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 October to see how you can build your network this month:

Hob Nosh: The Quad Cities Chamber's largest after-hours networking event of the year presented by VanDerGinst Law!
Thursday, October 18 • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.   
Waterfront Convention Center • 2021 State Street, Bettendorf  

Sip, taste, and mingle with nearly 50 food, beverage and vendor tables. Here's your chance to sample some of the best eats and drinks that the Quad Cities has to offer!   Everyone's favorite game of luck, the Prize Pick will be back with hundreds of prizes to giveaway! Purchase a ticket and you are guaranteed to walk out with a prize valued at $50 or more!   

this year: Paradigm will blow your mind with the virtual reality experience they are bringing to Hob Nosh! Quad Citizens will love capturing fun moments with Twisted Mic's signature photo booth. Some favorites are also returning this year! Enjoy the dueling pianos of Mike and Andy, compete in the Tri-City Electric bags contest, play some games at the Analog Arcade, and be the star of the show during dphilms Green Screen Experience.  

Be one of the first 200 attendees and receive a $20 Necker’s Jewelers gift card!

Streamline Your Business to Increase Profits 
Featuring Aaron Tennant, founder and CEO, Total Solutions 
Wednesday, October 3 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  
EICC Urban Campus  • 101 W. 3rd St., Room 117W and 116W, Davenport
Cost: Free for Chamber members, $10 for public 

Can outsourcing operations be a part of your business growth strategy? Aaron Tennant, founder and CEO of Total Solutions, has owned and operated many businesses, including Simplex Leasing and Tennant Truck Lines. During his time as the owner of Tennant Truck Lines, he expanded the operations and services offerings of the company resulting in year after year double digit growth. Aaron will talk about how developing an outsourcing strategy can allow you to focus on your core business activities, resulting in greater revenue. 


Planning for the New Qualified Business Income Deduction - What's in it for Your Pass-Through? 
Featuring Kevin Santry, Santry 360 
Wednesday, October 10 • Noon – 1:00 p.m.  
EICC Urban Campus  • 101 W. 3rd St., Room 117W and 116W, Davenport
Cost: Free for Chamber members, $10 for public 

How can your business benefit from the new qualified business income deduction? Within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), there was a new provision that was included as a way to provide benefit for businesses including partnerships / LLCs, S Corporations, and sole proprietors that wouldn’t otherwise qualify from tax cut rates. The largest benefit of this new provision is that businesses will potentially receive a deduction up to 20% of their taxable business revenue. However, there are multiple limitations that make this provision more complicated than it appears. This, combined with changes related to property tax deductions, income tax deductions, and elimination of exemptions, could have significant impact on businesses. During this examples-based presentation, guests will get clarity on the new rules, and the benefits and challenges of the new law.


Growth Wheel Workshop: Part Two - Organization 
Wednesday, October 24 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
EICC Urban Campus  • 101 W. 3rd St., Room 117W and 116W, Davenport
Cost: Free to attend 

Growth Wheel is a new resource available to help Chamber members grow their business. This four-part, interactive program helps businesses grow through a simple, action-oriented process. The four parts to Growth Wheel are: Customer Relations, Organization, Business Concept and Operations.   

During the second session focused on organization, attendees will identify the top three to four items related organizational structure, business alliances, and value chain that are keep their business from growing to the next level. Through interactive coaching, attendees will then develop actionable strategies to implement within their businesses. 


Growth Wheel is a new service offered in partnership between the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Quad Cities Chamber, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.

The Small Business Series is free for Chamber members. Advanced reservation is requested due to limited seating.

Small Business Series Sponsor:
Northwest Bank & Trust
Executives Club: Cyber-security readiness
Featuring: Jeffrey Huber, Special Agent of the FBI and Beth Tinsman, CEO & Founder of Twin State Technical Services   
Friday, October 5 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  
TaxSlayer Center • 1201 River Drive, Moline  

With businesses of all sizes, industries, and locations have been targets of cyber attacks, and with cyber-crime damage costs predicted to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021, it’s important to understand the growing importance of cyber security to our region's businesses. 
Beth Tinsman, CEO & Founder of Twin State Technical Services and Special Agent Jeffrey Huber of the FBI, will give executives an overview of the magnitude of the growing cyber threat, what’s important on the cyber-security landscape now, why businesses should care, what steps they should take to assess their cyber-security readiness and how to move toward implementation. 

This program is exclusively for Presidents, CEO's and Executives, register to attend


Executives Club Annual Sponsor: Bush Construction, Genesis at Work, GroupServices, LivWell Seniors and TaxSlayer Center 
Monthly Sponsor: St. Ambrose University
Press, Promotion and Business Pitch Workshop (Chamber Members Only) 
Thursday, October 4 • Noon - 1:00 p.m. 
Quad Cities Chamber Davenport Office • 331 West 3rd Street, Davenport

Small businesses report they become members of the Quad Cities Chamber to increase exposure and gain new customers. During this business pitch training, Chamber members will receive coaching on how to give your business pitch and effective networking tips, as well as how to write a press release and work with the media.  Also discussed will be how to elevate and further promote your business leveraging the Chamber brands and initiatives. 
These meetings are open to Chamber members only, and are held the first Thursday of every month from Noon - 1:00 p.m. During the workshop, members will receive a press release template and samples as well as a local media list.


BIG - Business Information for Growth Database Suite Overview
Thursday, October 11 & Thursday, October 25 • 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
Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee
Thursday, October 11 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
coworkqc • 102 East 2nd Street, Davenport   

Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee 
Thursday, October 25 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
coworkqc • 102 East 2nd Street, Davenport 

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, October 16
 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Paradigm •  320 E 2nd St, Davenport  

Be one of the first to experiment with virtual reality and eSports at a facility unlike any other in the world. With their state-of-the-art technology, Paradigm is the first professional space that not only encourages community engagement through gaming competitions but also helps provide corporate training through virtual simulations. 

Steve Grubbs, CEO & Founder of VictoryVR will talk about how the concept of Paradigm came to be and why he chose the Quad Cities as the place to bring his vision to life.

It’s virtually impossible that you won’t have fun. 


YPQC at Noon Annual Sponsor: True Mortgage Lending 
Monthly Sponsor: Tippie College of Business 

YPQC Morning Coffee  
Thursday, October 25
 • 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  
coworkqc •  102 E 2nd St, Davenport
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   

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