Mini Institute
June 13
St. Cloud

Fall Conference
September 25-27
Thumper Pond

To register and for more event details, click here.

May 2013

More than 40 Minnesota business leaders participated in the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit, April 29 - May 1, 2013. MCCE coordinates a number of Minnesota exclusive events to supplement the agenda, including meetings with the offices of the Minnesota delegation. Joining us this year were representatives from the following local chambers:  Burnsville, Dakota County Regional, Lakeville, Minnesota, Owatonna, River Heights, Rochester, St. Cloud, and TwinWest.

DC trip group


The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives’ most highly attended conference, Mini Institute, will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites. 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. An excellent agenda is being developed for this one-day conference with a series of break-out sessions covering a variety of topics.

Keynote Speakers: Tim and Jon Schmidt


Five Killer Life Lessons from the Summit of Mt. Rainier
In 2010, five climbers died on Mt. Rainier. Also in 2010, Tim and Jon (above) successfully summited Mt. Rainier as a father/son team. Hear their extraordinary journey to 14,000 ft. of glacier and cravasses, and the Five Life Lessons they experienced along the way.

The cost of the MCCE Mini Institute is $75 for MCCE members and $100 for non-members. The registration fee includes all speaker costs, lunch, break refreshments, and meeting materials. Hotel reservations may be made at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites, call 1-800-HOLIDAY to book a room. Contact Leah at ltomasetti@mnchamber.com or 651.292.4669 for any additional information. Register Today!


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 jbyers@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.


Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce – Vicki Stute was recently hired to serve as the new president for the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce starting June 1. Click here to read the press release article.


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

Ely Chamber of Commerce – Executive Director
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 Mike Milstead at MikeMilstead@agpowerjd.com.

SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce - Program and Events Coordinator
Interested candidates please send resumes to Deb McMillan at deb@swmetrochamber.com.

Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce – Executive Coordinator
Contact 763.389.1764 for more information or any questions.

Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce – Chamber Director
Contact Butch DeLaHunt at 218. 255.2863 for any questions.

Estherville Chamber of Commerce - Executive Director
Send resumes and references by Friday, May 10, 2013 to: ED Search Committee, Estherville Chamber of Commerce, 620 1st Avenue S., Estherville, IA 51334, or email crpluth@citizenscu.com.


Di-Gi Hear Me: Chamber Opposes Dayton Plan
Teresa Bohnen, president of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, voices the concerns of local business leaders about Gov. Mark Dayton’s state budget proposal this legislative session. Click here to read the full article.

Letter, Tim Roche, Twin Cities North Chamber, and David Olson, Minnesota Chamber: Business Leaders Voice Worries About State Budget Plans
Minnesota businesses have always contributed to our economy and our state in a meaningful way. Partners in the community. Job providers. Taxpayers. But the current legislative majorities seem determined to make doing business in our state as hard as possible. Governor Dayton proposes to raise taxes by $1.8 billion – three times more than the temporary, short-term deficit of $627 million. The governor’s proposal, unfortunately, is the floor. The Senate and House targets are even bigger.  Click here to read the full article.

Chamber Members Rally Against Top Tier Tax Increase
Some area employers and employees aren't impressed with the layout of Governor Mark Dayton's budget proposal. That was the topic of discussion at the Hermantown Chamber of Commerce, with the Vice President of the Minnesota Chamber taking the lead. "An increase in the income tax rate eliminates extra money they [businesses] have to invest in their equipment, invest in their employees, invest in growing their company," said Jennifer Byers, Vice President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Click here to read the full article.

MN Biz Groups Launch Ads Criticizing Dayton’s Tax Plan
A coalition comprising many Minnesota business groups has launched a statewide ad campaign criticizing tax increases that have been proposed by Governor Mark Dayton and Democratic lawmakers. The group, operating under the name United for Jobs, said it represents more than 50 chambers of commerce, business trade associations, and businesses from throughout Minnesota. Among its members are the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership, which represents more than 100 CEOs from Minnesota’s largest employers. Click here to read the full article.

U of M President Addresses Workforce Issues
Workforce and educational issues were front and center Monday when University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler spoke with members of the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce. Kaler spoke at the “Building a Better Workforce” event April 22 at Aveda in Blaine. Kaler became president of the University of Minnesota July 1, 2011. An alumni of the university, Kaler said he “never, in my wildest dreams” thought he would be its president. But he is, and it’s a job Kaler takes very seriously. “The university is serious business,” he said. “The future is literally in our hands.” 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.

Tourism Summit Shows Optimism for Summer Season
When Seth Neistadt traveled from California to Minnesota for the first time last August, the only thing he’d heard about the state had to do with extreme weather. That’s something the tourism industry would like to change. And this year, if funding levels are elevated for the state’s tourism arm, Explore Minnesota expects to have more resources to show there is more to the state than weather headlines. John Edman, Minnesota Tourism director, was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Regional Tourism and Online Marketing Summit at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Click here to read the full article.

Loose Oversight of ‘Made in USA’ Export Certificates Undermines U.S. Business, Experts Warn
Experts on international shipments warn that the United States' loose system of having unregulated chambers of commerce verify the origins of exports undermines the credibility of the nation's foreign shipments and threatens American producers. Click here for the full article.