Councils & Committees

One of the best ways to maximize your membership is to get involved with a committee.

For more information on councils and committees or how to volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.

Young Professionals Network (YPN)

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Mission: Engage and connect dedicated young professionals to embrace and accelerate personal and professional growth by offering a sense of belonging within the business community, diverse meaningful connections and leadership opportunities. Membership meets once the first Wednesday of every month (except July) for a luncheon. As a YPN member, there are many opportunities to get involved. You can network and learn at our monthly luncheons, join a planning committee or volunteer at one of the many community events we participate in. New members are always welcome. For more information, visit our website


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Purpose: To welcome new businesses, professional persons, owners and new managers to the area. To visit and congratulate a relocation or significant expansion of a business. Serve as a welcome committee at special functions of the Chamber. Committee meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at noon. The volunteers range from 20-25 in number. They are well known for their striking red and black vests and smiles.

Special Events Committee

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If you have an interest in the Chamber's annual special events, this committee is for you! This team meets regularly and helps to plan, organize and facilitate major events including: The Annual Celebration, Taste of Northern Minnesota, Business Expo and more. 

Grow MN!

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Grow Minnesota! is Minnesota's first purely private sector, statewide business retention and expansion program. Its primary goal is to strengthen and grow Minnesota's economy. Initiated by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in September 2003, Grow MN! is carried out in partnership with local chambers of commerce from accross the state. The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce is one of 57 Local Chambers and Economic Development organizations making over 900 business retention visits annually. The Grow Team meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Public Affairs

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Mission: To review and research current and potential issues affecting community and Chamber membership of the Bemidji Area. Committee meets the second Friday of each month to discuss, review and make recommendations for Board approval and/or review. Also, the major planning group for Bemidji Day at the Capitol.

Intern Bemidji

Collaboration between the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Bemidji State University is focused on aligning resources and creating a broader awareness of the two committees. Strategies include increasing awareness and promoting benefits of internships in hopes of retaining the graduating talent.