Chairman of the Board: Go Local

Sep 1, 2019

Michele Starkenburg, 2019 Chairman of the Board

We have much to be thankful for and proud of in this community we call home. I’m thankful for so many business owners, who work tirelessly to provide us with a better quality of life. We are blessed that we don’t need to leave Ankeny to shop! Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are invested in the community’s welfare and future. I encourage you to visit our local Chamber member businesses for personal or work needs. Chamber member businesses in the Ankeny area help every aspect of what makes our community great. Take time to support the business owners that work hard each day to provide quality service to Ankeny.

Ankeny continues to see great growth with many new businesses and developments throughout the community.  And, many established businesses are updating their locations to better serve the growing community. Please take time throughout the year to visit a new business or re-experience one of the existing favorites in town.

An easy way to support Chamber members is to attend the monthly networking events hosted at member businesses or attend a ribbon cutting to visit a new storefront. Upcoming events include Lattes and Leads on September 24th (8:00 – 9:00 am) at Mill-Pond Retirement Community and Business After Hours on October 10th (4:00 – 6:00 pm) at Great Southern Bank. Also, keep your calendar open for one of my favorite events, Discover Ankeny on November 7th, which offers samples of all the great businesses in Ankeny. Get tickets at

Please support our Chamber member businesses and remember to shop local. If you are looking for a gift, product, or service, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Chamber, we would love to connect you with one of our many business owners. Thank you for all you do for our community.

“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”  – Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

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