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Encouraging Kindness & Support By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development August Newsletter Article As 2020 progresses, time feels like it has been standing still. Yet, our world keeps spinning. The start of school is right around the corner with kids and teachers eager to get back to learning, however that may…

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Bolstering Momentum By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development July Newsletter Article As a Chamber of Commerce, it is hard to pen an article that fails to address the very tiresome elephant in the room. COVID-19 has been a gut punch to the world. In the worst cases, lives and livelihoods have been…

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Silver Linings By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development June Newsletter Article There is no sugarcoating it; this year has been stressful for just about everyone. The introduction and evolution of information surrounding the pandemic has been unrelenting. Our local business community has had to adapt in ways they could never have imagined. Nevertheless,…

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Missing One Another by Ben Butzke, 2020 Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development May Newsletter Article Getting tired of Zoom, Teams and every other virtual meeting platform yet? Me too, but not because they aren’t great tools for conducting business and seeing friends and family. These meetings are driving me crazy because I miss…

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Pain & Inspiration by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development April Newsletter Article I start almost every day by checking the news. It’s been a part of my routine for years, because in my line of work, it is important to know what is happening in the local community and around the…

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Community Involvement by Ben Butzke, 2020 Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Board Chair, Inspiring Dance & Butzke Burch Construction March Newsletter Article   Hello Grimes! My name is Ben Butzke and I am the 2020 Board Chair for Grimes Chamber and Economic Development. I am proud to be a dual Chamber member through my wife’s…

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The Future Belongs to Those Who Show Up by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development February Newsletter Article I’m trying to break what I believe to be a very bad habit. As you might imagine, when you work for an organization like Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, you meet a lot of…

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It Was A Good Decade For Grimes by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development January Newsletter Article As a transplant to the state, I don’t consider myself to me a great student of Iowa history. However, in the time I have spent here, I’ve always been curious to learn about how communities…

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12 Days of Christmas in Grimes by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development 12 Days of Christmas in Grimes – Brian Buethe On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a snowblower from Kempker True Value Hardware. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave…

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The Ray Center announces 2019 Iowa Character Award honorees DES MOINES:  The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University will recognize 12 Iowa individuals and groups with awards for exceptional character this month. The 2019 Iowa Character Awards ceremony will be held Friday, July 26, at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in…

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