As stated in our Mission Statement, “The River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau works together to connect, promote, and support its members to further enhance the local economy and cultivate a sense of community.” The following benefits and opportunities align to fulfill this mission.
Business Breakfast: The Business Breakfast is a great way to meet local business people and Chamber Members from throughout the community! These breakfasts are held multiple times a year and the speakers provide useful information on a variety of topics. With just over an hour out of your morning from 7:30 - 9 a.m., attendees have the opportunity to make long lasting business connections. For a $15 fee, a delicious hot breakfast is served and you can see for yourself what a great opportunity education and networking can be.
Chamber Coffee: Chamber Coffee is held from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber office the third Friday of each month, excluding the summer months of June, July and August. This is a time for casual networking over a steamy hot cup of coffee, while attendees have the opportunity to provide a brief update on who they are and what is going on within each other’s business. This event is free for Chamber Members.
Business After Hours: Business After Hours is the premiere networking event for business professionals, giving you the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while learning about other local businesses. It is a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources. Business After Hours events take place on a quarterly basis from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in a location designated by a sponsor company. This event is free for Chamber Members.
Downtown Retailers Group: Each month, downtown business representatives meet at Bo’s ‘N Mine from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month to network, share information regarding their business, discuss common challenges, and seek opportunities on how collaborative efforts can improve our downtown community. This event is free for Chamber Members.
Chamber Golf Classic: This annual event is the perfect out-of-office outing for Members to enjoy a day of golf while doing business on the green. Attendees enjoy lunch and dinner, 18 hole scramble golf, opportunity to win great raffle prizes and more. Click here to learn more.
Annual Awards Banquet: With over 240 Members in attendance, this event is the premiere networking event of the year. Each year highlights a theme with fun ways for attendees to interact, enjoy a delicious dinner, celebrate various Members’ success during an awards ceremony, and the passing of the gavel for our Board of Directors. Click here to learn more.
Community Business Expo: This event provides a great opportunity for businesses to further promote their business locally to the River Falls surrounding community and to other local businesses. In addition, this event also provides a FREE and fun activity for families to enjoy with their children during the fall/Halloween season. With a number of vendors choosing to dress in Halloween fashion, many families enjoy trick-or-treating at the various booths, creating an enjoyable atmosphere for a fun day of business networking. Click here to learn more.
Various Committees: Work side by side with other Chamber volunteers on special committees. Each event, program, and board relies on a passionate and energetic group of volunteer individuals across various sectors of Membership. Contact the Chamber to learn more.
St. Croix County Chambers Business After 5: Each year, Chambers throughout St. Croix County combine resources to host a regional networking event. This evening social mixer provides an opportunity for Members to expand their networking into neighboring communities.
Business/Visitor Referral Service: Members are always referred first and foremost. Each year the Chamber receives thousands of calls and e-mails. Referrals of Chamber Members are given to tourists, inquiring businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, those interested in relocating to the River Falls area, the business community and the general population (all potential customers).
Website: The Chamber website is the number one source of information about doing business in or visiting River Falls. Members are automatically included in a web-based database that can be searched several ways. This site also contains comprehensive community and tourism information, as well as searchable event guide. Listing business and community events on our calendar is a great way to provide enhanced visibility. From the Chamber website, direct Member website links are also available for the an annual fee of $35 for a basic link or $60 for the enhanced link, which includes 25 words of text on search results, bullet points, maps, pictures logo, etc.
Membership Directory: Annually, 400 Membership directories are distributed to existing Members as well as relocation and visitor information requests.
Membership Mailing Labels: Advertise special events or promotions to your fellow Chamber Members by having access to over 300 Chamber businesses with ready to use labels for a low fee of $50.
Electronic Newsletter: Each month an electronic newsletter is distributed to Chamber Membership, reaching over 700 readers. The newsletter covers various topics and upcoming events in the River Falls area. Each edition features a Community Events and Business Brief section that is available for Members to highlight special events and announcements FREE as part of their Membership. Full page color inserts are also available to Members for $100.
Email Blasts: Regular updates are distributed via email to over 700 member contacts. Sponsorship opportunities are available each week for Members to promote their special occasions, sales, or other business events for a low fee of $50.
Event Sponsorships: High visibility and advertising value is offered to Members who sponsor Chamber activities; Business Breakfast, Chamber Coffee, River Falls Days, Bacon Bash are just to name a few. As an event sponsor, the member’s business name is prominently displayed and promoted. Click here for the full listing of our 2016 opportunities.
Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breaking: These ceremonies increase the visibility of new businesses. Provided for free to Members, these events also provide extra business exposure and Chamber media coverage.
Community Guide: This is a comprehensive guide to the community for both visitors and residents looking for information about River Falls. Members are often featured in this useful guide resource. Over 3,000 are distributed annually to regional Chamber and City offices, post-secondary schools, financial institutions, real estate offices, plus various hotels/motels, restaurants, service stations, rest areas and in all convention, tourist and relocation packets.
Visitor “Experience River Falls” Brochure: Members focusing on tourism are featured in this brochure and distributed both electronically and in print as a welcome guide to our community. This brochure highlights many of the great things to do, see, stay and visit while in River Falls.
Discounted Advertising: Current Members receive a 10 percent discount on various Special Print Publications and NEW Members receive a New Business/Member Print Package Discount - $125 Value, both available through RiverTown Multimedia.
Membership: For simply being a Chamber member, your return on investment will astonish you. As a River Falls Chamber Member, you automatically receive all of the following benefits, no effort required.
- Business directory listings, brochures displayed in Chamber office display racks, Membership decal, monthly newsletters, weekly e-blasts, use of meeting room and equipment, and opportunity to promote your business through testimonials.
- Remember, these are only the benefits of Members. Imagine what your business can achieve by being ACTIVE.
Chamber Checks: Available in $5 increments to Members, community, individuals and businesses. This ‘money’ is in the form of a check and can be spent at any Chamber Member location. They are often used as a bonus/incentive by companies, as a gift, or for prize drawings and contests. Each year over $14,000 flows through River Falls’ merchants in the form of Chamber Checks and keeps spending local.
Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day: Legislative conversations are held each February in Madison at Wisconsin’s State Capital. This event is a collaboration of business, industry, civic, education, and government leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.
Government Relations: The Chamber works to strengthen the local economy and create jobs, as well as inform and educate Members about issues impacting the River Falls business community. Staff also assists Members in bridging the gap on local, regional, state and federal regulatory levels.
Maximize Your Membership. Held quarterly or by request, these fast-paced, informal, FREE workshops are open to all current and potential Members. Topics include: website opportunities, sponsorships, networking options, marketing ideas, and more. The Chamber is committed to making sure you are getting the most of your Membership dollars. Check the events calendar for upcoming orientations.
Resource Center: Information resources are available at the Chamber – examples include a community calendar, local and area phone directories, clubs and organization brochures, local and state maps, regional visitor information, educational opportunities, etc.
P.A. System and Additional Equipment: Chamber Members have access to use of our sound system, coolers, tents, cooking roasters, tables, etc.
Meeting Room: The Chamber offers its conference room for use to Members upon availability. Please call ahead to schedule.