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Affiliate Chamber Spotlight: Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce

Waukee Chamber Spotlight

November 26, 2019

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce

Board Chair 

Ray Meister, First American Bank

President & CEO

Melinda Behn

Number of Members


Why Should Someone Join Your Chamber?

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce works together with businesses, organizations and individuals to promote growth and prosperity in our local economy.

What is Your Chamber’s Biggest Accomplishment in the Past 12 Months?  

The Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour was held on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce filled five buses for the 7th annual event. Thanks to the City of Waukee's professional staff for partnering to lead and moderate the tour showcasing business, school and residential development projects in Waukee. Hosting sponsor — The Palms Theatres & IMAX — provided a Business After Hours following the tour with beverages, networking and food.

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee works in cooperation with the City of Waukee, Waukee Chamber members and others to promote economic growth in the Waukee area.  Thank you to our bus tour sponsors including: Landmark, Illuminated, GreenState Credit Union, MidAmerican Energy, West Bank, Access Systems, Denny Elwell Company, State Savings Bank, Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Company, Hurd and the City of Waukee!

We appreciate all Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce members and guests for participating!

The Chamber also increased their second staff support position from part-time to full-time to assist with marketing, communications and signature event planning.

What Are Your Top Goals for the Rest of This Year?

Chamber leadership is currently building the 2020 program and looks forward to hosting our annual signature events, welcoming members to participate in our committees and highlighting the success of our business members and community in the Waukee Chamber Business Report.

What Are 3 Upcoming Events People Should Watch For?

Regional Luncheon in Waukee

The Regional Luncheon in Waukee: Creating a Great Place to work will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, November 14.

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Silent Auction will take place Thursday, January 30, 2020.      

What’s Cookin’ in Waukee

The What’s Cookin’ in Waukee: A business Expo and Tasting Experience will take place Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Find more information added about 2020 events on our calendar of events in the future!

What Else Should People Know About Your Chamber?

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce members take advantage of a wide range of marketing opportunities, enjoy numerous benefits and programs, expand their network of business contacts, connect with key decision and policy makers and provide their staff with first-rate professional development opportunities.  Learn more at waukeechamber.com.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the fourth largest regional Chamber of Commerce in the nation. Learn more about Partnership Affiliate Chambers, browse the Membership Directory and read additional Affiliate Chamber spotlights.

Melinda Behn

As president/CEO of the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce, Melinda Behn leads Chamber members in strategic planning, business advocacy, recruitment, motivation and recognition of volunteers, recruitment and retention of memberships, fundraising, budgeting and community development.