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    Engage Every Chamber Professional

    2018 Business Plan

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    Mission: The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives advances the effectiveness of chamber professionals by providing career development, communications, and networking to ensure professional and organizational growth.


    1) Education and Networking

    Provide strong and consistent professional development opportunities through MCCE events and conferences. Continue to offer training for professionals at all levels of experience focused on the theme of building organizations for the future.


    1. Annual Meeting:  February 21-22, 2018.  Deliver a conference agenda offering the opportunity to enhance leadership development skills, focus on current policy issues and allow an extensive networking opportunity.


    Location:       DoubleTree Hilton Minneapolis West – St. Louis Park

                Host:             TwinWest Chamber of Commerce


    1. New Executive Dialogue:   Coordinate brief orientation sessions for new executives and schedule a one day session to be held in the spring of 2018.


    1. Washington D.C. Fly In:  Evaluate the role of MCCE in sponsoring a Washington, D.C. Fly In in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit which is October 3, 2018.               


    1. Summer Refresh: June 7, 2018. This one day conference, designed for chamber staff at all levels, will focus on the fundamentals of running successful chambers, and the issue and trends facing the business community.


    Chair:             Teresa Bohnen, St. Cloud


    1. Fall Conference:  September 26-28, 2018.  Coordinate a highly valuable learning opportunity showcasing the expertise of fellow chamber professionals.


         Location:       Mankato, Minnesota

               Host:             Jonathan Zierdt, Greater Mankato Growth


    1. Regional Groups:  Continue to provide support and specialized training opportunities for the regional groups throughout the state.  Offer resources and development as needed by the individual regions.  Leverage regional groups to communicate about MCCE and MN Chamber activities.


    1. Volunteer Training:  Consider a volunteer leadership training program to support and train volunteer business leaders from across the state to build stronger board leaders, and help them better understand and promote the role of chambers with in their communities.  Start with a regional event.


    Co-Chairs:      Mary Hodson, Hutchinson

                            Ed Kearney, Apple Valley


    2) Peer Development: Engage Every Chamber Executive

    Offer members support and accessible, affordable training to strengthen their professional skills and organizational operations.


    1. Strengthen & Formalize Outreach:  Continue to strengthen and formalize the mentorship program and reach out to executives that are not engaged in MCCE activities.

        B. Executive Leader Training:  Complete the 2017-18 executive leader training program; evaluate

          its effectivenes and the timing for the next offering.


         Chair:             Angie Whitcomb, Shakopee


    1. Scholarships:  Continue to sponsor and promote scholarships to MCCE conferences, U.S. Chamber Institute, the U.S. Chamber Government Affairs Conference and Leadership Minnesota. 


               Committee:     Brad Gruhot, Marshall

                                     Doug Loon, Minnesota

                                     Barry Wilfahrt, Grand Forks East Grand Forks


    1. Resource Library:  Continue to build out the MCCE resource library.                                              


    3)   Marketing and Communications

    Build visibility and recognition for MCCE, and the benefits of involvement to further engage current members and attract new members.


    1. Communications:  Continue to develop the website as a resource for MCCE members.  Better promote and engage members in the new MCCE Facebook page.


    Co-Chairs: Mary Hodson, Hutchinson

                      Lisa Workman, Fergus Falls               


    1. Benchmarks:  Continue to measure member engagement and success with the benchmarks established in 2017 and publicize the results.


    1. Legal Services:  Evaluate the partnership with Pat Plunkett, Larkin Hoffman and explore other potential partnerships on legal or governance issues, for example with Bob Harris or others.


    1. MCCE Brand:  Refresh the MCCE brand and market it to chambers across the state.


    4) Talent

    1. Internship Programs:  In an effort to attract talent to the chamber industry, MCCE will focus on developing and promoting internship programs at local chambers.  MCCE may offer matching funds to help local chambers fund interns.  Specific criteria and career follow up will also be implemented to ensure that the internships are valuable and attracting students to chamber careers. 


    Task Force:    Audra Shaneman, New Ulm

                         Angie Whitcomb, Shakopee

                         Barry Wilfahrt, Grand Forks East Grand Forks