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Making Hay By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development July 2021 Newsletter Article As a young man growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska, making hay was an important part of my summer routine. Sometimes I hated it and sometimes I loved it. At this point in my life, I look back on…

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Make Memories This Summer! By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development June 2021 Newsletter Article For me, it was a summer day in the early 1980’s, just outside a small town at my family’s local church. That is where one of my fondest childhood memories was born. While we may have been celebrating some…

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June Member Spotlight Signarama – Ankeny! KJ Signs LLC was started in 2016, and is a locally and independently-owned small business doing business as Signarama Ankeny and YESCO Sign & Lighting Des Moines. We design, create, produce, and install all types of visual signs and graphics.  We also have a dedicated division that services, repairs…

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Cheers to Grimes! by Ben Butzke, 2020 GCED Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, bbutzke@butzkeburch.com  May 2021 Newsletter Article Happy spring, Grimes! Warmer temperatures, green grass, outdoor events and vaccines are providing us hope and excitement for the rest of 2021. Grimes Chamber & Economic Development has been cautiously and thoughtfully implementing more in-person…

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A Good Place to Live By Brian Buethe, President, CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development April 2021 Newsletter Article Historically, the driving factor on where people chose to live was often based on where they could make a good living.  Determine where the best job opportunity existed and move there in order to take advantage of…

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It Takes More Than Luck by Brian W. Buethe, President CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development March 2021 Newsletter Article I have the good fortune to associate first hand with successful businesses every day. It is one of the perks of working for Grimes Chamber & Economic Development. Our organization is comprised of more than…

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Operating a Business During a Pandemic by Ben Butzke, Board Chair, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development (Butzke Burch Construction) February 2021 Newsletter Article In February 2020, Matt Burch and I started Butzke Burch Construction during one of the highest points in history for construction in Central Iowa. We were so excited to meet with architects,…

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Bad Things Are Going To Happen By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, brianb@grimesiowa.com January 2021 Newsletter Article Grimes, Iowa is an awesome, growing community. While growth is occurring in our community for a number of reasons, one of the explanations is that this is a city that has a very real…

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Peace Be With You By Brian Buethe, President | CEO, Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, brianb@grimesiowa.com December Newsletter Article The holiday season is filled with emotions every year. The emotions vary with every individual’s personality and circumstance and our emotions evolve with the season. One day we are thankful; grateful for all we have. The next moment may…

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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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