January 18, 2022

COLUMN: Happy New Year

For the chamber, 2022 means new activities and ideas, new members as well as new board members. It also means we continue to work with a great group of chamber businesses, organizations and individuals.

The Creston Chamber is proud of what our community has to offer and will continue working to build upon these areas as we explore opportunities. Creston continues to be the regional hub of southwest Iowa for shopping, education, health care, recreation and tourism as well as many other services. The chamber will continue to promote and showcase our community and at the same time be a leadership organization that unifies the community.

Please remember to follow the chamber on our Facebook and Twitter – Creston Iowa Chamber. Here you will find the latest events happening in Creston and the Creston area along with information about the many chamber businesses. It is a quick and easy way for you to stay informed. You may also find the community calendar on our Home Page at www.crestoniowachamber.com helpful for learning about community events taking place.

At this time the chamber would like to again thank the businesses in Creston who took the time and financial commitment in 2021 to update and improve their properties. Your continuing support of Creston is greatly appreciated.

The chamber welcomes four new board members as we begin the year. They are Danna Buls, MATURA; Tori Hanson, HF Nutrition/Hanson Fitness; Loretta Harvey, Harvey Law Office, P.C. and Josh Thompson, Vanmark Equipment, LLC along with one returning Board Member, Caitlyn Maitlen, SWCC. Thank you all, for your commitment to the chamber and Creston.

We realize that the chamber and its membership cannot do this alone. We believe that the more people we can involve, the stronger our community can become. Our image as a people and a city are extremely important to the well being of Creston, now and in the future. We can all benefit by working together and sharing knowledge and experience to make Creston the best it can be in 2022. Our door is always open, along with our email and social media accounts to be reached.

Upcoming Legislative Coffees

During the 2022 Legislative Session, which opens on Jan. 10, the Chamber will once again provide you an opportunity to ask our Legislators questions during Legislative Coffee’s. The coffee’s have been scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturdays Feb. 12th, March 12 and April 9 in the Mealsite at the Restored Depot. Representative Tom Moore and Senator Tom Shipley are planning to attend. Please mark your calendars now for one or all of the sessions. All coffees are open to the public at no charge.

Hi-Five Honoree for January

The following individuals were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in January. Congratulation to Joni Cook, Union County Assessor Office and Heather Downing, Hazel Maries. Job well done.

The Hi-Five for Service allows us to recognize those who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience. Please contact the Chamber with your honoree.

Gold Star Business Honoree

The Chamber honored Stalker Chevrolet, 601 South Sumner, this month as the January Gold Star Business. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building and property. Congratulations. Please contact the Chamber to acknowledge a business property for the Gold Star.

Have a great month and as always, Creston - A great place to Visit, Work and call Home.

Ellen  Gerharz

Ellen Gerharz, executive director, Creston Chamber of Commerce

Ellen Gerharz is the executive director of the Creston Chamber of Commerce. She has held the role of the ED at Creston's Chamber of Commerce since July of 1999. The Creston Chamber of Commerce is located at 208 W. Taylor St., Creston, IA 50801. To reach the chamber, call 641-782-7021 or email chamber@crestoniowachamber.com.