• Welcome to the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce!

    As the largest Chamber in the north metro area, representing over 700 businesses and organizations, we are very proud of our efforts to build and foster workforce, economic, and community development. Together we provide a positive and dynamic environment which in turn creates a quality community for businesses, families, and students.

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    Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley

    With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.

    Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.

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  • Retaining Top Talent: Strategies, Tips & Best Practices
     
    Our recent workforce survey showed that the hiring crisis is having a huge impact on a businesses’ ability to not just grow but to sustain their operations. Existing employees are suffering burnout and fatigue, compounding the issue. Join us on Thursday, Sept 23 for a virtual discussion on how to retain your top talent with strategies, tips, and best practices. Attend 1, 2, or all 3 sessions:
     
    8:30 a.m.: Retain Your Employees by Adjusting Your Benefit Packages and Perks, Presented by TriNet HR Services. What’s trending in benefits, PTO, perks, etc.
     
    9:30 a.m.: Retain Your Employees Without Spending a Dime, Presented by People Spark Consulting. Employee engagement, workplace culture, etc..
     
    10:30 a.m.: Retain Top Talent: Local Success Stories, a panel presentationRepresentatives from several chamber member businesses will share their strategies.
     
    There is no cost for MetroNorth members, but an RSVP is required.

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    The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce Press Release on Legislative Session Wrap-Up and Workforce Survey, June 15, 2021.

    MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, held a Legislative Session Wrap Up event in June at the National Sports Center in Blaine with legislators, local officials and business leaders.

    Before discussing pressing issues at the State Capitol, MetroNorth Chamber President Lori Higgins shared results of a recent chamber survey that showed employers are concerned about their ability to hire employees.

    “Everyone is aware that companies are having a hard time filling positions, but we wanted to put some actual data behind that to prove that this is a real challenge for north metro businesses,” Higgins said.

    From about 40 immediate responses representing all sizes of business in the north metro, it was clear to Higgins that the hiring crisis is impacting all industries of all shapes and sizes.  

    “Jobs are going unfilled in not just the $15 per hour category but $20, $25, and higher,” Higgins said.

    It is taking longer to fill positions (one company has had positions open for over a year) and applicants are not as well-suited to the positions as pre-pandemic.

    “Most importantly, this crisis is having a huge impact on a business’ ability to not just grow but sustain their operations. It's causing burnout with current employees, impacting the budget with the extra overtime, and causing some to reduce hours of operation, production, and customer service,” she said.

    Paula Mueller, general manager at Northtown and Maplewood Malls, concurs.

    “Many businesses, like ours, are keeping reduced hours, even as pandemic restrictions are going away, because employers can’t find enough people to fill all of the positions,” Mueller said.

    Communicating this information to elected officials and key stakeholders is just one piece of moving this issue forward. “While there is no magic silver bullet to solve this crisis, we will use this data to facilitate impactful initiatives and find meaningful solutions. In fact, the MetroNorth Chamber Workforce Development Committee is currently putting together a plan of how to best assist businesses with retaining their top talent and addressing the burnout/fatigue problem,” Higgins said.

    Besides workforce issues, the panel, comprised of Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Senator John Hoffman, Senator Jim Abeler, and Representative Zack Stephenson, discussed other issues expected on the special session agenda such as bonding and education.

  • Relief. Re-Open. Recover.

    MetroNorth has developed a three-pronged campaign to assist our members. We are focused on helping our members find financial RELIEF through connecting with resources like grants, loans, deferments, etc. We are focused on helping our members safely and timely RE-OPEN: partnering with the MN Retailers Association on re-opening Main Street retailers, curling the best practices and checklists on health and safety guidelines, etc. We are focused on helping our members RECOVER: providing resources for short and long-term recovery needs - marketing, employee engagement, customer re-acquisition, 'new normal' practices, etc. 

  • Metro North Chamber of Commerce Recognized As Retail Community of the Year For Metro North Cares 

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    New residents and businesses to the area will want to contact the Chamber. We have our Community Resource Guide, as well as a plethora of information in our office for residents and businesses. Feel free to stop in or give us a call.

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