Aim to get more engaged with the Chamber in the new year to grow your business and build the community. Through the events we host each month, the Chamber creates opportunities for members to make new business connections, learn new tools, and grow business. 

Take a look at what’s on our calendar in January to see how you can build your network this month

AMP UP: Advocacy 101 – What is it, where to start, and why it matters to your business 
Wednesday, January 17 • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Jumer's Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumer's Drive - Rock Island
Cost: $20 for members, $35 for public - breakfast included.

In today’s political climate, advocacy has become a bit of a buzzword and many are looking for ways to get engaged in politics to drive change. Would you like to be more active in government affairs but not sure how to start? This month’s Amp Up will help.

One of the greatest benefits of your Chamber membership is the ability to easily connect with elected officials and opportunities to leverage the power of membership to move the needle on important legislation. As a member of the Quad Cities Chamber, your business interests are at the top of the Chamber’s legislative priorities, and we advocate for policies that will support growing the Quad Cities economy.

As the legislative season is about to begin, we’ve brought together a few members to share why advocacy has been important to their business, best practices when reaching out to legislators, and how you can utilize the Chamber to be effective in promoting change.

Panelists include:

Ryan Burchett, Mississippi River Distilling Company
Pryce Boeye, Hungry Hobo
Nasreen Khan, The Vault Beauty Lounge and Urban Retreat
Bill Stoermer, Exelon 

RSVP today> 

Annual Sponsors: Mediacom Business  |  Werner Restoration
Location Sponsor: Jumer's Casino & Hotel
January 19 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Cost: $20 for members, $30 for public - lunch included

Legislative luncheon events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key policy makers and voice views on issues moving in the legislature. Networking and a facilitated question and answer session offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities. Utilize this event to connect with legislators and Chamber members to advocate for policies that will support growing the Quad Cities economy. RSVP>

Annual Government Affairs Sponsors: Arconic  |  Bush Construction  |  Mediacom  | Restoration St. Louis
Iowa Legislative Luncheon Presenting Sponsor: Genesis Health System

OPEN COFFEE: Ignite the fire of your dream
Thursday, January 11  •  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
coworkqc, 102 E. 2nd St. Davenport
Cost: Free to attend
It’s the new year!  Finally move to action for that idea you’ve had but haven’t had the time, support, energy or know-how to get started on.  Here’s the start of a path that will change your circumstances – you can do it!
• 3 tools to help you achieve your goals faster
• Greater clarity on your goals and dreams
• Feel even more confident in your abilities Amy Nelson of Life Mastery will share actionable steps you can take to get started.

OPEN COFFEE: Let's get down to the brass tacks of starting your business!
Thursday, January 25  •  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
coworkqc, 102 E. 2nd St. Davenport
Cost: Free to attend
Every business will need a financier, accountant, lawyer and insurance professional along the way, if not from the get-go!  Our Ignite Quad Cities team of trusted advisors will be here to answer your questions, and let you know what you need to know when setting up your business, or what to be prepared for along the way!

ENTREPRENEURS MEETUP - Startup Community Spotlight: Moline
Monday, January 29  •  6:00 p.m.
Element Moline, 316 12th St. Moline
Cost: Free to attend
We are working our way around the Quad Cities, learning more about each city's successful founders and startups through a panel discussion, and resources available to help you start and build your own business.

More details about our panelists will be announced shortly!

Ignite Annual Sponsors: Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP  |  IHMVCU  |  Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial - Kevin Linn, Financial Representative
NETWORK AT NIGHT with YPQC: Analog Arcade Bar 
Thursday, January 18
 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Analog Arcade Bar • 302 Brady Street, Davenport
Cost: Free to attend  

Join friends and other young Quad Citizens after work for games, food and fun. Typically on the third Thursday of every other month, Network at Night rotates between Iowa and Illinois area bars, restaurants, and special venues. After a long day at work, this event gives young Quad Citizens the ability to socialize with friends, meet new people, make business and community contacts, experience the Quad Cities nightlife, and most importantly - to relax!  RSVP>

YPQC Annual Sponsors:  dphilms  | IHMVCU  |  Lexus of Quad Cities
Location Sponsor: Analog Arcade Bar
Network at Night Annual Sponsor: Ascentra Credit Union
HUB HUDDLE: Business Development: Creating & Implementing an Aggressive Strategy to Expand Revenue & Profit
Thursday, January 19 • 6:30 - 8:00 a.m.  Quad Cities Chamber - Arconic Room 
331 W. 3rd St., Davenport
Cost: Free to attend 

Are you a business owner who wants to grow your company, but are struggling with how to move forward and finding the time to focus on sales?  Are you an expert on your business and operations, but need help with selling your expertise? Are you looking to implement high level forecasting and financial management? Take a closer look at the answers to these questions, network with peers, and more at the next Hub Huddle!
Saturday, January 13  •  11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Freight House Market, Davenport
Cost: Free to attend
Icestravaganza returns for its sixth year on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Freight House with even more interactive ice sculptures, kids’ activities, an after-hours tasting event featuring Front Street Brewery craft beer, Mississippi River Distillery Spirits, giveaways and extended Farmers Market hours. A team of professional ice sculptors will work to make the Davenport Freight house come alive with over 10 different ice sculptures. Nearly 20,000 pounds of ice will be brought in to create the nautical and pirate themed, interactive pieces. Icestravaganza offers FREE kids’ activities and Davenport Public Library story time. Learn more>

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