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/CVB 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.

2017 Membership Dues Structure

Group Examples Fee
Friends of the Chamber Individuals or couples who are not otherwise engaged in professional or business ventures and chose to support the Chamber $25
Home-Based Businesses $50
First Year Members Will move into placement next year $100
Smaller Service & Retail, Non-Profit Hair Stylists, Taverns, Smaller Retailers, Non-Profit, Churches $125
Mid-Service & Retail Insurance, Investments, Lodging $165
Large Service & Retail, Manufacturing, Construction, Out of Town Business Chiropractic, Optometry, Dental, Attorney Offices, Funeral Homes, Manufacturing & Construction Businesses, Out of Town Businesses $225
Large Industry, Financial Institutions Utility Companies, Large Ag Companies, Banks, Credit Unions, Hospitals, Nursing Homes $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

  • Medallion Hunt – Riverside Days
  • Fishing Derby – Riverside Days
  • Kids Party in the Park – Riverside Days
  • Holiday Open House

2017 Retail Calendar of Events (subject to change)

  • March 18 – Cheers Tasting and Comedy Event
  • March 31 & April 1 – Home & Leisure Show
  • April 27 – Ladies Night Out
  • April 27-29 – Spring Business & Residential Garage Sale
  • April 28 – Lunch Wagon at Jim’s Market
  • June 22-25 – Riverside Days and Medallion Hunt
  • June 26 – Chamber Golf Tournament
  • September 7-9 – Fall Business & Residential Garage Sale
  • September – Fall Ladies Night Out (date to be determined)
  • November 1 – Shop Springfield First Breakfast
  • November 8 – Holiday Open House, Jingle Bell Ticket promotion starts
  • December 18 – Jingle Bell Ticket Drawing
  • January 8, 2018 – Winning tickets to be turned in by 3 pm

General Board

Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at noon.

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

CVB Board

                                                                                                                                            • 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