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About the Chamber

The mission of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business community and enhance opportunities for success.

Our goals are simple: We help businesses succeed in Hermantown. We work to create a business climate that attracts new investments and enhances growth and expansion opportunities for existing companies.

We are a strong collection of businesses behind a single pursuit: a better Hermantown. To that end, your Chamber provides member advocacy, education resources and networking opportunities to help businesses grow and thrive in the Hermantown area.

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Chamber History

The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce was founded on September 22, 1980, when a group of area business leaders took the initiative to set up a local Chamber to promote businesses within the community.

The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce was started by Jerry Carlson, Ken Carlson, Roger Carlson, Ervin “Bud” Ellefson, and Everill Mercill. Since their reign, the Chamber has continued to help promote businesses development in the Hermantown area.

When the Chamber first began, there wasn’t a dedicated office space and Board meetings were often held at local restaurants. In February of 1990, the Chamber found its first home at the City Hall Building located at 5255 Maple Grove Road, which now houses the Hermantown Historical Society. The Chamber has officed in other locations over the years, but has been located in the Hermantown Square since 2007, with a welcoming reception area, two staff offices and a large conference room.

Chamber Staff

 

 

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Bailey Sutherland

Director of Communications and Events
218.729.6843 ext. 102
Bailey@HermantownChamber.com

 

 

 

Nicole Sorensen

Chamber Intern
218.729.6843

2017 Board of Directors

Terri Kragseth, Principal Consultant, Encompass Solutions LLC
Board President

Jenn Ryan,  Senior Vice President, National Bank of Commerce
Vice-President

Dwayne Haapanen, General Manager, Kolar Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
Treasurer

Topher Davis, Attorney, Maki & Overom
Secretary

Board Members

Bill Humes, General Manager, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill – Miller Hill
Corey Kolquist, Manager, Skyline Lanes
Doug Ralston, Chief Operations Manager, Centricity Credit Union
Jim Curtis, Owner, Curtis Oil
Katie Kaz, General Manager, Miller Hill Mall
Kim Terhaar, Vice President Strategy & Innovation, St. Luke’s
Kyle Wojtysiak, Agent/CSR, Reliable Insurance Agency
Michelle Maki, Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Patrick Malley, Account Manager, Consolidated Communications

Members in good standing who are interested in serving on the board of directors need to submit a letter of intent to the chamber office before September 1st.