About

Mission, Vision, Values

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to be the most trusted resource in the business community for advocacy, collaboration, and education. For almost 100 years, our vision has been to shape and inspire a vibrant business community holding on to four core values. 1) Integrity in our leadership. 2) Responsiveness to business needs. 3) Be a dependable partner for area businesses and community organizations. 4) Commitment to serving members and the community

100 Years of Service

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) will celebrate 100 years in 2024.

With the increasing population and employment opportunities through 1900, Decorah became an attractive cultural and entertainment center. The community and the businesses always worked hard to grow and expand the opportunities in the area.

 Since 1924, the DACC’s focus has been clear—continue to keep the Decorah area business community strong. Today, we represent 350 area businesses. Our membership spans every sector including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, restaurants, wellness, service, and visitor attractions.

Advocacy

  • COVID-19 Recovery and Business Resilency
  • Marketplace Fairness Act (internet sales tax)
  • Road Use Tax Fund
  • Section 179 (tax deduction state/federal match)

Collaboration

  • Manage the Decorah Area Visitor Center and the Visit Decorah Brand (100+ Businesses and Area Attractions)
  • Chamber Dollars Program with 50+ Area Business to Encourage Local Spending
  • Lead and Support Downtown Retail Events
  • Partners with NE IA Regional Chamber Group and Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Provide technical assistance, project management, and administration for Downtown Decorah Betterment Association and Nordic Fest

Education

  • Empower Decorah Leadership Course
  • Community Connection Education Events
  • Networking Breakfasts, Young Professionals, Community Connection Programs
  • Together w/ Winneshiek Co. Development: Work-Based Learning, Small Business Counseling , Small Business Support

Our team

Jessica Rilling

Executive Director

Amanda Streeper

Member Services

Alyssa Ritter

visit decorah

Meg storkamp

hospitality

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Sara Thomas

President

Decorah Bank & Trust

Joe Gavle

Past President

A&J Petersburg Agency

Cindy Goodner

Vice President

Seed Savers Exchange

Bob Kane

Treasurer

Farm Credit Services of America

Diane Krentz

JB Holland Construction

Julia Sollien

Northeast Iowa Community College

Kim Bonnet

Rubaiyat Restaurant

Laurie Bulman

Winneshiek Medical Center

Lisa Lantz

The Getup

Ben Krouse Gagne

Helping Services

Randy Schissel

Storey Kenworthy & City of Decorah

Peggy Lensing

Luther College

Tim Cronin

Decorah Community School District

Russell Schouweiler

Thrivent Financial

Jana Evelsizer Olson

Anderson, Wilmarth, Van Der Maaten, Belay, Fretheim, Gipp & Zahasky

Jeff Brower

Stanley Engineered Fastening

Chamber Ambassadors

Chamber Ambassadors

Ambassador Vision

Foster active and productive membership in the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce through visible support at Chamber events, mentoring of new members, and retention of current membership.

Amanda Kupka

Thrivent Financial

Maureen Duncklee

Viking State Bank & Trust

Holly Allen

Decorah Bank & Trust

Joe Hammel

Hammel Jewelrs

Joanie Rollins

AJ Realty

Adam Baker

Paul Hudson – State Farm Insurance

Marcia Madrigal

Kelly Real Estate

Lashelle Evans

Viking State Bank & Trust

Cindy Hoyme

Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank

Tade Kerndt

Viking Realtors

Zachary Shearer

Edward Jones

Ray RInkol

Trial Lawyers for Justice

Dallas Steffen

Decorah Bank & Trust

NIcholas Engrav

Marine Credit Union

Nick Wilz

Winneshiek Co. Farm Bureau

Ag Committee

Ag Committee

Farming in Northeast Iowa

The Decorah area was founded on fertile farmlands by early settlers. Although the agricultural industry has changed dramatically since those early days, our connection to the land and its importance to our economic vitality has not. Because topography has dictated the necessity for smaller farms, the Decorah area has 2,650 active family farms and 137 dairy farms. In addition to traditional farming, the locally grown industry is growing rapidly with a push for sustainable living. It’s all happening right here!

Jess Rediske

Committee Chair

Red-Roxy Quilt Co.

Nate Gebel

Farm Credit Services of America

Mark Jensen

Viking State Bank & Trust

NIck Wilz

Winneshiek Co. Farm Bureau

Bob Kane

Farm Credit Services of America

Dave Krieger

Decorah Bank & Trust

Blake Courtney

Viking State Bank & Trust

Rachael Gannon

FreedomBank

Matt Burkey

Northeast Security Bank

Duane Tlusty

Viking State Bank & Trust

Cindy Hoyme

Kerndt Brothers Bank

Robert Lines

Kerndt Brothers Bank

Mariah Schmitt

NE Iowa Diary Foundation

Brendon Kacher

Decorah Bank & Trust