Business Owner Programming
Business Owners benefit from the Urbandale Chamber through programming exclusively for them. Every spring the Chamber organizes a Business Owners Breakfast to connect with other member-owners, monthly a think-tank of owners gather to discuss hot topics impacting them to support each other in finding solutions. This monthly program called MOXIE (Member Owners eXchange Information & Experience) is an included benefit of membership.
One on one consulting is another benefit to business owners. The Chamber staff is seasoned and trained to assist in a number of areas, however, if the need goes outside of the scope of their training, the Chamber has partnerships with SCORE, the SBDC, and SBA to consult with business owners at no charge to assist with an issue at no charge.
M.O.X.I.E. (Members Owners Exchange Information
With the assistance of Greg Thompson, Action Coach, the MOXIE group discusses sensitive issues business owners face in a confidential environment. Participation in this group is an included benefit of membership in the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.
Trust is a critical element of MOXIE. All owners must sign a confidentiality agreement upon participating. This allows members to have the confidence to actively participate, fully engage, and problem-solve together. MOXIE meets the first Wednesday of every month from 8 – 10 a.m.
What MOXIE Members Are Saying
See what Hiram Houghton, one of our members, has to say about his experience.
“The value and insight I have gained from the host Greg Thompson and from fellow business owners has been extremely valuable… I have been able to relate to a lot of these fellow owners, who through our conversations, have provided me insight as to how to handle various situations or things to consider as we grow. If you have considered attending, I would highly suggest making time to.”
Launch IT Corp.
The Mid-Iowa Small Business Development Center has a strong partnership with the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. The hold regular office hours at the Chamber office the second-Wednesday of every month. Appointments can be made through the Urbandale Chamber office to schedule a time to meet one-on-one with a business counselor to assist.
The mission of the SBDC is to support the collaborative economic development of Iowa by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with individual consultation and educational resources necessary to assist their businesses to succeed.
Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides no-cost, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses. They also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
Their program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education, and the business community to assist Iowa’s businesses to grow and be successful. Their15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by the three Iowa Regent institutions, ten community colleges, and one regional economic development entity, all coordinated through the state center at Iowa State University. Each regional center encourages unique local efforts, region to region and community to community, to meet small business needs throughout the state.