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Spring has sprung, and it’s the time of year that Chamber divisions, Downtown Davenport Partnership and Moline Centre prepare for the influx of downtown visitors during the busy festival season. Downtown events kick-off this Saturday with Moline Centre’s Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest, and nearly 700 flower baskets hit the streets of downtown Davenport over the weekend....

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​As a Chamber member, did you know that your employees are automatically eligible to join Young Professionals of the Quad Cities? At the Chamber we place high importance in talent attraction and retention, and in many ways our work in this arena is reflected through YPQC. As part of your Chamber membership, your employees have access to the resources and programming offered by YPQC....

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Learn to reduce changeover time from hours to minutes at IMEC May 19 workshop

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will host a quick changeover/set-up reduction (SMED) workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 19, in Riverfront Hall Room 118 at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline....

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At the Quad Cities Chamber we work to foster an entrepreneurial community. Over 700 people are now engaged with our entrepreneurial efforts through Ignite Quad Cities, and just last month six of the nine teams that participated in the Quad Cities cohort of Venture School advanced to the state pitch competition; one team took first place and another took third place. We've had much to celebrate...

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We are excited to announce the launch of a new online platform! The new online portal offers enhanced capabilities that will provide you with tools to promote your business, access to resources, and opportunities to connect with other members directly from your computer or mobile device....

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​It’s Economic Development Week in the U.S., and Chamber staff will be using this opportunity to celebrate the crucial role that the profession of economic development plays in creating a vibrant community....

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​The John Deere Classic is a longtime signature event in the Quad Cities that draws thousands to the region each summer and provides an incredibly positive economic impact to the community. Join us during this month’s AMp UP as we count down the days until the 2017 John Deere Classic....

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​The City of Davenport is receiving some well-deserved recognition for their efforts in supporting small business after winning the SBA 2017 Iowa Small Business Community of the Year in Des Moine last week. In recognizing Davenport, The Iowa District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration cited Davenport’s key programs and incentives to attract and retain small businesses, leveraging...

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The international market is booming and for American companies, exporting makes more sense now than ever before. Is your company looking to diversify and increase your global market share? The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) International Trade Office will lead a trade and investment mission to Israel September 6 - 13, 2017. Participating Iowa companies will have one-on-one...

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​Dr. Christopher Whitt hosts "Margins," a new WVIK podcast featuring conversations with change agents from around the Quad Cities area, as well as across the country. These discussions focus on groups of people who are marginalized politically and socially, and the people working to provide change for those communities....

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​In the last three weeks, the Quad Cities Chamber has arranged for several small businesses in our region to meet with Illinois Representative Mike Halpin and Chuck Weaver. At these visits, Halpin and Weaver learned about what several of our small business members do, and what challenges, issues, and barriers small businesses face. We were delighted by the candid and quality discussion, and...

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It’s Small Business Week in the U.S. and Chamber staff is looking forward to doing some extra things to pay tribute to the contributions of small companies to our regional economy. Over 80% of our membership is comprised of small businesses – so first and foremost we want to take this opportunity to thank our small business members for their investment, not just in our organization but in the...

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2017 D.C. Fly-in...

​Over thirty business and community leaders met with top lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate on issues important to the Quad Cities region and economy. Meetings included: three senior policy advisors to the President, the six Members of the Quad Cities’ Congressional Delegation, and top staff at the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Energy and the Pentagon. In addition...

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