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Save the Dates! Friday Night Live @ 5, Summer 2015
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce
January 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Independence, IA)- Planning is underway for summer events in Independence. The
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of Friday Night Live
@ 5 for the eight consecutive summer season. Friday Night Live @ 5 is a family friendly event
held in the summer months at Riverwalk Parks in Independence. These events are free to the
public, with food and beverage options, live music, Absolutely Indee bag tournaments, and more.
Save the date for May 15th- “Friday Night Fiesta” with entertainment from the Swamp Cats, June
12th- “Smoke on the Wapsie” with entertainment from WAGG, and August 7th, “Back to School
Bash” with entertainment from Milk and Honey.
For more information on these and other events hosted by the Independence Area Chamber of
Commerce, or for sponsorship opportunities, call 319-334-7178 or visit indeecommerce.com
Support Local, Shop Local, Give Chamber Bucks!
While shopping this holiday season for friends and loved ones, make a pledge to shop local. Shopping local keeps more money in our local economy, supporting local jobs, community growth, and community sustainability. Give the gift of local this holiday season by buying a tool at a hardware store, purchasing a new sweater at a clothing store, giving a decorative heirloom from a specialty store, or purchasing Chamber Bucks at the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Bucks are dollar-like bills, only redeemable at local Chamber businesses within our community. By gifting Chamber Bucks, your money stays local by giving recipients the option of where they can spend their gifted dollars locally. Chamber Bucks may be used at over 70 local businesses, including restaurants, retail, convenient stores, and more. By spending Chamber Bucks, 100% of sales are returned to the selected business participants. Chamber Bucks are sold in five dollar increments and are non-redeemable for cash. Chamber Bucks make great stocking stuffer items, birthday gifts, and more!
Chamber Bucks are available for purchase at the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at Office 112 in downtown Independence. For large gift quantities, please call in advance at 319-334-7178. For a complete list of accepting businesses, visit this link: http://www.indeecommerce.com/downloads/
It is time to prepare for our Annual Awards Banquet where we have the opportunity to thank you for your work, time and contributions in 2014! We’ve scheduled this celebration for Saturday, February 21, 2015, social hour at 6:00 pm with dinner served at 7:00 pm. The banquet will be held at Heartland Acres Event Center. Event details to follow.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at 334-7178. $25 for Chamber Members / $30 for Non-Chamber Members
Business of the Year- A business whose owners and/or employees have demonstrated outstanding initiative in the community through volunteer efforts, projects, and/or donations.
Business Person of the Year- An individual who has excelled in their business field and has benefited, or will benefit, the community.
Teacher of the Year-An outstanding educational provider who continues to and goes above and beyond to push his or her students to achieve their highest goals and creates a fun and productive learning atmosphere for our youth, dedicate to encourage learning and growth.
Citizen of the Year – An individual whose volunteer actions and/or community support has been extraordinary in nature, and by those actions have greatly benefited the community.
Hall of Fame – This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding community involvement and leadership. A person who has freely given of their time and talents for numerous community events and fundraisers.
Previous Award Winners <<Click on the link to view previous award winners.
Awards will also be given to Mentor of the Year with recognition of Past Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club.
Your input is needed and appreciated!
Please have nominations, as well as a brief write up returned to the Chamber by Friday, January 16th, 2014
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce 112 First St East PO Box 104 –or email: email@example.com
To submit nominations online, CLICK HERE
We look forward to receiving your nominations!
2015 Independence Farmers’ Market
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill
The Independence Farmers’ Market offers locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, flowers, bedding plants, and herbs. The purpose of the market is to connect customers directly with the person who grew the products in a fun, casual environment. Independence Farmers’ Market Guidelines:
- Sales begin promptly at the signal at 8:00 a.m. No early birds.
- Produce must be grown by the vendor and crafts made by the vendor. Vendors may also be employees of the grower.
- NO AUCTION items are allowed nor is buying from a source and reselling.
- Cost of seasonal permits is $30 and for a one-day vending fee the cost is $10.
- The market stresses cooperation not competition. Disputes are to be resolved respectfully.
- Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
- Jams, jellies and baked goods MUST be labeled with ingredients, vendor name and contact information.
- Baked goods must be covered and up off the ground.
- If you have questions about market rules talk to the market coordinator or committee member.
- Smoking is forbidden on all city property.
- With the exception of stalls for the Historical Society, space for the visibility of the Mill sign and a stall for electrical access vendor stalls are on a first come first served basis on the day of the market (i.e. no overnight parking to “save” a spot).
