From:                                         Kelti Lorence <>

Sent:                                           Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10:50 AM

To:                                               Kelti Lorence

Subject:                                     October 2018 Membership Matters




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                                                                                                                                                Fall 2018; Volume 19 Issue 4

Membership Testimonial: Ann Kennedy, WACOSA

"WACOSA is a proud 30-year member of this amazing organization!
Between business, professional and personal growth,
the Chamber has truly been a huge influence that has helped shape our entire organization!"

Business and Workforce Development
The St. Cloud Area Chamber's Business and Workforce Development programs help strengthen Chamber member businesses by attracting, retaining and educating the local workforce. From business trainings to the Chamber's scholarship program, our Workforce Development programs are helping shape the current and future St. Cloud area business community.

We believe the strength of business is directly related to the strength and resiliency of our workforce. Therefore the Chamber is committed to providing our members with resources and programs that ensure a prosperous future for our members and our community.

By Definition - Workforce Development Programs
The Chamber offers multiple programs designed to encourage and support area businesses. Audiences range from employees who need a boost of networking self-confidence to owners who would like to pick up tax tips over lunch.

  • Business Development Council (BDC): The BDC works to provide our members with inexpensive and practical training and development opportunities such as Customer Service Training, the Supervisor Development Certificate Program and Lunchtime Learning. Contact Kelti for more information or to join the committee. 
    • Lunchtime Learning: An educational networking event which includes audience introductions, lunch, a presentation, and time for questions, networking and a business card exchange. Lunchtime Learning takes place the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, from noon-1 p.m. at the Chamber office.
    • Supervisor Development Certificate Program: A program designed for the new supervisor, one who has received limited supervisor training or one who needs to strengthen his or her leadership skills. Seven courses offered from January to April each year.
    • Customer Service Training: An annual training program held in the spring that provides you with cutting-edge customer service tips.
  • NEXT - Chamber's Emerging Leaders: A program designed for the NEXT generation of business leaders. Provides professional development and networking opportunities the second Tuesday of every month from noon-1 p.m. at various locations throughout the St. Cloud area.
  • St. Cloud Area Leadership: Designed to help current and emerging leaders understand the dynamics of the community and the role leadership shares in building healthy communities. The group meets one day a month from September through May. Applications required.
  • Executive Dialogue Groups: Fosters open and frank communication among small groups of business owners, managers and chief executives who are interested in learning from their peers.
  • Major Employers' Forum: Designed for CEOs, company presidents, general managers and other executives from the area's major employers, this program provides an opportunity for the area's largest employers to discuss and learn about current issues. Topics include workforce issues, city updates and legislative news.
  • Workforce Development - Initiatives for high school students: The Chamber's workforce development initiatives work to maintain an active relationship with area schools and the business community. Programs like the "Unite for Success" Student Internship Program, career panels, business tours, mock interviews, etc. are designed to connect businesses to students and the future Central Minnesota workforce. Learn more about our workforce development opportunities. Fill out this form and return it to Kelti if you are interested in signing up or learning more about any of our initiatives.

In Detail: Volunteer Corner
There's no doubt about it - joining the Chamber boosts your business and helps you meet other Chamber members. As many members have learned, being part of the Chamber is also a great way to make the St. Cloud area an even better place to live and work. We're fortunate to have a team of dedicated volunteers who make sure the Chamber is always moving forward with new ideas and initiatives.

The opportunities for volunteering are almost endless (view the brochure). If continuing education programs appeal to you, volunteer for one of the Business and Workforce Development Programs. Maybe you have been to a Chamber event and you would like to get behind the scenes? Check out one of the many committees that plan events and promote the Chamber. If you would like to make an impact on state and local politics, try the Government Affairs Committee. The Sauk Rapids and Waite Park Chambers are separate divisions that operate much like the larger St. Cloud Area Chamber, planning monthly meetings and organizing their own speakers, Business After Hours and other special events.

No matter what your interest, the Chamber has a place for you. Contact Sheri at (320) 656-3831 to get started.

Phone and Contact Information
Find contact information for the Chamber of Commerce's volunteer Board of Directors. 

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:, 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.