It’s October! I have been the Nevada Chamber Director for almost a year. And what a year it has been. I started out with the Downtown Trick or Treat – nearly 400 children and parents were downtown enjoying all the goodies. Next was Shop Nevada First – 17 businesses participated. Then it was the Master Growers breakfast in December when we recognize the success of our agricultural neighbors. After that the Chamber held its annual Cookie Walk – nearly 7,000 cookies were baked and donated by local residents! Then January was a catch-up month with February next and the Candy Grams on Feb. 14. In between events, planning was underway for the brand-new Midtown Market that ran from June through Oct. 1 and the August Lincoln Highway Days event.
Then last week on Oct. 2, the annual Nevada Chamber/Nevada Economic Development celebration was held at Indian Creek Country Club. About 120 people attended the event and heard Debi Durham of the Iowa Economic Development Authority speak.
Shawn Cole, president of the Nevada Chamber from July 2012 through June 2013, was recognized along with the winners of the Harold Fawcett Community Involvement Award and the Ron Daehler Memorial Business Person of the Year.
Brett Barker of NuCara Pharmacy was selected as the 2013 Harold Fawcett Community Involvement Award winner because of his willingness to assist others, share information for the betterment of other business people and hold a variety of leadership and volunteer positions. He assisted with the creation and execution of the Lincoln Highway Dash. In general, he has a lot of passion for Nevada, his family, his work and the Hawkeyes and the Packers.
The winner of the Ron Daehler Memorial Business Person of the year was actually a couple – Nancy and Bill Couser. They were selected because of developing creative and innovative business methods, products or services, having a positive community impact and being leadership role models for other local businesses as well as the community at large. Their nominator reported, “They demonstrate a willingness to help others and share information and I have never heard either say NO!”
So my year at the Chamber has come full circle. Planning is underway for the Downtown Trick or Treat on Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The sign-up form is included on this page and needs to be turned in at the Chamber Office by Friday, Oct. 11. Please call the Chamber at 382-6538 if you have any questions.