Please welcome these new members!
Central Minnesota Farm Show
Winter 2019; Volume 20 Issue 1
Testimonial: April Mae Good, AMG Promotions & Apparel
have seen over the last 30 years, how the Chamber has grown and invested the
time and resources to building a network in the community. It is easier now
with all the different committees to see how other businesses work and give
back to the community. You definitely get out what you put into it. It’s an
investment in the community and part of doing business. Being a Chamber
member is a good way for a local business to be recognized in the area!”
Business owners know that even the slightest changes in state and local
policy can have enormous impact on the bottom line. As an influential
representative for the business community, the St. Cloud Area Chamber of
Commerce uses its voice to serve the best interests of our members and all of
Central Minnesota. Small businesses need a powerful voice to act on their
behalf on issues such as:
The Chamber names
legislative advocacy as part of its primary mission. Each year, the
Government Affairs Committee takes part in legislative activities including:
Evening at the Capital, Business Day at the Capitol, and candidate forums.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. The Chamber creates opportunities
for volunteers to establish well-rounded positions on significant political
issues. Input and participation from our members allows us to accurately
represent our business community.
By Definition - Government Affairs Programs
The Chamber provides multiple opportunities for your voice to be heard
in the local, state and national government.
Affairs Committee: Participate
in important policy-making decisions. The Government Affairs
Committee meets the second Friday of each month from 7:30-9 a.m. To
receive meeting notices, contact Kellie.
- Legislative Connection:
The Chamber brings area legislators together to answer questions and
concerns related to business and the community at three legislative
- Session Preview: December 14, 2018
- Evening at the
Capital: Don't miss this year's event on February 13, 2019. Cost is $39.
- Session Wrap-up: June 14, 2019
- Sponsorships are available. To receive notices of
upcoming Legislative Connection events, contact Kellie.
- Minnesota Chamber*:
The state's largest pro-business lobbying organization representing over
3,200 Minnesota businesses on state public policy and regulatory issues.
- U.S. Chamber*:
The world's largest not-for-profit business federation. The U.S. Chamber
lobbies at a federal level on behalf of businesses and business
associations, as well as state, local and international chambers of
- Session Priorities Dinner: The
Minnesota Chamber sponsors a Session Priorities Dinner in St. Paul on the
first day of the legislative session. The dinner includes a panel
discussion with House and Senate leaders, along with other legislators
from around the state. Any interested St. Cloud Area Chamber member is
welcome to attend.
Day at the Capitol: See the legislature in action at Business
Day at the Capitol, sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber. Over 800
Minnesota business leaders attend this annual event to learn about state
legislative issues and lobby at the Minnesota Capitol.
- St. Cloud Goes to
Washington, D.C.: Each spring Chamber members
travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Minnesota's
congressional delegation. The trip is designed to give our members the
opportunity to speak with federal officials and the U.S. Chamber staff
about issues affecting businesses in Minnesota. Contact Teresa
if you're interested in learning more.
*The St. Cloud Area Chamber is a
dues paying member of the Minnesota Chamber and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
but has no other affiliation with these organizations.
In Detail: St. Cloud Area Business Showcase
Be prepared for plenty of excitement as 70 St. Cloud Area Chamber member
businesses and organizations come together to "Connect Companies with
Community" for an evening of networking opportunities, food, and fun.
The event, sponsored by GLM Dsiplays, City of St. Cloud,
and ScreenTime Indoor
Billboards, takes place on Thursday, April 4 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the
St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. S, St. Cloud. Visitors
can look forward to displays, food, a cash bar, games and fun. Chamber member
businesses and organizations will be highlighted at this showcase, and this
event is open to the public. This year Bluestem Brands has sponsored an
XBox system as our grand must-be-present to win prize! This is the perfect
occasion to get to know area professionals, learn more about local
businesses, or set up a booth and spread the word about your own company or
organization. For more information or to learn more about participating
in the Business Showcase, contact Sheri.
Our 2018-19 Volunteer Yearbook has contact information for
the Chamber's volunteer committee chairs and vice chairs. Download your copy today!
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 St. Germain Street,
Ste 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 at 656-3822.