Information updated March 2020
‘Equipping members to thrive in our business community’
The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization, formed to support the Delano business community.
It is governed by a board of directors made up of nine volunteer business people and staffed by a part-time executive director.
DACC members range from small, one-person, home-based businesses, to the largest businesses and employers in Delano.
The DACC continues to advocate for the West Metro Business Park as the community continues to experience growth. The DACC works with the City of Delano/Economic Development Authority to foster a positive environment for business growth.
In addition to the new businesses that have made Delano home, the community is very fortunate that it has many, many long-standing businesses in the community that are the cornerstone of Delano. As the DACC looks to an exciting future, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past. The DACC has been a long-standing organization providing support to the business community. New businesses have been welcomed to the area by the DACC Ambassadors. The Community Expo, Taste of Delano, and Good Morning/Evening Delano events, along with the newly-created After Hours Business Socials, have created continued marketing and networking opportunities. The candidate town hall meetings and “State Of” addresses have helped everyone get to know elected officials and understand the economics of the city, county, and region. The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the Christmas season in Delano, and a new business trick or treat event was added in 2018. Manufacturers Week and the SciTech event put a spotlight on the manufacturing sector. The annual banquet and business of the year event were memorable events in 2019.
In 2020, the DACC will focus on marketing the West Metro Business Park, attracting additional retail business, researching and developing new community event concepts, and increasing membership by focusing on retention and recruitment.
Approximately one-third of the chamber’s members participate by regularly attending general meetings. The DACC is fortunate to have many active members. The chamber has six committees – business development, economic development, membership, government affairs, ambassadors, and a marketing task force. Within these committees, there are sub-committees that assist in executing the chamber’s annual initiatives. The DACC is also an active participant in the Spirit of Community Commission, which is an advisory commission to the Delano City Council. It is charged with the responsibility to study, investigate, and make recommendations regarding health, safety, community involvement and the fair and equal treatment of all persons who are members of the Delano community.
Highlights of 2020 for the DACC include the celebration of the 2020 Delano Business of the Year, Harwood’s Body Shop; the DACC’s 31st annual Community Expo; the Taste of Delano, the return of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, the Halloween Business Trick or Treat, as well as the Christmas tree lighting in Downtown Delano.
Chamber benefits include a red highlighted entry in this directory, listing on the chamber’s website directory, referrals from the chamber office, networking events, sponsorship opportunities at any chamber-coordinated community event, and more.
The DACC doesn’t want just membership fees – it wants its members’ input as to what it can do to help its businesses thrive, and provide resources. It encourages members to make this organization what they want it to be.
The DACC is a member of the Minnesota Better Business Bureau and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, both which provide members with more benefits and training opportunities for chamber staff and volunteers. The DACC also developed the concept of a Wright County chamber executives gathering and partnered with the Wright County Economic Development Partnership to execute the first such meeting. As a result, additional meetings are planned in 2020.
Regular general membership meetings are the third Thursday of each month at noon. For the location of the next meeting, call (763) 972-6756, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events and meetings are posted on the website and communicated to members through e-mail and social media. Check out the DACC website at www.delanochamber.com and also find the chamber’s Facebook page.
The 2020 board of directors is: President Luke Bauman (Bauman Insurance Agency); Vice President Gabe Licht (Delano Herald Journal); Treasurer Daryl MacLean (MacLean Law Office); Secretary Heidi Goldbeck (Calbrandt); Past President Michelle Harwood (Harwood’s Body Shop); Sabrina Stevens (Bagy Jo); Mike Nielsen (Sherman Insurance); Tom Screeden (Unhinged! Pizza); and Josh Gehlen (Minnesota Lakes Bank). The Executive Director is Jo Ann Huebsch. Please let the DACC know how it can help you “thrive in our business community” as we are open to your needs and suggestions to be stronger in 2020.