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 May to see how you can build your network this month:
|AMp Up: Countdown to the John Deere Classic|
Wednesday, May 15 • 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Rhythm City Casino Resort • 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport
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 as we count down the days until the 2019 John Deere Classic and reveal some of this year's exciting news for the tournament and Birdies for Charity along with our great partners, John Deere and WQAD. It's not just about the golf either - learn about the economic & charitable impact the PGA TOUR stop has on the Quad Cities region.
|Executives Club: Building a High-growth, Tech Ecosystem in the Quad Cities featuring Steve Grubbs founder of VictoryVR, VictoryStore.com, ChalkBites and Victory Enterprises|
Friday, May 3 • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
TaxSlayer Center • 1201 River Drive, Moline
Mini-Silicon Valleys are popping up across the United States. Communities like Austin, Boulder and even Des Moines are being recognized for their high growth tech startups. It doesn't happen by accident, but it is also not necessary to rely on luck. A short list of strategies can be deployed by business, education and political leadership to foster a petri dish that will create the ecosystem for clean, high paying economic growth in the Quad Cities.
Steve Grubbs is the founder of VictoryXR, the world's leading creator of curriculum for K-12 schools in augmented and virtual reality. VictoryXR was recently awarded the top international award from HTC Vive for best education VR experience. In addition, Microsoft, HP, Oxford University Press and Intel have all engaged VictoryXR with strategic business or co-marketing relationships. A graduate of the University of Iowa in business and law, Steve has been a serial entrepreneur working in the fields of consulting, ecommerce and technology.
|Leading the Nation 2020: Forum with John Delaney|
Wednesday, May 1 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rogalski Center Ballroom • W. High St, Davenport
Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney will attend a May forum sponsored by St. Ambrose University, the Quad-City Times and the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, will be the featured speaker at “Leading the Nation — Iowa 2020,” a joint effort by the Times, St. Ambrose and the chamber.
The forum will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University, Davenport. It will include introductions from a St. Ambrose official and a 25-minute panel discussion with Delaney and Quad-City journalists that will be moderated by Ed Tibbetts, editorial page editor for the Times. Delaney also will speak and answer questions from the audience.
The Times, St. Ambrose and the chamber announced the forum series in February with the intent of informing Iowans ahead of the presidential caucuses Feb. 3, 2020.
|YPQC at Night: Crawford Brew Works |
Thursday, May 16 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Crawford Brew Works • 3659 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf
Crawford Brew Works, Bettendorf, offers Quad Citizens a casual drinking experience that's away from the hustle of downtown. Located just south of the intersection of Devils Glen Road and Tanglefoot Lane, Crawford Brew Works is easily accessible from the Devil's Glen Sidepath, which makes it perfect for bikes and brews. Crawford Brew Works partnership with Healthy Habits brings bicyclists a one of a kind brewery attached to one of the area's premiere bike shops. You can come grab a beer, get your bike tuned up? or do both!
|BIG - Business Information for Growth Database Suite Overview
Thursday, May 9 • 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.
|Press, Promotion and Business Pitch Workshop – Chamber members only
Thursday, May 2 • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Quad Cities Chamber • 331 W. 3rd St, Davenport
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.
|Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee
Thursday, May 9 & 23 • 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.
May 9 - RSVP>
May 23 - RSVP>
|Hub Huddle: Best Practices in Cyber-security for Small to Medium-sized Companies|
Friday, May 10 • 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.
What the Best Small-Mid Sized Companies Do Today for Security
Presented by Beth Tinsman, CEO & Founder
Twin State Technical Services
Organizations have power to work securely, yet often countermeasures are not considered or deployed. Come find out exactly how to defend your business or non-profit organization from the hackers, spammers, fraudsters, and others intent on electronically stealing your hard earned dollars and sensitive information. This is a non-technical presentation for the non-technical manager or staff person and will put the information and power in your grasp to mitigate security-related obstacles confronted almost daily. We will use real-life examples and governance approaches that will save you time and money.
The presentation will address insurance, simple and low-cost employee training, tactics and countermeasures, including notification pathing and areas that are common across many security breaches.
About our speaker:
Beth Tinsman is the CEO and Founder of Twin State Technical Services. A popular speaker, Beth de-mystifies technology and provides straightforward and approachable access to the tech world. Twin State addresses all things e-Business, including application and mobile development, cloud, server and infrastructure support, web and digital platform design/e-Commerce and business analytics. Twin State also is premier partner Microsoft, AWS, and Google and employs 45 skilled engineers and programmers that serve more than 300 local and regional commercial and non-profit customers. Tinsman also is an adjunct professor in Computer Science at St. Ambrose University.