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North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce Closes After More Than 30 Years

Jan 13, 2019 07:30PM ● By Wendy Erlien
After more than 30 years in operation, the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce decided to close at the end of 2018.

The NHACC, located in Osseo, served businesses, civic, and education communities in Maple Grove, Osseo, Brooklyn Center, and Brooklyn Park. 

 “NHACC’s Executive Committee and Board became aware of the Chamber’s cash flow problem in early October 2018,” NHACC Board of Directors Chairperson James Snoxell wrote in an email to Maple Grove Voice stating the committee and board “needed some time to assess the situation, confirm the causes and significance of the problem, and bring the situation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.”

By late October 2018, the board decided to close the chamber.  

“Closing NHACC was a painful decision for the Chamber’s Board, and we deeply regret having to take this action,” Snoxell wrote in the email.  “Local Chambers of Commerce are increasingly under pressure as changes occur in our business communities, and NHACC was pursuing several initiatives that had great potential for well serving the needs of the Chamber’s members, businesses in the Chamber’s footprint, and the communities we were serving. Unfortunately, the Chamber simply could not afford to hire a new Executive Director after Steve Erickson passed away and continue operations while those new programs took root.”

During its last year of operations, nearly 300 businesses were members.

"The city of Maple Grove is grateful for the many opportunities and events the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce offered over the years," Mayor Mark Steffenson shared in an email statement to Maple Grove Voice. "Chamber leadership was always enthusiastic in their support of the members, and the organization played a vital role in the business environment of the four member cities -- Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Osseo."

Nearby I-94 West Chamber, the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, and the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce, all offered to “extend membership to NHACC members honoring the balance of their present NHACC membership,” according to Snoxell. 

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