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Give the Gift of Local this Holiday Season with Chamber Bucks

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014



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:

Now Accepting 2015 Annual Awards Banquet Nominations

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


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 Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce   112 First St East    PO Box 104 –or email:

 To submit nominations online, CLICK HERE

We look forward to receiving your nominations!


13th Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Join the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce along with local businesses at our 13th Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Friday, October 31st from 4:00-5:30pm in downtown Independence.  All are welcome! Independence city-wide Trick-or-Treating to follow from 5:30-7:00pm





2014 Annual Golf Outing

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Join us for the Annual Chamber Golf Outing on Friday, June 20th at Three Elms Golf Course!


Morning and Afternoon Tee Times Available
Check in @ 7:30 AM    Shotgun Tee Off @ 8:15 AM
LUNCH SERVED 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Check in @ 12:30 PM     Shotgun Tee Off @ 1:30 PM
4 Person Best Shot       Lots of Great Door Prizes!

Everyone is invited to join us! All skill levels invited!

$50 General Admission   $45 Chamber Member

**Silver members ($500) receive 1 free ticket
**Gold members ($1000) receive two free tickets


If interested in sponsoring a hole, becoming a title sponsor, prodviding a tee-time beverage cart, challenge sponsor, or donating a raffle item, click here!

Register for the 2014 Farmer’s Market!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

2014 Independence Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill

May 17 – October 18

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.

May Friday Night Live @ 5- Friday Night Fiesta

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 4th of July Parade Entry Form

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

2014 4th of July Parade 

 Hosted by the

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

 Theme: Independence: #ANewEra

(See below for the registration form)

 Welcome to our 154nd Parade Celebration! Please complete and return the bottom portion of this official entry form with the applicable entry fee by Monday, June 23rd to guarantee your position in the parade lineup.

 The entrance fee is $10 for the first vehicle or walking group, and $5 for each additional vehicle or walking group.  Please make checks payable to: Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.

 All entries will be judged this year and plaques will be awarded

based on the following criteria:

 Best Use of Theme

Best Decorated

Best Promotion of the City

                      Most Creative

Best Overall

 Entries must be received by June 23rd, 2014

Please return your completed entry form with your check made payable to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce:

  4th of July Parade

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 104

Independence, Iowa 50644


2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards Registration

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Independence Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards – February 22

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

(Independence, IA)—Independence #ANewEra.  The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Chamber Banquet and Awards at the Heartland Acres Agribtion center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  The Social Hour with raffle and silent auction items begins at 6:00pm with dinner; catered by McElroy’s Catering will begin at 7:00pm with awards to follow.  All are welcome to this fun night of community accomplishment and recognition.  More information, along with table reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling the IACC at 319-334-7178, or fill out the registration form below!

Join us for the 2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards

A night of celebration, recognition, and fun!
Independence #ANewEra

Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner, & Awards to Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Project of the Year, and Hall of Fame Inductions. Join in on the fun today! Seating limited! RSVP BY FEBRUARY 7th!

2014 Chamber Showcase- Early Bird Special 10% off Registration!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

 2014 Chamber Showcase-Registration Now Open

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

2014 Registration Form

(Independence, IA) –The 2014 Chamber Showcase has taken on a new approach to the Chamber Home & Living Show.  The Chamber has decided to make this two day event into an energetic, one day showcase on Sunday, March 23rd at Henderson Event Center from 11am-4pm.

It is with hope that the Chamber Showcase will feature any and all Chamber members; From building supply to hair salons, from restaurants to investments, we want it all!  Booths will be available in various sizes, but will fill up fast, and are only available to Chamber members.

It is our wish to provide all Chamber members with equal opportunity to promote themselves through our several events, and we feel that the rebirth of the Home & Living Show to the Chamber Showcase will do just that.

The Chamber Showcase will provide your business with an established and exciting venue to showcase your products and services to potential customers from Independence and Buchanan County, as well as neighboring communities.  This is very cost effective and low in time commitment to reach a large number of consumers.  This is your time to shine!  Register by January 31st for 10% off your booth registration!  Contact the Chamber for more information at 319-334-7178.

2014 Chamber Calendar Released

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Chamber Calendar of Events- 2014



February 22                                      Annual Awards Banquet

March 23                                           Chamber Showcase

April 13                                             Easter Egg Hunt

May 16                                              Friday Night Live

June 20, raindate August 15       Annual Golf Outing

June 6                                                Friday Night Live

July 4                                                 153rd Annual 4th of July Parade- 9am

July 6                                                 Annual 4th of July Breakfast, 8am-noon

August 8                                           Friday Night Live

October 18                                                  Zombie Run

October 31                                      Downtown Trick-or-Treat

December 5-7                                 Jingle on Main,

  • (Friday-Tree lighting & Window Walk, Saturday- Shopping with Santa, Sunday-Carriage Rides)