Calendar of Events - Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
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March 2022

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Norwalk Area Women's Collective | Breakfast Club
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Norwalk Area Women's Collective | Breakfast Club
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2023 NACC Golf Outing
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Norwalk Area Women's Collective | Breakfast Club
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Events in the month of March 2022
MMIT Ribbon Cutting

We are 85!
That is cause for celebration

and a ribbon cutting to the future!

Please join the Metro area chambers of commerce and our team
to celebrate MMIT's 85 years serving central Iowa's business needs.

You are invited to join the Grimes and Urbandale Chambers of Commerce as we celebrate this milestone with a ceremonial ribbon cutting sponsored by the Grimes Chamber. Our success is your success so come help us celebrate 85 years of central Iowa success and growth.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1 at 11:30 A.M.
MMIT Offices
MMIT Business Solutions Group has been a family-owned, Iowa-based business since 1937. Originally known as M&M Sales Company, Gilbert Minor opened the doors in 1937. In the early days, MMIT sold typewriters and adding machines. (Make sure you check them out when you come to this event.) In the 1950’s, we became the first company to sell and service office copiers in the Des Moines area (that’s why we call ourselves “The Original for Copiers and Fax Equipment”). MMIT offers the best in office equipment from leading manufacturers and crucial IT services and support so Des Moines businesses can look to one powerful partner for all their office technology needs.  

Please let us know if you can join us by emailing Ellie Tysklind at

Tom Minor and the MMIT Business Solutions Group

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March Happy Hour + Networking

Norwalk Area Chamber invites you to
Happy Hour + Networking
at 1908 Draught House

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 - 3:30-5:00 pm

Due to pending weather and some exciting developments the Connect Committee has decided to reschedule the Happy Hour + Networking to Friday, March 4 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. This event will follow the March 3 Norwalk City Council meeting and we will have lots of exciting news to share! Join us next week!
Registration not required, but encouraged. Complimentary appetizers. Drinks on your own.

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Ribbon Cutting for Alice's Place Senior Living

NACC Ribbon Cutting - Alice Place Senior Living
Monday, March 7 at 12 pm
9310 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211

Join your fellow membership for an official GrowNorwalk Ambassadors Ribbon Cutting at Alice Place Senior Living. Come in, take a tour and meet our newest member. Open to the public.

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Norwalk Area YP - Leads and Lattes

Norwalk Area YP - Leads and Lattes
March 8th at 7:45 
Luana Savings Bank
9321 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211
We will be introducing the new Norwalk Area Young Professionals group and discussing upcoming events. Join us for coffee and connections! 

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Connect Committee Meeting

March 9th 
Luana Savings Bank 
9321 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211

Making sure our members are connected to education, resources and networking opportunities.

Business Education - Plan programming for membership meetings.

Host monthly networking meetings to keep new and current members connected and sharing.

Connect members to business resources that assist in current needs.

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Always Ready: Business Plan

Always Ready: Business Plan
March 9th at 12pm to 1pm 

The Always Ready: Business Plan event is a one-hour class that will help you develop your business plan and connect you with other small business owners. You will hear from speakers who have been through the entrepreneurial journey so you can learn and prepare for opportunity.
Register online HERE

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GrowNorwalk Ambassadors Meeting

GrowNorwalk Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 10  |  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Chicken, 4221 SE Orilla Rd, WDM

Join the GrowNorwalk Ambassadors for a 2022 Reboot of our Ambassadors meeting. We will discuss ways to welcome new members, how to tell your chamber's story and plans for 2022. Lunch on your own. All current and new members are welcome at this event.


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Des Moines Partnership | Small Business Success Summit

Des Moines Partnership | Small Business Success Summit
March 11th 8am to 4:30pm 
FFA Center at DMACC Ankeny Campus 

If you’re a small business owner, join us for a summit created just for you. Attend presentations by keynote speakers from industry leaders that will inform and inspire, participate in workshops with fellow business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and engage in in-depth conversations at various breakout sessions.
This event will be held in-person in the Des Moines area. This event costs $79 for Members, $99 for Non-Members, $25 for Students, OR $550 for a Table of eight.

Find more information HERE 
Register HERE 

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Warren County Conservation Rain Barrel Make and Take

Learn how to prepare a skull for a museum-quality mount, and get an opportunity to practice hands-on! Jim Coffey with the Iowa DNR will provide bobcat skulls and instructions for participants to clean and prepare skull mounts. They will get to take home their skull that they work on during the program.

This program is geared towards middle schoolers through adults, and space is limited. There is a $5 materials fee for this program.
Please register by February 23rd at noon.

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Community Chat

Community Chat 
Saturday March 12th 
9:00-10:30 am 
City Hall, 705 North Ave. 
Residents are invited to visit with city representatives about variety of topics.

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Warren County Conservation Geocatching 101: With Your Phone

Looking for a fun new outdoor hobby? Want to participate in our county-wide Geocaching Adventure? Come discover the fun and excitement of geocaching, the high tech outdoor scavenger hunt that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit!

