Dates for 2013 Conferences:

May 8-10

D.C. Trip
April 28-May 1

Mini Institute
June 13
St. Cloud

Fall Conference
September 25-27
Thumper Pond
Fergus Falls

To register and for more
event details, click here.

April 2012

MCCE's annual trip to Washington, D.C. will take place April 29 - May 1 in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce America’s Small Business Summit.

We hope that you’ll consider joining the Minnesota delegation in Washington, D.C. for the 2013 America’s Small Business Summit. America's Small Business Summit brings together business owners and local and state chamber executives from across the country to stand up for our nation's job creators. Register Today!

This is a wonderful opportunity for chambers who have never been to D.C. as well as those who are veteran fly-in participants. Join us to make personal contact with key leaders. Some Minnesota specific activities are planned along with a very strong agenda developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We encourage you to form a delegation and join us in Washington, D.C. to network, visit Capitol Hill to advocate for pro-growth policies, and hear from Washington insiders and management experts on issues that are impacting American businesses.

The registration cost for this event is $450 per person. Registration must be made directly with MCCE, not the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Airfare and transportation to and from the airport and other venues is the participant’s responsibility. 

Visit the MCCE website for a copy of the agenda and registration information, or contact Jennifer Byers at (651) 292-4673, jbyers@mnchamber.com.

The scholarship was offered for chamber executives to attend the MCCE Washington D.C. Event in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber's Small Business Summit.

Congratulations to  Katie Nelson, Owatonna Chamberof Commerce, and Ruthe Batulis, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, who were awarded the MCCE Washington D.C. Scholarship!

Katie & Rithie

Mini Institute provides an outstanding training and networking opportunity for chamber professionals from across Minnesota. This one day conference attracts staff members at all levels to learn, share and reenergize. Don't miss this opportunity! Mini Institute will be held, Thursday, June 13, at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites. An excellent agenda is being developed for this one-day conference with a series of break-out sessions covering a variety of topics. Don't miss this opportunity; plan now to attend Mini Institute!

City Council Member Continues Opposition to Chamber of Commerce Dues
Willmar City Council member Ron Christianson restated his opposition to the Rice Memorial Hospital Board and Municipal Utilities Commission being dues-paying members of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The Rice Board and Utilities Commission minutes submitted to the council reported that members approved resolutions of support and documented their reasons for reauthorizing and supporting Chamber membership. Click here to read the full article.

St. Cloud Chamber Gets 5-Star Rating
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce has achieved five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the second time in the past decade. Click here to read the full article. Visit their mobile site at m.sctimes.com

Minnesota Pro-Mining Group Testifies in D.C.
Members of a Minnesota coalition of labor union members and business owners testified in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that federal regulatory efforts surrounding mining ventures need to be streamlined. Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council, and Ruthe Batulis, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and member of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Click here to read the full article. View the News Release about Harry and Ruthe’s testimony at the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on the Jobs for Minnesotans website.

Faribault EDA talks strategic plan
Building relationships and encouraging development are again among the top priorities for Faribault’s Economic Development Authority this year. The commission also talked about the continued need for the GROW Faribault program, which focuses on retention and expansion of existing local businesses. Earlier in the meeting, Chamber President Kymn Anderson asked the EDA to continue to support and be involved with the local GROW program.  Click here to read the full article.

Minneapolis Chamber Honors Star Tribune, Other Businesses
The Star Tribune, Bremer Bank, One Simple Plan, a communications agency, beer peddler Finnegans and nonprofit YouthLink were named “Best In Business” winners at Thursday’s annual awards luncheon of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Click here to read the full article.

Letter to Editor, John Wade, Rochester Chamber: Impartial Justice Act Would Restore Judicial Accountability
It isn't often that Republicans, Democrats, independents, businesses and labor agree. But they have all joined forces to support a common-sense proposal, the Impartial Justice Act. This proposal would empower voters and restore accountability to judicial elections. This proposal would empower voters by establishing public performance evaluations about how a judge performs – no more turning over your ballot without access to information about judges. Click here to read the full article.

La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce President Resigns
Dick Granchalek has resigned as president of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce. Board Chairman, Dave Booth, issued a statement announcing the resignation and praising Granchalek’s performance. Click here to read the full article.

Letter to Editor, Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber: Small Businesses
Brainerd Lakes Area businesses have always contributed to our economy, our area and our state in a meaningful way. They are partners in the community, job providers, and taxpayers. The vast majority of our 1,000 small business members have fewer than 10 employees. Small business owners are an optimistic and independent lot, believing they can offer products or services that fill a market niche.
Click here to read the full article.

The following positions are open in Minnesota Chambers. If you would like more information, or a copy of the job descriptions, click here.

Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce - President
Click here for a detailed job description.

Ely Chamber of Commerce – Executive Director
Click here for a detailed job description. To learn more about this career opportunity, visit www.ely.org/jobs. Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@ely.org.

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism – President  & CEO
Please submit cover letter, resume, and five professional references to Search Committee Chair, Mike Milstead, at MikeMilstead@agpowerjd.com. For more information about OACCT, please visit www.owatonna.org.

Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce – Chamber Director
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Chamber Director. Contact Butch DeLaHunt at (218) 255-2863 for any questions! For more information about the chamber, please click here.

U.S. Chamber - Institute for Organization Management
The MCCE is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to any of Institute’s 2013 summer sites. The two scholarships, available to any of MCCE members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.

For over 90 years, Institute has educated chamber and association leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers.  Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become strong business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you can earn up to 28 points towards the CCE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the CCE’s body of knowledge.
Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence.  The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.
If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Jennifer Byers, at jbeyers@mnchamber.com

Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast is April 26th and for West and Northeast Institutes is May 31st.

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and review Institute’s digital catalog and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.