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Learn, Connect, and Lead in our Chamber Committees

Get engaged on the issues most important to you and the business community by participating in Apple Valley Chamber member committees. Committees are open to all members and provide an opportunity for deeper discussion, understanding, and influence in target topics.

Ambassadors

Business Outreach Team
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Local Issues

Impact in our Community
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NextLeaders

Developing Leaders for our Future
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Gala

Plan the Party of the Year
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Golf

Plan Our Annual Tournament
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C.O.R.E. Women

WHAT IS C.O.R.E. WOMEN?

C.O.R.E. Women of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce embodies a vibrant community where women in business unite to foster a culture of collaboration, overcoming challenges, mutual respect, and empowerment. This dynamic group is dedicated to creating an environment where female professionals can thrive, share insights, and support each other’s growth and success. Through a variety of initiatives, events, and resources, C.O.R.E. Women encourages its members to forge strong connections, share their expertise, and uplift one another.

 

C.O.R.E. WOMEN PROVIDES

  • Networking Opportunities: Regular meetings, events, and workshops facilitate meaningful connections among women in the business community.
  • Professional Development: Learn from seminars, training sessions, and mentorship programs aimed at enhancing the professional skills and knowledge of its members.
  • Support and Mentorship: Provides a supportive network for women to share their experiences, seek advice, and mentor each other in their personal and professional endeavors.
  • Community Engagement: Engage in community service projects and initiatives that align with the group’s core values of collaboration, respect, and empowerment.
  • Advocacy and Awareness: Advocate for issues pertinent to women in the business sector, raising awareness and driving change on topics that impact the professional well-being of its members.
  • Resource Sharing: Facilitate the exchange of information, resources, and best practices among members, helping them navigate challenges and seize opportunities in the business landscape.

Ambassadors

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN AMBASSADOR?

  • Visit businesses with enthusiasm
  • Attend new business ribbon cuttings
  • Participate in annual membership drives
  • Assist in introducing new members to other Chamber members at events
  • Let the Chamber President know what issues you hear about
  • Wear an ambassador badge so that others know the leader you are
  • Follow the bylaws and promote the mission of the Chamber
  • As the eyes and ears of the Chamber, you represent the Chamber to the public
  • Being an Ambassador is an honor – and it looks great on your resume too! If you are an outgoing person who is interested in meeting new businesses, helping say “thank you” to present successful businesses or helping welcome members at events, then being an Ambassador is for you.
  • Plus, you might be surprised by how many Ambassadors over the years have been elected to our Board of Directors and become Board Chair, as the Board nominating committee recognizes Ambassadors as involved leaders interested in improving the Apple Valley business environment.

 

 

HOW DO I BECOME AN AMBASSADOR?

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, simply send an email to the Ambassador Chair Tasha Wells at Tasha@TeamWellsMN.com. She will explain the opportunity and obligation needed and make sure it fits your schedule and commitment level. Please note that the Ambassador group is capped at 20 people, so availability may be limited.

Local Issues

KEEP IT LOCAL

While some Chambers have Government Affairs, we believe the Chamber should drive the agenda rather than “follow” government so we’ve renamed it to Local Issues as many issues don’t involve government.

This committee is poised for “quick response” on issues as they arise, in order to bring our “practical business insight” solutions to the forefront. We demand sensible regulation, fair taxation, accountability and transparency. We are always at the table for you, as the united “Voice of Business.”

 

 

RECENT SUCCESSES

ROAD ASSESSMENTS

Helped prevent $67 million road assessments saving members from special road reconstruction assessments saving $4,000-$150,000 per business.

 

SIGNAGE RESTRICTIONS

Stopped signage restrictions already drafted and presented before City Council.  These restrictions would have affected “everyone” but realtors, retail, restaurants, consumer services and homeowners were affected especially hard.

 

CEDAR REDESIGN & RE-CONSTRUCTION

Based upon the original plans by the County, Cedar would look completely different if not for the Chamber’s years of pressure in redesigning plans to preserve access for customers.  The Chamber even started a “Save Downtown Apple Valley Coalition” of 35 united businesses.  We later created a formal partnership with the City.  Together, we succeeded in protecting access in the design.

We spent over 7 years insuring Cedar Avenue Business Access in the planning stages, two years of construction and

post construction access of the new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridor that has added lanes, infrastructure, lights etc.  The Chamber for a decade has been the only non-government voice on the Cedar Board comprised of City, County, State leaders and Regional Transit officials.

 

OPEN UP EDA CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

Led the EDA (Economic Development Agency) which is comprised of City Council and one other appointed person, into televising their meetings.  Especially with TIF (Tax Increment Financing) of public tax dollars for development, the Chamber felt these meetings should be more in the open.  Anytime a vote is needed, the vote will occur at City Council meetings and therefore be available on online video.

