The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce relies on the hard work and dedication of business and community volunteers who come together through a network of committees. These committees, whether ongoing or ad hoc, all share the goal of making the greater Menomonie area a better place to live and work.
These highly visible Chamber volunteers promote and seek to increase membership, encourage involvement and perform various public relations functions. The Ambassadors often serve as the warm welcome at Chamber events. They host Business After Hours and are present to congratulate and welcome new businesses at ribbon cuttings throughout the year. Ambassadors play a key role in recruiting new members and help facilitate vital communication between Chamber members and staff. The Ambassadors recently restructured and now manage membership, retention, and networking under their program of work.
The Membership Committee works to build the strategic outline for annual membership recruitment efforts that the Ambassador team then implements. The Membership Committee seeks feedback from current members on ways to improve Chamber member services. The Membership Committee is now a sub-committee of the Ambassador program.
The Networking Committee works to provide new and different member networking opportunities, held at various times and locations to accommodate busy schedules. The Networking Committee oversees Lunch.net, Business After Hours and the Summer Social in addition to numerous other activities. The Networking Committee is now a sub-committee of the Ambassador Program.
Education & Workforce
The Education and Workforce Committee coordinates the annual Excellence in Education Banquet honoring students and educators from Dunn County high schools, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College. This committee manages the business appreciation program and works to connect schools and businesses through joint projects.
One program, The Apprentice: Dunn County, connects participating area companies with talented, student led teams working to provide plausible solutions to real world challenges.
A second program, Junior Chamber, is designed to give high school juniors in the greater Menomonie area the opportunity to learn more about their communities and further develop leadership skills helpful in becoming motivated, active members of their communities.
The Leadership Menomonie Committee serves as the steering committee for the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce’s successful leadership development program. Goals and objectives are set and curriculum, activities and locations for each of the eight one-day sessions are established.
The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in tourism efforts for the area. The Visitors Center for Menomonie is located in the Chamber office, where staff and volunteers greet visitors, provide tourism information and respond to walk-in, telephone and on-line requests. The Tourism Committee provides input to the Chamber Visitors and Tourism website and other marketing efforts.