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November 2019 | (507) 452-2272 | 902 E. Second St., Suite 120, Winona, MN

Why invest in the
Chamber of Commerce
by Christie Ransom,
President & CEO

5. Make business contacts. The chamber’s most fundamental
mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The
chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more
opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals
than is available through most other local organizations.
– Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina

Some business owners might say their schedule is demanding
enough and the thought of adding one more activity to their busy
calendar is unbearable. So why should they try to cram time into
their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in
their local chamber of commerce?
Because membership in the local Chamber offers numerous
benefits and keeps business owners on top of important,
ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local
marketplace. Not only that, but research points out that
consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a
member of their local Chamber of Commerce.
According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market
Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a
member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent
more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to
purchase goods or services from the company in the future. And to
be blunt, the Chamber is SO MUCH MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP!
Below is a top 10 list of reasons why you should invest in a
partnership with your local Chamber of Commerce supplied by 10
local chambers across the United States.
1. Membership brings credibility to your business. You can increase
positive perception among consumers and business owners when
you’re identified as a member of a chamber of commerce.
– Dearborn Chamber of Commerce in Michigan
2. Increase your visibility in the community. As a new member of
the chamber of commerce, you will be listed in the chamber
newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and have the opportunity
to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can
grow your business by advertising with the chamber and
sponsoring events. The chamber may also promote your grand
opening/ ribbon-cutting ceremony and assist with any public
relations efforts.
– Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce in Texas
3. Create networking opportunities. Chambers have numerous
committees and serving on one of them provides numerous
networking opportunities as well as professional leadership
development. You can build your business while promoting
developments of keen interest to local businesses and the
community at large.
– Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
4. Gain a voice in government. The local chamber takes on the
tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees,
assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps
protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in
being treated fairly.
– Yuma Chamber of Commerce in California

REACH students
focus on soft skills
Nicole Schossow,
B.E.N./REACH Program Manager

“Your technical skills get your hired, but your soft skills
keep you hired and allow you to advance.” - Anonymous
As new students begin the REACH program each fall, their very
first semester is heavily focused on professional soft skills. Not only
do our students need the technical skills required in
manufacturing, building trades, health care and human services,
they also need to learn to be top notch employees. During this first
quarter, juniors in REACH complete a personality assessment,
learn to network and introduce themselves, create a personal
pitch, send a professional email, create a resume, and participate
in interviews. Many of our business partners have sent staff

Main Street’s November
Upcoming Events
Ben Strand, Main Street
Program Manager

Free Tax Credit Workshop: Nov. 19
Winona Main Street Program is hosting a Tax Credit Workshop on
November 19 in Wanek Hall at the Winona County History Center
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop will cover three topics:
• Historic Tax Credits with Meghan Elliot from New History
(formerly PVN) and Peter Shortridge (9-10:30 a.m.), followed by a
tour of the 102 Walnut project (10:30-11:30 a.m.), which utilized
Historic Tax Credits.
• Opportunity Zones and New Market Tax Credits with Makaela
Huot from Baker Tilly (Noon-3 p.m.). Lunch will be provided from

6. Receive chamber newsletters. Newsletters provide new
member information, interesting information about operating a
local business, articles about the local community, a community
calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events,
among other things.
– Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce in Idaho
7. Acquire customer referrals. Every day, your local chamber
receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential
vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber
– Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee
8. Chamber events and programs. Chamber events and programs
provide members with great opportunities to get to know new
people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are
innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential
customers, clients and vendors— and generate new business leads.
– Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce in California
9. Promotion and publicity. With a chamber membership, you
can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising
and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and
– Pike County Chamber of Commerce in Illinois
10. Access to members-only discounts and services. These differ
from chamber to chamber. For example, the Sandy Area Chamber
of Commerce in Oregon has a member-to-member discount
program where a chamber member will receive $10 off any phone
or accessory purchased from the local Verizon Wireless retailer in
Sandy, which is a member of the chamber.
– Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon
While the 10 reasons above encompass a large group of reasons
for Chamber investment, they are not the only ones! Things like
workforce, community promotion, leadership, education and
training, economic development, and more are among the many
additional reasons that businesses choose to align with the
Chamber of Commerce.
Rest assured that we know every business is different and
everyone values their partnership with the Chamber for a very
different reason. Our goal is to serve YOU! We are here to create a
partnership with you that gives you exactly what you want and
need. One that fits your business and creates an ROI specifically for
YOU! At the end of the day, we value businesses and the
communities that we serve. We want to build a strong relationship
with you and serve you in the best possible way!
Reach out to us.

About the Chamber
Our Vision:
To be the premier business advocate in
Southeastern Minnesota.

Our Mission:
To provide value to our members through
business advocacy, training, economic
development and the support of tourism.

Corey Hancock - Chair
Dave Jensen - Chair Elect
Terry Klonecki - Past Chair
Randy Domeyer - Treasurer
Scott Rodeghier - At Large

Retiring 2019:
Randy Domeyer
Tyler Hoff
Terry Klonecki
Dr. Scott Olson
Mike Puetz
Heidi Evenson

Retiring 2020:
Dave Erickson
Corey Hancock
Scott Rodeghier
Dan Welsh

Retiring 2021:
Ben Adank
Joanne Thompson
Dave Jensen
Rebecca Lamberty
Jolene Vaselaar

Christie Ransom – President & CEO
Kay Mathews – Vice President of Finance
and Operations
Amanda Grossell – Membership
Development and Programs Manager
Ben Strand – Main Street Program Manager
Nicole Schossow – B.E.N./REACH Program

members to train our students, review resumes and provide
feedback, and conduct mock interviews; making this as much like
real world work experience as possible.


Even after the first quarter is completed, lessons in soft skills are
reinforced to both juniors and seniors in the REACH program. Each
speaker presentation begins with professional introductions and
ends with every student shaking hands with and thanking the
presenter. Every interview provides an opportunity to update a
resume and hear feedback from interviewers. And all REACH
activities include clear expectations for dress and conduct. By the
time a REACH student graduates from high school, they are highly
desirable employees not only because they know the technical
skills, but because they are prepared for professional conduct in
the work world.

well as Shop Small swag like posters, bags, buttons, stickers, and
pens. If you own a small business, or know someone who owns a
small business, have them reach out to Ben to learn more!


Holiday Window Walk: Nov. 29-Jan. 15
2019 Holiday Window Walk theme:
“Walking in a Window Wonder Land: The North Pole”
Get your supplies and decorations ready, as we'll be "Walking in a
Window Wonderland" all the way to the North Pole this year. Deck
your window displays out with a North Pole setting of your choice!
The Holiday Window Walk will officially begin on Small Business
Saturday, November 30, and run through the Holiday Season.
There will be a winner picked by a judge and a winner voted on by
the community. The winners of the contest will be announced at a
holiday social during December's "Third Thursday Night Out" on
the 19th.


For more information on these events contact Ben at or at 507-452-2272, or visit!

Shop Small Weekend: Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Small Business Saturday – celebrating its 10th year – reminds
shoppers to spend money in their local community by “Shopping
Small” and supporting their local businesses the weekend after
Thanksgiving. Many Downtown Winona businesses will be
participating and offering a wide range of specials and deals, as

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VP, Business Banking Officer

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VP, Business Banking Officer


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