Meet a MAC Member: MAC Diversified Enterprises

MAC Diversified EnterpriseThose that have been familiar with the Madrid area for some time may wonder what has happened to the little grey house that once stood on Kennedy street. The answer: a business was born. About a year ago, Chad and Mary Carpenter began MAC Diversified Enterprises, which is a family owned welding and fabrication business. MAC Diversified Enterprises offers metal repairs and fabrication. A mobile service is also available, making things more convenient for the customer.

In addition to the new business, the Carpenters run Blades Lawn Care, which has been in business for 12 years.  Blades offers services in lawn care as well as in snow removal. The marriage of the two businesses enables employment year-round, not just when the grass is growing.

MAC Diversified Enterprises and Blades Lawn Care do more than offer their services to people in need of lawn care or welding services, though. Mary Carpenter explains that having a small local business means providing opportunities to locals, such as high schoolers looking for a part-time and summer job.

The best part about being a small business, Mary says, is “the personal relationship and the way that the business people in Madrid help each other out.” She went on to say that being a small business owner is “exhausting, but very rewarding,” and notes that those who work for their business, especially kids experiencing their first job, gain a good work ethic. While these businesses offer very tangible services, the benefits they provide go beyond that. They create opportunities for the local community.

Meet a MAC Member: City State Bank

City State Bank TeamCity State Bank is a family-owned business that has been a part of the Madrid community since 1934. It is a full service bank, which means it provides everything from commercial loans and home loans to checking and savings services. Including its Madrid location, City State Bank is located in seven different places in the Des Moines metro.

More than providing banking services to its customers, City State Bank is focused on community involvement. Dustin Andersen—VP, Madrid Branch Manager—notes that City State Bank is concerned with “using its resources for the betterment of the community.” A few examples of the ways in which the bank seeks to simply be involved in the community include the yearly cookouts and Santa appearances at Christmas time. Dustin explains, “We care about both customers and employees.”

The best part about being a small business in Madrid, he explains, is “getting to know each customer on a personal level. You’re not just a number.” Suzi Lincoln, who is a Relationship Officer for the bank, says that she appreciates the “family atmosphere” and the “long-lasting relationships” built through this business, as it exists in the Madrid community.

Meet a MAC Member: Dance Driven

Katie, owner of Dance DrivenDance Driven recently celebrated its 10th year as a business. Katie Waddell, director and owner of Dance Driven, began the business when she moved to the Madrid area. A mother of three, and secretary of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce, Katie has had previous experience as an elementary and special education teacher, and also as a cheer instructor.

When the business first opened, there were 15 enrollments. Since, then, numbers have grown each year. This year, there were just over 500 enrollments. Katie mentioned that the business is on its third location due to growth.

Dance Driven offers instruction in ballet, point, tap, jazz, tumbling, and taekwondo. In addition, it holds a Daddy-Daughter dance each year, giving proceeds to the Madrid Easter egg hunt. A cancer fundraiser is also an annual event important to Dance Driven. Dance Driven is also planning to partner with Kids Create to host art classes. The business currently employs four instructors, two student helpers, and two office assistants.

When asked what she likes most about being a business in Madrid, Katie replied, “We have a lot of support from the community. I love the small-town atmosphere.”

Meet a MAC Member: Madrid Automotive

Madrid Automotive Owner RogerMadrid Automotive has been a business since the 70s, first under the name K-L Auto Parts. In 1986, Roger Peterson purchased the store. It has moved locations several times throughout the years, but has been in its current location since 1998.

Roger has lived in Madrid since third grade. In 1979, he purchased a gas station from his father in-law and called it Roger’s 66. Since then, he has been owner of several auto-related businesses.

Madrid Automotive is an independently owned business with a large supply of auto parts made available to its customers. Shelves are restocked nightly, thanks to shipments that come five days a week, so customers are sure to have whatever parts they need within a day or two. The business also offers small engine repairs for items such as lawn mowers and other small pieces of equipment.

Having been the owner of the business for over thirty years, Roger remarks, “I’ve enjoyed it, or I wouldn’t still be doing it!”

Roger, on his favorite part about being a small business owner in Madrid, says “Knowing my customers’ names. I get to treat them like my neighbors, because most of them are my neighbors.”

Meet a MAC Member: BOM Fitness and Wellness Coaching

BOM Fitness and Wellness Coaching is a 24/Jolynne BOM Fitness7 facility that offers full service fitness equipment, personal training, wellness coaching, and group fitness classes. Members have full-time access to equipment and can participate in many group classes free of extra charge.

In 2015, Jolynne Carlson held a grand re-opening for a gym that had existed for around 20 years. When she purchased the gym, she assessed what already existed and the potential for improvement and growth. The grand re-opening highlighted the upgrade of equipment and opportunities.

