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The St. Cloud area has earned recognition as a great place to do business. Entrepreneur Magazine listed St. Cloud among the “Top 10 Mid-sized Cities in the Nation for Small Businesses” and Forbes included the area in its 2010 Top 200 list of “Best Small Cities for Business and Careers.” Minnesota Business Magazine referred to the I-94 region from St. Cloud to the Twin Cities as “The Golden Corridor” due to the area’s stable economy and continuous business and residential development.

Business-Friendly Atmosphere

The pro-business attitude found in Central Minnesota has created an optimal environment for all businesses and industries, no matter the size or type.

Business-focused resources in the St. Cloud area are significant, and include:

• St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
• Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
• City of St. Cloud’s Economic Development Authority
• Minnesota Workforce Center – St. Cloud
• The Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University
• Minnesota Central Region Small Business Development Center
• The Anderson Center of Management and Leadership
• Benton County Economic Development
• Sherburne County Economic Development
• Stearns County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
• Initiative Foundation

The area is also equipped with plenty of financial incentives, including:

• Revolving loan programs
• Tax Increment Financing
• Small business development loan programs
• Tax abatement
• Construction assistance
• Gap financing

Vibrant Retail Options

Downtown St. Cloud’s renewed vibrancy has made it the place to be for shopping and dining. Lining its streets are more than 80 places to shop and more than 40 restaurants.

Complementing downtown St. Cloud is Crossroads Shopping Center, the largest enclosed shopping center in Greater Minnesota. The mall is anchored by four major department stores and one of the largest sporting goods stores in Minnesota. It boasts more than 120 major specialty shops and eateries.

Additional retail sites include:

• Centennial Shopping Center
• Dan Tree Court
• Division Place Fashion Center
• Division Street Plaza
• Marketplace Shopping Center and Annex
• Midtown Square
• Northgate Shopping Center
• Plaza West Shopping Center
• Rivertown Village
• Riverwood Mall
• West Point Shops

DIVERSE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The membership of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is diverse and includes large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, associations and individuals. This is representative of Central Minnesota’s business community as a whole.

GROW • NETWORK • PROFIT
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce organizes programs to help businesses network, increase their visibility and develop sales leads. From special events and trade shows to advertising opportunities, the Chamber helps ensure that area businesses keep their names in front of potential customers.

The Chamber provides a wide range of opportunities for business promotion, participation and recognition including:

• Chamber Connection: A networking group that attracts more than 140 people each week and provides an opportunity to learn about different businesses in the area.

• Business After Hours-Extra!: A business-to-business trade show and networking event with a little extra – booths, games and door prizes.

• Star Celebration: A special evening of volunteer recognition and networking.

• Business Awards Luncheon: A unique event honoring three of Central Minnesota’s outstanding businesses.

• Business, Education & Technology Expo and Workshop: A combination trade show and educational conference, covering everything from stress management and branding to social networking and cyber crimes.

• Central Minnesota Farm Show: The largest indoor farm show in the Upper Midwest.

• Chamber Open: Combination golf tournament, networking and business development rolled into one fun event.

• Business After Hours: A monthly open house with plenty of networking, hosted by area businesses and organizations.

• Grow Minnesota!: An economic development program involving personal visits to more than 50 area businesses with a comprehensive survey that helps determine the state of the local economy.

At www.StCloudAreaChamber.com you can:

• Gather information about the St. Cloud area.

• Find companies to serve your business and consumer needs, including links to their websites.

• Review job openings.
• View the business calendar of events.
• Find the latest in business news.
• Receive updates on business advocacy programs.
• Enjoy photo galleries of business events.
• Review information about business and workforce development.

Top Employers

Employer — Employees
St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health — 6,899
Coborn’s, Inc. — 2,448
State of Minnesota* — 2,340
St. Cloud Area School District #742 — 1,732
St. Cloud VA Health Care System — 1,724
Electrolux North America, Inc. — 1,200
College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University — 1,022
GNP — 1,053
Stearns County — 842
New Flyer of America — 705
Coldspring — 690
Sherburne County — 616

Employer — Employees
Capital One 360 — 600
Bernick’s — 570
Wolters Kluwer Financial Service — 554
Knife River Corporation – North Central — 553
Bluestem Fulfillment, Inc. — 550
Sauk Rapids-Rice School District #47 — 550
Catholic Charities of St. Cloud — 534
Polar Tank Trailer — 520
Array Services — 447
City of St. Cloud — 434

*Includes St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and St. Cloud Correctional Facility.

Sources: Self-reported to St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce; City of St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Annual Report

PEOPLE TO KNOW 2015-16

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

David Borgert
CentraCare Health

Dan Bittman
Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

*Jason Bernick, Bernick’s
chair of the board

*Neil Franz, Franz Hultgren Evenson
Professional Association

Jim Gruenke
Mark J. Traut Wells

Jason Hallonquist
AIS Planning

*John Herges
Falcon National Bank

Dennis Host
Coborn’s, Inc.

Diane Mendel
Playhouse Child Care

*Dolora Musech
Batteries Plus Bulbs

*Kris Nelson
Custom Accents, Inc., past chair of the board

Bernie Omann
St. Cloud State University

Mark Osendorf
Xcel Energy

Jayne Greeney Schill
St. Cloud Area School District #742

*Roger Schleper
Premier Real Estate Services, vice chair of the board

Melinda Vonderahe
Times Media

Bea Winkler
Pine Cone Pet Hospital – retired

Chriss Wohlleber
Courtyard by Marriott – St. Cloud

*Members of the Chamber’s Executive Committee

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES:

Percentage of Total Membership
Services: 35%
Retailers: 10%
Construction: 7%
Diversified: 7%
Restaurants, Cafés, Taverns: 6%
Professional: 6%
Manufacturers & Processors: 4%
Automotive: 4%
Insurance: 3%
Real Estate: 2%
Financial - Banks, Savings & Loans: 2%
Hotels, Motels: 2%

Financial - Investment & Financial
Companies: 2%
Amusement & Entertainment: 2%
Wholesalers & Distributors: 2%
Publishers & Printers: 2%
Transportation: 1%
Radio & TV: 1%
Public Utilities: <1%
Apartments: <1%

FINANCIAL SUMMARY
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

Audited fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015**

Does not include the St. Cloud Area Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau

Revenue:
Membership Investments — $667,320
Program-Related Revenue — $395,217
Special Event Revenue — $247,879
Other Revenue — $137,878
Total Revenue — $1,448,294

Expenses:
Program-Related Expenses — $470,863
Special Event Expenses — $120,966
Personnel — $656,601
Office and Occupancy Expenses — $213,286
Other Expenses — $61,218
Allocated Expenses* — $(170,033)
Total Expenses — $1,352,901
Net Gain: — $95,393

*Administrative expenses already allocated to specific events and programs

St. Cloud Area Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau

Audited fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2014**

Revenue:
Lodging Tax — $776,490
Grants — $11,141
Other Revenue — $40,365
Total Revenue — $827,996

Expenses:
Advertising — $177,556
Sales Expenses — $42,753
Convention Services — $82,553
Personnel — $402,469
Office and Occupancy — $122,257
Total Expenses — $827,588
Net Gain — $408

**Most current information available at time of printing

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