September Newsletter


sept Sept 2017

Power Hour




Dubuque Area Chamber Of Commerce

Annual Dinner 2017



Table of Contents

4 Annual Dinner

8 building blocks for success

10 Power Hour

12 Around the watercooler

14 Ribbon Cuttings

16 member news


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The 2017

bers followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner,

No Place Like Your Chamber,” held Thursday, August 24 at the Grand River Center. Businesses and

ere honored at this celebration of past year successes and a forecast of what the upcoming year

ing. It is also a passing of the torch from our current Chair of the Board to the incoming Chair and

amber members who have excelled in different aspects of business, innovation, economic impact

and customer service.

The Chamber had a total of

18 nominees in six categories;

Chamber Friend of the Year,

Customer Service of the Year,

Innovator of the Year, Most

Promising New Business,

Economic Impact, and Business

of the Year, along with a

special award that is presented

by our outgoing Board


The following people were

recognized for Chamber

Friend of the Year; Kurt

Strand, CEO of the National

Mississippi River Museum &

Aquarium, Teri Goodmann,

Assistant City Manager for

the City of Dubuque and

Pamela Mumm, owner of

Pamela | Mumm. Norm

Granback, Holiday Inn, took

the stage and announced Teri

Goodmann as this year's

Chamber Friend of the Year.

Customer service is the backbone

of any business. This

year the Chamber acknowledged

Flowers on Main,

Family Beer & Liquor and

Richardson Motors for exemplary

customer service. Tony

Pfohl, Hotel Julien Dubuque,

presented the award to

Family Beer & Liquor.

award winners


Teri Goodmann


Family Beer & Liquor


Dubuque Bier Co.

Dubuque has become home

to several new businesses

over the last 12 months. For

Most Promising New Business,

the Chamber recognized

Vertical Jump Park,

Dubuque Bier Co. and Gigantic

Design. Amy Gilligan from

Telegraph Herald called

Dubuque Bier Co. to the stage

to receive the award.

Betty Jane Candies, Five Flags

Center/SMG and Convivium

Urban Farmstead were all

considered as innovators

during this past year with the

strides they are making to

introduce new methods,

ideas and products. Mike

Vondran, TAG Communications,

announced Five Flags

Center/SMG as the Chamber

Innovator of the Year.

Economic Impact is based on

factors such as job growth,

investment, facility expansion,

and financial effect.

Mark Dickson, John Deere

Dubuque Works, listed Diamond

Jo Casino, Flexsteel

Industries and Q Casino in

this category with Flexsteel

Industries taking home the


The Chamber’s Business of

the Year Award goes to a

company that shows outstanding


long-standing contribution to

our business community, and

demonstrates significant

community efforts. The three

nominees in this category

included Theisen’s

Home-Farm-Auto, John Deere

Dubuque Works and The

Telegraph Herald. John Tallent,

Medical Associates, was

happy to recognize John

Deere Dubuque Works.

Our Chairman's Award is

gifted to an individual by our

immediate past Chair. This

year our 2016-17 Board Chair

Richard Launspach, Kennedy

Mall Merchants Association,

gave the award to Tonio

Mario Bertolini, owner of

Mario's Italian Restaurant,

which has been a staple in

Dubuque for the last 40

years. Mario passed away in

June of this year. The award

was accepted by Mario's


award winners


Five Flags Center/SMG


Flexsteel Industries

The evening was capped off

by a comedic routine by

Tommy Ryman, a Semifinalist

on NBC’s Last Comic Standing

who left the audience in

stitches. The Dubuque Area

Chamber of Commerce looks

forward to another year of

helping our members succeed

and representing the

best interests of the business



Tonio Mario Bertolini


John Deere Dubuque Works

Dubuque Bier Company

Who started the company?

Gabriel, Terry and Angel Mozena

How long have you been in business?

Just a little over 1 Year

Number of employees:

3 full-time and 10 part-time with distribution and


Hours of operations:

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

What made you choose Dubuque as the location

for your business?

Dubuque is our hometown and we wanted to do

something that would enhance the pride we have

in our community.

What does your business do and what need

does this meet in the community?

Our business brews a great beer that reflects the

brewing heritage of Dubuque and surrounding


Why is it important to your company to be a

Chamber member?