Jolynne has a passion for seeing people actively pursue their healthiest lifestyle, and loves that she gets to be a part of that process through BOM Fitness. “It’s a family down here,” she says, “Everyone is bonded through the goal of being healthy.”

When asked what she likes best about being a small business in Madrid, Jolynne explained the unique opportunities available in a small community. She expressed that she enjoys being able to be personally acquainted with her members, and how she loves witnessing each individual’s dedication and improvement.

“The other businesses in the community know you,” she noted, “Everyone is supporting everybody.”

Meet a MAC Member: Iowa Arboretum

Iowa ArboretumThe Iowa Arboretum recently celebrated both its 50th anniversary and its achievement of
the Master Plan that was set in place in 2015. This resource was started by the Iowa State
Horticultural Society shortly after they purchased 40 acres in 1966. In 1968, the Iowa Arboretum
became an official nonprofit.

The purpose of the Iowa Arboretum, according to its mission statement, is “to be an inspiring
educational and recreational resource demonstrating the value and use of trees, shrubs, and
other plants in the Iowa landscape.” Since its beginnings, the Arboretum has grown in both size
and opportunities it provides.

In addition to being a space in which people can learn about native Iowa plants, the Arboretum
offers itself as a venue to celebrate life events, such as weddings and family reunions.
Mark Schneider, executive director, notes, “For Madrid to have a public garden is incredible.”

He invites the Madrid community to come and enjoy the large spectrum of opportunities
available at the arboretum. Eagle scout projects, partnerships, learning activities, and social
gatherings are some of the ways through which the Iowa Arboretum invites the community to be
involved. There are also volunteering opportunities, as the Arboretum is a nonprofit and there are
various services to fill.

Schneider explains that being a part of the growth of Madrid is a great opportunity for the
Arboretum. He says that those involved at the Arboretum are “Glad to be a part of the good things
going on in Madrid.” He recommends the community “Come out! It’s a wonderful resource.”
For more information on how to be involved with the various opportunities at the Iowa
Arboretum, access the website at IowaArboretum.org.

Meet the Candidates Public Forum

Residents of Madrid will have the opportunity to learn more about Madrid’s candidates for mayor and Ward 2 councilperson at a public forum on Monday, July 23 in the Madrid High School student center from 7-9 p.m.

This will be a moderator-led forum with questions being submitted prior to the event and by filling out a card at the forum. The moderator for the event will be Jim Turbes with KWBG radio in Boone.

Submit your questions to Don Lincoln with the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) at donlincoln@windstream.net.

This event is sponsored and organized by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and The Madrid Register-News.

or additional information contact Jennifer Williams at The Madrid Register-News at 515-795-2730 or email Jennifer@wilcoxprinting.com.

Labor Day Queen Contest Applications

Incoming Madrid freshman through seniors are invited to participate in the 2018 Labor Day Queen Contest. Applications are now available at City Hall.

Return applications to City Hall by August 17th. Presentations will be on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm, and crowning will be part of the Saturday morning Labor Day Celebration.

Meet a MAC Member: Modern Woodmen

Travis, MAC PresidentTravis Risvold is both the president of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and a financial representative for Modern Woodmen, one of many businesses that are a part of MAC.

Travis resides in Madrid with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Isaiah. While the Modern Woodmen office in Madrid did not open officially until November of 2015, the business is a fraternal society that has been operating for over one hundred years. Its mission is to improve quality of life for its members via support of family life, community impact, and financial security.

Since it is a fraternal society, Modern Woodmen is a nonprofit owned by members. Contrary to misconceptions, the business exists to aid in financial planning, not simply to take money. Modern Woodmen is set up in chapters, which are made up of groups of members in specific areas. Various chapter activities, such as events at nearby restaurants or volunteer opportunities, exist to provide opportunities to members to volunteer, socialize, and learn.

Modern Woodmen offers Madrid services that include life and health insurance, money management assistance, and family financial planning. College scholarships for young members are also available.

When asked what the best part of being a small business in Madrid is, Travis replied “Madrid has an atmosphere of people wanting to go somewhere.” He also expressed the benefits of a tight-knit community and its support of people, as well as what a safe and enjoyable community exists in Madrid.

Special Election and Candidate Deadline

The City of Madrid will hold a Special Election in July. Residents will vote for mayor and 2nd ward council member. Individuals interested in running for either position must fill out an Affidavit of Candidacy Form and a Nomination Position Form containing 10 signatures. Note that signatures for the 2nd ward position must come from eligible electors in the 2nd ward area of Madrid, and it is recommended to acquire additional signatures in case some do not county. Forms are available in Madrid at the City Clerk’s Office, at the Auditor’s Office in Boone, and at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. The deadline for candidate filing is July 6 at 5:00pm in the auditor’s office.
The Special Election will be held on July 31.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office in Madrid at (515) 795-3930 or the Auditor’s office at 515-433-0502.