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Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

About The Chamber
The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest local and regional Chamber in the state of Minnesota. It represents and advocates for nearly 2,000 business members throughout the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is the bold voice for business in the Saint Paul/East Metro area.
The Chamber strives to:
• Influence public policy
• Provide small business resources
• Create economic development opportunities
• Shape the future workforce

Through the efforts of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Saint Paul/East Metro area is recognized as a leader in economic vitality driving a future of shared prosperity.

Demographics: What nearly 2,000
Chamber members “looks” like
Following a merger with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce in 2001, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce added 11 new impressive business communities to its primary marketplace. In addition to Saint Paul, they are:
• Arden Hills
• Falcon Heights
• Lauderdale
• Little Canada
• Maplewood
• North Oaks
• North Saint Paul
• Oakdale
• Roseville
• Shoreview
• Vadnais Heights

But the Chamber’s advocacy and influence extend beyond its primary marketplace. The Chamber strives to be the leading business advocate for the entire Saint Paul/East Metro area.

Business Size and Location
Nearly 90 percent of Chamber members are small businesses (100 or fewer employees). Fifty-five (55) percent of the nearly 2,000 members are Saint Paul-based businesses and 85 percent are located in the three-county Saint Paul/East Metro area.

Business Resources
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce members have exclusive access to services and economic development resources that benefit their bottom line. Through business programming and events, Chamber members become engaged in the business community, enhancing the business climate throughout the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

In 2007, the Chamber hosted more than 200 events, which attracted more than 17,000 attendees. From dozens of networking events each month to the Chamber Charitable Foundation’s leadership development program, Leadership Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce provides the opportunities to develop your professional skills and meet the right people at the right time.

The Chamber is also the leading mechanism to have your business voice heard in the community. From policy briefings to organized political action, the Chamber represents your business interests.

Whether you’re looking for new sales leads, to voice your concerns to public officials or to learn the latest techniques for success in a particular industry, your Chamber has the programming to help you succeed.

A schedule of events can be found in the monthly Advocate newsletter or online at

Chamber of Commerce Center
The anchor of the Chamber’s many resources is the Chamber of Commerce Center. Acting as the Chamber member’s “office away from the office” during the workday, the Chamber of Commerce Center is a fully functioning member services center with all the amenities to assist with the success of a Chamber member business.

From the Xcel Energy Conference & Training Center to the Business Solutions Center, Product Display and Economic Development Showcase, the Chamber of Commerce Center provides Chamber members with the resources they need to conduct business and market themselves in the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

Call the Chamber at 651.223.5000 or go online to for more information about renting meeting rooms equipped with videoconferencing and stop by and take advantage of the complimentary Business Solutions Center in between business appointments!

Call the following number(s) for information about resources in particular disciplines:

General 651.223.5000
Charitable Foundation 651.265.2768
Public Relations 651.265.2772
Economic Development 651.265.2796
Education 651.265.2768
Leadership Training 651.265.2768
Membership 651.265.2777
Political Action Committee 651.265.2771
Public Policy Development 651.265.2771
Workforce Development 651.265.2796
Small Business
Programming 651.265.2775
Downtown Saint
Paul Transit 651.224.8555

The Chamber supports its mission and vision through the important work of its affiliate organizations.

Central Corridor Partnership
The Central Corridor is a planned 11-mile transit line connecting downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis. It includes the University of Minnesota, the rapidly developing Midway area and the State Capitol complex. The Central Corridor transit line will begin at the Union Depot, the proposed multi-modal transit hub in downtown Saint Paul, link to the state capitol, travel down University Avenue, extend over the Washington Avenue bridge passing through the University of Minnesota and connect to the Hiawatha light rail transit line at the Downtown East/Metrodome Station.

Employer Solutions Inc.
Employer Solutions, Inc. (ESI) connects business to workforce resources and delivers business solutions. ESI delivers a wide range of workforce related business services to companies, assisting them in achieving excellence through effective use of their human assets. ESI’s focus is to help companies achieve exceptional results with satisfied employees through well-designed and maintained human resource policies and practices, and by connecting employees’ personal goals to corporate performance.

Rice Park Restaurant District Association
The Rice Park Restaurant District Association is a group of downtown Saint Paul restaurants working together as a cooperative force to create opportunities for residents and visitors to discover or rediscover Saint Paul. The association hosts four major events that will draw visitors to the Rice Park area.

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Charitable Foundation
The Charitable Foundation is the fund development arm of the Chamber that makes it possible to fully realize its vision — a leading force driving a future of shared prosperity for the Saint Paul/East Metro area. The Charitable Foundation raises and accumulates funds to underwrite designated initiatives that enable the Chamber to accomplish its mission — to advance the social and economic vitality of the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee
The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) is designed to seek out and help elect qualified people to office as well as to help the Chamber be a more aggressive participant in the political process without compromising the Chamber’s general goals and objectives.

Saint Paul Smart Trips
The Saint Paul Transportation Management Organization (TMO) offers services to Saint Paul/East Metro area businesses and commuters that effectively address parking and commuter issues facing downtown Saint Paul. For more information click on

Chamber Partners
Midway Chamber of Commerce
1600 West University Avenue, Suite 4
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
400 Robert Street North, Suite 1500
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20062

Capital City Partnership (CCP)
30 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Caux Roundtable
6 W 5th Street, #300m
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
2098 11th Avenue East
North Saint Paul, MN 55109

Roseville Visitors Association
2100 North Snelling Avenue, Suite 59
Roseville, Minnesota 55113

Saint Paul Riverfront Development
25 West Sixth Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Saint Paul Convention &
Visitors Authority
175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Suite 502
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation
75 West Fifth Street, Suite 429
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Saint Paul Jaycees
401 Robert Street North, Suite 150
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Saint Paul Planning and Economic
Development Department (PED)
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Saint Paul Port Authority
345 Saint Peter Street, Suite 1900
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

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