Welcome to the St. Cloud Chamber!The St. Cloud Chamber contributes in many ways to the total fabric of life in the City of St. Cloud and Osceola County, as well as provides many services and opportunities to its members.
Your Business is Our Business!The Chamber is a membership organization made up of businesses and acts as a community resource and voice for local business.
The Voice of Business in OsceolaIt's can be amazing to watch what happens when people get together...friendships are formed, partnerships are created and business happens naturally. We are here to help!
Many of you may have heard over the last year that the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber has gone through dramatic changes, both internally and externally. As President and CEO of the Chamber I have worked very hard at encouraging our staff to clearly focus on the goals at hand. Taking the direction from the goals of our Chairman Keith Ronan and our Board of Directors we are on the path to a bright future for the Chamber. Our new website and social media presence have added great value to all our members. Our consistent growth in fans on our Facebook page allows us to not only promote Chamber information to the community but also has been an efficient means of communicating within our membership. The staff works hard every day to ensure that what the Chamber is doing in the community is successful and makes a positive difference.
The St. Cloud Chamber is certainly well known for its excellent community events. While we take great pride in our signature events such as the Christmas Parade, the July 4th Lakefront Celebration and St. Cloud Life, our first focus is as an advocacy group for supporting small businesses and organizations and the growth of the business community in the St. Cloud and Greater Osceola area.
Over the last year the Chamber has partnered with St. Cloud High School to establish an internship program. This has a two-fold benefit. First, it allows our local high school students to get “real world” work experience which helps them see if the area they are working in is one they would want to pursue in life as a career. There is nothing worse than someone thinking they want to work in an area only to find out after investing a great amount of time, effort and education that it simply is not what they want for a career. Secondly, with the new federal mandates on health care our Chamber members are able to have interns work for them without incurring additional employee benefits. As you can see, St. Cloud Chamber membership has its benefits!
Another focus of the Chamber is to help people starting a business to overcome all of the potential hurdles that come with this decision. Many individuals and groups have found the training sessions that are offered by the Chamber in this area to be invaluable. The best part is that there is no cost! We feel so confident that once you make the decision to start a business after having this training, you will see clearly how much the Chamber has benefited you and you'll want to become a member to continue with your success.
As I have said membership has its benefits. The most successful Chamber members are the ones that get involved. Signing up only brings you half of the success. Attending events, joining a committee, networking at Ribbon Cuttings and engaging with others at a Business after Hours have grown many of the most successful businesses you see around town.
Lastly, my personal opinion is that it is hard enough to operate your own business. Why go at it alone? The Chamber is stronger and more able than ever to help any business or organization. No matter whether it's big or small, individuals or with numerous employees, or a new start up or long term establishment, bringing businesses together to create a vibrant local economy only benefits our community as a whole. It allows our businesses to create alliances and partnerships that can make conducting business easier and more profitable. As our Chamber mission statement says the St. Cloud Chamber is... creating community and business prosperity through education, advocacy and well-planned development.”
Fred Hawkins Jr.
St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce