The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses
in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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Invest in your business, your community: Join the Cook County Chamber of Commerce
It was just eight years ago when the Cook County Chamber of Commerce came into being. We've had a big impact in those years.
We have grown from 40 members to more than 160 and become a powerful presence for good in the Cook County community. Before the Chamber, the community was pulled in many different directions. We pull the community together while respecting different voices. We make things happen, often as the catalyst, supporter, encourager, convenor behind good ideas that other organizations then develop.
The credit goes to our members. Everything we do depends on their willingness to be dues-paying members and their faith that we will work hard for our community with the resources they provide. Here is a partial list of what we have accomplished in the Chamber's short life, all reasons why civic-minded businesses and individuals should consider joining and becoming part of this powerful movement.
A Voice in St. Paul: We devote fully one-third of our resources to ensuring that Cook County is well represented at the Minnesota Legislature. Our efforts have advanced Cook County’s interests across a broad spectrum of issues, plus helped secure millions in state funding for projects ranging from the Chik Wauk Museum to the Gitchi-Gami State Trail and annual state funding for Cook County Higher Ed. Few communities are as effectively represented in St. Paul as Cook County.
A Voice in Grand Marais: The Chamber ensures its members have a voice at the table when the topic under discussion is an updated county land use plan, updating the city comp plan, writing a comprehensive county trails plan, reconstruction of Highway 61, etc.
Listening to the Community: When the Dollar General issue arose, Chamber members wanted to make their feelings known. The Chamber worked hard to ensure community members were alerted to opportunities to speak their mind and that city officials would respectfully hear them out.
Giving voice to business concerns: If you have issues with government, we are there to advocate on your behalf, whether your issue is septic regulation, a flooding parking lot or the need for public bathrooms.
Celebrating business: Each fall, we honor an entrepreneur of the year, a business of the year and community business leader of the year. By extension, we seek to recognize the essential contribution every business makes to the life of our community. And we do it at a fall gala celebration that has become THE event of the fall season.
Celebrating and serving our community: We seek to affirm our community in many ways. One of the most popular is sponsoring the Great Place Project. Each year we raffle a canoe and use the proceeds to fund small grants for individuals, businesses and community groups that propose creating small great places. Everything we do is carefully designed to build, support and celebrate our community. As we start our seventh year, the board and staff of the Chamber thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Insurance Discounts: Once we reached 100 members, we became eligible to offer members a significant discount on business insurance policies written by Auto Owners Insurance. A number of Chamber members report that they save significantly more on the insurance discount than they pay in Chamber dues. The discount program is available at both Security State Insurance (218-387-1540) and Musty-Barnhart Agency (218-663-0060).
The Chamber seeks to represent all county businesses from all sectors. It is a collaborative effort to move the business community in a unified effort that will secure a sustainable future for businesses and improve the quality of life and opportunities for residents.
(For Fiscal Year 2021, which runs from Sept. 1, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2021, the Chamber Board reduced dues to 50 percent of the amounts in the table below. This is done to reflect the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many county businesses. So for FY 2021, if your dues normally would be $295.00, it is only $147.50.)
Businesses, Non-Profits and Other Entities:
Gross Revenue & FTE* Range
|Business Annual Dues||Non-Profit annual dues|
|Level 1:Less than $250,000 rev
Less than 3 FTE
|Level 2: $250,000 - $500,000 rev
3 to 6 FTE
|Level 3: $500,000 - $1 million rev
6 to 10 FTE
|Level 4: $1 million - $1.5 million rev
10 to 15 FTE
|Level 5: $1.5 million - $2 million rev
15 to 20 FTE
|Level 6: $2 million - $3 million rev
20 to 30 FTE
|Level 7: $3 million - $4 million rev
30 to 40 FTE
|Level 8: More than $4 million rev
More than 40 FTE
*”FTE” means “full time equivalent.” FTE’s is calculated by dividing (i) total hours worked annually by all staff by 2080 hours. Or to get a ballpark estimate, count each full-time staff member and every two part-time staff members as 1 FTE.
If the dues level indicated for your enterprise appears unaffordable, pledge an amount with which you are comfortable.