Business Enhancement & Retention

Chamber Committees

Business Enhancement & Retention Committee

Every 3rd Wednesday at 8:30 am
Chair: Dave Cook




Business Enhancement & Retention Mission:

To add value and align resources which enhance and strengthen

 our existing business community.   


2016 GOAL


Provide information and resources to assist, educate and engage existing businesses.


Business Enhancement & Retention Commitments:


v  Provide the business community with Business Educational and Informational Sessions with networking opportunities – Lunch n’ Learn series January – April 2016

v  Maintain ongoing open communication and interaction with the community for use in understanding changes and/or trends affecting the local business economy.

Ø  Collaboration with the City of Cloquet and Carlton County Economic Development to plan, coordinate and execute a business retention initiative visiting with chamber members and non-members to learn more about their business and the trends affecting our local economy. 

v  Promote what is currently available via chamber membership, encourage members to become or remain active and advocate for new business people to join the Chamber.

v  Host, plan and facilitate the Business Leadership Training Program every other year

Ø  Review and revise the base curriculum enhancing the foundation of the program to increase the value and demand.

Ø  Assist with marketing to ensure there are 24 attendees.

Ø  Actively participate in the program; facilitate, host, observe & host – Graduation & Alumni Luncheon

Ø  Strive to keep leadership alumni engaged – Leadership Graduation Luncheon or ½ day Alumni Seminar

v  Market the Chamber Bucks Program to chamber members and the community to increase local shopping- Shop Our Members


v  Continue strong participation and leadership in the Cloquet Economic Development Partnership Group.

v  Continue to support and attend the Cloquet Economic Development Authority meetings.


Business Enhancement Committee Members:


Dave Cook - DBU

Holly Butcher - City of Cloquet

Jeff Schaefer - Wipfli

Sue Coady - Coady Business Solutions

Tony Vittorio - US Bank

Jeannie Kermeen - FDLTCC

Dwayne Haapanen - Kolar Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac

Katie Frank - Frandsen Bank & Trust


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