurgiCare ..............................369-7788

Department Numbers Business Office ......................369-7271 Cancer Care ...........................369-7874 Child Protection Center ..........369-7908 Dental Health Center ..............369-7730 Diabetes Education ................369-7440 Family Health Center ..............369-7397 Floral & Gift Shop ...................369-7328 Foundation .............................369-7716 Healthy Linn Care Network ....369-8600 Home Care .............................369-8686 Hospice ..................................369-7744 Human Resources .................369-7275 LIFELINE.................................369-7065 Nutrition Center ......................369-7440 Pastoral Care ..........................369-7347 Social Services .......................369-7740 Volunteer Services ..................369-7213 Work Well Solutions ................369-7599

Heart Care Cardiac Rehabilitation ............ 369-7736 Heart Care Services ............... 369-7318 Pediatric Cardiology ............... 368-5757

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Witwer Children’s Therapy ..... 369-8407 Occupational Therapy ............ 369-7491 Physical Therapy .................... 369-7491 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation .................... 369-7331 Therapy Plus .......................... 369-8107

Women’s & Children’s Health Birth Care Center....................369-7264 Birth Care Tours ......................369-8129 Breast & Bone ........................369-7216 Lactation Services ..................369-8944 Midlife Care for Women..........368-5950 Newborn Intensive Care .........861-6800 Pediatrics ................................861-6800 Pediatric Intensive Care .........861-6800 Women’s & Children’s Educational Services .......369-7166

ER and Urgent Care wait times online Access to wait times online makes it easier for you and your family to make more informed choices about getting the care you need, as quickly as possible.

The Chamber of GreaTer Cedar rapids - 2011 CommuniTy resourCe and business Guide

1026 A Avenue NE Important Numbers

2011–2012 Community Resource and Business Guide

Volunteers Needed Operation Thank You The Chamber has continued its revitalized Community Resource Guide and Business Directory with the 20112012 Edition. The Community Resource Guide is a fullcolor publication highlighting the high quality lifestyle . we benefit from living in the Corridor. This Guide is used by businesses as an employee recruitment tool, waiting lounge piece, local informational reference book, and much more. A buyer’s guide and members directory is also included in the guide. If your business was a member in good standing by January 30, 2011, your business . is highlighted. We are looking for volunteers to participate in Operation Thank You on May 18; it’s our day to deliver this comprehensive publication to our members. The day will begin in the Chamber Boardroom, where volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and select their delivery area. It only takes about 30 minutes! Please contact Jeff Schamberger to at 319-730-1402 or to participate or register online at

Call for Volunteers! 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 18th Chamber Boardroom Sign up at

JA of Eastern Iowa receives Peak Performance Team Award Junior Achievement USA has recognized Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa (JAEI) and its staff with the 2010 Peak Performance Team Award. The Peak Performance Team Award recognizes the outstanding performance by a local Junior Achievement office team during the past fiscal year. Recipients recognized with the award have achieved the highest combined level of student growth, increased market share and total revenue growth. 

Breakfast of Champions 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2 Cedar Rapids Marriott, 200 Collins Rd NE $20 for members $30 future members tax included/breakfast provided

Cedar Rapids 2020 Vision CR2020Vision is a future view of the new livable and walkable Cedar Rapids; once again the envy of the Midwest, doing what can only be done here. Maximizing our creative, artistic, productive, engineering genius and entrepreneurial spirit to recreate the Parlor City once again. An authentic reinvention. By examining the extraordinary circumstances that put us at this moment in time, we can look forward to the potential of a new vision – a Civitas – a complete City, a great American City, by recognizing and capitalizing on the momentum created by the reinvestment taking place now and over the next five years. Don’t miss this motivating event sponsored and delivered by OPN Architects! Sponsored by:

May 2011________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 13 Does your operational software make you feel like you’re always trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

