Quad Cities Chamber events go beyond simply exchanging business cards. When you attend a Chamber event, you'll have opportunities to grow valuable business relationships, advocate for a stronger business climate, ensure your young staff members are engaged and want to stay in the region, and support and enjoy our vibrant community. 

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

Public Policy Input Sessions
The Quad Cities Chamber actively engages with government officials on all levels to promote good politics that will help grow the Quad Cities economy.  We are interested in learning more about what is important to you and your business, so that we can better shape a public policy agenda that reflects our members' interests. This month, the Chamber will host three input sessions designed around the core principals from our Public Policy Platform - Business Climate and Economic Competitiveness, Education and Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Quality of Place. We invite members to attend these input sessions to let us know what issues are important to your business, obstacles that need to be overcome, or policies that could enhance the regional economy.

Education & Workforce Readiness
Monday, September 17 • 4:30 PM
Davenport Chamber Office

Business Climate & Economic Competitiveness
Tuesday, September 18 • 7:30 AM
Davenport Chamber Office

Quality of Place 
Thursday, September 20 • 4:30 PM
Moline Chamber Office

Transportation & Infrastructure
Thursday, September 27 • 7:30 AM
Moline Chamber Office
Executives Club: Life Lessons for Executives
Featuring: Suku Radia, former CEO of Bankers Trust
Friday, September 7 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 
TaxSlayer Center • 1201 River Drive, Moline 


Executives Club Annual Sponsor: Bush Construction, Genesis at Work, GroupServices, LivWell Seniors and TaxSlayer Center
Monthly Sponsor: IlIowa Construction Labor and Management Council
Press, Promotion and Business Pitch Workshop (Chamber Members Only) 
Thursday, September 6 • Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Quad Cities Chamber Davenport Office • 331 West 3rd Street, Davenport
In today’s world, the competition for top talent is fierce. It’s never been more important for businesses to create a solid internship program to attract and cultivate future employees.   The Quad Cities Chamber is partnering with Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University to share internship best practices with Quad Cities businesses on August 1. Learn from a panel of experienced experts, build your network and discuss recruiting, hosting and developing interns. Registration will be limited to 100 employers (2 employees per company max).


AMp Up: An inside look at Business of the Year Award Winner TapOnIt 
Wednesday, September 19 • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center • 226 17th Street, Rock Island 

Local company TapOnIt was recently recognized as the Quad Cities Business of the Year at the Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting. TapOnIt is just 3 years old, yet in the past 24 months they’ve experienced a 400% growth and have expanded into 16 markets across the country. Founder and CEO Katie Wilson will talk about critical keys to their success and what they’ve learned along the way.


AMp Up Annual Sponsors: Mediacom Business, Werner Restoration Services
Prize Sponsor: LocalsLoveUs
Video Sponsor: dphilms
Monthly Sponsor: IlIowa Construction Labor and Management Council
Location Sponsor: Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

Growth Wheel Workshop: Customer Relations
Wednesday, September 26 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

EICC Urban Campus (Room 117W and 116W) • 101 West 3rd St, Davenport

All Quad Cities Chamber members will have access to a business growth pathway called Growth Wheel.  This pathway provides training and assistance within four key areas: customer relations / marketing and sales, operations, business concept and budget and finances. Through Growth Wheel workshops, member businesses will have the ability to identify areas of potential growth and weaknesses, and receive additional assistance to address these areas. 
These one hour training sessions are held the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Following the sessions, attendees have the option to receive additional guidance through the Small Business Development Centers, or Chamber member businesses that provide services within the areas where assistance is needed.

Growth Wheel Workshops are provided in partnership with the Iowa Small Business Center at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities

BIG - Business Information for Growth Database Suite Overview
Thursday, September 13 & Thursday, September 27 • Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Quad Cities Chamber • 331 West 3rd Street, Davenport
If you want a deeper dive into market research on the Quad Cities region and beyond, come into the Chamber to access BIG.

BIG is a collection of high-powered market research databases, including Acculeads, First Research, Hoovers Plus, LoopNet, Panjiva, Plunkett Research, and Reference USA, that gives you access to proprietary business information, global trade data, consumer demographics, and more.

- Create mailing lists that match your customer demographics
- Research a company before your sales call
- Analyze industry trends
- Identify new growth markets

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Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee
Thursday, September 13 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
coworkqc • 102 East 2nd Street

Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee
Thursday, September 27 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
coworkqc • 102 East 2nd Street

Ignite Quad Cities Annual Sponsors: Cole M. DeBlaey - Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe LLP | Bill Karben - Carpentier, Mitchell, Goddard & Co. LLC | Evan Muench - IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union | Kevin M. Linn - Modern Woodmen of America
YPQC at Noon: Getting Your Dream Job featuring Paul Rumler, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber   
Tuesday, September 11
 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MetroLink, 1515 River Drive, Davenport  

Chamber President & CEO Paul Rumler has his dream job, and he landed it as a young professional. What is your dream job and what steps can you take to get there? During a facilitated conversation, Paul will talk about his career, lessons learned along the way, advice for other young professionals, and his vision for the future of the Quad Cities region.
Prior to his role as President & CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber, Paul was the Chief Strategy Officer of the Grand Rapids Chamber. Before that, he was with the Quad Cities Chamber and preceding organizations since 2006, serving in roles ranging from talent attraction and retention, community development, public policy, and economic development. He was heavily involved in initiatives including the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, Q2030, regional economic development, Chicago to Quad Cities Passenger Rail, and the redevelopment planning of SouthPark Mall. In 2015, he was recognized as a “40 Under 40 Leader in Economic Development” Development Counsellors International.


YPQC at Noon Annual Sponsor: True Mortgage Lending 
Monthly Sponsor: Adler Theatre 

YPQC at Night: Augustana College Anderson Club  
Thursday, September 20
 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
639 38th Street, Rock Island

Augustana College's Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club is named after alum and former NFL quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ken Anderson. With an elevated plaza connecting the club to Lindberg Stadium and a balcony overlooking the football field, the Ken Anderson Club is the perfect location for an early fall mixer and tailgate. 


YPQC at Night Annual Sponsor: Ascentra Credit Union
YPQC Party Sponsor: Estes Construction
Location Sponsor: Augustana College

YPQC Morning Coffee
Thursday, September 27 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Grab a cup of coffee and meet other young Quad Citizens on your way to work. This FREE monthly gathering meets monthly at Coworkqc. Hang around for Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee to exchange ideas and learn about the latest entrepreneurial efforts in the community.

YPQC Annual Sponsors:  dphilms  | IHMVCU  |  Lexus of Quad Cities   

Hub Huddle: Local Support Available for Additive Manufacturing through WIU
Friday, September 7 • 6:30 - 8:00 a.m. 

Western Illinois University - Quad Cities • 3300 River drive, Moline

Hub Huddles are an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to share, on a peer-to-peer basis, best practices for growth and strategies to overcoming challenges.

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