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The mission of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is to support and strengthen our membership through the promotion and development of the business community. Much of our work comes through the efforts of volunteers. Get the most out of your Chamber membership! Get involved in a committee, various events, marketing, sponsorships, and other value-added programs available to Chamber members only. Call the Chamber office at (507) 233-4300 or email email@example.com for more information. We look forward to your getting involved!
The mission of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is to encourage economic growth in our community by supporting our members through business development, networking, education, advocacy and access to resources.
10 Reasons Why Chamber Membership Is A Good Investment
1. Leadership Development
The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce invests money, time and energy into the development of local leaders. Member volunteers implement the Network New Ulm, Network New Ulm Youth, Women’s Networking Event, Helping Young Professionals Evolve and Leadercast® opportunities.
2. Publicity & Exposure
Through our Chamber News published twice a month in The Journal, email blasts and the www.newulm.com website, we want to help publish your “good news” and information about your business. Chamber member organizations can utilize the Chamber Office as a ticket outlet for their events and promote their business through our “Featured Chamber Member” window displays.
3. Chamber Dollars
Dollar for dollar, the Chamber Dollar program ensures that monies spent stays local and is spent at Chamber Member establishments. Great for gifts, over $150,000 in Chamber Dollars is circulated every year in New Ulm.
4. Community Support
The downtown office of the Chamber serves as a gathering point for local charities, hosts a community billboard, manages the community calendar on the website and also welcomes the many tourists that visit New Ulm. The Chamber also welcomes new teachers to the New Ulm community each fall.
5. Community Leadership
The Chamber hosts “hot topics” breakfasts and lunches that bring business leaders, citizens and community leaders together to discuss the Hot Topic of the day. Topics are chosen by the Business Action Team which consists of Chamber Member volunteers. The Chamber also leads the downtown and city beautification efforts and every spring coordinates a Career Fair for sophomores in high school to explore career opportunities available in New Ulm and the surrounding area.
6. Business Development and Business Networking
Networking helps match business needs with Chamber Members. When we know who you are, what you do and what you have, we can help “make the connection.” The New Ulm Chamber also uses the resources of the Minnesota Chamber on issues of business recruitment and retention through the Grow MN program.
7. Web Presence
The www.newulm.com website receives nearly 40,000 page views a month! The site is a joint effort between the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce and the New Ulm Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitors to the site are looking for information on potential business sites, business referrals and tourist information. Chamber Members receive a free landing page on the site, can be listed under various categories in the Business Directory and can post Hot Deals and Job Postings at no additional charge. Additional advertising on the website is available for Chamber Members.
8. Referrals, Referrals, Referrals
Whether it’s through the www.newulm.com website, in person or over the phone… every day we are matching Chamber Members to potential customers for their services and products.
9. Willkommen Visits
We’ll come out and officially “Welcome” you with a Willkommen Visit as a new Chamber Member, for business expansions and for new management! Pictures of the visit are published in The Journal, on our website, and on social media.
10. We answer the phone!
We receive questions every day asking for things like: Chamber Member phone numbers; contact information; street directions and even funeral service times. We exist to serve and support our Chamber Members and the New Ulm community.
Chamber members are eligible for many free or low-cost services and ways to promote their businesses or organizations.
Do you want a Chamber presence at your grand opening, ground breaking, new location, or to welcome new management? A picture will appear The Journal, on this website, on social media, and your event will be mentioned on KNUJ Radio‘s Good News program.
New Ulm Website
All members have a free listing on our website. This site gets an average of 30,000 page views every month! Use your login and password to change your business profile and contact/location information. Search alphabetically, by key word, or by type of business. Choose two category listings, or add more for $25 each. Upgrade your member page to include more text or photos or add banner ads by calling ChamberMaster (our software provider) at 1-800-825-1785.
Small Business Health Insurance
New in 2023! Businesses with 2-10 employees have access to health insurance plans through the Minnesota Chamber. www.mnchamber.com/chamberhealth has more information about the program, but we encourage you to work with your local broker, and not one listed that website.
