April 22, 2021

Gerharz: March Chamber of Commerce updates

By Ellen Gerharz, Executive Director, Creston Chamber of Commerce

Thanks for shopping local

Hopefully many of you have seen the “Thanks For Shopping” local signs around Creston. The Chamber and the Creston News Advertiser are in the process of taking the signs to the businesses in Creston. The purpose of these signs is to thank all of you who have supported our local businesses during the pandemic and to also emphasize the importance of continuing to shop local as move forward. By doing this, it is a win, win for all.

Early on in my career here at the chamber, I had one of the local industry general managers tell me, that as far as their day to day operation, there really wasn’t much the chamber could do, but the way we could help and assist them is to make Creston the best possible community for people to want to live and call home. This included the shopping, recreational activities and the many other amenities that Creston offers to add to our quality of life. If this type of environment was available the person felt that they would have a workforce to hire and to continue to grow as people would move here or to the area. This philosophy made a great deal of sense to me then and still does today. It really does matter where we shop. We can all impact the future of Creston by shopping local – thanks.

2021 Legislative Coffees

The second virtual Legislative Coffee of this Session will be held Saturday, March 13. The Coffee provides you with an excellent opportunity to ask your Legislators written questions or just listen to what your elected officials have to say. This year we will be combining with Adams and Cass Counties. The Coffees have been scheduled to run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Please see below the Zoom information for the March 13 coffee.

We are asking you to submit your questions in writing either by emailing or calling the Chamber or to the Chamber Facebook page by noon March 11. Currently, Representative Tom Moore and Senator Tom Shipley are planning to attend. Please mark your calendars now and plan on Zooming one or all of the sessions. All coffees are open to the public at no charge. The last coffee of this Legislative session is scheduled for April 10 – mark your calendars now.

Zoom Meeting information for March 13 Legislative Coffee beginning at 9 a.m.: meeting ID: 587 431 0503, passcode: ChamberCow, Dial by your location: 1-312-626-6799, meeting ID: 587 431 0503, passcode: 669454

VA of Central Iowa Mobile Medical Unit

The Central Iowa VA Virtual Health Mobile Medical Unit has scheduled several onsite visits to Creston to provide services to veterans in our area. The unit will allow veterans to schedule appointments to meet with their VA healthcare provider in a secure and private virtual medical room without traveling to Des Moines. Their first visit will be April 16 and then follow up visits June 18, Aug. 20, Oct. 15 and Dec. 17. The unit will be located at 208 W. Taylor St in the Alliant Energy parking lot along Highway 34 West from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule a VA visit on the Mobile Medical Unit call 515-699-5999 extension 21501.

Hi-Five honorees

The following individuals were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in March: David Ayers, DeHamer Accounting Services; Lisa Bradley, Iowa State Savings Bank and Taylor Royster, Iowa State Savings Bank. Congratulations to you all. Please contact the Chamber with your honoree.

Gold Star Business honored

The Chamber honored Fareway Meat and Grocery, 105 E. Adams St., as the March Gold Star business in Creston. They were nominated by a fellow Crestonian because of the appearance both inside and out of their property. Congratulations. Please contact the chamber to acknowledge a business property.

Remember, for a listing of activities happening in the Creston area, please visit the Creston Chamber of Commerce Home Page crestoniowachamber.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.