Business Enhancement & Retention

Business Enhancement & Retention Committee

Every 3rd Wednesday at 8:30 am


Business Enhancement & Retention Mission:

To add value and align resources which enhance and strengthen our existing business community.

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


Business Enhancement & Retention Commitments:


  • Provide the business community with Business Educational and Informational Sessions with networking opportunities – Lunch n’ Learn series
  •  Maintain ongoing open communication and interaction with the community for use in understanding changes and/or trends affecting the local business economy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Host, plan and facilitate the Business Leadership Training Program every other year.
  • Review and revise the base curriculum enhancing the foundation of the program to increase the value and demand.
  • Assist with marketing to ensure there are 24 attendees.
  • Actively participate in the program; facilitate, host, observe & host – Graduation & Alumni Luncheon
  • Strive to keep leadership alumni engaged – Leadership Graduation Luncheon or ½ day Alumni Seminar
  • Market the Chamber Bucks Program to chamber members and the community to increase local shopping- Shop Our Members



  • Continue strong participation and leadership in the Cloquet Economic Development Partnership Group.
  • Continue to support and attend the Cloquet Economic Development Authority meetings.


Business Enhancement Committee Members:

Dave Cook – NE MN Office of Job Training

Holly Hansen- City of Cloquet

Jeff Schaefer – Wipfli

Jeannie Kermeen – Empower You Coaching & Training

Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce