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Networking At Noon

The St. Cloud Area Chamber’s Business Development Council brings important and useful information to business people over the lunch hour through a series of lunchtime lectures. Take part in this educational networking event which includes audience introductions, lunch, a presentation, time for questions, networking, and a business card exchange.

SPRING 2023 Classes

Save your seat today! All classes will be held in-person at the Chamber office. No refunds will be offered for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event. Please register at least two days before class so we can include you in the lunch count!

February 1: Mental Health Matters – Supporting your Employees



We talk a lot about physical health in the workplace. Healthy eating, good desk posture, regular stretching breaks – it’s all important. However, mental health is not often addressed in the workplace, though you could argue that it’s even more important. This panel of mental health experts will talk about how employers can provide healthy work environments, support employees, and foster a work culture of healthy habits when it comes to mental health.

Speakers: Kelly Doss, Resiliency Coaching; Laura Holzheimer, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center; DeAnn Burns, Functional Industries

Kelly Doss: After years of working in the nonprofit world, Kelly founded Resiliency Coaching in July of 2022. She offers personal and professional development coaching for individuals and leadership coaching for nonprofits and businesses. She is also a motivational speaker.

Laura Holtzheimer: Laura Holtzheimer is a vocational specialist at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center on their Assertive Community Treatment team. She previously held a variety of positions with Veterans Affairs and RehabCare.

DeAnn Burns: DeAnn Burns works as an employment specialist at Functional Industries. Functional Industries offers job placement and retention services to individuals who are seeking employment in addition to supported living and mental health services. She has previously held a number of executive positions.

March 1: Quickbooks Tips, Tricks & Reports; Advice from an Expert



The QuickBooks accounting software has been around since 1938, but it has grown and adapted really well through the years. Today the program boasts over 4.5+ million active users. So is it the right program for your company? Certified QuickBooks provider Mason Schirmer will get in to an overview of the software as well as some user tips, tricks and helpful reports to help improve your accounting experience.

Speaker: Mason Schirmer, Money Matters

Mason is an Elite-level QuickBooks Solution Provider – one of only 3 in Minnesota – who has over 5 years of senior level accounting experience. He started his company Money Matters in 2019, and has a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

April 5: Get a Grip on your Business: 6 Steps to Getting What You Want From Your Entrepreneurial Company


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Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just an idea and a skillset. It takes a clear vision, focused discipline, and usually a little help along the way. During this session Steve Andres will provide some of that help with the 6 steps you need to know in order to get what you want out of your entrepreneurial business. Whether you’re up and running or still in the idea stage, this session will provide valuable insight into the entrepreneurial process and help guide you to success.  

Speaker: Steven Andres, EOS Worldwide

Steven Andres is a Professional EOS Implementer who helps entrepreneurs and their leadership teams solve root problems, lead more effectively, and gain Traction in their businesses through a simple, proven operating system. With a history that spans over 20 years working in a family-owned retail operation, he now has over 10 years of experience in running business on EOS.

May 4: Gone Phishing? Don’t Get Caught Unprepared – Cybersecurity


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Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending messages that sound like they are being sent from reputable companies in order to try to get information from the receiving party, like passwords and financial information. 90% of security breaches in companies are a result of phishing attacks. This session will dive into how to detect a phishing attack, what warning signs to look for, and what to do in advance to make sure your company is prepared for these types of attacks.

Speaker: InteleCONNECT, Inc.

InteleCONNECT and their industry experts will be discussing, phishing, ransomware, cyber warfare, cybersecurity and more. Come “get a line” on what businesses should know to protect your assets, your data and your bottom line!

June 7: Create A Culture of Giving in Your Business


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Research shows that 71% of employees surveyed say it’s imperative or very important to work where culture is supportive of giving and volunteering. So how do you implement a culture of giving in your organization? It starts from the top, but it takes buy-in from all levels to succeed. Whether you’re in an entry- level or managerial position, this session will teach you how to make giving back and engaging in the community a habit, and expectation, and a way of life.

Speaker: Carl Newbanks, Initiative Foundation

Carl is the Director of Development at the Initiative Foundation, an organization that works to strengthen the economy and communities of Central Minnesota. He has spent many years working with non-profit organizations.

Attend A Class!

Join us the first Wednesday of **every month in the Coldspring Conference Room, 1411 W. St. Germain Street, Suite 101, from 12 – 1 p.m. for lunch and a business presentation. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for the general public, which includes lunch.

NEW THIS YEAR: Purchase a SEASON PASS for $80 and get in to all 5 sessions – a savings of $20! This is available to members only.

Because we order lunch for all attendees, cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to the session or payment will be expected. 

**Spring programs run February – June; the fall programs run September – January. There are no Lunchtime Learning classes in July and August.


To register, call 656-3826 or email The Lunchtime Learning Program is supported monthly by Chamber member businesses. If you are interested in sponsoring a Lunchtime Learning Program call 320-656-3800 for details.



Contact the Chamber’s front office by calling 320-251-2940. To register, please use the registrations email above, to avoid your email accidentally going to the junk/spam folder. Thank you for attending!




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