BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN New Delano Area Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Harwood and her husband, Greg, have had their business, Harwood’s Body Shop, in Delano since 2013, and Michelle has been impressed with those she has met locally.
“The people are really loyal,” Michelle said. “They’re so friendly. You get to know everybody.”
She’s hoping to encourage more of those people and business owners to get involved with the DACC.
“When you own your own business, you have to be involved with the community,” Michelle said. “The more you can be involved in the community, the better.”
Michelle joined the DACC board in 2016, and DACC Executive Director Ryan Guenningsman thanked her for everything she has done to contribute to the chamber’s success.
“She’s been integral in getting donations for the celebration dinner,” Guenningsman said, referencing the event that will be Saturday, April 6.
“Everything we’ve done, she’s been involved with,” Guenningsman added, citing the circus, Taste of Delano, and Christmas tree lighting as examples.
She encourages other existing members to get actively engaged in the organization.
“I’d like to see more member participation,” Michelle said. “I’d like to see more businesses joining the chamber, but also having members getting more involved with committees, so they all get to know each other. We all have fun when we get together. I enjoy meeting everyone. You meet so many people.”
She added that she works well with Guenningsman and her fellow board members, and is looking forward to doing so more in 2019.
Joining Harwood on the board are Vice President Jeanne Matter, of Jeanne M. Matter CPA; Treasurer Daryl MacLean, of MacLean Law Office; Secretary Jammie Hernandez, of Estates at Delano; Sabrina Stevens, of Bagy Jo; Nicholas Wilcox, of Minnesota Lakes Bank; Steve Clark, of Unhinged! Pizza; Mike Nielsen, of Sherman Insurance; and Past President Brad Felknor, of Felknor and Associates.