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Hermantown Area Chamber Launches New Small Businesses Program

Thursday, October 6, 2016  
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HERMANTOWN, Minn. (October 6, 2016) - The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is set to launch a new program with the mission to grow small businesses in the Hermantown area. Partnering with Hermantown Federal Credit Union, the program will award an enhanced chamber membership package to an area business.

“Hermantown Federal Credit Union’s niche is to provide products and services that will benefit small businesses and startups in the communities we serve,” stated Hermantown Federal Credit Union Chief Operations Officer Doug Ralston. “Our relationship is more than just an account or a loan; it’s to make sure we are a resource for growth by helping these business owners establish contacts in our community, especially with the Hermantown Area Chamber.”

“We are excited to bring this program to up and coming new businesses in our area. Creating a business climate that attracts new businesses aligns with our mission,” said Karen Pionk, Executive Director of the Hermantown Area Chamber, “Entrepreneurs place a lot of time and energy on day to day operations. With an intentional focus on small businesses, this program is designed to be more than a membership. Working with our sponsoring partner, Hermantown Federal Credit Union, we believe with their community minded focus along with the many chamber resources, the selected business will have an enhanced business growth opportunity.”


News Conference Information:

DATE: Thursday, October 6, 2016 TIME: 2:00PM

PLACE: 5094 Miller Trunk Highway (Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room)

PARTICIPANTS: Karen Pionk, Executive Director, Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Doug Ralston, Chief Operations Officer, Hermantown Federal Credit Union


About the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote and energize the business community and enhance opportunities for success. The Chamber serves as the primary advocate for business growth in the Hermantown area business community and working as partners with government and education. To join the Hermantown Area Chamber visit


About Hermantown Federal Credit Union

Hermantown Federal Credit Union was founded in the heart of the Hermantown community in 1943. We were opened to serve members of the Duluth Homestead Association and patrons of the Hermantown Community Store with members reaching 2,371 in 1965. Today, Hermantown Federal Credit Union now proudly serves nearly 20,000 members in St. Louis, Carlton, and Douglas Counties.



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