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Summer 2019; Volume 20 Issue 3
Testimonial: Jim Gruenke, Traut Wells, Inc.
community engagement was one of my goals when I started my current position.
We joined the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce over 20 years ago, and I
used to track the leads we would receive
from that specific organization. I stopped counting when the client list
exceeded 100 and our revenue was well into six figures,”
Gruenke said. “Just diversifying in the way we get those leads is a way to
grow your business!”
On Your Behalf - Arm Chair Benefits
If you want to network, you attend events. If you want to promote your
organization, you buy sponsorships or advertising. If you want to be on the
cutting-edge, you attend educational programs. If you want to be
knowledgeable about business issues, you read and research. You receive
all of these benefits and more as a member of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of
But what if you don't have the time? What's the return on your membership investment?
Plenty! For members who can't fit one more thing on their calendar or to-do
list, we have what we call Arm Chair Benefits. These are membership
perks that you receive even if the only thing you do each year is write out
your membership check. For example:
- Website Referrals - As a member you
receive a free listing on the Chamber website. Our business directory
has provided members with well over 1
million referrals in the past few years. Only members are
listed in the online directory and that listing is included free with
from the Chamber Website - As part of your membership, you receive free links
off the Chamber website when you provide us with your website address
and social media links.
- Job Bank
- Members can post job openings on our website and gain visibility
from thousands of visitors who choose StCloudAreaChamber.com as their
first stop when looking for information about the St. Cloud area.
- Phone Referrals - We provide
approximately 250 referrals per month to people who call the Chamber
looking for business information... and we only refer members! For last
month's total referral count, contact Shelly
at the Chamber office or see Bottom
- Membership Directory - Only Chamber members
are listed in our membership directory. We encourage businesses to use
our Membership Directory and Buyers Guide as
their primary phone book. It even includes specific contact names for
- Influence - You can call the
mayor and area legislators. And when you do, you are one voice. When the
Chamber of Commerce president calls, she has over 1,000 voices behind
her. As a member of the Chamber, you are stronger and your voice is
louder because you are part of the larger regional business community.
you decide Chamber Connection or Lunchtime Learning need to wait, remember Arm Chair Benefits and rest assured that
while you're taking care of business, your Chamber is taking care of you.
In Detail: Waite Park Chamber
The Waite Park Chamber exists as a place where business, education and
government come together for the betterment of the community. A division of
the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, the Waite Park Chamber was put into action in
2004 to meet the needs of the Waite Park business community. Since then, the
division has continued to grow thanks to the dedicated volunteers and
businesses that participate.
Each month a business or organization sponsors a meeting and gives a brief
presentation. To meet our mission of bringing business, education and
government together, meetings include brief updates from the City of Waite Park,
School District 742
and the Chamber of Commerce. There is also time
at the end of each meeting for announcements and testimonials from those in
attendance. Attending meetings is a way to get involved with the issues that
impact the community while enjoying all the traditional benefits of
Attend the July 2019 Waite
Park Chamber meeting!
All St. Cloud Area Chamber members are welcome to join us for Waite Park
Chamber meetings on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. - 1
p.m. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided by the sponsor when you
register at least two days before the meeting. Deerwood Bank hosts the July
17 meeting on-site at 131 6th Avenue South, Suite 100, Waite Park, which
includes a presentation on "Hiring Veterans and Veteran Programs,"
by Brad Steele, St. Cloud VA Health Care System. Register here by July 15.
If you are interested in participating in the Waite Park Chamber, contact
chair David Vee, The
Summit Team at Edina Realty.
Phone and Contact Information
View the phone and contact information for
the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau
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.
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.