What does a chamber of commerce do? A chamber of commerce is a membership organization that exists primarily to represent and promote the interests of its member businesses. Many chambers work to develop relationship networks promoting business activity and business-to-business exchanges. Does my business need to be located in Elk River to be a member? No. The Chamber has members in many surrounding cities. They appreciate and take advantage of the many networking opportunities we offer as a chance to expand their business reach. For many members, a Chamber of Commerce is essentially an inexpensive networking and business promotion hub. If you are interested in doing business in the Elk River area, we can recommend joining Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce. Am I required to attend a certain number of events? No. There is no attendance requirement. However, keep in mind that the more time and effort you put in to participating, the more relationships you can build and the better the results you will see. The Chamber offers several committee meetings and many structured events in hopes that everyone can find what works with their schedule and interests.
If I join the Chamber, am I required to volunteer? No volunteer time is required of your membership. However, one of the easiest ways to super-charge your membership is to join a committee. Volunteering is a great way to make new business contacts, support the Chamber and have fun! How do find out if a company is a member of the Chamber? It’s really easy. Use the Business Directory on our website and search by business category, keyword or company name to get your results in seconds. May I attend functions before I become a member? There are a limited number of events that are open to “not-yet-members”. Chamber Connections is one great way to check out the Chamber. You are welcome to attend twice before committing to Chamber membership. I received an Elk River Chamber Gift Certificate. Where can I spend it? You can spend it at most Elk River Chamber member businesses. If your certificate did not come with a list of participating businesses, call the Chamber office to have one mailed or emailed to you. You can also check the Business Directory on our website. Can the Chamber recommend a business? Since 1968, the Chamber has supported its members-in-good-standing. We make referrals but cannot make individual recommendations. It is up to the consumer to do their own research. We do not refer nor recommend businesses that are not Chamber members. Can I promote my event through the Chamber? Absolutely! Chamber members are encouraged to promote their community support projects, free events, business anniversaries, expansions, and changes/additions to staff through the Chamber. (All announcements are subject to approval) You can review our policy here How is the Chamber funded? The Chamber is made up of local businesses and is financed by membership investments, event sponsorships and advertising sales. The Chamber is not supported by tax dollars. Does the Chamber endorse political candidates? No. As an advocate for business, the Chamber sometimes takes a position on political issues that directly affect businesses or the economic climate. Does the Chamber provide small business financing? The Chamber does not give loans to businesses. For information about small business loans, check out the City of Elk River Economic Development Department and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Can the Chamber help me find sponsorships, donations or contributions for my event or charity or donate/contribute/advertise with my organization? We are also a non-profit organization raising funds for our own events and programs. By policy, we do not solicit our members for other organizations nor contribute to other organizations’ events, programs, advertising and sponsorships. Our members can promote their fundraising events through Chamber communication tools including the monthly newsletter, weekly emails and this website. This policy ensures that our members are not involuntarily duplicating donations.
Can the Chamber help me with a dispute I have with a business? After attempting to resolve the problem yourself, the Chamber recommends that you contact us. Although we cannot act as mediator in any dispute, our members represent our high standards for doing business. Complaints about members are considered seriously by the Board of Directors. If the business in question is not a Chamber member, there is little the Chamber can do. Your next step is to contact the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota. Legal action should always be your last resort.