The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bemidji have partnered to take the Grow Minnesota! initiative of the Minnesota Chamber to another level. Grow Minnesota! is a private sector led statewide business retention, business assistance, and business expansion program, which has been in existence since 2002. It consists of site visits to local businesses to hear firsthand their needs and concerns.
Bringing our own Bemidji twist to the initiative, we have rebranded our efforts as GrowBemidji! And like Paul and Babe, we’re doing it BIG with a goal of 250 visits annually.
GrowBemidji! has three main focal points for the Chamber and Greater Bemidji staff and boards:
- Get out into the business community and thank individual business owners and managers for doing business in this region and to show we recognize your efforts and commitment to our region.
- Take the opportunity to listen — REALLY listen. We want to hear what is keeping you up at night, what challenges and opportunities are in front of you, and what does the future hold for your enterprise. This firsthand information is like gold and it helps shape the work programs and strategic direction for both organizations.
- Measure the current business climate. Each business is asked to complete a survey, allowing us to gather valuable data to determine trends and themes across the business community.
If your business would like a GrowBemidji! visit, contact Abby Randall, executive director at the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce at (218) 444-3541