By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN The process for changing the Howard Lake Business Association into a Chamber of Commerce is nearing completion.
Members of the association will vote on whether or not to change to a chamber, as well as passing the articles of incorporation, at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon at the Howard Lake American Legion.
“We are changing from an association to a chamber to make it more open to outside entities, to increase membership,” said Vice President Jeff Schoess. “This will give more visibility to the community. More professional people coming into town look for a chamber.”
The mission of the Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce will be to support local business activities; promote economic, social, and agricultural interests; and speak for a favorable business climate in the Howard Lake area.
In order to accomplish its mission, the chamber will adhere to several guidelines.
The first guideline is to encourage business and community prosperity by promoting economic programs designed to strengthen and enhance the financial opportunities for business.
Second, it will serve as an effective non-partisan, non-sectarian voice for business on legislative, business, social, government, and community issues affecting the Howard Lake area.
Third, it will identify and overcome obstacles that are detrimental to the business climate and community growth.
Finally, it will support civic, social, and cultural programs designed to increase the functional and aesthetic values of the community.
The association has decided dues will remain at $125, but members will begin paying $5 per month for their meals beginning with the January 2013 meeting.
Elections for officers of the association will take place in January, and nominations are being sought at the November meeting.