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Free Fit Balance Class for Seniors

Join the Northern Hills Assisted Living free Fit Balance classes designed specifically for seniors.  Fit Balance is a series of gentle exercises for seniors taught by certified senior fitness instructor Meg Bishop, a member of the Northern Hills team.  This new and popular class combines the slow fluidity of Tai-Chi, the breathe technique and stretch of Yoga and the strength of light weight lifting.  These exercises can greatly enhance range of motion, flexibility, mobility, balance and muscular strength; which will assist seniors in all their activities of daily living.

The Fit Balance Series can also help with:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Inflammation
  3. Improve the Circulatory System
  4. Support Healthy Digestion
  5. Improve Breathing/Respiratory System
  6. Sleep
  7. Anxiety/Stress
  8. Uplift the Spirit
  9. Classes can be done seated or standing

Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Northern Hills Independent Living Community, 4002 Teton Trace, Sioux City, Iowa.  For more information call 712.239.9400.

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Why are YOU a Chamber member?

Firms choose to be members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for reasons as varied as the firms themselves. Whether you like networking with other businesses or taking part in a Chamber committee, your Chamber membership is an important way to stay engaged in your local business community. We appreciate your membership and continually seek ways to add value to your annual membership.

So, starting this month we’ll begin a regular feature on our blog and Facebook pages to profile Chamber members celebrating milestone anniversaries. Keep your eyes out for Facebook posts all month long as we tell the stories of these great local businesses celebrating September anniversaries and share with you their experiences as Chamber members:

Member Anniversaries

Iowa Vocational Rehab
Rejuvenation by Lazaderm

Singing Hills Mercy Family Medicine
Stoney Creek Inn

HuHot Mongolian Grill
Roland Junck

First National Bank

AmeriPride Linen and Apparel Services

Perkins Office Solutions

We’re glad to recognize these local businesses that have chosen to remain members year after year. After all, a Chamber of Commerce is only as effective as its membership, and here in Siouxland we have the finest membership you’ll find anywhere.

Sam Wagner
Director of Business Retention
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce/The Siouxland Initiative

Commercial Property Tax Appeal

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All across the United States, real estate values have dropped dramatically.  Many properties have not been accurately assessed for property tax purposes.  Issues with property taxes lie with whether the property is really worth what the assessor says it is.  This is especially important for industrial and commercial taxpayers with multiple business locations.  Many property owners are overpaying on property taxes, as there may be a substantial gap between the assessed value and the actual value of the property.

The property tax appeals process may vary by location.  Property owners in Sioux City are currently receiving notice of assessments.  If the property has not been reassessed, the same value is used for 2013 as was assessed in 2012.  The deadline to file a protest of the 2013 assessment is quickly approaching.  The deadline is May 5th.  Attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm, PLC understand the tax appeal process.

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Goosmann Law Firm, PLC
410 5th Street
Sioux City, IA  51101
P: (712) 226-4000
F: (712) 224-4517

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshops

During the month of November 2012, SCORE will offer a five session workshop for individuals wanting to start small businesses or who seek help in improving their current business.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is a 5-part series of 3-hour workshops designed to give you the tools, information and advice you need to succeed.  You’ll learn the essentials of business startup, get action steps, and receive one-on-one mentoring.

Will Your Idea Work?
Test the feasibility of your business idea and increase your chances for success with SCORE’s tools and templates.

The Elements of Success
Starting with solid plans, genuine market knowledge, a financial plan and realistic expectations are key to launching a successful business.

Expert Advice and Assistance
Business experts help you navigate the expected-and unexpected-challenges most small business owners face.

Network and Learn
Take advantage of this great opportunity to be mentored (one-on-one) by a business expert, and meet other aspiring business owners.

All sessions will be held at the Country Inn & Suites in North Sioux City, SD.  The first session is free.  The total cost of Sessions 2-5 is $100.00.  Veterans and their spouses can attend for free through the Veterans Fast Launch Program.

