Gathering our Community

Signature Chamber Events

Chamber Hosted Events

We host annual signature events with the support of our local businesses. All events allow our members the opportunity to attend, sponsor, network, and have a good time. Events will follow COVID safety guidelines and restrictions that are applicable at the time.

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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. 
(218) 822-7119

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Celebration of Leaders

Originating in 1999, we are proud to have more than 400 graduates from our Leadership Experience program. Our Celebration of Leaders event celebrates the induction of the graduating class of the Blue Ox Business Academy’s Leadership Experience Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact Paula Chapulis.
(218) 829-2838

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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.
(218) 692-4027

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Eggs & Issues

Connect with area legislators and get up to date on the most important issues facing our business community. Come ready to ask questions and learn more about our legislative priorities, which are shared by more than 40 Chambers of Commerce statewide.

For more information, contact Colleen Dols.
(218) 822-7107

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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.
(218) 829-2310

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Crosslake St. Patrick's Day

Crosslake Saint Patrick’s Shenanigans might just be the most fun you’ll ever have (well, without an actual parade). Gather your family and friends to take part in the Lucky Leprechaun Amazing Race! You’ll have 48 hours to visit businesses, answer trivia questions, take awesome pictures, funny videos and win fabulous prizes!

We’re encouraging businesses and residents to get your green on and decorate your businesses and homes!  It just could earn you a Yardi Pardi trophy and bragging rights for the next 365 days!  Let’s have some fun in Crosslake March 12-13, 2021.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto.
(218) 692-4027

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Everything Expo (POSTPONED)

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. 
(218) 822-7119

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b2b Showcase - business made social

Let’s reconnect and do business at the NEW b2b Showcase, a special members only event in the spacious Cragun’s Sports Centre! Shine a spotlight on your business and show off your latest products and services. It’s time to get out and network again! Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar in a fun themed lounge area. 

For more information, contact Sue Galligan. 
(218) 822-7119

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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. 
(218) 822-7119

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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 Sue Galligan. 
(218) 822-7119

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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 Sue Galligan. 
(218) 822-7119

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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. 
(218) 822-7119

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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.
(218) 692-4027

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NOVEMBER 17, 2022

Celebration of Excellence

This annual event celebrates the accomplishments of the Leadership Experience graduating class, the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award recipient, the Business Excellence Award recipient, and the Business Legacy Award recipient. This is the Chamber’s biggest night and event highlight of the year.

For more information, contact Sue Galligan. 
(218) 822-7119

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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. 
(218) 822-7119

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