The November 2016 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon was catered by Phyllis and Bob Wiseman and hosted by the folks at Boulders Inn. Chamber President Kyle Matzen opened the meeting with the usual introductions and a chamber board update and a review of the event schedule.
Kyle noted the first annual Monster Dash was a success and had a great turnout despite the weather. The Trunk-or-Treat held on the square for Halloween had over 400 children participate with 24 businesses involved. Kyle also briefly reviewed the December 6th Square Lighting schedule.
This month we had two speakers, the first being Robert Brownell from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Robert shared with the chamber members about the reality of food insecurity in the Polk County area. Robert explained that hunger happens 365 days of the year, and it happens for 55,000 individuals right here in Polk County. The solution is to raise funds and support the efforts of local food pantries. This effort is being organized and managed by the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County.
Robert reviewed the need for our community support of this program and the many different ways our chamber can get involved to relieve hunger here in Polk County. If you or your organization would like to be involved, you can find out more and contact them by visiting their website HungerFreePolkCounty.org.
Our second speaker was Tammy Verbrugge, Owner of HR Approach. Tammy shared with us about the importance of human resource policies and practices for our local businesses regardless of size. She covered a number of topics to include:
- Policies, Procedures & Practices
- Employee Relations
- Retention Strategies
- Compensation & Benefits
Tammy also explained the importance of having an employee handbook and how it prevents a lot of problems for businesses. If your business doesn't have a full time HR staff, Tammy would be a great resource to contact with your questions. She can be reached at (515) 208-0190.
Kyle closed out the November meeting by introducing the 2017 chamber president, Desiree Pliler.