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Greater 12 Chamber of Commerce

Equipping Members to Thrive in our Business Community

Chamber Information

"Equipping members to thrive in our business community."

  • Networking- Good Morning/Evening Delano events; General Meetings; Committee membership.
  • Advertising- Chamber Newsletter; Annual Expo; Community Directory; Community Guidebook; Chamber Sign; City Map, Chamber referrals.
  • Making a Difference- Let your voice be heard; Share your ideas; Attend Public Affairs events and forums and task force meetings.
  • Promoting Your Business- Showcase your business at a Chamber meeting; Exhibit at the Spring Community Expo and Taste of Delano.
  • Gaining Credibility & Respect- Display your member decal; Be listed as a member in our publications; Be listed on our website; Preferred listing in the Community Guidebook.
  • Increasing Your Sales- Greet 18,000+ daily drivers on Hwy 12 with your creative message on our billboard.
  • Staying Informed- Read The ACCESS; Attend monthly meetings; Attend Educational Seminars.
  • Reaching Your Local Business Peers- Request business database from the Chamber for mailings; Publish your good news in The ACCESS.
  • Communicating with Fellow Members- Join a committee and become involved in our strategic plan.
  • The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Wright County Economic Development Partnership and the Better Business Bureau
  • Business Development Committee - Equipping members to thrive in our business community through advertising, networking, social events, and business training is the mission of the Business Development Committee. Specifically, the Business Development Committee plans the annual community expo every spring and the Christmas Tree lighting. The 2022 Business Development Committee Chairman is Daryl MacLean of MacLean Law Office. For more information about the business development committee, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact MacLean at (763) 972-3400.
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  • Economic Development Committee - Facilitating the communication and distribution of information for the growth and expansion of the Delano business community, this committee is comprised of representatives from the chamber, City of Delano, and Delano Public Schools. Some of its initiatives have been the development of marketing materials to promote locating in the Delano community, retention and recruitment of businesses, economic and business impact surveys, and promoting the message of "Delano is open for business." The 2022 Economic Development Committee Chairman is Brad Goldbeck of Trelleborg. For more information about the committee, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact Goldbeck at (763) 972-9206.
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  • Government Affairs Committee - Facilitating awareness of political issues that impact the business community and the public, the chamber's government affairs committee coordinates town hall meetings during the political season in an effort to provide a forum for residents to meet candidates and learn about issues appearing on the ballot. For more information on the government affairs committee, contact chairman Josh Gehlen of Minnesota Lakes Bank at (763) 972-3385. 
  • Membership Committee - It is the mission of the membership committee to ensure chamber members are connected with the chamber via a variety of communication methods, outreach to businesses in the community that may or may not be chamber members, and to promote and develop chamber member benefits. For more information about the membership committee, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact the Chairwoman Michelle Harwood of Harwood's Body Shop at (763) 972-2705.  
  • Ambassador Committee - Serving as the goodwill link to our members and the community, the ambassador committee presents first dollar awards, progress awards, and other recognitions throughout the year. The ambassador committee also oversees the Business of the Year process and selection. The 2022 Ambassador Committee Chairwoman is Heather Bahn of Delano GrandStay Hotel and Suites. For more information about the ambassador committee, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact Bahn at (763) 972-4303. 
  • Task Force  - The task force was developed during Highway 12 construction in 2008-09 to promote marketing "Delano is Open For Business," and has continued to oversee several of the chamber's events, including the Annual Celebration Dinner and the Taste of Delano. The Task Force Chairman is John Tackaberry. For more information on the Task Force, contact Tackaberry at (612) 849-2935. 

Josh Gehlen
Board President
(763) 972-4762
Minnesota Lakes Bank

Heidi Goldbeck
Board Vice President
(763) 972-8888

Tom Screeden
Board Treasurer
(763) 478-6611
Farmers State Bank of Hamel

Heather Bahn
Board Secretary
(763) 972-4303
GrandStay Hotel and Suites

Andrea Coppin
Board Member
Andrea Coppin, Rodan + Fields

Brad Goldbeck
Board Member
(763) 972-9206

Michelle Harwood
Board Member
(320) 420-4484
Harwood's Body Shop

Sabrina Stevens
Board Member
(763) 479-3848
Bagy-Jo Inc

Daryl MacLean
2021 Past President
(763) 972-3400
MacLean Law Office

Taste of Delano

Taste of Delano Poster 2022

Taste of Delano is the 1st Wednesday of August each year. The Taste of Delano will be held August 3, 2022 at Delano City Park. This is the perfect opportunity to taste local food and drinks from area restaurants and caters.  There is live music to keep you entertained. Lots of kids activities included in the price of admission.  This is the perfect event for all ages!

Annual Banquet

Delano Chamber Celebration Dinner - The Roaring 20s

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Chamber’s Annual Banquet is a fun night when the community celebrates the business of the year with dinner and live music. There is also a live and silent auction for additional excitement. Annual Banquet is held in early spring of each year. 2022 Business of the Year is LuLu's Retail Therapy.

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Delano Community Expo

Delano Community Expo is a FREE event for the public to meet local business or organization in one place. Each business or organization showcases what they are all about.  Delano Community Expo  is held in late spring of each year.

Sponsorship information for 2022 Community Expo >>

Taste of Delano

Taste of Delano is the 1st Wednesday of August each year. The Taste of Delano is held at Delano City Park. This is the prefect opportunity to taste local food and drinks from area restaurants and caters.  There is live music to keep you entertained. This is the perfect event for all ages!

Business Trick-or-Treat

This is the day for little ones to trick or trick with local businesses.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting is held at Riverfront Park in downtown Delano.  Come to see the Christmas Tree be lit by the Delano Royalty Ambassadors, visit with Santa and take a carriage ride. This event is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, also know as Small Business Saturday to support our small businesses. This is the event to make as a family tradition each year.

What is a Delano Silver Dollar Rush?

The goal is to rally people in our area to come together as a group to support ONE business for ONE week each month. It gives the business a big economic boost and a lot of exposure in our community.

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: Show up at the highlighted business during the designated week with your family, friends and neighbors, plan to spend $25 or more and have fun! Our goal is to get the word out in the community and to show up and support a different local business each month.

How does the Delano Silver Dollar Rush process work?
First, watch for an email and social media posts from the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce with information on what local business to RUSH and which week during the month.
Second, tell your friends and family about Delano Silver Dollar Rush and share it on your social media.
Finally, set a day when you will go to that local business with your family and friends.

What we’re accomplishing:

  1. Helping sustain a business we’d like to remain in the community.
  2. Rewarding local entrepreneurs and community businesses.
  3. Educating people as to the benefits of spending local.

Spreading the word via social media and rallying your friends, neighbors and community members together is what it takes to make the Delano Silver Dollar Rush successful. This movement is a way to help support the local economy by spending dollars here in the community and helping businesses in our area thrive.

2022 Silver Dollar Rush Businesses

  • Feb – Market 12
  • March 13 to 19 – Dave’s Town Club
  • April 18 to 24 – Delano True Value
  • May 20 to 22 - Fountain Hill Winery
  • June 20 to 25  – Rieder's Meat Market
  • July 26 to 30 – CARQuest
  • August – TBD
  • September – TBD
  • October – TBD
  • November – TBD
  • December – TBD