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

The 2019 Quad Cities Big Table season continues April 26-27, providing a forum to identify community issues and create solutions. There are two ways to participate this round: 1) community members may attend one of the five forums hosted by community leaders; and/or 2) they may host their own Big Table discussions.

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Executives Club: Workforce Development: Filling the Gap in our Workforce featuring Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
Friday, April 5 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
TaxSlayer Center • 1201 River Drive, Moline

The workforce of the future will need more well-trained STEM professionals. American innovation, productivity and global competitiveness depend on it. Girl Scouts knows that girls are America’s great untapped resource. While women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they hold only 29 percent of science and engineering jobs. Girl Scouts is expanding its reach and impact, doubling down on the commitment to fuel this pipeline and ensuring that our country remains strong, dynamic and competitive in the industries of the future.

As the Quad Cities community works to develop a talent pipeline and ensure that young people are equipped to fill jobs of tomorrow, Acevedo will share her perspective on the role we all play in ensuring the next generation is prepared for jobs and leadership.


YPQC at Noon: Tips for Professionals Who Hate Networking featuring Rick Davis     
Thursday, April 11 
• 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     
Birchwood Fields Learning Center •  4620 E. 53rd St., Davenport
To grow your business or professional opportunities, you need to connect with more people. That means doing the one thing most people are uncomfortable doing…Networking.

There are two reasons networking causes anxiety and becomes awkward for so many. 1) We’re afraid of looking/sounding silly. 2) We make it more challenging than it needs to be.

Rick Davis, from Davis Presentation Group LLC, shares awesome tips and strategies that help you become more confident and comfortable networking in any environment. And, we’ll have a ton of fun, too!
Participants will identify:
The importance of networking and how to change your mindset around doing it.
A plan for what to do before, during, and after any networking event.
Exercises to help you approach, connect, and engage anyone you’d like to meet.

If you’re ready to break through the unpleasant feelings associated with networking, and start growing personally and professionally, then this is the event for you!

BIG - Business Information for Growth Database Suite Overview 
Thursday, April 11   • 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.    

12@12 Lunch with Leaders 
Wednesday, April 10   • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Quad Cities Chamber • 1601 River Dr., Moline
The Chamber is in the business of facilitating valuable connections between our members. Every other month, we invite a small group of members to participate in 12@12: Lunch with Leaders to discuss business issues that are pressing to them. 12@12 is always facilitated by a Chamber board member.

Space is limited. Advanced registration required.   

Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee     
Thursday, April 11 & 25 • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.      
coworkqc • 102 East 2nd Street, Davenport       

This is a casual gathering of entrepreneurs and early stage businesses sharing challenges and best practices to validate and grow their businesses. 

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Hub Huddle: How Do I Get Those Good Government Contracts?
Friday, April 12 • 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Quad Cities Chamber - Arconic Room • 331 W. 3rd St, Davenport

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.

How Do I Get Those Good Government Contracts?
Presented by:
Melissa Burant, Government Contracting Specialist
Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Center, CIRAS
You’re looking to diversify your business clients.  You’ve figured out what government contracting opportunities exist with the help of the Hub’s Supply Chain Mapping Tool, but now what? What are the next steps? Are there certifications or requirements do you need to get or update for government work? 
Find out at the next Hub Huddle when Melissa Burant with the Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) explains the steps you can take to prepare your business for doing work in the government contracting realm.


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