Are you a local broker and interested in offering these plans to your clients? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, as we are compiling a list.
The Chamber offers a business list on labels. This value-priced list will be just what you need to customize your direct marketing needs. Cost: $37.50 for members, $107 for non-members.
Conference Room Rental
Need a place to hold your next meeting? The Chamber offers you their board room or conference room for your meeting needs between 8a.m. and 5p.m. Holds 12-15 people.
Cost: Free to members, $50 for non-members. The Chamber also has a projector and a portable speaker system that chamber members can use for free, either on-site or off-site.
Chamber Members are invited to post their job postings to our website. This page on our website gets an average of 500 unique page views every month! This is a great place to post your local job openings, and it’s free to post!
Chamber Members can post their local deals and discounts to the Hot Deals section of our website for free! These deals then get emailed directly to the Hot Deals email list. Reach potential new customers who have voluntarily signed up to receive the latest local deals!
Post your business news releases here on our website! We’re happy to help you spread the word about the latest and greatest happenings at your company. Log into your Chamber Account to submit a news release (contact the Chamber for assistance).
The Chamber has three sections in a window available to our members to showcase their products or services. Priority is given to those members who do not have a downtown presence. Free to Chamber members on a first-come, first-served basis.
The brochure rack at the Chamber has New Ulm Visitor Guides and information available on local attractions, and several Minnesota towns and vacation areas. Chamber members may provide their brochures free of charge to the Chamber to distribute to guests. Chamber members are listed in our Community Guide that is available for people who are considering moving to New Ulm. Chamber members also advertise in our annual Guide, available to visitors and by request.
The Chamber refers Chamber members often and professionally through our website www.newulm.com, Chamber Membership Directory, social media, and Office staff to those seeking information by phone or in person. Free to all Chamber members.
The Chamber sells about $150,000 in Chamber Dollars each year. These dollars are purchased by businesses and individuals to ensure that money is spent and circulated in New Ulm. Chamber Dollars can only be redeemed at Chamber-member businesses. Search the Business Directory to see the list of businesses that accept Chamber Dollars.
Network New Ulm, a Community Leadership Program, gives 24-28 individuals the opportunity to enhance their community knowledge, civic network and leadership skills. The one-day-a-month program runs from September through May of each year. Long-time residents and newcomers, alike, recognize it as a valuable growth experience. Contact the Chamber for an application.
Network New Ulm Leadership 2.0 is a leadership program for NNU graduates.
Network New Ulm Youth is for our students in all three local school systems.
Leaderfest is a one-day leadership training opportunity held annually in September.
Lead with IMPACT is a leadership series held Jan-April.
Home & Health Show
Showcase your business at our spring event, which draws as many as 10,000 visitors in one weekend.
Contact Mark at (507) 233-4302 to receive more information or to reserve your booth. New Ulm Chamber members qualify for a considerable discount.
Hot Topics Breakfast/Lunch
The Chamber sponsors a breakfast or lunch presentation to inform our members on community and state issues as needed.
Parade of Lights
The Parade of Lights is organized by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce and held annually the Friday after Thanksgiving. The registration fee is reduced for Chamber Members.
Annual Banquet Table Sponsorships
The Chamber invites sponsorships of tables for the Annual Meeting and Banquet. Member sponsors are asked to decorate a table to showcase their business and receive two free tickets for the banquet. First-come, first-served availability. Cost to members: $100. Contact Crystal at 507-233-4300.
Vision & Values
- Collaborative – Working together accomplishes more.
- Innovative – Creatively taking risks to solve problems.
- Influential – Using our voice to support, celebrate and bring change
- Transparent– Information, ideas and feedback are freely exchanged.
Our priorities include economic development, community development, public policy, member development and tourism.
Our 350 members include manufacturing, retail, professional services, attractions, and non-profits committed to a vibrant and thriving New Ulm community.