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DECEMBER 2016

REGISTER FOR 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
Registration is open!  Plan to join us for the MCCE Annual Meeting, held  for the first time in historic Stillwater!  Conference headquarters will be the Water Street Inn on the banks of the St. Croix River, with views of the Ice Castles out of your window! 

While this venue will provide great opportunities for networking and hospitality, more important is the high quality education and training opportunities currently being planned.  Roundtable sessions will offer the chance to spend time in depth on key issues in a small group.  A half day of membership topics is also being developed including trends in investment schedules; membership recruitment and retention; collection practices, and more.   The Annual Meeting is also when we elect new board members and officers for MCCE.   

Stay tuned for a  detailed agenda featuring keynote speakers.


REGISTER TODAY!
MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - MANKATO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS MBA SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT TO HONOR ALUM DAVID C. OLSON

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business, in partnership with the late David C. Olson’s family, friends, business associates and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, is creating an endowed annual scholarship to honor Olson, former president of the chamber and former chair of the Minnesota State system’s board of trustees.

More than $178,000 has been raised toward the $250,000 goal for the endowed scholarship, which each year will provide a student enrolled in Minnesota State Mankato’s Master of Business Administration program a $7,500 annual scholarship and internship opportunity at a Minnesota chamber of commerce

Minnesota State Mankato MBA student Ellie James has been selected as the scholarship’s first recipient, and her scholarship award will provide her an internship with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism – the first partner chamber selected for the award.

READ MORE HERE.
 

SHANNON FULL TO LEAD TWINWEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce has picked Shannon Full as its new president.

Full has 16 years of industry experience, with expertise in chamber leadership and economic development. She began her chamber career at the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce in Mounds View and also led chambers in Melbourne, Fla., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Currently, she serves as the President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CREATING YOUR ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL BUDGET

Nonprofit and for-profit organizations wrestle continually with maintaining and improving their overall operations. Regardless of tax status, organizations must constantly strive for sustainability while keeping the mission in mind.

Budgets should be a major part of every organization's plan. The budget is the realistic financial blueprint for the manifestation of an organization’s mission and goals. A well-planned budget will focus on the primary goals and objectives of the organization and provide financial and programmatic adaptability— key ingredients to maximize sustainability – for both the short and long terms. 

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INTERVIEW WITH NEW MINNEAPOLIS PRESIDENT JONATHAN WEINHAGEN ABOUT NEXT GENERATION OF CHAMBER LEADERSHIP

The new President/CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan Weinhagen, spoke with the the Star Tribune about his plans for the organization and how to engage millennials in chambers of commerce as the next generation of business leaders emerge.

READ MORE HERE.

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 EVENTS
Annual Meeting | February 15-17
MACE | May 3-5
Mini Institute | June 1
Fall Conference | September 27-29

 
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 MINNESOTA CHAMBER EVENTS
Session Priorities | January 4
Business Day at the Capitol | March 8
 
KRISTY BARSE OF HASTINGS AREA CHAMBER WINS TARGET GIFT CARD
Thanks to everyone who took the MCCE membership survey. The responses were very helpful as we plan the upcoming year.  Congrats to Kristy for winning the drawing for the $100 Target gift card. 
IN THE NEWS
Lawmakers look ahead to session
 
Concern that efforts in Minneapolis to require paid sick leave could spill over into other Minnesota cities and affect local businesses was a topic of discussion at a legislative preview Friday. The annual event, sponsored by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, featured half a dozen St. Cloud-area lawmakers, including new Sen.-elect Jerry Relph. The group, all Republicans, talked about how they hope to use their party's majorities in the state House and Senate to push tax cuts, transportation funding and health care fixes in the 2017 session, which starts Jan. 3. It's the first time Republicans have controlled both bodies of the Legislature since 2012. Teresa Bohnen, president of the St. Cloud Chamber, expressed concern about Minneapolis' new paid sick leave ordinance, which applies to companies with employees who spend at least 80 hours a year working in Minneapolis, regardless of where they are based. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has sued to block the ordinance. … Republican legislators talked about their priorities for the upcoming session, which included tax cuts for businesses, funding for roads and bridges and addressing the problem of Minnesotans facing rising health insurance premiums on the state's individual market.
http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2016/12/09/lawmakers-look-ahead-session/95196464/

MN Chamber will oppose workplace mandates
 
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is putting a half-dozen current and proposed Minnesota workplace mandates in the crosshairs for opposition and possible litigation in the coming year.
Minneapolis’ new mandatory sick-and-safe-time ordinance was the first one to get its day in court. Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein on Thursday heard arguments for and against the measure, which was approved by the Minneapolis City Council last summer. The Minnesota Chamber and several other plaintiffs — including the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce — are requesting a temporary injunction of the ordinance. They are also asking the judge to declare it unlawful before it goes into effect next July. Minneapolis and St. Paul approved nearly identical sick-and-safe-time ordinances this year. … Cam Winton, the Minnesota Chamber’s director of labor management policy, told TwinWest members Friday morning that Dickstein’s decision on the injunction could take a month or two. In the meantime, he said, a half-dozen other local and statewide workplace measures need to be modified or eliminated to protect Minnesota employers from what could become a patchwork of regulations that vary from city to city. … Employers present at Thursday’s event took the Minnesota Chamber policy direction as food for thought. Steve Langsdale, a business developer with Minneapolis-based Mohawk Moving & Storage, said regulation overload could push more employers to build their workforces with independent contractors instead of direct employees. “What is going stop some employers from turning all their employees into 1099 workers?” he said.
Winton said that is a route more employers might choose in the future.
http://finance-commerce.com/2016/12/mn-chamber-will-oppose-workplace-mandates/

Leadership Crookston class spends day at UMC
 
The Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Leadership Crookston class spent Wednesday's session at the University of Minnesota Crookston, a visit that included a tour of some campus highlights.
http://www.crookstontimes.com/news/20161208/leadership-crookston-class-spends-day-at-umc

Dakota County Technical College eyes 4-year polytechnic programs

Each year, Dakota County Technical College sends a fresh batch of graduates with two-year technical degrees into a job market where hands-on skills are highly sought after. Now college officials are betting some of those alumni will want to return to campus in Rosemount to learn more advanced skills that will help them further their careers. College leaders are exploring whether the two-year technical college should begin offering four-year degrees in a limited number of polytechnic fields. The earliest the programs could be offered is the fall of 2019. … Vicki Stute, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, said DCTC’s idea is welcomed by her members who often struggle to fill jobs that require highly skilled workers with technical backgrounds. “It certainly falls in line with the workforce needs of our region,” Stute said. “I think a program like this would attract students to the area and retain them once they graduate.”
http://www.twincities.com/2016/12/01/dakota-technical-college-rosemount-mn-four-year-polytechnic-programs/


 
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