By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, MN Members of the Howard Lake Business Association voted in favor of dissolving the association, approving by-laws for a Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce, and transferring HLBA assets to the chamber Wednesday.
The reason for dissolving the business association and becoming a chamber is to expand the area from which it can draw members, noted former president Randy Heuer.
Howard Lake Business Association membership was limited to businesses and individuals who had a Howard Lake address.
Becoming a chamber allows entities from outside the boundaries of Howard Lake, having an interest in the prosperity of the Howard Lake, to become members.
Being able to obtain members from outside the community will bring more visibility to the community, said chamber vice president Jeff Schoess.
He also noted that when professional people come to an area, they are more likely to look for a chamber of commerce.
The mission of the Howard Lake Chamber of Commerce is 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.