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.
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.
Barbara has had opportunities to share her knowledge with other leaders. Here is a podcast discussing a recent leadership book.
Director of Communications and Events
2017 Board of Directors
Terri Kragseth, Principal Consultant, Encompass Solutions LLC
Jenn Ryan, Senior Vice President, National Bank of Commerce
Dwayne Haapanen, General Manager, Kolar Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
Topher Davis, Attorney, Maki & Overom
Bill Humes, General Manager, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill – Miller Hill
Corey Kolquist, Manager, Skyline Lanes
Doug Ralston, Chief Operations Manager, Hermantown Federal 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.