Every summer, hundreds of student interns and newly hired graduates come to the Cedar Rapids area to work for employers in our community. What these young professionals experience during their short stay often determines whether or not . they will decide to make the Corridor their . permanent home. To ensure that interns and new hires were . experiencing all the Corridor has to offer, in 2010 Priority One launched MySummerNow, a program designed to engage students and recent grads and get them connected in the Corridor. Each Thursday throughout the summer, participants met at Westdale Bowling Center for free bowling, pop . and pizza, and to learn about the community. The bowling sessions were so popular that Priority One organized additional events at the students’ request, including a FIFA World Cup viewing party at the Fieldhouse in Cedar Rapids, a group outing to a Cedar Rapids Kernels game, and a trip to Lost Island Water Park. Over 180 interns participated . in the summer-long series. “My experience in Cedar Rapids over the . summer was fantastic,” said Evan Adnrist, a University of North Dakota student and Rockwell Collins intern. “MySummerNow was a great value for networking with other interns and learning about actives around the Corridor. I probably would not have known about the Freedom Festival, Volleys, farmer’s markets, or restaurants around town. . I never expected to have this much opportunity. in Cedar Rapids.” Due to the popularity of MySummerNow with both students and employers, Priority One is expanding the program. Launching this spring, MyLifeNow will continue to provide free Thursday night bowling, but will also offer a series of Conquer the Corridor presentations, four special weekend events, and on-going activities in the Iowa City area. The biggest change is that the program will now be offered year around, as many employers offer internships and co-ops during the fall and spring semesters. For more information about MyLifeNow, visit

With custom-designed software from StratosFour, your company will save money by eliminating seat licensing and reoccurring fees. The StratosFour team will work with your staff to ensure the solution matches your business processes and needs – helping to fit a square peg into a round hole.

StratosFour client Judy Lubben, Controller & VP of Administration at Raining Rose, Inc., said: “When we were looking at another software upgrade and the additional costs associated with it, we were initially hesitant on making a change to a new custom-built system. Would people embrace it? Could we really go paperless? Will support be there for us when we are done? Will there be any real cost savings? StratosFour has answered all these questions and so much more. With the software they built, our company is saving over $150,000 a year!! StratosFour has been there to really listen and hear what we are saying. They come up with solutions to situations that we didn’t think were available.”

Contact StratosFour, Inc. today for a consultation and free initial needs analysis at 319-734-6400 or

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ENTREPRENEURS’ CORNER A Look at the NBIA Conference Josie Heskje, VP of Marketing, EDC The EDC is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). Last month the NBIA held its annual conference in San Jose, CA and the EDC sent me to get an update on best practices. While I’ve been to this conference before, here’s what struck me this year: 1) The wide spectrum of models in the incubation industry and 2) The Corridor doesn’t differ dramatically from San Jose, CA. The business incubation industry has a wide spectrum of models. Those models range from small multi-use programs that offer no business mentoring/consulting to very niche facilities serving specific types of business, like life sciences – complete with wet lab space and equipment, not unlike the BioVentures Center in Coralville. During the conference I was able to tour some incubators—including the San Jose Environmental Business Cluster (EBC). They had taken an old five story office building in downtown San Jose and cleaned it up – it had regular office spaces filled with different startup companies – many just like what you might find if you scanned our EDC client list. What it validated for me was that even though this was San Jose, CA – arguably the most innovative and start-up friendly place in the U.S. – the set up of the incubator and the types of companies that it served were really not all that different than what we see here in the Corridor. Now do they have incredible ties to big companies and an endless list of VCs? Yes! The EDC seems to be one of the top incubators in terms of mentoring and consulting talent offered, as well as in raising capital for its clients. In one of the sessions I attended, they reported out findings from a survey performed on U.S. business incubators, and they said this: only 34% marketed direct marketing assistance; and only 20% marketed direct strategy development assistance. The EDC provides both of these services to its clients on a regular basis. I think our community and many of its small businesses are leaps and bounds ahead because of this. For more about EDC’s services and model, visit

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Updated Information Posted Online Featuring Flooded Businesses The Business Success Initiative has updated the . recovery section on the Chamber’s Web site this month. The new content includes an overview of the initiative, history of the flood of 2008, available resources, as well as a featured flooded business of the week. Check out this excerpt of the first BSI business of the week, and visit BSI’s new page at; click on the Business Success Initiative icon.

Basket Bowtique Owner: Downtown Girl at Heart When it comes to gift baskets, the possibilities are endless at Basket Bowtique. From babies, to athletics, to Iowa-made goods, owner Linda McConnell has thought of just about everything. When she started her business in 1992, McConnell felt there was no place better than Cedar Rapids.


With her new venture underway, McConnell found herself in an environment that allowed her to meet many people who became loyal customers. Her customer base even expanded into partnerships with companies, designing gift programs for their employees; and colleges, sending care packages to college students. “It’s really fun to be in a business that makes people happy,” McConnell said. Basket Bowtique has made a point to market Iowamade products including wines and beers. One of the most popular baskets, and also McConnell’s favorite, is called “Taste of Iowa.” An unforgettable part of Basket Bowtique’s history is the Cedar Rapids flood of 2008 that forced McConnell out of her downtown location. With the high demand for space in the city, McConnell had a difficult time finding new rental property for her business. In order to be open for her busiest time of the year she relocated to Hiawatha. Yet, McConnell says don’t count her out of the downtown community yet. While she enjoys her new location, she still misses the downtown atmosphere. With business doing well and having received her federal disaster funds recently, McConnell is considering opening a second . location in downtown Cedar Rapids. “You can take the girl out of downtown, but you can’t take downtown out of the girl,” she said.

