2016 BUSINESS PLAN
 
 
Mission: To provide value to our members through business advocacy, training, economic development and the support of tourism.
Vision: To be the premier business advocate in SE MN
Image: We are the business center of influence in Winona County

Priorities:
  • To be a non-partisan voice for our members on public policy issues at all levels of government to improve the business climate in which our members operate
  • To provide resources to our members to grow their business
  • Improve communication to current and prospective members regarding the value and benefits of Chamber membership
 
Measures of Success:
  • Evidence of Government entities seeking Chamber input when considering actions that would impact the business community
  • Evidence of Chamber membership seeking advocacy assistance from the Chamber
  • Evidence that Chamber has successfully impacted business issues in the legislative arena
  • Fiscal strength and viability – black ink
 
2016 Committee Structure:
Ambassadors (Meets the 2nd Monday of each month – at noon)
  • Add value to Chamber members through mentoring and assisting individuals to build relationships and connections with other business leaders at Network Nite , Network Mornings and other Chamber event venues
  • Celebrate Chamber member success with Ribbon Cuttings and other recognition tools
  • Coordinate the annual Chamber Ambassador Brat Booth activities
 
Business/Education Network  (Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am)
  • Provide “CEO in the Classroom” for 8th grade students throughout the region each spring
  • Partner with MN Chamber to meet Bush Foundation grant parameters
  • Host Career Exploration Expo for area sophomores 
  • Explore how to engage more schools from the area (Winona Middle School, Cotter, Hope Lutheran, Lewiston, etc.)
 
Economic Development Committee (Meets the 2nd Wed. of each month at 8:00 am)
  • Provide direct business assistance through Grow MN! Initiative and Business Connection
  • Provide recommendations to the Public Policy Committee and/or Chamber Board regarding local business issues as identified from Grow MN visits.
  • Host annual Economic Summit
 
Public Policy (Meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 am)
  • Alert and educate Chamber members about state and federal initiatives that impact business
  • Provide Chamber members a platform to be heard by local, state and federal lawmakers regarding matters that are of interest/concern to the members
  • Actively communicate Chamber opinion on business issues at all levels of government
 
Membership Committee
  • Responsible for coordination of Membership Drive – April 2016
  • Assists staff and chamber board on matters concerning membership sales and retention
 
Winona Main Street Steering Committee (Main Street has 4 sub-committees that all meet monthly)
  • Responsible for maximizing volunteer involvement in the revitalization effort
  • Assures the implementation of and monitors the progress of the annual Main Street Plan on a regular basis by working alongside Chamber staff
    • Implements priorities
    • Primary responsibility for program fundraising and supports the work of the
      sub-committees by volunteering time and expertise.
  • Adheres to the Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization
 
Young Professionals Planning Team (Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at noon)
  • Provide platform for professional/personal development
  • Encourages  leadership skills through engaging in community outreach projects
  • Provides professional networking and social opportunities to area young professionals
  • Relaunch Young Professional division through new outreach efforts in 2016
 
2016 Task Force Structure and Schedule:
(Task forces meet as needed within the indicated planning months)
  • Family Night on the Farm in June (February – June planning)
  • Business Celebration  Recognition in May (January – May planning)
  • Golf Classic in June (February – June planning)
  • Chamber Game Day at WSU –in September (May – July planning)
  • Manufacturer’s & Technology Appreciation Event in October (Aug – Oct planning)
  • Chamber Annual Meeting/Banquet in January (August – January planning)