Join the Chamber

Invest in your business, your community: Join the Cook County Chamber of Commerce 

 


It was just four years ago, March 2013, when the Cook County Chamber of Commerce came into being.

 In those four years we have grown from 40 members to 160 and become a powerful presence for good in the Cook County community. Before the Chamber, the community was pulled in many different directions by divisiveness. 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. 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, 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, from providing fireworks at our post-Thanksgiving Christmas celebration to sponsoring the Great Place Project, offering an online business directory at cookcountychamber.org and  providing a broad range of educational opportunities. Indeed, everything we do is carefully designed to build, support and celebrate our community. As we start our fourth 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. 

 
 Annual Budget
  
Revenue from dues:  $88,000

Revenue from grants in 2016: $10,000
  
Expenses:
 
Executive Director (1/2 of full-time position*):  $  30,000

Other part-time staff: $15,000
 
 
Lobbyist/Other Services:  $  30,000
 
Travel and other Misc. Expenses:  $2,000
 
Rent, Office Supplies, Utilities and Technology:  $ 5000
 
Legal, Accounting and Miscellaneous:  $ 2,000

Events: $4,000

Programs (Great Place Project, etc.): $10,000
 
Total:  $  98,000
 
                                               
*Executive director position is a year-around position based on a time commitment of one-half of  full time.

 

Dues Recommendations

Businesses, Non-Profits and Other Entities:
Business/Entity Size: Gross Revenue or FTE’s* Range Recommended Annual Dues Daily Cost Equal Monthly Payment Option
Level 1: $0 to $250,000 (0-2.5 FTE’s) $195 $0.53 $16.25
Level 2: $250,000 to $500,000 (2.5-5 FTE’s) $350 $0.96 $30
Level 3: $500,000 to $1 million (5-10 FTE’s) $700 $1.92 $59
Level 4: $1 million to $1.5 million (6-15 FTE’s) $1,050 $2.88 $88
Level 5: $1.5 million to $2 million (15-20 FTE’s) $1,400 $3.84 $117
Level 6: $2 million to $3 million (20-30 FTE’s) $2,100 $5.75 $175
Level 7: $3 million to $4 million (30-40 FTE’s) $2,800 $7.67 $234
Level 8: $4 million to $5 million (40-50 FTE’s) $3,500 $9.59 $292
Level 9: $5 million to $7 million (More than 50 FTE’s) $4,900 $13.42 $409
 
*”FTE” means “full time equivalent” employment.  FTE’s is calculated by dividing (i) total hours worked (including paid vacation or sick days) by all staff including owners of the business and part-time or seasonal staff by (ii) 2080 hours.
 
Recommended levels are based on either Gross Revenues or FTE’s.  It is up to each member to determine the appropriate dues level.  The Chamber welcomes dues contributions above or below the recommended levels.
 
Individuals:
Level Annual Dues Daily Cost Monthly Payment Option
Platinum Level $1,000 $2.74 $84
Gold Level $500 $1.37 $42
Silver Level $250 $0.68 $21
Bronze Level $100 $0.27 $9
 

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