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Choose Positivity by Ben Butzke, 2020 GCED Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development November Newsletter Article As I am writing this article the election is still in process, but we have seen one common theme locally and nationally. Americans, Iowans and Grimes residents showed up at the polls in record numbers one way or…

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The Fourth Quarter by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development October Newsletter Article Most people, whether a fan of football or not, know that there are four quarters in a football game. For those of you that watch football, you will often see the players raising their hands at the end of…

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Adapting & Overcoming by Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development September Newsletter Article It has become a bit challenging to manage an organization that has historically made great effort to bring people together in the era of COVID-19. Grimes Chamber & Economic Development has the great privilege of representing over 300 dues…

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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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