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Come Be Featured in Mount Pleasant’s Very Own “CommUnity” Video

Area Residents Needed to Participate in “CommUnity” Video

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – On Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 am, all area residents are invited to gather at the fountain in Central Park to film “CommUnity” video.  The video will be submitted to the state’s #IowansUnite Community Pride video contest for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind mural designed and installed by Iowa artist Ben Schuh that welcomes visitors to their shopping district or downtown area.

Choreographer Cody Fleitner has written a jingle about Mount Pleasant and has a vision to have residents shopping and supporting our small businesses in and around Mount Pleasant. In the end, we all gather as a community at the fountain in Central Park. We need as many people as we can get in the park to help us win this award.

 To be part of #IowansUnite Community Pride contest, the video must feature residents and small businesses and must incorporate elements reflecting each community’s unique brand of hometown pride. Examples include storefronts, main street districts, notable landmarks and people shopping or eating.

This video is a joint project of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Mount Pleasant. For more information, please call Kristi Perry at 319-385-3101 or email

Matt Schimmelpfennig Named 2021 Citizen of the Year

Matt Schimmelpfennig Named 2021 Citizen of the Year

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – On Thursday evening at the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner, Matt Schimmelpfennig was named the 2021 Citizen of the Year.

A lifelong resident, Schimmelpfennig was recognized as someone that gives of himself unselfishly for the betterment of Mount Pleasant. His work ethic and his outstanding relationship with his customers was noted as well his efforts to help organizations such as Midwest Old Threshers, the Mount Pleasant Athletic Boosters, and the Chamber of Commerce. Schimmelpfennig is described as a humble person and one that serves as a role model to others in the community, balancing his business and community life but always putting his kids and family first. Schimmelpfennig was pleased to accept the same award that his parents J.D. and Kathy Schimmelpfennig received in 2013.

Matt Donnolly from Mt. Pleasant Chiropractic received the Volunteer of the Year and Som Sylavong from US Bank received the Ambassador of the Year. A special Humanitarian Award was presented to the Henry County Public Health Department staff for their tireless efforts during the Covid crisis.

2020 President Chad Sloat from the Walmart Distribution Center and the 2021 President Jennifer Moutrie from Moutrie Trucking assisted in presenting the awards.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Chamber consists of 345 businesses, organizations and individual members. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance encompasses the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission, Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Tourism.


Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

Administrator Guzman Announces Final Push for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

Qualifying eating establishments should submit applications by the May 24th deadline


Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that eligible eating establishments have until Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET, to submit applications to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

“If our nation’s food and beverage industry is going to fully recover, we must ensure as many of the hardest-hit businesses get the economic aid they need,” said Administrator Guzman. “We are committed to creating easy to navigate programs and removing barriers that have kept many of our nation’s smallest businesses from accessing these crucial economic lifelines. The SBA will continue to be as entrepreneurial as the small businesses we serve, and we will continue to work as fast as possible to deliver the relief our businesses need so urgently.”

“The numbers speak to the commitment SBA made to educating owners and operators through their work with the Association, our state partners, and other industry support organizations,” said Tom Bené, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The funds that have already been distributed will help accelerate the recovery of thousands of restaurants and bring much-needed capital to communities across the country.”

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund signed into law by President Joe Biden established an initial $5 billion set-aside established by Congress for applicants with gross receipts not more than $500,000. To further ensure an equitable distribution of funds, Administrator Guzman created two additional funding allocations to ensure the smallest of the small restaurants and other eating establishments have equitable access: 1) $500 million for applicants with 2019 gross receipts not more than $50,000, and 2) $4 billion for applicants with 2019 gross receipts between $500,000 and $1,500,000. In the first two weeks of the RRF program, and after 600 targeted community outreach events in multiple languages, SBA has received from priority groups:

  • 12,898 applications from businesses with not more than $50,000 in pre-pandemic revenue requesting $290 million in funds
  • 73,671 applications from businesses with not more than $500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue requesting $6.1 billion in funds
  • 34,010 applications from businesses with $500,000 – $1,500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue requesting $8.4 billion in funds

Designed to ensure the smallest of small eating establishments get the relief needed, set-asides continue a commitment to an equitable distribution of funds to hard-hit communities. Because SBA still has potential set-aside funding available for eligible establishments with 2019 annual revenue of not more than $50,000, it will keep the application portal open until Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET. While all qualified restaurants may submit applications, more than $220 million of a $500 million set-aside remains in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Eligible establishments that meet this revenue standard are encouraged to apply through SBA-recognized point-of-sale vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal.

