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May 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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APRIL 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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MARCH 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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FEBRUARY 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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A Change of Pace

Check out the article featuring our Chamber Director, Brad Gruhot, in the Marshall Independent. We're glad to have you back in Marshall!


HAPPY NEW YEAR'S

We are now three weeks into 2017 but in today’s column, I want to recap 2016.

Women’s Connect is as strong as it has ever been.  In 2016, Women’s Connect heard about everything from fitness goals, hearing from minority advocates to getting an EDA update.  The Women’s Connect group also partnered with their counterparts from Schwan’s and had a wildly successful program featuring Pat McGill, a motivational speaker who spoke on real life experiences in the workplace and at home.  The Pat McGill event brought in 161 attendees!  One of their highlights though was the Secret Spaces tour at SMSU, which there will be a “Part two” version this year.  Overall, Women’s Connect averaged 46 attendees throughout the year. 

Similarly, Young Professionals had the same type of events.  Some of their highlights included a talk on Work/Life balance from former CEO of Schwan’s, Ken Noyes, Lessons in Leadership from Ralco CEO, Brian Knochenmus to a legislative recap from former State Representative, Marty Seifert.  Young Professionals membership is as strong as ever with nearly 80 members of the group.  Young Professionals averaged 39 attendees per event in 2016.  The Sleep Inn was and still is our Young Professionals Sponsor.

Two times a year we bring in a main event speaker.  In March, Willow Sweeney, a one-of-a-kind motivational speaker came in and spoke on living above and below the line.  She was certainly worth the price of admission and attendees agreed as we saw nearly 200 attendees at this event.  Part two is March 29th of this year. 

Our second Speaker Series speaker was Luke Riordan who spoke on Social Media Marketing.  This event brought in nearly 100 attendees. 

Business After Hours events are always one of our more popular events we have monthly.  This event gives the hosting business an opportunity to showcase their business in a social setting, and at the same time, members get to network with each other.  2016 brought us to Advanced Opportunities, the new Runnings Warehouse to the new Red Baron Arena and then capped it off at Bremer Bank in December.  In October, in place of Business After Hours is our Taste of Marshall.  At this event, where restaurants get to showcase what they have to offer, we saw 340 people show up!  Be sure to mark your calendar for this event later this year.

Let’s Connect is still a newer event where businesses take turns talking about their business for up to a minute with 25-30 other businesses in the room.  A nice visibility event if you have something to market at your company.  Our host and sponsor is the AmericInn.  On average, we saw 26 attendees to this event. 

Finally, on the event side of things, we have our Chamber 101 orientation event.  At this bi-monthly event, we give an overview of what benefits and features the Chamber has to offer.  We averaged just over 10 attendees at this event in 2016.

What else went on in 2016?  A newly formed non-profit roundtable launched in March.  This group met a handful of times to talk about all things non-profit related and this group led the charge for Give to the Max Day in November.  We have over 100 volunteers that sit on our various committees that include Transportation, Business Development and our strong Ambassadors group that welcomed 20 businesses with a First Dollar.  Overall, we saw 21 new businesses open in 2016 in the Marshall Area.

Lastly, our membership sits at 524 members including 13 new members in December alone!  We also have 69 businesses that are outside of the Marshall zip code. 

We expect another good year in 2017.  Be on the lookout for our new directory very soon and our extremely popular coupon book later in February.  

 

Brad Gruhot

Marshall Area Chamber Director


MN CHAMBER LOOKS TO 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

MARSHALL - Taxes, health care, transportation infrastructure - there are a lot of current issues of concern for the Minnesota businesspeople. But the timing of the upcoming state legislative session might be good to try working out solutions for the future, speakers from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce said Monday.


DECEMBER 2016 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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