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2016-17 ANNUAL REPORT


Mission The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through leadership in advocacy, education and engagement.

Vision The Chamber is the leader in ensuring the growth and prosperity of our regional business community and members.

Strategic Objectives · Establish the region as a recognized destination marketplace · Be a thought leader for the business community and other interests · Promote business advancement

through a bold public policy program · Achieve organizational excellence to best serve members

– Bob Stromberg Advanced Business Methods

“I like the fact that we are part of an organization that is trying to make our community better each and every day by not only making our current business community better, but by working to bring new business and people to our community, which helps us all.”

We’ve been a member of The Chamber as long as I can remember, and it’s a great thing to be a part of. I always find Business After Hours to be a huge success. If you’re not a member, I definitely recommend getting involved because there are some great benefits.

– Dan Martinson Fargo Glass & Paint Co.

Together, we can do more.


The Chamber by the numbers

200

NEW MEMBER BUSINESSES

- THIS YEAR -

11

NEW

Community Builders

for a new total of

Premier Partners

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS gathered 400 exhibitors at 6 events with over 3,000 attendees

80

TOTAL EVENTS (that’s one every 4.5 days!)

65

16,000

EVENT ATTENDEES with most attendees at:

Military Appreciation Night 1044 Voices of Vision 854 ChamberChoice Awards 833

Military Appreciation Night was awarded

EVENT OF THE YEAR

by Mid-America Chamber Executives


Advocacy & Public Policy WORKFORCE INITIATIVE Along with four other area organizations, we’re collaborating on a Regional Workforce Initiative. An initial study confirmed that we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill a projected 30,000 job openings. Committees are now dedicated to addressing four key goals: Cultivate, Attract, Build and

Innovate. Together we’re removing barriers to work, improving infrastructure, encouraging innovation, and training and recruiting talent. It’s a community-wide effort that is imperative to the success of our region’s business environment.

Ran ad campaign to approve an F-M Diversion sales tax under our Flood Taskforce committee.

1,500

EGGS & ISSUES events gathered over

elected officials, business leaders and citizens to learn about the issues that affect us all.

YES!

Votes encouraged on Clay County half-cent sales tax to fund the new regional law enforcement center

Helped kill a bill that would have damaged Chamber member businesses.

Made a statement against the MN DNR ruling against the

F-M DIVERSION


Miltary Affairs

47

New Honor Star members grew the program to 251 businesses

Committee members traveled to Washington, D.C. to support

the Happy Hooligans

Agribusiness • Committee met with Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring for a special presentation

1,000

military families treated to a picnic and baseball game at the RedHawks

Public Affairs EGGS & ISSUES topics included F-M diversion education tax incentives air service

legislative wrap-ups workforce

military oil market addiction

PUBLIC AFFAIRS events included

Cracker Barrel with Fargo City Commission candidates and Chamber Day at the Capitol in Bismarck


Rockin’ Our Social Media is

Facebook over 3,140 followers

*Facebook giveaways led to most page engagement EVER

37% increase

Twitter over 6,170 followers

29% increase

LinkedIn over 840 followers

18% increase

Instagram over 850 followers

*engagement more than tripled

39% increase


39

FMWF Leadership

7

graduates Community Change Initiative groups worked to effect positive change in the region

Business Training

Over 1,500 attendees throughout the year

Women Connect

Ambassadors Public Relations Ambassadors

Over 3,000 women attended throughout the year

123 conducted

1,300

MEMBER

Over donations collected for 12 area non-profits:

Topics included: • Cyber security • LinkedIn • Overtime regulations • Culture • IP • Customer service • Interns • Communication • Networking

celebrations

• Churches United for the Homeless • Ronald McDonald House • FirstLink • Dorothy Day House of Hospitality • YMCA • Fraser • Rape and Abuse Crisis Center • CCRI • Habitat for Humanity • Herstory • United Way • Jeremiah Program

Young Entrepreneurs Academy!

Member Relations Ambassadors

made

335 MEMBER

contacts

Young Professionals Network

102 new members Events included 17 students 16 businesses

56 volunteers from the business community

• Wine blending seminar • Professional development events explored emotional intelligence, performance reviews and graduate school programs • Golf ‘tee’ party • Tours of Anheuser Busch and the Fargo Fire Station • Volunteered with CHARISM, the Salvation Army and put on the annual Pitch, Hit and Run event • Corporate Cup once again sold out


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2016-17 Annual Report