To register call, 712.277.2324 or visit

  • Session 1  Thursday, November 8  7:00 p.m.  Start Up Basics
  • Session 2  Tuesday, November 13  7:00 p.m.  Business Concepts
  • Session 3  Tuesday, November 20  7:00 p.m.  Marketing Plan
  • Session 4  Tuesday, November 27  7:00 p.m.  Financial Projections
  • Session 5  Tuesday, December 4    7:00 p.m.  Funding Sources

Special thanks to the Explorers and Distinctive Gourmet for hosting Chamber Business After Hours

Special thanks to the Explorers and Distinctive Gourmet for hosting a superb “Chamber Business After Hours”.  We also want to thank the local businesses that purchased a half inning sponsorship and provided tickets to employees, family, friends and others.  Finally, we are indebted to the nine (9) people who spent one inning in the Community Leaders’ Dunk Tank, as well as the 18 people who initially agreed to place their name on the dunk tank ballot.  You were all good sports about this and our collective efforts helped raise money for the United Way of Siouxland in a fun and unique way.

Interstate 29 Construction Update – Singing Hills Blvd. Ramp

After 10 p.m. Friday, June 8, the contractor will close the Singing Hills Blvd to southbound Interstate 29 on-ramp to allow for the reconstruction of the ramp pavement. The ramp is expected to reopen Friday, June 29.

Ramp traffic will be detoured using Harbor Drive to Discovery Blvd, then to Aviation Blvd, and then to southbound I-29. The detour route is shown below.

Wesley Parkway Traffic Update

The contractor is making changes to improve traffic flow through the Wesley Parkway interchange by eliminating the movement of traffic to southbound Interstate 29 and adding a right turn lane from U.S. 77 to southbound I-29. Traffic from Wesley Parkway to southbound I-29 will be directed to the Hamilton Boulevard or Pierce Street interchanges. Changes will be completed by the afternoon of June 1.

Proposed Four-Lane Improvement of U.S. 20 in Woodbury County to be Discussed June 14

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, June 14, to discuss the design and right-of-way impacts for the reconstruction of U.S. 20 from just east of Woodbury County Road D-22 (Ida Avenue) east to just west of Correctionville.

The public is invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Correctionville Community Center, 312 Driftwood St.

This public information meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvement. No formal presentation will be made.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Shane Tymkowicz, assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 3 Office, 2800 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa  51102, telephone 712-276-1451 or 800-284-4368, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects.

Central Contractor Registration Workshop

The federal government is replacing the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

                                          Database within 60 days.

  • Without a CCR profile, the federal government cannot transfer funds to you.
  • Without a CCR profile, the federal government cannot award a contract.
  • Without a CCR profile, your business cannot sell to the federal government.

Who should attend?

Anyone who already has a CCR profile.

Where and when can I learn about this?

FREE one-hour workshops will be held at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 1:00 p.m.

Space is limited.  Registration required.

RSVP to Mary Koster at

or 712-255-7903

Who is providing this training?

Gordon Bonnes, Government Contracting Specialist, Iowa State University Extension &

Outreach – CIRAS, Procurement Program Western Iowa Representative.

The procurement Program offers free individual counseling assistance to Iowans who want to grow their business thru learning how to sell to a government entity.

 This workshop is brought to you jointly by the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – CIRAS.

Vote Blue Day!

Blue Zones are places around the world where people live healthier, happier lives by spending time with friends and family, exercising naturally, eating healthy foods, and redeveloping and transforming their communities into positive, inspiring environments.  Sioux City is one of eleven communities across the state being considered to become a Blue Zones Demonstration Site.

Vote for Sioux City to become a Blue Zones Demonstration Site on Thursday, March 29th.  Visit and take 30 seconds to enter your name, email address, city, and zip code to show your support for a healthier Sioux City.  Computers at the Downtown Library (Wilbur Alfs) and Morningside Library will be available for residents to sign up and patrons at all three libraries will receive a Blue Zones bookmark with instruction on how to vote.

Think of fun and creative ways to get your employees, friends and neighbors to vote at