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Chamber Connection

Chamber Connection is a fun and informal networking group open to all members of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. The group meets every Friday morning from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at various locations.
Meetings usually include networking and a continental breakfast, followed by introductions from everyone, two business presentations, and time to exchange business leads and information at the end of each meeting.

A little history

  • Connection was started in December 1990. Twenty-two people attended the first meeting, which was held in the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building. Since that time we have grown steadily and now it’s common to have 150 (or more!) attendees gather on Friday mornings for a meeting.

the agenda

  • Meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:00 a.m. We make every effort to keep the meetings on time. The doors open and refreshments are available at 7 a.m. to provide you with an opportunity to network with members and guests. 
  • At 7:30 a.m. our chairperson calls the meeting to order. Each week everyone is invited to do an introduction, state their business name, and give a tag line about their business. The tag line is a great opportunity to tell everybody what you do and help them remember you. Introductions are followed by a short presentation by the host and co-host and the presentations are followed by announcements or testimonials. We alternate each week between announcements and Testimonials.  The first announcement is made by a St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce representative. After that, anyone can make an announcement or testimonial. They should be no longer than 30 seconds and can include thank yous and special promotions. We invite you to give a 30 second announcement or testimonial to educate Chamber Connection members about your business. We have limited time for announcements and testimonials at each meeting, so you won’t always receive a turn. But we do our best to get in as many as possible.

the cost

  • Admission is a buck and a business card at every meeting. On your first visit we ask you for an additional business card as a model for a temporary name badge. Your temporary name badge will be ready within one to two weeks. Look for your temporary badge at the Greeters Table. Your temporary badge is punched each time you visit. After 10 visits you are eligible for a permanent name badge.  As a permanent name badge holder your name will be included in an informational list which is printed and put on the teal table every 3 months.  
  • The Chamber Connection is a program of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. To become a permanent member of the Chamber Connection, your company must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce. If your company is not currently a member, you may attend three Chamber Connection meetings before joining the Chamber. Membership information, including fees, is available at the teal table.

THE Schedule

  • Chamber Connection meetings are held at a different location every Friday morning. Chamber Connection schedules are distributed at each meeting and list locations at least four weeks in advance. However, locations are subject to unexpected changes so if you haven’t been to a meeting for a few weeks, be sure to confirm the location by calling the Chamber of Commerce hotline at 251-2940, ext. 125.
  • You may attend Chamber Connection meetings as frequently as you want. Experienced members find that they receive the greatest benefit if they attend regularly, but if your schedule only allows you to come occasionally, that’s just fine

hosts and co-hosts

  • Only members of the Chamber of Commerce may be hosts and co-hosts for the Chamber Connection. There is a small fee and some additional responsibilities for the hosts and co-hosts. If you are interested in this opportunity, ask a member of the Location Committee.

answers to your questions

  • If you have specific questions not answered here, there are many people who would be happy to help you. The volunteers who are working at the Greeters Table, members of the Location Committee and a Chamber staff person are available throughout every meeting. You may also contact the volunteer leadership of the Chamber Connection: chairperson, Jeff Udy, Infinite Eye Care - (320) 251-2040, email Jeff at jeff@infiniteeyecare.com, vice-chairperson, Donna Roerick, Advantage Chiropractic, phone - (320) 333-5396, email Donna at Donna@advantagechiro.net, or call the Chamber office, 251-2940 and ask for Gail Ivers, ext. 109 or Vicki Lenneman, ext. 122.