Chairman of the Board: Summer Greetings

Aug 1, 2019

Michele Starkenburg, 2019 Chairman of the Board

I am over halfway through my role as Chairman and have been reflecting on my experience. I’ve realized that when I think of the Chamber membership, I don’t think about our directory list or the storefronts around Ankeny. I think of our people! Our businesses are not just physical buildings, but people who live, work, and serve in our community. My role as Chairman has allowed me to build so many relationships, which are key to the success of a business and strong community. In my experience, nothing has proved more valuable than the trusted relationships I’ve made through my involvement in the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce. If you are wondering how to take your business to the next level, start with becoming involved in the Chamber! You will meet people who are passionate about growing personally and professionally. 

A great way to learn how to get involved and get the most out of your Chamber membership is by talking with our new Membership Director, Jamie Anderson! Jamie joined the Chamber this July and is looking forward to meeting all of our members. Stop by the Chamber office to introduce yourself and review your membership benefits!

Life is crazy busy! We can’t imagine adding another event to our already insane schedules.  Let me encourage you that time spent with friends and family or a client is worth the investment! Make sure you mark your calendars for one of the Chamber’s largest events of the year – Corks and Caps, an Iowa wine and craft beer festival. The event features beer, wine, and food vendors! Join us on Sunday, September 22nd from 1 – 4pm at the Ankeny Market & Pavilion. Will you attend for the live music, the food and drinks, or the relationship opportunities? They all sound good to me! Visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

Finally, the Chamber has already scheduled ribbon cuttings into September and October. If you are a new member and haven’t scheduled a ribbon cutting, call the Chamber to get on the calendar! Ribbon cuttings are a wonderful way to introduce your business to Chamber members and the community.

It has been an incredible experience serving the Chamber membership this year. I can’t wait to continue meeting new people and building relationships. Look me up and let me know how I can help you get involved and/or make an introduction for you—I am happy to help you grow your network!

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