To date, the RRF program has received more than 303,000 applications representing over $69 billion in requested funds, and nearly 38,000 applicants have been approved for more than $6 billion. Of the overall submitted applications, 57 percent came from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. During the first two weeks of the program, SBA has received applications from:

  • More than 122,000 women business owners
  • More than 14,000 veteran business owners
  • More than 71,000 economically and socially disadvantaged individuals

For those interested in applying to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, visit

Main Street to Host April Sip & Shop

Sip & Shop is Back!
Starting April 17, 2021

Main Street and the downtown businesses are starting their Sip & Shops back up starting on Saturday, April 17.

If you are a crafter or have a home business and would like to set up in or in front of one of our downtown businesses please contact Lisa at 319-385-3101 or

Mount Pleasant Chamber to Celebrate Small Business Week

Mount Pleasant Chamber to Celebrate
Small Business Week
May 3-7, 2021

Small Business Week will be celebrated nation wide and right here in Henry County on May 3-7, 2021. The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance will begin the week with a press conference on Monday, May 3, ribbon cuttings throughout the week, an Alive After Five event and the culmination of the week will take place on Friday, May 7 when we announce the 2021 Small Business of the Year. We want to say a very special congratulations to the following finalists for 2021 Small Business of the Year! Airport Road Vineyard/Crossfit Teo; Big Dog Tattoos; Jason Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc.; Little Mexico Restaurant; and Zeglen Construction.

A complete list of Small Business Week activities can be found here: Small Business Week Flyer 

This event would not be possible without these great sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

Gold-AllenMitchell, LLP, KILJ Radio;Silver-Access Energy Cooperative, CECO Building Systems, Moutrie Trucking, Southeastern Community College and Team Staffing Solutions.


Trees Forever Stewardship Program

Trees Forever Stewardship Program
in Mount Pleasant’s Saunders Park

We just found out something exciting! As part of our Community Visioning process, we worked with an organization called Trees Forever. Trees Forever and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center host an annual Steward of the Beautiful Land program that includes three virtual classes and one in person seminar where they actually complete a planting project. They are going to do their annual project in Saunders Park in Mount Pleasant! This will coincide with a new trailhead project that the City of Mount Pleasant is starting in the park this summer.

This four-class webinar series explores the importance of native plants and trees in native Iowa ecosystems. Participants will discover how native plants and trees can work for our community to clean our air, water and soil. To learn more anyone interested can check out

If you know of anyone interested in participating in this project, please feel free to share this information.

Chamber Hosts Legislative Breakfast

Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce
Hosts Legislative Breakfast

This Saturday, the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance will host the final Legislative Breakfast of the 2021 session. Senator Jeff Reichman and Representative Joe Mitchell will be there to address the audience.

The breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am at the Masonic Lodge, 206 N. Main. Following the legislators remarks and questions from the Chamber, we will open the floor for questions from the audience. This event is open to the public and reservations are not necessary.

The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance exists to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents through economic growth. The Chamber consists of 360 businesses, organizations and individual members. For more information about the breakfast, please call Kristi Ray at 385-3101 or email

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Receives Statewide Childcare Grant

Mount Pleasant Childcare Center
Receives Statewide Childcare Grant

The Mount Pleasant Childcare Center took a big step forward today when they received a $183,000 grant from the State of Iowa.

“We cannot thank the State of Iowa enough for making childcare a priority. This grant will allow us to increase our capacity from 45 to 70 children in our new location”, said Amy McLaughlin, Director of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center.

The Childcare Challenge Grant was established to encourage and enable businesses, nonprofit organizations, and consortiums to establish local childcare facilities and increase the availability of quality, affordable childcare for working Iowans. The fund awarded $13,053,372 from Future Ready Iowa and the Department of Human Services. This funding will help grow childcare seats across the state by 4,024 new openings.

President of the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center Board of Directors Sarah Donnolly reminded everyone, “This is truly a community center and while this grant definitely helps, we still need the financial support from businesses, groups and individuals in Mount Pleasant.”

Mount Pleasant has 1041 kids under the age of 11 and only 201 registered childcare seats. The community has seen a reduction of 51% in available childcare seats in the last five years. The new center, scheduled to open in later this summer, will serve approximately 70 children.

Mount Pleasant Community Childcare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Anyone interested in more information about the childcare center should email The Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance is assisting the Mount Pleasant Childcare Center with this important community project.