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Doug Kohoutek, President Colony Heating & Air Conditioning, Cedar Rapids Ohnward services: payroll, checking, loans

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Does his business banking online. But even so “You need a personal relationship with a local bank.” Unique needs, individually tailored solutions. “They know my business, which is why I’m with them.”

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New Robert Stiles – Skogman Realty Cedar Rapids, IA Robert Stiles, Real Estate Agent Phone: 319-210-0338 Web: Email:

Abatement Specialties, LLC 201 30th Street Dr SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 Tom Meis, Sales and Marketing Phone: 319-721-8247 Fax: 319-221-1045 Web: Email:

Abatement Specialties, LLC (established in 2006) specializes in asbestos abatement & testing, mold remediation, lead based paint remediation, and mechanical insulation.

Oakley Business Resources 7915 Marquette Drive NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Randy Oakley, Owner Phone: 319-533-6666 Web: Email:

Business tools, consulting, graphic design, website design by professionals with over 20 years experience in Cedar Rapids.

Hello all, my goal is to make sure that my clients come far before myself or any other agent out there. My goal is to show people that by working ethically and diligently things will always work out! It is my goal to develop friendships at the same time we achieve your goals.

Salsa del Rio 209 3rd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Phoebe Rios, Owner Phone: 319-362-2627 Web:

New Mexican restaurant with authentic Mexican food as well as Tex-Mex favorites. We are the only Restaurant in Cedar Rapids that offers over 10 different Breakfast Burritos.

A Sony HVR-S270U 1080P HD Camera, four CL-655P Softlights, a Carl Zeiss Vario-SonnarT 1, 6/4, 4 - 52.8 lens and one reflector. | 319-364-8900

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At Work Local Companies Recognized at Prometheus Awards


The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) in . conjunction with LWBJ Financial recognized outstanding accomplishments of high-tech businesses and individuals across the state. The Prometheus Awards provide the opportunity to honor Iowa’s ever-evolving, fast-growing tech sector and to celebrate the innovations created . within the industry. •

Life Sciences Company of the Year: Diamond V, John Bloomhall, President and CEO. This award . recognizes a company’s ideas, products or services, growth, and new market generation. Diamond V . provides nutritional fermentation products for . livestock, poultry, equine and pets.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Year: Bruce Lehrman, CEO, Involta. This award honors the CEO whose leadership, innovation and creativity inspires excellence in his or her staff. Involta provides full-. service data storage facilities. Last year, under Lehrman’s leadership, Involta raised $8 million to finance two new data storage centers.

Technology Company of the Year. This award recognizes a company’s business strategy, its products and services, its mission and its market potential. Awards are given both to a small- to medium-size company and to a large company. •

Technology Company of the Year (Small/Medium): Involta

Technology Company of the Year (Large/Enterprise): Diamond V

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April PM Exchange Recap The Human Services Campus and the Better Business Bureau hosted April’s PM Exchange. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed the reception and opportunity to learn more about some of the area’s leading nonprofit organizations. Guests enjoyed beverages, hors d’oeuvres as well as the networking opportunity in a wonderful new facility and community resource.

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The Gala: A Royal Masquerade. The Masquer ad yal o e R A


More than 200 people attended The Chamber’s premiere event, The Gala – A Royal Masquerade. The event, held April 29th in Theatre Cedar Rapids, celebrated the outstanding contributions of business and business professionals and the impact they have made to the community. The recipient of the 2011 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award was Rockwell Collins. The Howard Hall Award exemplifies the outstanding, enduring business values of Howard Hall and his passion for a vibrant Cedar Rapids. Rockwell Collins was the chosen for their ongoing economic investment, civic leadership, charitable outreach and volunteerism, supports the community’s long-term vitality.

Winners were announced in the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year: Winner: Bruce Lehrman, Involta Finalists: Eric Engelmann, Geonetric and Shawn Price, Braise Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Winner: Katie Coates Finalists: Doug Schumacher and Carl Yost Small Business of the Year: Winner: Pioneer Workspace Solutions Finalists: Health Solutions LLC and Henry Russell Bruce, Inc.

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