• Welcome to Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

    The Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership based organization which serves its member businesses and the community. We are located in the heart of West Central Minnesota’s premier lakes country destination, Otter Tail County. With its nearly 1100 lakes, rivers, streams and trails offering an abundance of recreational options, its a great place to grow your business.

    We serve as the lead advocate and resource for our members and to create partnerships that foster a healthy business climate.

  • Chambers Urge Governor Walz to Allow Businesses to Increase Capacity

    Today, the "Minnesota Ready" coalition including the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, sent a letter urging Governor Walz to allow businesses to re-open to greater capacities, when done safely.
    "On behalf of hundreds of thousands of businesses and more than 70 local chambers of commerce and trade associations across Minnesota, we urge you to “turn the dial forward” to open all consumer-facing businesses to a greater capacity and return workers to their offices with limitations.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the business community has shared the responsibility of balancing the need for public health protections and economic impacts. Businesses which have remained open throughout this crisis have taken necessary steps to protect employee and customer health. Without decisive action to increase capacity prior to the cold weather setting in, many will be lost. This is not simply a personal loss for business owners. This is a loss of commercial and economic activity to the thousands of workers, their communities, local governments and the state.

    We ask you to take the next steps in helping a wide range of businesses remain viable which include:
    • Update the Executive Order from “must” work from home to “should” work from home and allow office work to resume at a limited occupancy based on building occupancy fire codes recognizing certain office functions are best performed in person to ensure productivity;
    • Increase customer-facing retail capacity under current safeguards;
    • Increase restaurant capacity, with consideration for social distancing or the use of barriers (plexiglass, curtains, etc.) to mitigate risk;
    • Increase capacity for personal services (salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors) under current safeguards;
    • Increase capacity for gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts under current safeguards; and
    • Expand event capacity for indoor and outdoor events and entertainment (similar to religious gatherings).

    Minnesota businesses are ready and have designed plans to safely return workers and protect their customers at greater capacity. They have been making incremental progress by being open at a small percentage of their total capacity, but it does not sustain any long-term viability or success.

    As business organizations, we stand ready to help ensure our members are prepared to open more fully – that they have instituted health and safety protocols for their workers and customers and have a preparedness plan in place. We are confident in their ability to do the right thing and are working with them, each and every day to understand state guidelines and employ best practices.

    It’s time to get Minnesota moving again, in the safest way possible for employees and customers, while protecting businesses of all sizes. Minnesota’s long-term economic future is counting on it."

    MINNESOTA READY COALTION IN SUPPORT OF SAFELY OPENING MINNESOTA’S BUSINESSES
    1. Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    2. Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce
    3. Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce
    4. Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    5. Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
    6. Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
    7. Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce
    8. Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
    9. Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
    10. Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce
    11. Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
    12. Crookston Area Chamber & Visitor's Bureau
    13. Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce
    14. Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    15. Delano Area Chamber of Commerce
    16. Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
    17. Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
    18. Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce
    19. Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
    20. Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    21. Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    22. Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    23. Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    24. Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
    25. Granite Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    26. Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
    27. Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce
    28. Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    29. Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
    30. Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce
    31. Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
    32. Hospitality Minnesota
    33. Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
    34. I94 West Chamber of Commerce
    35. La Crescent Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    36. Laurentian Chamber of Commerce
    37. Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    38. Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    39. Lonsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
    40. Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
    41. MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce
    42. Minnesota AgriGrowth Council
    43. Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus
    44. Minnesota Beverage Association
    45. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
    46. Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association
    47. Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association
    48. Minnesota Retailers Association
    49. Minnesota Trucking Association
    50. Minnesota Utility Contractors Association
    51. Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    52. Morris Area Chamber of Commerce
    53. New Prague Chamber of Commerce
    54. New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce
    55. Nisswa Chamber of Commerce
    56. Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    57. Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    58. River Heights Chamber of Commerce
    59. Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce
    60. Savage Chamber of Commerce
    61. Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau
    62. SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce
    63. St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    64. St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce
    65. The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks
    66. Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce
    67. Twin Cities North Chamber
    68. Waconia Chamber of Commerce
    69. White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce
    70. Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    71. Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
    72. Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce
    73. Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB

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