Chamber Committees are what help organize and grow the Chamber. Committee members plan, negotiate and brain storm new ideas while maintaining traditions found throughout Atlantic.
The following are the current committees of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.
This committee was formed to improve the image of our community and promote pride through marketing, projects and recognition programs. The committee discusses citywide issues, keeps up to date with local issues and presents community improvement awards.
Alive After 5
Hosted by Chamber Members who have new products to showcase, made improvements, hired new staff members, have seasonal wares or just want a chance to get to know the community better! This event occurs once a month, after hours (5-7) and gives Chamber Members a chance to mingle and relax while enjoying food and beverages.
A group of Chamber Members welcomes new businesses or staff to the community, celebrates business anniversaries, tours expansion projects and new facilities. The group also handles ribbon cuttings and attends grand openings, open houses, etc. The cost is $25 per Ambassador per year to cover the year’s refreshments.
Lunch & Learns
These are once a quarter professional development opportunities for local businesses to help train and grow themselves and their employees. Lunch & Learns can also provide valuable knowledge about changing laws, new industry standards or simply how to help boost sales and performance in your market area.
Silver Cord Program
This is a brand new partnership between the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic High School. The Silver Cord Program encourages high school students to volunteer within their community through local organizations students who complete the Silver Cord Program will graduate with a silver cord along with their cap and gown, and the student with the most volunteer hours who also completes a volunteer portfolio will receive a scholarship from the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.
YPA’s mission is to engage and attract young leaders into our community while promoting Atlantic and the surrounding area. YPA is open to all full-time or part-time working people between ages 21-41 who are employed in the Atlantic Area. The YPA’s have social activities throughout the year, as well as community service projects to help grow and develop Atlantic and have a monthly professional networking lunch on the first Wednesday of the month. The YPA Annual Dessert Gala includes awards for local young professionals who have shown excellence within the community and their professions.
Nine & Wine
The Nine & Wine committee plans and organizes this annual evening of golf, appetizers and you guessed it–wine.
Produce in the Park
Provides a local farmers market throughout the summer and early fall in the City Park. Vendors from throughout Cass County provide fresh fruit, vegetables, baked items and handmade crafts for sale. There are also celebrity chefs who provide samples, various kids’ activities and crafts and special events put on by the local organizations and/or businesses.
AtlanticFest is our largest community festival, held annually in August. This committee takes on the exciting task of coordinating entertainment, car show, motorcycle show, vendor, crafters and much more.
This committee plans events during Atlantic’s Coca-Cola Days, held annually the fourth weekend of September. Events include a Tailgate Party and the Iowa Chapter of Coca-Cola Collector’s Show, Swap and Sell Meet.
This committee plans the smoking competition and family activities and events to be held before the annual Firemen’s Parade in October.
Christmas in Atlantic
Beginning with Grand Lighting in November, Christmas in Atlantic is a family favorite! The lighted parade is always the first Saturday in December and offers a truly magical night! Santa’s cabin is open every Saturday leading up to Christmas and treats are always available! Christmas in Atlantic also features a Christmas Concert, the Festival of Trees, a Scrooge Contest and many more family fun holiday traditions!
Shop Local/Retail Promotions (Including Small Business Saturday)
The Shop Local campaign helps to encourage shoppers to spend their dollars throughout the community in an effort to grow local businesses
- Small Business Saturday takes place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and between sponsorships, community support and participating small businesses helps to kick off the Holiday shopping season in Atlantic.
- Girls Gettin’ Out: This is a retail-focused event that showcases new merchandise and encourages women of all ages to shop local in Atlantic for all their spring needs. Businesses are encouraged to participate by hosting in-store activities, promotions and giveaways. This event is a great way to get community members through businesses doors.
- Crazy Daze: This event happens every summer. Local businesses offer “crazy” deals for the weekend that attracts community members to shop local. This event is a really great opportunity to showcase why shopping Atlantic is great.
Annual Dinner & Awards
This committee helps to organize the Annual Dinner & Awards and recruit award nominations. The Annual Dinner & Awards help to recognize and honor important businesses, people and organizations within the Atlantic Area.
This committee helps to attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce. For more information on this effort, please visit here.
This committee works to identify and assess business development opportunities, to recommend business development projects to the city and to conduct research & provide input on business development programs.