Being part of the Chamber has given us an opportunity

to reach out to business leaders and to

help make a difference in our community.

Are you currently offering any promotions

and/or specials?

Starting in September we will be giving back 10%

of our profits to local charities. We want to keep

improving the quality of life for those folks that

call the Dubuque Area home.

Where can your product be purchased?

Our products can be purchased at over 54 different

bars and retail locations including all the

Hy-Vee grocery and Hartig Drug locations.

Graham’s Style Store

Who started the business?

Ed Graham left his position at GM of Kraft’s Clothing

Store and began Edward Graham & Sons on

August 15, 1936.

When did the business open?

August 15, 1936

Number of employees:


What does your company do and what need

does this meet in the community?

Graham’s is Tri-States’ source for top quality men’s

and women’s clothing and sportswear, fine men’s

shoes and accessories, and premium tuxedo


What is your greatest accomplishment as a business?

I am really proud to be a 9th and Main cornerstone

of Downtown Dubuque for over 80 years. The

entrepreneurial vision that Ed Graham had in the

middle of the Great Depression lives and continues

with his great-grandson and great-granddaughter.

Last, we are very proud to hold on to and maintain

the beautiful friendships and relationships that were

cultivated by Ed Graham, his son Joe G., his grandsons

Tom and Joe H., their loving wives, and generations

of outstanding staff and salespeople since. It’s

a responsibility that Katie and I both honor and


Any upcoming specials or promotions?

“The store is changing every day as new fall merchandise

lands daily. Come in to see the exciting

new collections of men’s and women’s fashions that

we have selected for you. See you soon.” Ben


Why is it important to you and your company to

be Chamber members?

It is important for Graham’s to be a Chamber

member so I can focus on my business and

customers. I need to know that there are strong

and active advocates looking out for the broader

needs of our community in a Business Development,

Governmental Affairs, Promotional, and

Legislative capacity.

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kell, Guinness World Record holder and inspiration for an international best-seller, presented to a rapt audience

t The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Power Hour on Thursday, September 28 at the Grand River Center,


ees heard the story of a two-year canoe trip Dana undertook with his father Don, who had been planning since

s 9 years old. Altogether, they paddled through 13 countries from Winnipeg to Belem, Brazil and were awarded

nness World Record for the longest canoe trip in history. During the journey, Dana cured his asthma and honed

as a classical guitarist. The true story about their adventure became an international best-selling book, “Paddle

to the Amazon”.

a has spoken to hundreds of schools and organizations and has made personal appearances on more than 200

n and radio programs. His unique speaking ability and slide presentations have captivated audiences through-

America. Dana's "Paddle to the Amazon" slide presentations are renowned for their emotional impact. Drawing

is personal experiences and utilizing his skills as an entertainer and teacher, Dana offers keynote presentations

that will inspire and motivate you.

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Power Hour is a program held monthly

from September through June thanks to our generous sponsors; The Friedman Group,

Crawford Company North, SMG/Five Flags, Andersen Corp/Eagle Window,

and the Grand River Center. This event is directed to the area’s top business

and community leaders and is an opportunity for

business owners, C-Suites, and Presidents to

network with colleagues and peers, while gaining

valuable insight from informative presentations

on today's hottest news topics.


Join us next month on October 26 and start

your day with information that impacts. To

register and view upcoming speakers,



Melissa Sawvell

Account Administrator, Transportation Group, Cottingham & Butler

What is your favorite thing about Fantasy Football?

Everything I have only done it about three years, so it’s fun to still be

learning some of the players and the best strategies. I like being able to

compete with my co-workers, and it’s both a good talking point and a way

to get to know other people!

Do you have a strategy on who you pick for your draft?

Ours is a PPR league (Points-Per-Reception), so I try to get the best available

receiver first round. I also like to have my dad help me scout out some

sleeper picks for me that I can take in later rounds.

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Da Bears! (Yeah, I know it run

Fantasy Football aside, which team will you be rooting for all season?




Rick Lorenzen

buque Area Chamber of Commerce

rite thing about Fantasy Football?

interest in all the games and teams.

gy on who you pick for your draft?

ough the first six rounds. Then a QB.

enerally, a bias toward players from

winning organizations.

ich team will you be rooting for all


s counter to that bias about winning

organizations, but one can hope.)

