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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Membership has its privileges

  • With 2013 in the books it is time to reflect on the year and anticipate 2014. The Chamber of Commerce leadership, made up of the board of directors, held the annual retreat where we discussed the next year of the Chamber and planned our work. Our focus for 2014, continues to be promoting the membership and Sleepy Eye and advocating for all types of businesses and to educate our business owners and employees alike.
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  • With 2013 in the books it is time to reflect on the year and anticipate 2014. The Chamber of Commerce leadership, made up of the board of directors, held the annual retreat where we discussed the next year of the Chamber and planned our work. Our focus for 2014, continues to be promoting the membership and Sleepy Eye and advocating for all types of businesses and to educate our business owners and employees alike.
     
    The Chamber promotes the membership in the following ways; bi-monthly e-newsletter highlighting new members, upcoming business events, and helps to promote new products and services. The Chamber has a Facebook page which is regularly updated to help keep the public informed of our members. The Chamber recently partnered with a company for software designed for Chambers. This software connects with our website www.sleepyeyechamber.com and allows members to add detail to their business page on the membership directory, a business can list a deal or a special and job postings where a business can list an opening(s) they have and help with recruitment. We also have Chamber certificates that anyone can purchase and to ensure the money is kept locally they can only be redeemed at Chamber member businesses.
     
    For education, we offer a luncheon called the Business to Business Education and Networking Luncheon, which is open to all members to network over the lunch hour. This is a chance for business owners and other members to learn more about the offerings we have in Sleepy Eye. To build on the Business to Business Education and Networking Luncheon the Board is also researching into some other programs for leadership development and computer training.
     
    Last, but not least, the Sleepy Eye Chamber is a member of the MN Chamber of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce who work on legislation and public policy and advocate to better the business environment. We have held meetings with Rep. Torkelson and Sen. Dahms to speak about various business topics such as taxes, workforce, healthcare and more.
     
    If you own any type of business, daycare, home based, one person shop or employ 1-300 people and like what the Chamber has to offer to build on our healthy business community, we are always accepting membership. Contact Trista at the Chamber office for more information or better yet, talk to a current member and ask them, “Why are you a Chamber member?”
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