 

GOVERNOR & US SENATOR JOB ROUNDTABLES

Job Roundtables were hosted by Apple Valley Chamber during the recession with Governor Pawlenty twice joining us, US Senator twice, Speaker of the House three times, President of the Senate the head of Dept. of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) with the last two Commissioners.  We have been unable to secure Governor Dayton but have hosted nearly all of his Commissioners from the various Departments of State Government.

 

CHANGED PAVING SCHEDULE FROM SATURDAYS

Prevented Cedar Closing on a Saturday for paving, saving businesses thousands of lost sales on a top commercial day. Once the County scheduled the Saturday paving, the City Public Works partnered immediately upon our request to work the process to a Sunday.

 

 

OTHER ISSUES

MCDONALD’S & OTHER DRIVE UP LANES

Working to allow variance for McDonald’s to add second menu board for double turn lanes.  We will revisit getting second menu boards for Culver’s and others for the convenience of customers.

 

“REALISTIC SPEED LIMITS” ON NEW DOWNTOWN ENTRY ROADS

Requested a MNDOT study to increase speed limits to realistic levels for thru traffic on the newly opened roads at 147th and Foliage behind Menard’s so that customers are not ticketed as often.  We are not asking that limits be changed on other roads than the new.

 

MET COUNCIL IMPOSED WATER FEES

Water Issues were recently brought to our attention.  MET Council places start up costs to small businesses that often seem unreasonable.  A small pet grooming store under construction was to pay $14,500 and a new small deli asked to pay $22,000 just to turn on their water.  The formula assumes the water will run 24/7.  We want this reviewed to be realistic to actual use and to make appeals easier.

 

CEDAR ZIPPER LANES

Zipper lanes are being contemplated for making cross-over lanes on Cedar north of 35E.   It will mean 3 miles of “borrowing a lane” from the opposite side of the road during rush hours.  It would require a massive truck picking up 6-miles of concrete “jersey barriers each day (3-miles on each side of Cedar).  Chamber President Ed Kearney rode one across southern Boston last summer and has many concerns, especially in this winter and icy climate.

 

MOST ISSUES OFTEN QUIETLY SOLVED

There are many issues almost weekly the Chamber handles for businesses.  Most issues are brought directly to the City, County or State government with jurisdiction. Examples include signage issues, road tonnage, construction schedules, zoning variances, etc.  Most issues are resolved quietly and often graciously by the respective governments who often don’t realize hardships until we bring them to their attention. The City of Apple Valley has been especially receptive to listening and responding to business concerns.   Our Board notices and recognizes and appreciates this partnership in solving issues that affect jobs and development.

NEXTLeaders

These dynamic young professionals are emerging business leaders who gather monthly for fun events, which include professional development, motivational speakers, family outings, networking and  community service.

 

The NEXT Leaders:

  • Are between 21 – 40 years old.
  • Autonomous in that they select their own leadership, activities, speakers, events and strategies.
  • As an Apple Valley Chamber member, being a NEXT Leader is FREE! Many Chambers charge hundreds of dollars (in addition to the Chamber’s annual dues) to belong to their young professionals group. We don’t charge anything!  If your company is a Chamber member, you are in automatically!

 

FRIENDSHIPS FOR A LIFETIME

The reality is these NEXT Leaders have all become very close friends in just a short time. They are proud that from someone’s first meeting, they will make you feel so welcome as if you had been there for years.

If you are interested in joining the NEXT Leaders, simply send an email to info@applevalleychamber.com to be added to the contact list.

Golf Committee

Always the first Thursday after Labor Day, this unique tournament boasts 9 free Beer Holes and 9 free Food Holes, all at no additional charge. We do not nickel and dime you. Always a sellout, this is just a fun committee and a huge fundraiser.

The golf committee is always rewarded for their hard work with a special “private” tournament the week after our Chamber tournament along with our Platinum Tournament Sponsors.

The Golf Committee Chair is also recognized at our awards banquet for their leadership and the entire committee recognized.

Gala Committee

No committee is more fun nor more challenging than the gala committee.  These dedicated volunteers are usually “can-do-people” who are accomplished and wanting to give back to their business community. 

GOALS

The Annual Chamber Gala is the largest Chamber fundraiser of the year so results are key.  The committee strives to make the experience for members one of fun and a reward for their success all year.

TASKS

  • 6 months before, determine a theme and evaluate site selection options
  • 3 months before, organize tactics, direct mail, newsletter, posters, tickets
  • Assist selling tickets for both tables and individuals
  • The last month a great deal of time is dedicated to securing auction items
  • Day of event, help setup
  • During event, spend a portion of evening assisting checkin, checkout, greeting or auction running

 

At the Chambers annual awards luncheon in December, special recognition is given to the Gala Committee Chair and the volunteers, as again this is a difficult but challenging endeavor.  The committee requires true leadership qualities and more often than not, committee Chairs and best performers tend to over the years be recognized by being so often the first elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.