Join a Warren County Conservation Board naturalist for a beginner course to learn about geocaching and how to use the Geocaching app on your phone! Then head out in the park to find some  “treasures” call caches. Fun for the whole family! After this session, you will be prepared to head out on your own and find the Geocaching Amphibian Adventure caches hidden in all of our Warren County Parks. Please register by March 10th at noon.

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Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time 
Sunday, March 13th 
Remember to change your clocks one hour ahead! 

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The Norwalk Area Chamber office will be closed due to staff vacations. 

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Warren County Conservation Soapmaking

Explore the art and science of making handcrafted soap from scratch with Ann Staudt of Siberian Soap Co.! Using the centuries-old cold-process soapmaking technique, students will combine plant-based oils and lye to create soaps that are mild, moisturizing, and eco-friendly. This workshop is very hands-on, with each participant making and taking home 1 pound of their own custom batch of herbal handcrafted soap. Long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes are required of all participants. Please bring an old towel or blanket to insulate your finished soap. Open to ages 16+.

Registration is required by March 11,2022 at 5PM. The cost is $35 per person for materials and you will take home 1 pound of soap= 5 full size bars.
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NACC St. Patty's Happy Hour

St. Patty's Happy Hour
Pyra Pizzeria, 729 Main St, Norwalk
3:30-5:00 pm

Hosted by the Connected Committee 

Join us for a casual St. Patty's Day Happy Hour hosted by the Connect Committee. Registration not required, but encouraged on the chamber website. Complimentary appetizers. Drinks on your own. RSVP encouraged but not required. 

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Top Five Things Business Owners Need to Know When You Don't Have HR with Mollie Frideres-Smith

Top Five Things Business Owners Need to Know When You Don't Have HR with Mollie Frideres-Smith
Date: March 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

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Event Description:
This Top Five series will feature experts in human resources, marketing, accounting, IT and others. They will introduce five things on certain topic that will help you be successful in your small business.

Essential HR Guide:  When You Don’t Have HR
Organizations need to align HR with the overall business strategy to maintain a competitive advantage.  This presentation is targeted to small businesses and provides an overview of what business owners need to know about hiring employees if they don’t have an HR Department.  Learning objectives include:
1. Attract, Pick, and Onboard the Right People
2. Develop a Compensation Philosophy & Structure
3. Performance Management
4. Workforce Laws & Regulations
5. Staff Development & Succession Planning
Mollie Frideres-Smith, founder of MFS Consulting, LLC, has 25 years of experience in Human Resources working in professional and leadership positions.  Mollie earned her B.S. in Psychology and Masters of Business Administration from Iowa State University.  Mollie started MFS Consulting, LLC to share her expertise and knowledge in human capital management to help businesses attain goals and solve problems.  Mollie collaborates with businesses to develop and communicate policies and train employees. She is active in several local organizations including Cyclone SHRM as the Diversity Chair, and volunteers on HR advisory committees for The Bridge Home and the Boys and Girls Club.  Mollie is also an adjunct professor at Des Moines Area Community College teaching a course in Human Resources.

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NACC March Membership Lunch

NACC March Membership Meeting
March 24 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Luana Savings Community Room
9321 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk

Join us for a full membership meeting with guest speakers John Marshall and Jim Lane who will update us on Top things that will impact our Taxes and Insurance in 2022. Networking and a visit from the HIRTA Shuttle. Lunch from Winn's and Northern Lights Pizza.

NACC Members Free
Guests $10

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Norwalk Connect Committee Meeting

NACC Connect Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 30  |  10:00-11:00 am

Luana Savings Bank Community Room - 9321 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211

The Connect Committee is excited to be planning the upcoming 2022 social events and other ways to get our members connected to each other and the community. Any NACC member is welcome to come and help us plan an exciting year of connecting.

Committee Chairs: Lindsey Aaron and Chad Smith

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Always Ready: Financials

Always Ready: Financials
March 30th 12pm to 1pm

The Iowa Center staff will show you what you need to do to always be ready to make financial moves in your business, including applying for a loan or buying/selling new goods. This class is especially for you if you’ve ever been denied a loan or need a helping hand to get your financials on track.
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Norwalk Area YP - March Happy Hour


Norwalk Area Young Professionals Happy Hour 
Wednesday, March 30  |  4:30-6:00 pm

1908 Draught House - 9500 Market Pl Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211
FREE to attend - drinks on your own

Join us for a casual Happy Hour hosted by the Norwalk Area Chamber Young Professionals. Registration not required, but encouraged on the chamber website. Drinks on your own.
The Norwalk Area Young Professionals is a part of the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce. The Norwalk YP mission is promoting organic relationships with young professionals in the Norwalk Area. There is no cost to join, but you do need to be a member of the Norwalk Area Chamber. Non-members are encouraged to attend and are invited to join to continue attendance.

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