• 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.

  • Fergus Falls Chamber Encourages Governor to Open Small Businesses, Safely

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    May 07, 2020
    Letter to Governor Walz from the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Chambers across Minnesota
    May 5, 2020
    Dear Governor Walz,
    Small businesses are the economic fuel of our state’s future. Nearly half of Minnesotans own or work for a small business and create two out of every three new jobs each year. On behalf of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and more than 70 local chambers of commerce across Minnesota, we urge you to consider a more rapid and equitable approach to safely open businesses of all sizes.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the business community has shared your concerns for the importance of balancing health and economic impacts. Businesses that have remained open throughout this crisis and those who are preparing to reopen and are taking steps to protect employee and customer health.

    Small businesses are subject to financial and operating challenges that many of their larger counterparts are not.
    • While many large companies or chain stores offer a mix of products, smaller, main street stores specialize in fewer types of similar products. For example, a community’s flower shop may sell plants and arrangements, but the grocery store in the same community sells those items in addition to food.
    • While many large companies may already offer online ordering or curbside delivery, small, main street stores will have to adjust their business operations to accommodate customers during this time. All at an additional cost.

    Small businesses are innovative, nimble and adaptable. The sooner they are given a chance to fully reopen, the sooner they can start implementing their workplace practices and preparedness plans. And the more equity that is given to who is deemed “essential” will help them survive and compete in their communities. We believe all businesses are essential. We know you do too.

    Easing Minnesota’s stay-at-home order for retailers was a step in the right direction. However, DEED Commission Steve Grove acknowledged last week that small businesses have borne a disproportionate amount of the economic burden. Businesses throughout the state are preparing to fully return to work and taking steps to do so responsibly and expeditiously. We urge you to continue to recognize that businesses can and have designed plans for safe work environments and allow more businesses to fully return to work.

    As chambers of commerce, we stand ready to help ensure our members are prepared to open – 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 and employ best practices. In fact, we believe if allowed, will do it equally as well as their larger counterparts.

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

    LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN SUPPORT OF SAFELY OPENING SMALL BUSINESSES
    Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce
    Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
    Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
    Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
    Brainerd Lakes Chamber
    Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
    Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
    Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
    Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce
    Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce
    Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
    Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
    Edina Chamber of Commerce
    Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce
    Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
    Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
    Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce
    Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
    Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce
    Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
    Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
    International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce
    La Crescent Chamber of Commerce
    Lake City Chamber of Commerce
    Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    Laurentian Chamber of Commerce
    Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Litchfield Chamber of Commerce
    Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
    Lonsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
    Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce
    Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
    Melrose Area Chamber of Commerce
    MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce
    Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
    Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Mountain Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    New Prague Chamber of Commerce
    Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce
    Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce
    Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism
    River Heights Chamber of Commerce
    Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
    Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce
    Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau
    Sleepy Eye Area Chamber of Commerce
    SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce
    Springfield Chamber of Commerce
    St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks
    Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce
    Twin Cities North Chamber
    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    Waconia Chamber of Commerce
    Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce
    White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce
    Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Windom Area Chamber of Commerce
    Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
    Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce
    Contact:
    Lisa Workman, President
    (218) 736-6951
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