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    Bring your laptop for this great ChamberMaster focused training designed for the members of MACE.


    ChamberMaster will be taking the most requested support topics and breaking them down in depth. They will train you on the best practices and solutions that help your chamber run smoothly.


    Topics Include: Billing Module batches and reports, Importing to QuickBooks, Events Module pricing/discounts/refunds, Communication Module creating templates and saving groups.


    SPECIAL PREVIEW of the new platform!


    Wednesday May 3: 8:15 - Noon
    Registration - $50



  • Enterprising Chambers:

    How to create organizational excellence in the new chamber world

    May 2-4, 2018 – Sioux Falls, SD


    This unique three-day conference will give chamber professionals solutions to build value in your chamber organization. You will learn how building that value will justify a business not only becoming a lifetime member, but also an advocate for the chamber.




    Hilton Garden Inn

    201 E 8th Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103

    Date/Time Information
    Wednesday, May 2 - Friday, May 4, 2018



    Hotel Registration
    $139 Special until April 10!

    Online - once on the page, click "Book a Room"
    605-444-4700 - ask for MACE Annual Conference


    Sponsorship is a great way to network with hundreds of top chamber professionals throughout the entire conference and engage with targeted chamber leaders on a face-to-face level. Participate in the conference and learn about the top priorities of chamber officials across the six state region.


    Click Here to learn more about Sponsoring the 2018 MACE Annual Conference! 


    MACE Awards

    MACE strives to recognize its chamber members who go above and beyond the call of duty to promote their city with new and inventive ideas. These awards are given by the MACE committee as an example of the highest examples of hard work, passion and effort displayed by chamber members across the region.

    If you know a chamber within the MACE region that is deserving of recognition for the exceptional work they have done over the past year, let them know it.CLICK HERE for more information on nominating best-of-the-best in five different categories.




    2018 Annual Conference Scholarships - Applications accepted until Friday, March 30th


    MACE has approved a scholarship opportunity for attendees of the 2018 MACE Annual Conference.  The MACE board believes the professional development of chamber executives is of utmost importance for our members.


    There is only a limited number of scholarships available.


    The deadline for registering for the available scholarships is Friday, March 30th. Applicants will be notified by email of the MACE Boards about two weeks before the conference. You need to be registered for the conference to be eligible.This means you should still register for the conference without knowing if you have won a scholarship.




    Kyle Sexton, SpeakerKyle Sexton



    Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry.
    He is the chamber industry's foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. His research and methods have been featured in industry publications, as well as national conventions and regional conferences. 
    Kyle's innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership - New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations. 

    Kyle's presentation will be based on his book, Remembership. Kyle says, "In the five years since first publishing Remembership, I've been working with chambers and associations across North America, implementing effective new tools and strategies that help boards and executives make better decisions about their future. The ideas in this book are important for membership organizations, membership development professionals, and their board members. The tools I've added in this edition are critical to the strategic direction of your team."



    Erin Bemis, Speaker

    Erin Bemis

    Look Great in the Inbox: The 7 don'ts of Email Design


    Erin is an Engagement Marketing and Strategic Partnership Expert with Constant Contact. She is also a National Speaker and Trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online Program. Her business focus is to educate and inspire small business success in all things related to digital marketing. She promises that you will leave today with simple, easy tips to immediately make your marketing better.


    On her journey to today, she was an award winning CEO for a Chamber of Commerce and top of the team in the indirect sales channel of a major corporation. With 20 years experience working for and with small businesses, non profits, and associations, she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the unmentionables too. She holds degrees in Marketing and Business Administration, along with a minor in French that she has never used.


    What you really want to know is that she is a Northern Michigan native, is one of 13 children, has three sons, a husband and a mortgage. Her four main addictions in life are travelling, music, boating and bubbles. Boy- I can’t wait to see what she has to say!


    Erin's presentation will be about what NOT to do regarding emails. First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact. You’ll learn:


    • Branding beyond the logo – how placement, pictures, even colors can reinforce recognition & engagement
    • Readability – including fonts, white space and single-column design
    • Images – including sizing, placement, links and more


    Join us for this fast, info-packed seminar packed with tips, techniques and tools to help you navigate the dos and the don’ts for your own email marketing.

     Jay Byers

    2018 ACCE Conference


    Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and a network of more than 6100 regional members.

    Byers is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), graduate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management (IOM), graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and graduate of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship.

    Byers currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, ACCE Executive Board, Board of Directors and Community Growth Education Foundation, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is active with the Professional Developers of Iowa, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and International Economic Development Council. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, The Homestead and Drake University’s International Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

    Byers was named to the ACCE 2009 “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of the Chamber World,” Des Moines Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2006, and Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” Alum of the Year in 2012. He received the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Community Champion Award in 2014 and the Simpson College Alumni Achievement Award in 2015.

    Prior to his current role, Byers served as The Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy. Before joining The Partnership, he worked as District Director for Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell and as a corporate attorney at the Ice Miller Law Firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Byers is a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Kyle Sexton, SpeakerJohn Kirchner

    Advocacy Importance


    John Kirchner, Executive Director for the US Chamber’s Midwest Region, will be discussing the importance of advocacy for local chambers and providing useful tools for how chambers can engage in advocacy more effectively. In addition, John will be providing a federal policy briefing on key issues that are important to the business community across the region and country. 









    Wednesday, May 2


    8:15 – 12:00 pm: Specialty Training: Chamber Master Training – Lola Faufau


    10:00 – 12:00 pm: Bonus Session: Government Affairs – John Kirchner US Chamber of Commerce


    11:30 – 1:30 pm: Conference Registration


    12:00 – 1:15 pm: MACE Board Meeting – Robin Anderson Presiding


    1:30 – 1:45 pm: Opening & Welcome: Robin Anderson Chair Mid America Chamber Executives


    1:45 – 2:30 pm: Kyle Sexton (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation) -Remembership
    "In the five years since first publishing Remembership, I've been working with chambers and associations across North America, implementing effective new tools and strategies that help boards and executives make better decisions about their future. The ideas in this book are important for membership organizations, membership development professionals, and their board members. The tools I've added in this edition are critical to the strategic direction of your team."


    2:30 – 3:30 pm: Topic 2


    3:30 – 3:45 pm: BREAK


    3:45 – 4:45 pm: Topic3


    5:30 – 6:30 pm : Reception & Silent Auction


    6:30 – 8:00 pm: Live Auction


    7:30 pm: C. Willi Myles “America’s Everyday Comedian”



    Thursday, May 3


    8:00 – 9:00 am: State Breakfasts


    9:15 – 10:00 am: Topic #4


    10:00 – 10:15 am: BREAK


    10:15 – 11:30 am: Topic #5


    11:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch, Annual Meeting and MACE Awards Presentation – Robin Anderson Presiding & Blake Fry Presenting


    1:30 – 2:30 pm: Work Site Wellness Best Practices - Mason City Chamber


    2:30 – 2:45 pm: BREAK


    2:45 – 4:30 pm: Roundtable Discussions


    5:30 pm: Thursday Night Social 



    Friday, May 4


    8:00 – 9:00 am: Erin Bemis (ConstantContact) – Look Great in the Inbox: the 7 don’ts of Email Marketing


    9:00 – 9:30 am: Jay Byers (Des Moines Partnership) – 2018 ACCE Conference


    9:30 – 10:00 am: Compensation Survey & Panel on Executive Compensation 


    10:00 – 10:15 am: BREAK


    10:15 – 11:35 am: Keynote Speaker


    11:30 am: Closing Remarks


    11:45 am: Adjourn