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Volunteers/Committees

Committee Partnerships and Profiles

Business Retention and Expansion (BR & E)

Purpose: To develop and implement programs to retain and support existing businesses in the Hibbing Area.
Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at 8:00am.
Goals: develop a marketing package; work with the entrepreneur fund by connecting them to businesses and the community and lending support when needed; respond to closures and businesses in trouble or distress; respond to businesses wanting to expand or open here; grant development; develop workshops or training programs for small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups; do 15 to 20 Grow Minnesota visits a year; work with the City of Hibbing on the Comp Plan; and work with the HEDA representative on retention and development projects. Committee projects include a Business Resource Guide.

Connect – A Young Professional Network

Purpose: To encourage young professionals to network through high quality meetings, events and gatherings.
Committee meets the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm.
Connect helps young professionals connect to one another through meetings, lunch and learns, speed networking, Oktoberfest, Trivia Night and other events. Connect brings young professionals together from many businesses to build relationships.

Downtown/Beautification

Purpose: To design and implement new initiatives that improve the vitality and attractiveness of downtown.
Projects have included grant writing, pocket park development, art wraps on utility boxes, and downtown flower baskets.

Finance

Purpose: To oversee the financial transactions of the Chamber and to make recommendations to the Hibbing Chamber Board of Directors for approval.
Committee meets quarterly, times vary.

Government Affairs

Purpose: To be the business community’s proactive voice on government issues; a communication facilitator that informs our membership and community on legislative, regulatory and other government issues; offers position recommendations to our Board of Directors.
Committee meets the third Monday of the month at noon.
Each fall the Committee researches upcoming legislative issues and presents them to the Chamber Board for consideration. The committee monitors legislative activity through the Minnesota Chamber and media and informs and advocates for the membership on emerging issues. On the local level the committee also monitors public issues, and advocates and informs local government on member and community interests and concerns. The committee also holds multiple candidate forums each year.

Leadership

Purpose: To build, through a well-developed program, a network of leaders who will actively engage in Chamber and Community projects.
The Chamber has held a leadership class each year since 1996. Students participate in 6 half-day sessions on community leadership, personal and professional development. They also have one full day session at the State Capitol in March. Students will graduate in June better prepared to tackle the responsibilities of community involvement & professional leadership.  Each year a new group will be enrolled in the program. For more information about the program, click here.

Marketing

Purpose: To create and oversee the strategic marketing plan to promote the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Membership

Purpose: To assist staff and Board of Directors on matters concerning membership sales and retention.
Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00am.
Goals: work on retaining members and recruiting new members; work on membership marketing materials; and do membership event planning. Committee projects include the Hibbing Chamber Loyalty Card featuring 12 local Chamber member businesses. For more information about membership, click here.

Special Events

Purpose: To continue to provide a series of networking and special events for members and the community in an effort to enhance the business climate, fundraise for Chamber programming and create community goodwill.
Starting with the Annual Dinner (September-April), the Chamber’s events continue on with the Spring Hibbing Health & Wellness Fair (January-March), Hibbing Jubilee (February-July), Annual Golf Classic (April-August), Fall Hibbing Health & Wellness Fair (August-October), Small Business Saturday (September-November), and the Chamber Funspiel and Raffle (September-December).

Ambassadors

Purpose: To be a visible force demonstrating the vital link between Chamber businesses and the community.
Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at noon.
Programs include: ribbon cuttings, business visitations, Networking Before Hours, Employee of the Month, distribution of promotional materials and special event assistance. Ambassadors work to further the mission of the Chamber by assisting other committees and by spreading goodwill throughout the membership and community.

Ribbon Cuttings - Celebrating Local Business
Does your business or organization qualify for a Ribbon Cutting?
Contact membership@hibbing.org or call 218-262-3895 to schedule a ribbon cutting!

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