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Contact the Chamber (320) 235-0300                                                September 27, 2011

In This Issue
The WLACC Presents - Louie Anderson
NeXt Fall Kick Off
Minnesota Business Gives

EE-Promotions Advertising Opportunity

E Promotions


Chamber Connection AM 

Sept. 30th - Heartland Community Action Agency - 200 4th Street SW

Oct. 7th - NeXt held at Copperleaf Senior Living - 1550 1st Street North

Member Corner Updates

New Members:
The Happy Sol
   30 Main Street North
   New London, MN 56273
   Contact: Stacey Roberts & Gina
    (320) 354-8110
    Email - thehappysol@gmail.com
Member Changes:

~ Nothing to report this week.

Ambassadors Present

1st Dollars 

Watch next week's e-newsletter for more 1st Dollar photos.

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Upcoming Events


*October 6th - Fall Kick Off Event - 4 - 5 p.m. Interactive preview of classes and fun development activities; 5 - 6 p.m. - social hour at the Willmar Conference Center.

*October 7th - Chamber Connection - 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Copperleaf Senior Living - 1550 1st Street North, Willmar. 

*October 25th - Self Motivation, Inspiration & Drive presented by Mike Kiefer, 3 - 5 p.m. at the Willmar Conference Center.  RSVP by calling 235-0300 or emailing next@willmarareachamber.com.

*November 22nd - Building a Dynamic Team presented by Pat Lang, 3 - 5 p.m. at the Willmar Conference Center.  RSVP by calling 235-0300 or emailing next@willmarareachamber.com.

*December 15th - Understanding Situational Leadership Styles presented by Mike Kiefer, 3 - 5 p.m. at the Willmar Conference Center.  RSVP by calling 235-0300 or emailing next@willmarareachamber.com.


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Breaking News....


Get Your Louie Tickets Today for the 2011 Chamber's Annual Event Fundraiser


 Louie Anderson 

Comedian Louie Anderson

Saturday, November 5th

Holiday Inn & Willmar Conference Center

Social Hour ~ 6 - 7 p.m.

Sit-Down Plated Dinner ~ 7 - 8 p.m.

Entertainment ~ 8 - 8:55 p.m.


All event sponsors for the annual fundraising event featuring comedian Louie Anderson have been secured.  See list below and please thank them for their support.



If you are thinking of purchasing a corporate table, now is the time to act!  They are available on a first come first serve basis.  Sponsoring a corporate table enables you to select your table and reserve your seating for this event.  Individual tickets in the General Admission Seating Area are also available now for purchase.



This event is for Chamber Members Only and advertised to Chamber Members Only unless tickets remain after October 14th.  In that case, all tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 17th.



Cost:       $75 per person ~ same price as last year!

                   (Includes dinner and entertainment)


               $800 - Corporate Table for 8

               (Includes choice of table, reserved seating, & table

                escort by Ambassadors.)


There are no other costs.

There are no silent or live auction items or programs.


Tickets:  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber

              Office at 235-0300


Questions?  Call Mike at the Chamber Office at 235-0300


Don't forget that all corporate tables and individual tickets need to be secured by the end of the business day on October 14th.


Annual Event Sponsors:



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Chamber Connection 

Make a "Morning Connection" in 60 minutes

at Chamber Connections AM


This Friday, September 30th, is the next Chamber Connection AM.  Heartland Community Action Agency is hosting this event from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at 200 SW 4th Street.  Join us for coffee and a light breakfast for only a buck and your business card.  Share your business news or information on an upcoming event as you start your Friday with fellow Chamber members.


For a complete listing of upcoming Chamber Connections, click here.


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NeXt Fall Kick Off 

Thursday, October 6th

Willmar Conference Center

4 - 5 p.m. - Fall Kick Off

5 - 6 p.m. - Social Hour


Join us from 4 - 5 p.m. for an interactive preview of our upcoming classes and for fun development activities.  We have an exciting line up of classes starting on October 25th on Self Motivation, Inspiration and Drive presented by Mike Kiefer from Ridgewater College.


After the presentation join us for a social hour and an opportunity to networking with your fellow NeXt members.


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Don't Miss Out on Being Recognized!


Minnesota Business Gives is designed to motivate, educate and recognize local businesses in Minnesota for charitable giving and community involvement contributions they make to their local communities.  The program is managed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in association with local chamber partners.  Willmar Lakes Area Business Gives joins more than 30 other local chambers participating in this program.


Business Gives is an excellent way for businesses to receive recognition from their peers and their community for the many contributions they make to their local community.


Businesses are recognized for giving cash and/or in-kind contributions to charitable organizations amounting to 2% or more of their pretax earnings.  Best of all, because recognition is based on the percent of income given in cash and in-kind donations, a small business that gives $1,000 each year can receive the same recognition as one that contributes $10,000.


Businesses are encouraged to participate by completing a Participation Form and submitting it to the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber.  On the form, a business certifies that during its most recently completed fiscal year it gave at least 2% of its pretax earnings in cash and/or in-kind contribution to charitable organizations.  A Calculation Worksheet is available to help with calculating the 2%.


In addition to being recognized at an annual Chamber event, each business receives a letter of thanks and congratulations from the Governor of Minnesota.


Completed participation forms should be sent to:

Ken Warner, 2104 Highway 12 East, Willmar, MN 56201



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