“To aggressively promote and enhance the community, businesses, and quality of life in the Glenwood Area.”
The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce serves as a resource for all of Mills County. We consider our office to be the “front door” to our county. We are a not-for-profit organization, funded by dues-paying individual, business, and organization members. We respond to hundreds of inquiries from tourists, newcomers, local citizens, folks interested in starting a business, and anyone needing information each year via walk in visitors, phone calls, e-mails, and mail. We refer to and collaborate with many local, regional, and state partners through the Chamber and Economic Development efforts.
The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce is also the office to the Glenwood/Mills County Economic Development Foundation, which assists new and existing businesses with information for location, relocation, expansion, and retention. We keep a database of available commercial properties in our office to respond to inquiries, we work to get vacated and underutilized commercial properties occupied.
Our website features a business directory of our member businesses with contact information and links to their website, along with a community calendar and special projects section. Our office was housed on the 2nd floor of the Glenwood State Bank for over 40 years. In August of 2012, we moved to the new Glenwood City Hall location at 5 North Vine Street. A Chamber Board of Directors and an Economic Development Board of Directors lead our organization.
Feel free to contact our office or one of our board members should you have any questions. Our door is always open!
2015 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Special Project
Annual Betterment & Beautification Dinner & Awards March 5th, 2015
Program and Annual Membership Meeting
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink-OUT October 15th, 2015
Chamber Bowling Tournament February 20th, 2015
Chamber Coffee Connections and Held on Thursdays at 9:30 am or other time as requested held at business location
Connecting After Hours Held in the evening at business location
…Ribbon Cuttings Held during Coffee Connections or After Hours in celebration of opening, special event, or anniversary as requested by business
Fan Dance Cam for Volleyball, Basketball & Wrestling 2014-2015 Season
Flower Basket Project On-going
Glenwood Homecoming: Port-A-Potties & Trash Cans October 2nd, 2015
Home for the Holidays Event December 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2015
Kegs & Eggs March 14th, 2015
Legislative Briefings February 14th, & March 14th, 2015
Leadership Mills County Quarterly Sessions
Leadership Mills County Class, Fall 2015
Octoberfest September 25th,2015
Spring Into Summer June 19th -20th, 2015
Taste of Mills County January-February, 2015
“Welcome Back” GCS Staff Appreciation Breakfast August, 2015
Women’s Health Conference March 26th, 2015
The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit corporation, member investor organization, located in the Glenwood City Hall at 5 N. Vine Street, Glenwood. The Chamber is its members. We currently have 237 members, with 25 new members this past year. 40 businesses are members of the Chamber and Mills County Economic Development Foundation, Inc. Our staff consists of Executive Director Linda Washburn, Director of the Chamber and Mills County Economic Development and Administrative Assistant Tana Saddler. Suzanne Tuma works as a volunteer Chamber Ambassador for our office, coordinating all Chamber Coffees, Ribbon Cuttings, and Chamber After Hours Events. She attends and assists as needed all other events. Stephanie Richards, a Glenwood H.S. Senior, works as a paid intern 5-10 hours/week or as needed. Your Chamber Board is a volunteer, working board committed to the Glenwood Area Community. We are an advocate of our members, referring only Chamber Member Businesses to the many inquiries we get for goods and services. Our office referral services include assisting new businesses and start-up businesses with a myriad of resources to help them with any questions in getting a business started in Mills County. We take pride in our collaborative efforts with many organizations and businesses locally, regionally, and state-wide to bring opportunities for networking and building community. Our ‘Shop Locally’ promotion is Chamber Bucks. Bucks spend like cash…but only at our Chamber Member Businesses. Available in $5, $10, and $20 increments at the Chamber Office. The Chamber Office can provide access to information via email, phone, by a visit to the office or our website. We maintain a comprehensive and current website with business directory information and contacts as well as current events. www.glenwoodia.com. We are your local source to answer your questions. New events, promotions, and brainstorming come from the Chamber Marketing Committee which meets monthly, made up of Chamber Board Members and Chamber member business representatives. Accomplishments include a Glenwood city map, a new membership brochure, promotional items, increased social media exposure via weekly Chamber Connections and Facebook updates, extensive website updates beautification projects, and all of our Special Projects.
- Annual Betterment & Beautification Dinner & Awards Program is held to recognize and award those who contribute their time and talents to the betterment of Mills County, making it a great place to work, play, and do business.
- Chamber Bowling Tournament, a new event in 2014, is a family & business event, just for the fun of it!
- Chamber Coffee Connections, Chamber After Hours, and Ribbon Cuttings are networking opportunities held weekly and at the request of our businesses.
- Fan Dance Cam was started in 2011 and is sponsored in cooperation with local businesses. Chamber Bucks are given to whoever is dancing and selected in the crowd at a Glenwood Rams Basketball and Wrestling meets. This event continues to get bigger & better!
- Flower Basket Project ‘bloomed’ in Spring of 2014 with flower baskets on the Glenwood Town Square in collaboration with the City of Glenwood.
- Home for the Holidays is held in Glenwood, spearheaded by a team of volunteers. During the first weekend in December, activities such as Secret Santa, drawings, tree lighting ceremony, visit with Santa, & an Ugly Sweater Contest & Karaoke take place. This event provides an opportunity for families to come “downtown” and celebrate the season as a community. A tree lighting ceremony is held on the square with the arrival of Santa. A holiday boutique featuring local businesses will take place.
- Kegs & Eggs, a new event in 2013, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, features breakfast, music, and beverages with music and a silent auction, net proceeds to Glenwood’s Giving Garden.
- Octoberfest, a new networking event in 2013, raised funds for Flower Baskets in 2014. Food, music, networking. Proceeds in 2015 yet to be determined.
- Spring Into Summer, a new event in 2013, is an outdoor cookout, music, & networking opportunity, to build community and raise funds for the Flower Basket Project. In 2014, an enthusiastic group of volunteers expanded this event to Saturday morning on the town square featuring family-friendly activities and entertainment.
- The Women’s Health Conference is in its 14th year for 2015, held in collaboration with Mills County Public Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson to bring a day-long conference for health and wellness professionals as well as an opportunity for local businesses to showcase themselves by setting up a vendor booth. Typically over 150 attendees and 30 vendors each year.
- Taste of Mills County Raffle, new for 2015, will feature 15 Mills County Chamber Member eateries and an opportunity to purchase a ticket that will feature selected items from each of the 15 eateries. Fundraiser for the Chamber as well as promotion of Chamber members.
Your Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce is open to suggestions to better promote our member organization.