Vendor Application Form
Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to:
Joe Olsen, 2003 206th St, Independence, IA 50644
Name _____________________________ Business Name ________________________________ Address _______________________ City ____________________ State ________ Zip ________ Phone _________________________ Email _____________________________________________ Items you will be selling: Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified? Yes No The 2014 market will be coordinated by Gordon Murray-John 563-419-3569; secretary Roxanne Fuller 319-334-7161 and treasurer Joe Olsen 319-334-2709. Hope Langel is the Facebook contact and Amy Kelly is the web site coordinator.
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce to host Community Easter Egg Hunt
Independence – The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce will host community-wide Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 from 2:00-3:00pm at Leinbaugh Field (behind West Elementary) in Independence, Ia. Ages 0-9 are invited to participate in this family friendly event with adult supervision. Prizes will be made available for all participants through the kind sponsorship of Advanced Family Eye Care, Family First Chiropractic, RE/Max Independence Realty, Wendy J. Troutman D.D.S., P.C., Veridian Credit Union, and Fareway of Independence. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance throughout the event for pictures and greeting. This event will take place rain or shine with a rain location in the West Elementary Gymnasium. For more information, contact the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at (319) 334-7178 or “Like” the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for continuous updates and news on community events and activities.
Event Centers and Conference/Meeting Rooms
Office 112 – 112 1st St. East, Independence
Small Conference Room, seats 12 comfortably, no charge
Monti Community Center – holds 250-300 people
Weddings, $400 for non-members, $200 for members
Other Events- $150 for non-members, $75 for members
Funeral Dinners- $100
2854 Washington Ave.
Coggon,IA 52218 319-934-3776 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wapsi Wine Cellar, Independence, IA
Small Private Events (ex. Bridal shower,bachelorette party or rehearsal dinners)
For groups of 20 or less they can cater an elegant sit down 5 course dinner at a very reasonable price, you are always welcome to bring in your own food and appetizers or have your party catered from your favorite restaurant. Please email at email@example.com or call Bridget at 563-920-8255 to plan the perfect party.
Falcon Civic Center, Independence IA
1305 5th Ave 319-334-2606
Small conference room-10 people capacity
For profit, first 3 hours $15, $10 for each add’tl hour. $35/day max
Non-profit, $10 for first 3 hrs, $7.50 for each add’tl hour $30/day max
Large Conference Room- 49 people capacity
Profit- first 3 hours $40, each add’tl hour $20/hr. $70/day max
Non-profit, first 3 hrs $20, $15/hr for each add’tl hour $55.00/day max
Also rental of gym, 275 max
Profit- first 3 hours $175, each. Add’tl hour $45, daily max $275
Non-profit- $100 for first 3 hours, each add’tl hour $35, $150/day max
Birthday Parties, Rental of gym for 2.5 hours is $65, use of kitchen included
Independence Public Library
Free for non-profit organizations
1 room seats 30 2nd room seats 8-10
4-H Building- Buchanan County Fairgrounds, Independence
1202 12th St. NE Lisa Wendling- 319-334-6229
Up to 350 people $500 charge
Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse
201 First St. West 319-334-2455
Small Party Room – up to 50 people
Brandon Community Center
802 Main St., Brandon, Ia 52210
Phyllis Clark- 319-327-0520 or 319-474-2317
Multipurpose Room, Fits 240 comfortably- Use of Kitchen included
Meeting Room: great for showers and meetings holds 30 people comfortably
Multipurpose Room: ( Wedding Receptions or ANY Friday or Saturday Rental)
$400 Rental fee for day/night of event
Other Rental Circumstance ( Multipurpose room)
(Sunday- Thursday Rentals)
$100/ 4 hrs (minimum rental) $25 each additional hour of rental
$50/ 4 hrs ( minimum rental) $10 each additional hour of rental
Okoboji Grill at River Ridge Golf Club
1749 Golf Course Blvd. 319-334-6576
Parties and Private meetings for up to 45 people
Henderson Event Center- 2320 Iowa Ave, Independence
Allison Henderson- 319-240-5880 Elliott Henderson- 319-361-6464
Price $0000 50+
500 Guest Capacity, Smoke Free, Handicap Accessible, Full Bar Service, Full Kitchen,
2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, Iowa 50644
Brian Bell, 319-332-0123 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum seating capacity is 450. The open layout can also be split into 3 smaller spaces using dividing walls and can be arranged banquet-style, classroom-style, theater-style, conference-style or U-shaped.
The patio is an inviting outdoor space overlooking the gazebo and Swan Lake. The gazebo is the perfect setting for your outdoor wedding at the Events Center.