Christine Melaas

Director of Social Media & Brand Communication, Fourge Social

What is your favorite thing about Fantasy Football?

Two things… 1) It adds friendly competition in our house during

football season. Even though my husband and I aren’t in the same

league, it’s always fun to see whose team plays better each week. 2)

It’s a fun way for my girlfriends and I to have friendly competition, but

always get together every year for a fun party and talk sports.

Do you have a strategy on who you pick for your draft?

Yes, I look at who is ranked for the upcoming season; I pick certain

players first knowing which positions get the most points and are most

valuable; look at what teams are supposed to do well this season; and

make sure not all of my players have the same Bye weeks.

Fantasy Football aside, which team will you be rooting for all


Unfortunately, Da Bears.

gigantic Design co.

900 Jackson st, Ste 111, Dubuque, ia

(563) 599-7396

Gigantic is a digital branding agency located in Dubuque’s

historic Millwork District. Their team offers marketing

strategy, design and development in one shop. Gigantic

Design Co. helps their local and national partners reach

their marketing goals like building awareness, reaching

new customers, and driving high-value conversions by

designing and implementing engaging cross-channel,

end-to-end marketing campaigns. Gigantic’s services

range from building brands to executing multi-channel,

digital marketing campaigns.

Caribou coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels

800 wacker drive

dubuque, ia

(888) 227-4268


The best coffee moved in with the

best bagels. Imagine the power of

the world's greatest bagelry

setting up shop with the most

beloved coffeehouse. Now you

can experience

knock-your-socks-off coffee

creations from Caribou Coffee

right beside Einstein Bros. fresh

baked bagels with got-to-have-it

shmear. All under one epic roof.

vrcade, INC.

3220 Dodge St, Suite 102/193

Dubuque, ia

(563) 239-1992

VRCADE, INC is Virtual Reality

Gaming - Choice of 12 games to

play in a 12 x 12 bay.


the filament meetery+eatery

301 Bell St.

Dubuque, ia

(563) 690-4761


Ribbon Cutting Celebrating The

Filament Meetery + Eatery, located

just inside the entrance of the

eastern side of the venerable

Diamond Jo Casino, The Filament is

the newest addition to the property.

An electrifying-yet-casual place to

meet up and eat up featuring over

20 beers on tap and a bright new

take on pub cuisine.


301 Bell St.

Dubuque, ia

(563) 690-4800

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for

Subway, located off the Diamond Jo

Casino floor. Subway serves fresh,

great tasting, made-for-you sandwiches

and salads, many of which

have 6 grams of fat or less. Offering

a healthful alternative to traditionally

fatty fast food has made Subway

Restaurants a popular destination

for health-conscious consumers.


7 hills brewing company

985 Washington St.

Dubuque, ia

(563) 587-8306

Congratulations to 7 Hills Brewing

Company on their Ribbon Cutting! 7

Hills is a local Brewpub with 7

year-round beers, seasonal brews,

full kitchen, outdoor seating, live

entertainment and a fun atmosphere.

advanced wellness center

2442 Meinen Ct

Dubuque, ia

(563) 556-6292

Advanced Wellness Center is designed

to provide the Dubuque area with

family centered care. Nicole Schlosser

opened the clinic in June of 2016 and

has recently expanded. They

announced the addition of Andrea

Simmons as a nurse practitioner to the

newly renovated clinic. Their clinic is

based on a patient focus model,

where they listen and work with

individuals to form personalized

health care.




The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing current and noteworthy

information of relevance to tri-state area businesses. If you would like more information on

any of the items in our news section, view our webpage at


Dubuque to

host state wide walk

Iowans encouraged to walk

more, connect more every day



Finley Hospital volunteers received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special

recognition ceremony held earlier this month in Cedar Falls.

Richard and Sandra Hyman were honored with an Individual award by

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital for their patient escort volunteer


Kathy Golinski and Mary Thill were honored with a Length of Service

award by UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital for their service as (SHIIP)

Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselor volunteers.

