October 2022, ISSUE NO. 7

West Union - A Main Street Community


Your guide to the West Union Main Street Chamber & Business Community

What’s Happening in October?

Mon, Oct 3rd, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - West Union City Council Meeting
West Union City Hall

Tue, Oct 4th, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Promotions Committee Meeting
Chamber Office

Wed, Oct 5th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Economic Vitality Committee Meeting
Gus & Tony’s Townhouse

Sat, Oct 8th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - West Union Methodist Peace Maker Quilt Group Bazaar/Bake Sale
West Union Methodist Church

Sat, Oct 8th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - West Union Block Party
Downtown West Union

Tue, Oct 11th, 6:45 AM - 8:00 AM - West Union Main Street Chamber Board of Directors Meeting
Chamber Office

Wed, Oct 12th, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Organization Committee Meeting
Chamber Office

Wed, Oct 12, ALL DAY - Shop Iowa Day
@ Iowa

Sat, Oct 15th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Show & Shine Car Show
NAPA Auto Parts

Mon, Oct 17th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - West Union City Council Meeting
West Union City Hall

Mon, Oct 17th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Volunteer Engagement Committee Meeting
Chamber Office

Wed, Oct 19th, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Design Committee Meeting
Chamber Office

Sun, Oct 23rd, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM - West Union Trunk or Treat
@ Downtown West Union

Sat, Oct 29th, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Bethany Lutheran Annual Fall Women’s Retreat
@ Bethany Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Funding Opportunities

  • Enhance Iowa - CAT Grant Application

    • The next application deadline is January 15, 2023. CAT grants assist city, county or nonprofit organizations with funding vertical infrastructure (construction) projects related to recreation, education, entertainment and cultural activities.

  • Empower Rural Iowa - Center for Rural Revitalization Grants

    • Informational webinars and guidelines are available on the website for each of the 6 grants.

  • City of West Union Revolving Loan Fund

    • Provides gap financing to new and expanding businesses for which credit is not otherwise available.

  • West Union Main Street Chamber Revolving Loan Fund

    • The West Union Main Street Chamber Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) funds are available to provide financial assistance to start-ups or expansions to small businesses in West Union.

  • Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant

    • Through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority will provide grants to communities for the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community.

Shop Iowa Day

Shop Iowa Day is a statewide shopping event featuring hundreds of Iowa small businesses. Our goal is to encourage shopping from these amazing local shops and makers by offering deals and discounts that make even more residents aware of how easy it is to shop online on the Shop Iowa marketplace!

On Shop Iowa Day, Wednesday, October 12th, customers can experience deals all across the site until 11:59 PM. Early deals will also start the night before at 6:00 PM for Shop Iowa email and text subscribers.

Customers will be able to shop sooner for the holiday season and be incentivized to do so with:

  • Site-wide discounts used across the site from apparel to wall décor, and everything in between

  • 1-day markdowns from small businesses across the state

  • $5 Shop Iowa gift card for every $25 gift card purchased

  • A chance to win a $500 Shop Iowa shopping spree (grand prize), or one of four additional Shop Iowa gift cards

  • Free shipping specials by select businesses

We want you to be a part of what we’re hoping will be a record-breaking month on Shop Iowa for Iowa's small businesses, that will lead to an even bigger holiday shopping season all across Iowa.

Visit for more information.

Shop Iowa Toolkit

West Union Block Party & Shop Hop

2022 Block Party Schedule

West Union's Annual Block Party is back! Join us on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Experience West Union's beautiful downtown historic commercial district, with free music, games, and, most importantly, our local businesses. Take advantage of exclusive deals and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

  • All Day - Bounce House

  • All Day - Barrel Train

  • All Day - Human Foosball

  • 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM - Car Show @ NAPA Auto Parts

  • 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM - Vendors @ Unionland Feed & Food Market

  • 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM - Vendors @ Euphoria Coffee

  • 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM - Vendors @ Vine St Boutique

  • 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM - Music by Patsy & the Plum St Jam @ NAPA

  • 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM - Face Painting provided by Copper Creek Senior Living

  • 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM - Honor the Apple @ Fayette County Historical Center

  • 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM - Touch-A-Truck

  • 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM - Ice Cream

  • 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM - Sweet Southern Kettle Corn & Shaved Ice

  • 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM - Painting Ponies @ NAPA Auto Parts

  • 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM - Pits & Perks BBQ

  • 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM - Cheer Squad

  • 1:00 PM - Bean Bag/Corn Hole Tournament

  • 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM - Music by David Woods

  • 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM - Bicycle Rodeo provided by West Union Police Dept

Shop Hop October 3rd, 2022 to October 10th, 2022

This year’s Shop Hop will run the week of October 3rd - 8th, with a list of 21 retail businesses participating. Each local business has contributed a gift certificate or such valued at a minimum of $20.00.

Each retailer will operate during their regular business hours that week. The Shop Hopper will visit to take advantage of their in-store specials and have their passport validated/signed. Upon completion of the passport, it can be left with the last retailer, and all will be collected with drawings for prizes the following week of October 10, 2022. There will be 21 winners.

Please get in touch with me with questions, comments, or concerns.

