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Volume 19 Issue 4
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
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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
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: information@StCloudAreaChamber.com,
or visit our website: StCloudAreaChamber.com. We welcome your questions or
comments. Teresa Bohnen, president; Gail Ivers, vice president; Kelti
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.