About the Chamber

Mission Statement

The mission of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB is to strengthen the business community and take a leadership role in promoting economic growth in a spirit of cooperation and team work.

Vision Statement

As a membership driven organization, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce seeks to:

          • Promote economic growth through the recruitment and retention of quality businesses and industries that will contribute to the overall economic health of the community.
          • Provide the membership networking opportunities, referrals, internet promotion and other membership services to promote and enhance their business.
          • Develop and nurture relationships with local government and other community sectors to help facilitate the needs and interests of the business community.
          • Enhance the overall quality of life within the community.

2018 Membership Dues Structure

Group Examples Fee
Friends of the Chamber Individuals or couples $25
Home-Based Businesses $50
Smaller Service & Retail, Non-Profit Churches, Hair Stylists, Non-Profit, Smaller Retailers, Taverns $125
Mid-Service & Retail Chiropractic, Insurance, Investments, Lodging $165
Large Service & Retail, Manufacturing, Construction Attorney Offices, Construction & Manufacturing Businesses, Dental, Funeral Homes, Optometry $225
Large Industry, Financial Institutions Banks, Credit Unions, Hospitals, Large Ag Companies, Nursing Homes, Utility Companies $750

Committees

Retail Committee

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at noon at the Springfield Community Center.

All chamber members are welcome to attend the meetings and take part in this committee.

Retail Committee Promotions

  • Ladies Night Out
  • Spring Plant Giveaway
  • Spring Citywide Garage Sale
  • Duck Race – Riverside Days
  • Medallion Hunt – Riverside Days
  • Fishing Derby – Riverside Days
  • Kids Party in the Park – Riverside Days
  • Holiday Open House

2018 Retail Calendar of Events (subject to change)

  • January 29 – Annual Meeting
  • February 4 – “Super Bowl” Tailgate Party
  • March 21 – Spring “Ladies Night Out”
  • April – Spirit of Springfield Award (date to be determined)
  • April 26-28 – Spring “Plant Giveaway” Citywide Garage Sale Weekend
  • April 27 – Lunch Wagon at Jim’s Market
  • June 21-24 – Riverside Days, Kids Party in the Park, Fishing Derby, Medallion Hunt & Duck Race
  • June – Chamber Golf Tournament (date to be determined)
  • September 12 – Fall “Ladies Night Out”
  • November 7 – Shop Springfield First Breakfast
  • November 14 – Holiday Open House, Jingle Bell Ticket promotion starts
  • December 17 – Jingle Bell Ticket promotion ends
  • December 17 at 7 pm  – Jingle Bell Ticket Drawing
  • January 4, 2019
  • Watch the Chamber newsletter as dates could change

General Board

Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at noon at the Springfield Community Center.

General Board Members – 3 year terms

Chair – Sara Schwarzrock – Anytime Fitness
Maxine Meine – SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Lindsey Beyer – Community Advocate
Lisa Kieper – lmb Photography
Matt Muske – Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff
Dillon Schultz – Springfield Golf Club
John Fank – First National Bank
Rachelle Halvorson – Halvorson Office Express
Denise Gicker – Director, Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Jill Riederer – Springfield Area Community Center (no term limit)

General Board Promotions

  • Chamber lunches at Jim’s Market
  • Business to Business Lunch & Learn Luncheons
  • Annual Meeting
  • Golf Tournament
  • Riverside Days
  • Spirit of Springfield award

                                                                                                                                            • Promotes Springfield via the lodging tax income from the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham and Rothenburg Campground. We advertise in Explore Minnesota, SMTA, Walnut Grove, The Sailor and distribute Springfield Brochures locally and in area communities.

CVB Members – 3 year terms (term up) – meet as needed

Lindsey Ludewig  (2016)
Derek Tonn (2017)
Arden Brand (2018)
Matt Skaret (City)
Ben Luense (Microtel)
Katie Mueller (Chamber)

Why Join

Some of the key reasons why a business should join the Chamber are –

    • To support the organization working on their behalf to increase business and create jobs in the Springfield Area.
    • To expand their business by participating in Chamber programs and networking with other businesses.
    • To support the development of the community and have a voice in its direction.
    • To give back to the community that supports their business.
    • It promotes positive business practices, therefore creating an upbeat outlook on our community.
    • Members accept Springfield Bucks. This creates local economic impact of over $28,000.

Member Benefits

  • Opportunity to redeem Chamber Bucks at the three financial institutions in Springfield and the Chamber office
  • Receives a Chamber Membership Plaque – updated yearly
  • Receives the Chamber Chatter newsletter and other community information via e-mail or mail
  • Receives yearly calendar of events
  • Members listed in Advance Press three times per year
  • Can place advertisements in Welcome Wagon Packet and Camping Packets at no charge
  • Listed in Springfield EDA directory with Chamber member listing first in each category
  • Free listing on Chamber website
  • Community Calendar – community event listing
  • Retail Promotions print and radio ads are paid by the Chamber
  • Accept Chamber Bucks