“Volunteerism is such an integral part of what it means to be an Iowan,”

Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “I’m pleased to honor those who have given of

themselves to meet the needs of others. Their commitment helps

improve the lives of those around them and consistently keep our state’s

volunteerism rate in the top ten nationally.”

Dubuque, among all of Iowa will continue

the state’s dedication to becoming

the healthiest state by joining the 7th

Annual Walk on October 4. The Healthiest

State strives to inspire Iowans to

#GetYourWalkOn not only on October

4, but every day by connecting with

friends, family, and one’s community.

Dubuque’s walk will kick off at 10:45am

on October 4 starting from five downtown

Dubuque locations including:

Intermodal Transportation Center (950

Elm Street), Port of Dubuque (meet at

the base of Third Street Bridge), Roshek

Building (700 Locust), in between the

Prudential Building (500 Main Street) &

NICC Downtown (700 Main Street), or

City Hall (50 W. 13th Street).

Halfway through the walk, participants

will gather inside the Roshek Building

(700 Locust) and hear speakers from

the Healthiest State Initiative, Delta

Dental, and city leaders. After they

gather, participants can return to their

starting points or walk back to work.


Catalysts for Iowa’s Economic Growth

If you read, viewed or listened to the news last week, you are no

doubt aware that Apple is building a massive new data center in


As with many economic development deals, some gave it an “A”

and some gave it an “F.”

For starters, this deal doesn’t cost Waukee or its taxpayers a

single penny. The “investment” by Waukee is foregoing only a

portion of a massive increase in its tax base. The proposed

Apple site is currently used as farmland, and is taxed as such,

bringing in less than $100,000 annually. Once Apple purchases

the site, Waukee will yield $3.75 million annually in property

taxes from the same land. That’s $74.9 million in new property

taxes during the abatement period. And in the first year after

the abatement, the city will get $13.2 million or more per year

— assuming no increase in valuation.

On top of the local property taxes, Apple will contribute up to

$100 million toward a “public improvement fund” for Waukee.

The first project is to be a public youth sports complex.

The net cost for all of this for Waukee? Zero. It is literally all

upside. Giving up a portion of tax that would not have been paid

in order to get a chunk of taxes that would not have been paid is

a pretty easy decision.

So what about Iowa? The state’s role is to be the catalyst for

economic growth. Growth doesn’t “just happen.” Gov. Kim

Reynolds, Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi

Durham and local leaders such as Jay Byers at the Greater Des

Moines Partnership have been pursuing Apple for nearly two

years. It started with Iowa letting Apple leaders know we

wanted their business — and reminding them their competition

is already here. The decision to award $19.65 million in state

incentives is not easy. It never is. It’s the taxpayers’ money. And

unlike Waukee’s “all upside” proposition, for the state it’s a

strategic investment.

Gov. Reynolds had to examine what the return on investment

would be for all Iowa taxpayers. It’s not just about 50 high-quality

jobs. It’s about spurring economic activity through a

capital-intensive project to create more jobs, more investment,

more business and consumer spending, and more overall

growth. The growth the project generates needs to be able to

pay the taxpayers back with a demonstrated return on the

taxpayers' investment. The governor knew that the project was

guaranteed to generate no less than $19.65 million in sales and

use tax — so the taxpayers are made whole just in the construction

phase of the data centers.

What’s more, the governor knew that at least another $1.1

million in new tax revenue would come back to the state

annually once the data center is operational, as highlighted in

the revenue estimates from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Technology Engagement Center study just completed in May.

Together, taxpayers will see a return on investment to the

general fund of $10-20 million over the same period that

Waukee taxpayers would gain $74.9 million in property taxes,

not including the additional tax on materials, real estate

transfer fees and other correlated business growth from the

project. The detractors of the deal have exclaimed, “We could

have gotten a better deal. More for less. Why should we use

any incentives?” The substantial return on investment shown

here clearly answers these questions.

Others lament, “If we just had low taxes, we wouldn’t need

these incentives. The deals will just come to us.” If that was the

case, then why didn’t South Dakota with no income tax get the

deal? Why not Kansas (which was considered)? Because having

low taxes doesn’t mean you don’t have to compete to win deals

with great returns like the Apple project.

Smart incentives that have a demonstrated return on investment

are a critical part of Iowa’s economic growth.

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