Deb Theis
Moonlight Stitching & Sisters’ Retreat
(563) 422-8212

Look for the “Shop Hop Stop Sign” in the window of participating businesses.

Facebook Event

West Union Trunk or Treat

Hello everyone, fall is in the air, meaning that Trunk or Treat is approaching. This is our 9th year for this event, and it will be held on Sunday, October 23rd, from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM at the courtyard square downtown West Union.

We are looking for businesses, organizations, or individuals who would love to participate by providing a trunk for the kids that afternoon. We ask that if you decide to do a trunk, you park on Elm St or Vine St. You can pull the trunk in the parking spot as usual so that the trunk faces the middle of the street, the street will be blocked off, and the cars and kids can safely go down the road. We do ask that you park every other spot to space things out. We will have volunteers to help you out that day, and we ask that you arrive after 1:00 PM and be set up and ready by 2:00 PM. Trunks will open at 3:00 PM.

Start stirring your cauldron; we can't wait to see what you will brew up for a theme.

If having a trunk is not your thing, please consider donating. All donations are greatly appreciated and go towards purchasing prizes for the kids' games and activities. We do not ask for a specific amount of money. You may donate what you feel is best. We also accept donations of prepackaged candy to be used for prizes. Items can be dropped off to Jessica Sadler at Mc]'s Embroidery.

This is a great event enjoyed by many; we have had up to 600 kids in attendance in the past. We will start at 2:00 PM with dancers performing and games in the courtyard. Trunks will open at 3:00 PM.

We are always looking for volunteers for this event. If you are interested or know of an individual or club that might be, please have them contact us.

(Rain date will be Sunday, October 30th, from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

Contact Jessica Sadler for more information: (319) 480-3206

L.E.A.D. Conference 2022

November 3rd, 2022

Event Details

The L.E.A.D Conference is a one-day event designed for individuals who lead people in the workplace: business owners who are building their workforce, newly promoted supervisors (who once worked side by side with those they are now leading), and current leaders who have been in the leadership role for a while but need to enhance their skills to keep up with the ever-changing workforce. Regardless of your leadership experience (or lack of), you don’t want to miss this!

Our sessions focus on leadership development and skill building. We will provide the opportunity to learn and engage with others who also desire leadership growth.

Who Should Attend?

This is a conference for anyone who guides the work of others, such as:

  • Business owners

  • Seasoned leaders (department heads, managers, supervisors, team leads, etc.)

  • Newly promoted leaders

  • Board members

  • Council members

  • County Supervisors

  • HR Professionals

  • …any individuals who aspire to be a future leader!

Featured Topics

Featured sessions include:

  • How to Get from Conflict to Resolution

  • Invest in Mentoring

  • Employee Life Cycle Management 101

  • Peeling the Layers of Workplace Culture

Want to be a Speaker?

Do you share our focus on leadership development and want to share your expertise with others? We’d love to have you! Email us at

Pricing & More Information

  • Pricing

    • Early Bird Registration - $99*

      • *ends October 10th, 2022

    • General Registration - $125

    • West Union Main Street Chamber Members - $75*

      • *must have an active membership

  • Flyer

  • Website

  • Agenda

Register Online

Community Events

Updates from the City of West Union

Utility Billing Shutoff Policy

Fayette County Household Hazardous Waste Day

  • @ Fayette County Transfer Station

  • Friday, October 7th, 2022

  • Accepting:

    • Gasoline and Diesel Additives

    • Waxes and Polishes

    • Solvents

    • Paints(no Latex House Paint)

    • Lacquers and Thinners

    • Caustic Household Cleaners

    • Spot and Stain Removers

    • Pesticides

    • No Fluorescent Tubes, Bulbs, or Batteries.

Any questions can be directed to 563-425-3037

Notice Regarding Food Trucks
Food trucks will need to fill out a Solicitor License Application and return it to City Hall.

Meet Our Board

Joe Griffith - Board Member & Superintendent of North Fayette Valley School District

In the spring of 2020, my family and I moved to West Union, where I had taken the job as Superintendent at North Fayette Valley School District. As educators, I believe it is important to be connected to the community we serve, with this in mind, I opted to join the West Union Chamber of Commerce.

We must continue to work to support businesses. This means recruiting and helping new businesses but more importantly, supporting our existing business.

Rural Iowa communities for the most part have seen a consistent population decline. This has a direct impact on schools. I hope to both support our existing community and entice new families to move into our school district by providing a vibrant economy within the NFV community.

The West Union Chamber's mission and goals align with my personal beliefs. Shop local and support your community.

Joe Griffith
West Union Main Street Chamber
Board of Directors - Board Member
Economic Vitality - Committee Member

Join the West Union Main Street Chamber Team!

The West Union Main Street Chamber is seeking more volunteers to help put on events, improve our community, aid our local businesses, and bring more to West Union.

Interested in planning our public events? Join our Promotions Committee! Do you want to help our local businesses and recruit more? Join the Economic Vitality Committee. Do you want to improve how West Union looks? Our Design Committee does just that.

If you are passionate about West Union and our community, we’d love to hear your ideas and have you join our team!

Call, text, email, or stop by our office to talk to Matthew Marsala, our Executive Director, to learn more

Phone: (563) 422-3070


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