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Please welcome these new members!

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St. Cloud Area Leadership Program

Affordable, high quality training

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                                                                                                                                               Spring 2019; Volume 20 Issue 2

Membership Testimonial: Steve Greenfield, Greenfield Communications

"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 following:

  • Business 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 Melinda Vonderahe. 
  • 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 categories. Contact 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, Advantage Chiropractic
  • 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 more information.
  • 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 are available.
  • 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 5-7:30 p.m.

In Detail - Sauk Rapids Chamber
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, InteleCONNECT, Inc.

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:, or visit our website: 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 at 656-3822.



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