Gathering our Community

Signature Chamber Events

January - November

Business After Hours

Business After Hours (BAH) are hosted at Chamber member locations the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (January – November) from 4:30–6:00 p.m.

One of the many benefits of being a Chamber member is the opportunity to network member-to-member. Many business deals have transpired because of the opportunity to interact, exchange information and develop professional relationships. BAH helps make the face-to-name connection while giving the opportunity to shake a fellow business representative’s hand in greeting.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

February

WinterFest

Looking for old-fashioned winter fun? Head to Winterfest in Crosslake.  A Lost Medallion Hunt, sledding, skating, an ice carousel, and horse-drawn wagon rides provide hours of fun. Stop in local businesses to warm up and get free soup as part of Soupfest.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto: Cindy@Crosslake.com (218) 692-4027

March

Eggs & Issues

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For more information, contact Colleen Dols: Colleen@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7107

March

Bridges Career Day

Finding skilled workers is one of the toughest challenges facing our members today. Partnering with 28 regional high schools and dozens of Chamber members, we organize interactive business tours, classroom speakers, internships, and a variety of courses featuring real world experiences. With our flagship Career Exploration Day every March, we welcome more than 2,500 students to Central Lakes College for a spectacular learning event that helps students choose their career pathway.

For more information, contact Mary Gottsch: Mary@BridgesConnection.org (218) 829-2310

March

St. Patrick's Day Parade

If you haven’t experienced Crosslake’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ve been missing out. One visit and you’ll see why it was voted the best parade in the state (WCCO-TV’s Viewers’ Choice for Best Parade in Minnesota). The community rallies around this high energy event.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto: Cindy@Crosslake.com (218) 692-4027

March / April

Everything Expo

We’re partnering with Hubbard Radio to host the region’s largest trade show. This exciting 2-day event is open to Chamber members who want to exhibit their businesses to over 4,000 visitors. The Everything Expo is open to the public and has everything that you want, all in one place.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

June

Sporting Clays

Take aim at the annual Chamber Sporting Clays event hosted at one of our local hunting preserves and gun clubs. Network with other Chamber members in a fun, competitive setting. Sign up as an individual or as a team.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

July

Stars & Stripes Days

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days. Trailside Park will be buzzing with food vendors, music, games, a parade, and fireworks. Spend 4th of July in Pequot Lakes.

For more information, contact Katie Wassermann: Katie@PequotLakes.com (218) 568-8911

July

Bean Hole Days

Join in the historic Bean Hole Days, which dates back to 1938. City bankers asked local farmers to come to town for the day, and they served the farmers beans that baked underground overnight. Today, Bean Hole Days is a reminder and celebration of the city’s history.

For more information, contact Katie Wassermann: Katie@PequotLakes.com (218) 568-8911

August

CHamber Golf Classic

Enjoy a day on one of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s championship golf courses at the Annual Chamber Golf Classic. You’ll spend the day on the greens networking with your peers. The Golf Classic is a scramble format. No matter your skill level, you’re guaranteed to have fun.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

September

Crosslake Days

Attend Crosslake Days the end of September for this fun family event. The crisp fall air is the perfect backdrop to cool the heat of the chili cook-off contest. You’ll find shopping deals from local businesses and other activities all around Crosslake.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto: Cindy@Crosslake.com (218) 692-4027

November

Celebration of Excellence

The annual Celebration of Excellence celebrates the accomplishments of Leadership Experience, Business Award recipients, and Destination Downtown business challenge winner. This is the Chamber’s biggest night and event highlight of the year.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

December

HOliday Extravagnaza

The annual Business After Hours Holiday Extravaganza will get you in the holiday spirit at the beautifully decorated Town Hall at Madden’s Resort. Chamber members, you can showcase your business to over 450 attendees. The Holiday Extravaganza is open to the public and is the social event of the season.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan: Sue@BrainerdLakesChamber.com (218) 822-7119

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