PROMOTE. CONNECT. ADVOCATE.
The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
supports our members by promoting local
commerce, advocating business perspectives
and establishing relationships for business
and community success.
A program created to promote Austin as a great place to live and work, and to provide new and prospective residents with information they need to quickly assimilate to the community. Our concierge can help newcomers navigate through all aspects of settling into life in Austin. She assists trailing spouses in finding jobs. During the year the program also hosts nine Awesome Austin networking and engagement events.
A statewide private sector business retention and expansion program led by the Minnesota Chamber in partnership with 70 local chambers. Locally, the Austin Chamber partners on this project with the Development Corporation of Austin (DCA). The purpose is to recognize and thank businesses for being here, identify their concerns and opportunities, and offer the Chamber’s assistance in resolving problems and/or achieving goals.
A community-based education and development program that provides participants an intense look at the business, agriculture, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, public safety and diversity of our community. The program is designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area’s resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs. Participants create strong relationships to encourage their future involvement and collaboration in addressing the region’s challenges.
The Young Professionals group fosters ambition and builds community among young professionals who are paving the way for the Austin Area’s future success and growth. They connect ambitious, young people with a strong, diverse community of peers, mentors, and regional business and civic leaders. Through consistent programming, leadership, and service opportunities, members ultimately become more experienced, community-oriented, and connected.
Works to promote agribusiness in the Austin area and reaffirm important links between agriculture and the business community. Activities include organization of the Ag. Appreciation Summer Cookout and Day on the Farm for Austin third grade students. The committee also supports the National Barrow Show, 4-H Ribbon Auction, Mower County Corn and Soybean Growers, Dairy Princesses, FFA, Pork Ambassador and similar programs.
Meets 7 a.m. the first Thursday of the month, April-October
The public relations arm of the Chamber, our “Red Coats” work to create an atmosphere of goodwill within our community as the official representatives of the Chamber and our business community. Ambassadors conduct ribbon cutting ceremonies, host Business After Hours, organize the Chamber’s All Member Invitational Golf Outing (AMIGO Day), our Annual Meeting, and volunteer during Christmas in the City.
Meets 7:30 a.m. second Wednesday of the month.
Builds strong relationships between our schools, our youth, our community and our businesses by supporting scholarships (ACCESS Scholarship for 8th and 12th grade students), pathways programs (Step Up Austin), and school-to-work initiatives (AHS job fair) in addition to providing business support and educational opportunities for chamber members. Meets 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.
Christmas in the City
This committee organizes a calendar of events to promote the business community during the holiday season. Major events include the Christmas in the City Kickoff, Christmas in the NW and Christmas in the SW and Christmas in the East.
Meets September-November as needed.
Committee consists of all Chamber businesses in downtown. Businesses in the downtown area organize a variety of events, including Crazy Day and Christmas in the City.
Meet 4:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month.
The public policy arm of the Chamber, the committee works to provide members with a strong voice in government affairs, particularly at the local level. This committee studies issues that affect business and advocates for business interests. Partners with the Minnesota Chamber and other local chambers throughout the state as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation.
Meets 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month.
Human Resources Committee
Networking opportunity for professionals working in the HR industry. Best practices and issues discussion. Related advisory group works closely with concierge services.
Meets every other month at noon.
Ladies Night Out
This event is a social fundraiser with 300 women attending. Proceeds will be used for a Riverland Scholarship for a non-traditional female student and Chamber programming for women. The event is held in October.
Meets as needed, July-October
Committees and Programs
The Chamber represents the interests of business and works on projects that will improve our area business climate. Dedicated volunteers from member businesses and organizations contribute their talents on Chamber committees and task forces. These volunteers contribute numerous hours for the betterment of the community through the Chamber. Each committee is unique and focuses on a different area of service. Consider signing up for a committee that is beneficial to your company. Your leadership and insights will contribute to the success of other member businesses too.
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