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The Ely Chamber of Commerce serves Ely, Winton, Babbitt, Embarrass, Isabella and associated unincorporated areas as a chamber of commerce and visitor center.  Thousands of visitors stop in at the Chamber of Commerce office for information on area attractions, businesses and events.  We also support our community by serving as an information hub – and if we don’t know the answer to a question, we will do our best to find someone who does.   

The Ely Chamber Of Commerce’s operating budget is funded through voluntary investment by its members. We do not receive funding through the City of Ely, the Tourism Bureau or Lodging Tax dollars.  We value our member’s investment in the Chamber and work hard to maximize each membership dollar.  Membership dues are used for operational costs, training opportunities and new business initiatives. 

 

Our Events & Promotions Committee is a very active and creative part of the Ely Chamber of Commerce.  This hard working group of business owners and managers oversee the Blueberry/Art and Ely Harvest Moon Festivals, Tuesday Nite Live and other Chamber promotions.  Both of our festivals generate funds used for our promotions, sponsorships and new events.  No membership monies are used to support the Merchant Committee activities. 

 

The Chamber’s calendar year is from July 1st through June 30th, however, membership applications are accepted year round.  Your support and membership in Ely’s Chamber of Commerce will help us accomplish the goal of sustaining a strong and vibrant business community. If you have any questions or concerns about the Chamber, please feel free to call the Executive Director, Eva Sebesta, at 218-365-6123. 

 

YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK:

  • Serves as a combined Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
  • Supports and promotes the Ely area business community
  • Prints and distributes 50,000 Ely Area Vacation Guides
  • Funds the Passbook to Savings Coupon Book
  • Provides assistance to those seeking a vacation/getaway
  • Maintains www.ely.org that provides free listings to our members
  • Hosts the central community calendar at www.ely.org
  • Makes available a prospect list of referrals to our members
  • Is designated an “Explore Minnesota Affiliate Travel Information Center” by Explore Minnesota 
  • Staffs the Chamber office year-round with two full-time and four part-time employees
  • Organizes the two largest art & craft festivals in the area
  • Maintains a close working relationship with Explore Minnesota and governmental agencies on all levels
  • Assists with the coordination of Ely area events which bring people into the community.

 

HISTORY:

The activities of the Ely Chamber of Commerce actually began with the formation of the Business Men’s Association in 1908. Concerns at that time focused on retail trade, industrial development, taxes, roads, and public health. A standing tourist committee was appointed in 1911 and the Ely Commercial Club developed in 1916. The Chamber of Commerce’s present constitution and bylaws were adopted in 1959. The organization is of nonprofit status and is comprised of businesses, institutions, professionals, clubs, organizations and individuals. The organization operates year round with a seven member board, an office staff of three fulltime and three seasonal, and 250 members. 

 

HOW IS THE CHAMBER FUNDED?

The Operating Account – operation of the organization – payroll, building, supplies, equipment, etc. is funded primarily by our membership. 

The Promotional Account – driven by projects that fund themselves – Blueberry/Art Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, “Smile, You’re in Ely,” Vacation Guide, etc. 

The Projects Account is funds which have been dedicated to specific future projects – capital funds. 

CALL 218-365-6123 FOR AN APPLICATION OR WRITE: 1600 E. SHERIDAN ST. ELY, MN 55731 

 

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THE ELY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

Our mission and purpose is to “lead a thriving, sustainable economic community through leadership and advocacy, strategic partnerships, career development of its workforce and, business diversity and leadership.”   

 

THE ELY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPONSORS AND/OR CO-SPONSORS:

Blueberry Art Festival, Ely Harvest Moon Festival, Smile You’re In Ely, Passbook to Savings Coupon Book, Chocoholic Frolic, Tuesday Nite Live, Business Appreciation Day, Shop Ely 101, Northwoods Medallion Hunt, City Wide Rummage Sale & Business Crazy Days, Holiday Parade & City Tree Lighting Ceremony, Snowmobile and Ski Trail Grooming, Flower Baskets, WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, Ely Winter Festival, Ely’s All Night Graduation Party, Ely Fun Run Snowmobile Ride, Loony Day and Ely Winton Historical Society History Nights and many other area events. 

 

I BELONG TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BECAUSE:

  • I realize that in unity there is strength.
  • It is the best medium for serving my community as a whole.
  • I believe in the future growth and progress of my city.
  • Its only qualification for membership is good citizenship.
  • I want to work with my fellow businesses for the common interest of all.
  • I want to benefit by their concerted planning, counseling and action.
  • It is a clearinghouse for business information, business service and community effort.
  • Membership pays a high rate of interest in service, personal contacts, and community betterment.
  • As both a visitor center and chamber it provides a wide range of support to the business community with minimal operating costs.

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