Working to improve business and build a better community
HELPING VINTON TO ACHIEVE
Vinton Unlimited works to help Vinton achieve its fullest by providing continuous and effective leadership. Its strength lies in the active involvement of its membership. Both large and small businesses, from virtually every profession, are represented and influence the direction of the organization. Vinton Unlimited is committee driven. The members are the organization.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
Above all Vinton Unlimited is PEOPLE who understand that through Vinton Unlimited they can accomplish collectively what none of them can do individually. The strength of Vinton Unlimited lies in attracting the greatest possible number of members from the community, creating a pool of resources from which ideas, energy, and finances can be drawn.
Over 75% of Vinton Unlimited membership is comprised of small businesses. It is those myriad of small businesses that make up the backbone of our community, prospering and creating a healthy, positive environtment for conducting business.
PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Vinton Unlimited is a merged Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development group. It is a private, non profit, voluntary organization. It unites hundreds of area businesses and professional firms, creating a unified voice working to improve business and build a better community.
Some member benefits
Business and Community Referrals
Provide Promotional Materials in Welcome Packets
Invitation to Participate in Special Events
Social Media Exposure
Business relocation and/or expansion assistance
Vinton Unlimited has 6 committees dedicated to serving the community. Members are welcome to serve on any committee they find appealing, with seats on the Board of Directors being the only elected positions
If you like what we do and want to know more
Board of Directors
Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month –
6:30am at Windsor Manor
The Board of Directors handles business operations and oversees the committees. Board members are elected by the members and serve a 3 year term. Any current member is welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Please contact the Director in advance to assure additional seating in made available. The agenda always includes a time for public input for members to share information with the Board.
Meetings: First Friday of each month –
Noon at City Hall
The Business Promotions committee has historically consisted of business members who work to plan and promote seasonal and yearly events and promotions. Past projects include sidewalk sales, Christmas promotions and The Taste of Vinton.
Meetings: As needed at Iowa Land Management
Destination Vinton is the only committee that doesn’t follow a set meeting schedule. Meetings are held as needed. This newest committee is focused on tourism, marketing Vinton as a destination for day trips or longer visits. Members of Destination Vinton collaborate with all attractions in the VInton area to generate interest among tour groups, creating marketing materials and more.
Meetings: Second Thursday of each month –
4:00pm at City Hall
The focus of this committee is to create, support and plan events involving the entire community. Events include Boomfest, the VU Golf Tournament and other special events.
Industry & Business Development
Also known as the Business Opportunity Group (BOG)
Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month –
6:30pm at City Hall
BOG meets once a month to discuss what business prospects are looking at our community. The BOG members are invested individuals from all aspects of the community including banking, industry, business development, marketing and others. They share a common interest in bringing new business to town and helping current businesses find new opportunities for growth.
Meetings: Third Monday of each month –
4:00pm at City Hall
This committee is charged with promoting the organization as a whole, including attracting new members, retention of current members, visiting new and existing businesses, After Hours events, ribbon cuttings and Annual Meeting preparations.
We are proud of our community
Whether contemplating a visit or planning a move to our community we extend a warm and sincere welcome to our city and hope your stay will be relaxing and enjoyable.
The Walldogs are scheduled to return to Vinton during this week to give our mural history a fresh coat of paint and add new murals as well. Other activities will include a parade, musical performances – both small and large, a tasty reminder of Sweet Corn Days and several other events you won’t want to miss. We hope to release a full schedule of events early in 2019.
Visit www.vinton150.org for up-to-date details!
Join us at dusk in Riverside Park for a free movie! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and friends. Movies to be shown will be announced this summer.
Each month, the Vinton Unlimited Ambassador Group will make a surprise visit to a local business just to say “thanks!”
Join the fun at our special “community celebration” every Thursday night. Music, entertainment, games and activities held each week. Hot sandwiches served at our outdoor cafe. This market showcases the best of Benton County producers of fruits, vegetables, jams and baked goods. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information, call the VPRD office at 472-4164.
Boom-Fest is an annual Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Vinton, Iowa, promoted by Vinton Unlimited, Vinton’s merged non-profit Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development group. Artisans and crafters, farmers market and food vendors are welcomed to the downtown streets of Vinton. Kids activities and live entertainment fill the time slot with a family-friendly street fair type atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Boom-Fest gets its name from the annual Boomtown Celebration held at the county fairgrounds on the South side of Vinton the same weekend. Boomtown is a celebration of fireworks, presented by the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association, and has been described as one of the best fireworks displays you will ever find in small-town USA.