The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is well known in the community and throughout the area for the top-notch programs and services we provide for our members and the region. That’s why we have produced the 2012 Regional Profile and Membership Guide. We believe this publication is a significant and visible resource we can put into your hands every year.
This publication is designed to:
• Help you generate new business
• Educate businesses and individuals about the benefits of doing business in Central Minnesota
• Give you access to information and individuals you need to know
Some of you are receiving a publication with both a membership directory and a community profile. We hope you will look to the membership directory first when making your buying decisions. The region’s best civic citizens support our Chamber. When you support the businesses that support the Chamber, you demonstrate your commitment to the prosperity of the St. Cloud area.
For those of you who receive only the St. Cloud Area Community Profile, it will quickly become clear that Central Minnesota has high graduation rates, remarkable business diversity, exceptional healthcare options and a variety of transportation services. Our demonstrated quality of life makes the St. Cloud area an excellent place in which to live, work, raise a family and do business.
If you would like to learn more about how you can become part of this dynamic business environment and see your name included in the next St. Cloud Area Regional Profile and Membership Guide, give me a call at 320-656-3804. Everyone who believes in business, believes in community and believes in success is welcome to be part of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier representative of the business community. Supported and led by members and professional staff, we create, enhance and support a healthy business environment for our members.
To meet our mission, we will pursue:
• Membership growth and involvement
• Local, state and federal legislative advocacy
• Business education partnerships
• Effective communication
• Leadership development
• Fiscal responsibility
• Convention and tourism services
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce will be recognized as the voice of business through leadership in membership services, public policy, workforce readiness and tourism.
OUR VALUE STATEMENT
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is a regional organization of diverse businesses. We:
• Increase business contacts
• Enhance professional development
• Provide leadership and information on local and state business issues
FACTS ABOUT THE CHAMBER
Established: 1869 under the name “St. Cloud Board of Trade.”
Purpose: To make the St. Cloud area a better place to live, learn, work, play, shop and do business.
Area Served: The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce has members throughout Central Minnesota, the Twin Cities and even out of state. Our primary service area is St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Albany, Avon, Clearwater, Clear Lake, Cold Spring, Collegeville, Foley, Kimball, Rice, Richmond, Rockville, St. Augusta, St. Joseph and St. Stephen.
Who Can Join: Chamber membership is open to any interested company, organization or individual.
Number of Members: 1,010
Income: The Chamber is funded by voluntary membership investment dues and program fees. Additional income is generated from projects including the Central Minnesota Farm Show, Chamber Pack, the Chamber Open, educational seminars and other events.
Convention & Visitors Bureau: The St. Cloud Area Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a division of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. The CVB staff focuses exclusively on promoting the St. Cloud area to conventions and visitors.
Divisions: In addition to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber’s other major divisions are Membership and Workforce Development, Government Affairs, the Sauk Rapids Chamber and the Waite Park Chamber. Employees and owners of businesses and organizations that belong to the Chamber volunteer to carry out the Chamber's programs and projects.
The Sauk Rapids and Waite Park Chambers: These community chambers serve the unique needs of the businesses and individuals who own companies and who live and work in those communities. Businesses that are members of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce do not pay any additional fees to belong to the Sauk Rapids or Waite Park Chambers.
Other organizations serviced by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce: Building Contractors Association; St. Cloud Area Sports Commission; St. Cloud Builders Exchange; St. Cloud Opportunities, Inc.; Granite Country USA; and Central Minnesota Transportation Alliance (CMTA).