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If you're thinking about joining the Chamber, please feel free to reach out to a current member and ask about their membership experience. Here's a list of members who would be happy to talk with you and describe why they believe a TwinWest membership is a solid business investment.
What keeps our longest-standing members investing in their TwinWest memberships year after year? Read their comments.
“TwinWest’s active participation in the legislative process is crucial to businesses of all sizes, from large organizations like ours to small startups. We respect and rely on the Chamber for providing unparalleled access to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, and for representing the broad scope of business interests important to its members.”
-Dannette Coleman, Medica
“The greatest contribution we’ve received from TwinWest has been assistance with creating leaders in our firm. By providing opportunities to apply leadership skills and meet other business leaders, the Chamber has been instrumental in our employees’ professional development.”
-Phillip J. Kronlage, CPA; Blanski Peter Kronlage & Zoch, P.A. CPAs
“To help with our transition to our new office in Hopkins, I called on other TwinWest members for almost everything we needed. It began with Jim LaBreche at BNC National Bank, who was committed to getting us a mortgage to start the whole process (we also transferred all of our business accounts and equity lines over there). Then I called: Nate Zoellner and Tom Coffey from TDS Metrocom to set us up with phone service; General Office Products for our office furniture; Local Motion for moving; Sunrise Painting & Wallcovering for painting; Jamie Kline at FastSigns to do our signage; and Ellie Bathe and Carol Smith with High Five to talk about promotional items for our open house/ribbon cutting. As we continue to set up our new office and need other products and services, I will keep looking to the TwinWest Membership Directory first.”
- Dawn Bijou Janes, MN Insurance Group, Inc.
“The TwinWest Chamber offers a tremendous opportunity for those interested in the political process. We truly appreciate the Chamber’s efforts at the State Capitol and local city halls. They are effective advocates for business and they hold politicians accountable. For LDI, membership is an investment in our business.”
- David Lenzen, Liberty Diversified Industries
"I am renewing my TwinWest investment. I wish to continue the relationship with the Chamber because I believe in your mission and the good work you do for the communities. Best wishes!"
- Blair Tremere, Public Affairs Consulting
“My involvement with TwinWest has both increased my presence and deepened my ties within the business community. I can point to several long-standing customer relationships made through the TwinWest network.”
- Jim Vathing, Voyager Bank
“[The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce] is a group that has been enormously influential and important to the public policy debate in the state of Minnesota. This chamber has been one of the more active, effective leaders in terms of chamber and business advocacy, job growth, and entrepreneurialism in Minnesota. We appreciate all you do. And you've placed a particular emphasis on inviting public leaders to come and share their ideas, and to hold them accountable and question them. And that's a great service to the state of Minnesota, so we appreciate sincerely and genuinely all that you do.”
- Governor Tim Pawlenty, October 16, 2003
"Last year, 30 percent of our business came from TwinWest members. We received it from advertising in the TwinWest Directions magazine, the TwinWest Membership Directory and Business Resource Guide, and networking at a variety of TwinWest events."
- Steve McCulloch, Linsk Flowers
"TwinWest members work to strengthen the community and to assure economic, political and social climates where individuals and businesses can thrive."
- Peg Rasmussen, Peg's Countryside Cafe
"The exposure [The Business Bank] received as winner of "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year" award was invaluable to us. It gave us an opportunity to share our story with a very broad business audience."
- Kerry Ness, The Business Bank
"AmeriStar believes strongly in the purpose of the chamber and the role it plays as an advocate of small business. TwinWest also is an excellent platform for marketing, and it offers programs that allow us to give back to the community."
- AmeriStar Agency, Inc.
"TwinWest offers a variety of programming opportunities that our company takes full advantage of. Specifically, the Legislative Breakfasts and Business Council meetings provide excellent venues to connect with the key community and business leaders who drive public policy in the communities we serve."
- CenterPoint Energy
"Get involved and stay involved. We are very supportive of TwinWest through sponsorships, advertising, and time, but we are very aware that we get back as much as we give."
- Citizens Independent Bank
"We are a member of TwinWest to stay connected to the local business scene. There are a variety of programs that provide our team opportunities to meet the leaders in our business community and stay in touch with current issues."
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place
"Our founders put an office in Southdale nearly 50 years ago “because that’s where the people are.” We are involved in the chamber because we recognize that is where the businesses are. We believe the best relationships are those that connect us to the community."
- Larkin Hoffman Attorneys
"TwinWest is an advocate for business and the voice of business in government. The opportunities provided to members to grow their business and improve their communities parallel the goals of Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company. The involvement in community organizations, the interaction with legislators, training programs for young entrepreneurs, and open networking opportunities are just some of the reasons our firm belongs to the TwinWest Chamber."
- Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP
"We belong to the TwinWest Chamber to support the Chamber in spreading its message about the benefits that businesses provide to the community. We also maintain contact with other TwinWest Chamber members for our mutual benefit. The Chamber contacts help to keep me informed about community and business issues, and to be able to participate in those community and business issues."
- Medard B. Kaisershot
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