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Spring 2019; Volume 20 Issue 2
Testimonial: Steve Greenfield, Greenfield
"January 2019 marked the start of our 15th year in business,
beginning in Duluth and then adding a St. Cloud office in 2013.
The first thing we did in St. Cloud was join the Chamber. Most of our
connections, friends and clients here are thanks to networking opportunities
the Chamber provided and continues to provide!"
On Your Behalf - Marketing Your Business
Welcome to the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce! Now that you've made
the wise choice to become a member, it's time to think about how you will
benefit from your affiliation with us. As you may know, the Chamber offers a
variety of programs and services to its members, including various ways to
develop your business.
When it comes to marketing your business, your Chamber is here to help. We
provide members with a wide array of promotional opportunities, including the
Central Magazine -
This bimonthly Chamber publication is the region's premier business
magazine packed with feature stories, business tips, and news about
Central Minnesota. The magazine has a distribution of 6,000 including
business owners, CEOs, presidents, and senior managers. Advertising in
Business Central is effective and affordable. For more information, visit the website or contact Associate Publisher
- Chamber Pack - Online
- A cost effective, electronic resource to deliver your message to over
1,700 area business representatives.
- Member mailing labels
- Mailing labels from the Chamber's membership database allow you
to send your business news directly to audiences you choose. You can
purchase mailing labels for the entire Chamber directory or for specific
Shelly for more information.
- Membership Directory and Community Profile -
Advertisements in the annual Membership Directory showcase your business
or organization. View this year's Community Profile.
- Special Event Sponsorships -
Sponsoring one of the Chamber's special events (see below) allows
members to gain even more exposure throughout the business
community. View the sponsorship brochure for
a list of opportunities.
- Chamber Connection
- Every Friday at 7:30 a.m. a member hosts the Chamber
Connection meeting featuring breakfast, networking and
announcements. Host businesses have the opportunity to share their
company's information with attendees. Chamber Connection draws an
average of 150 people each week. To reserve your date, contact vice chair Donna Roerick,
- Chamber Spotlight - Every other Monday at 5:45 p.m. the Chamber report
airs on the WJON "Rush Hour" program. The ten minute
time slot allows WJON to highlight upcoming programs and interview
members within the business community. Contact Kelti for
- Business After Hours
- Each month a different member business hosts an on-site evening of
networking, tours, and delicious food. The event is free of charge and
open to all Chamber members, their employees and guests. Registration is
not required. Contact
the Chamber about hosting.
By Definition - Special Events
Every year, the Chamber hosts several special events.
- Business Awards Luncheon
- Annual luncheon recognizing the year's business awards recipients.
This year's event takes place April 30th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30
p.m. Register by April 25, 2019.
- St. Cloud Area Business Showcase
- A fun, activity-filled networking and promotional
opportunity attracting over 200 business professionals and
featuring 70 booths. The 2019 event was held April 4, 2019.
- Central Minnesota Farm Show
- The largest show of its kind in the region. The show boasts over 390
booths and over 200 exhibitors featuring farm-related products. The
three day show starts on the last Tuesday of February and runs from 9
a.m. - 4 p.m. every day.
- Chamber Golf Open
- An opportunity to promote, network and have fun. Nearly 200 golfers
attend this business event in a four-person scramble format. The Chamber
Open is the second Monday in August, 4/12/19.
- Evening at the Capital -
Every year, the St. Cloud Area Chamber travels to St. Paul to meet and
interact with state legislators. This networking event offers
opportunities to share business concerns with decision makers in a
relaxed atmosphere while showcasing your business or organization. Table
sponsorships and individual tickets are available.
- Legislative Connections
- Every year the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Legislative
Kick-Off and Wrap-Up sessions offering details on the annual
Minnesota Legislative session. Enjoy a nice breakfast and hear from area
Senators and Representatives. This year's wrap-up session is June
14 from 7-9 a.m. at Automotive Parts Headquarters - Training
Center. There is no cost to attend, but please register by June 3 for breakfast. Sponsorships
- Star Celebration
- This fun networking event celebrates the contributions of Chamber
volunteers, strong business leaders in Central Minnesota who make the
St. Cloud area a better place to live and work. All Chamber members are
invited to celebrate with us on the first Thursday in October from
In Detail - Sauk Rapids
The community of Sauk Rapids has experienced tremendous commercial and
residential growth over the last few years. As a result, Sauk Rapids has its
own division within the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce - the Sauk Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Each month a business sponsors a meeting and gives a brief presentation.
Throughout the year, attendees hear school district, city, and
Chamber reports, as well as information about other pertinent Sauk
Rapids community and business development issues. Attending
meetings is a way to get involved with the issues that impact the community
while enjoying all of the traditional benefits of networking.
If interested in participating in the Sauk Rapids Chamber, contact chair Brenda Eisenschenk,
Find the phone and contact information for
programs sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
Membership Matters is published
quarterly by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. For subscriptions or
change of address, contact us at (320) 251-2940, 1411 W Saint Germain Street,
Suite 101, PO Box 487, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0487, email: information@StCloudAreaChamber.com,
or visit our website: StCloudAreaChamber.com. We welcome your questions or
comments: Teresa Bohnen, president; Gail Ivers, vice president;
Kelti Lorence, editor.
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of
Commerce is the premier representative of the business community. Supported
and led by members and a professional staff, we create, enhance and support a
healthy business environment for our members. As a regional organization of
diverse businesses, we increase business contacts, enhance professional
development and provide leadership and information on local and state
business issues. To update your email address or unsubscribe from electronic
mail, please contact Vicki