Winter Games 40 Concept Contest

It’s hard to believe that winter is on the mind when we are in the midst of such beautiful spring weather, but the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber is already looking ahead to the 40thAnnual University of Okoboji Winter Games. The Winter Games Committee is seeking design concept ideas for this year’s games scheduled for January 23-26, 2020. The design concept will be utilized on all Winter Games merchandise as well as print advertising, entry forms, social media, mailings, and website promotions.


Design Concepts should be:

  • easily screen printed and embroidered
  • in a high-resolution JPG or EPS format
  • gender neutral
  • no more than three colors
  • submitted to kiley@okobojichamber.comby April 26th, 2019 at 5 PM for consideration


The concept contest creates an opportunity to showcase and utilize locals and their talents, showcase their vision of this community event, and provides heightened exposure for the designer whose logo is selected. If necessary, the final concept logo will be polished by a professional graphic artist.


To view past Winter Games design concepts, visit  The winner will be selected by the U of O Winter Games Committee and will be announced with recognition and receive $50 in Chamber Bucks and two articles of U of O Winter Games apparel of their choice.


Please contact Kiley Zankowski at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber with any questions or with design submissions.

April Business After 5

West O Beer will be hosting the first April Business After 5 with co-host Milford Electric on Tuesday, April 16th from 5-7 p.m. The second April BA5 will be held at The Hutt on Tuesday, April 23rd with co-host PowerSource.

Join your Iowa Great Lakes Area friends and community members for great food, drinks, and networking! Business After 5 is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend this fun and rewarding Lakes Area networking tradition. The cost is $5 per person.

Contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 712-332-2107 or e-mail


Click Here for the Full 2019 Schedule

37th Annual Walleye Weekend

Join us for the 37th Annual Walleye Weekend on May 4-5, 2019!

Online & In-Person Registration are now open! – Click Here to Register!

In-Person registration is available at:

Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine, Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Kabele’s Trading Post, Oh Shucks, and Stan’s Bait & Tackle!

T-Shirt pre-orders are also available at the above link. Pre-ordered t-shirts can be picked up one week before the event at the IGLA Chamber Office or at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, May 5th at the Dickinson County Expo Building.

For all tournament rules and regulations, click here. The deadline for the general tournament, and extended contest registration is at 11:59PM on Friday, May 3rd.


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Lunch & Learn Events

We are excited to introduce you to our brand new Lunch & Learn events. These events will be over the lunch hour and fill you with information covering an array of topics from how to market your business to how to take care of your personal well being.

Our upcoming dates and topics include:


What about me? My Well Being. – 4 Part Series
April 2nd – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Arrowwood
April 16th – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Arrowwood
April 30th – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Arrowwood


Have a topic you would like us to cover? Email!

Promoter Level Members

Thank you to our Promoter Level Members: AmericInn, annLeo, Avera Medical Group, Black Hills Energy, Consumers Lumber, Crazy Bob’s, Cutty’s, Dowden-Hinn Realtors, Exit Realty, Fareway, KUOO-Community First Broadcasting, Fillenwarth Beach Resort, Lakes Regional Healthcare, Safco-Mayline, Okoboji Motor Company, Outrigger, Polaris Industries, Premier Communications, The State Bank, The Three Sons, Village West, and Walker Insurance.

Iowa Navy Commodores

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and get more involved in your community? Become an Iowa Navy Commodore!

The mission of the Commodores is to generate enthusiasm, promote membership, and portray a wholesome quality of life in the lakes area throughout the year. They are ambassadors for area businesses and organizations that assist with everything from Chamber events and Business After 5s to ribbon cuttings that welcome new businesses and chamber members.

Check out the current roster below. This is the fantastic group of individuals you would get to know through your Commodore involvement.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, email today!




Check out what they have been up to!