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Forums & Roundtables

The Chamber hosts monthly meetings for multiple sector groups. Each Forum and Roundtable group comes together to discuss the topics, issues, and challenges they face in their businesses. Forums and Roundtables provide ideal places for networking and support.

Hospitality 1st Roundtable

Hospitality 1st Roundtable is a standing group of businesses and organizations who represent the hospitality sector, primarily hoteliers. They convene hospitality sector business leaders to discuss industry trends, share best practices, training events, and work collaboratively to develop strategies that support the hospitality sector's success in the greater Rochester area. This Roundtable is chaired and co-chaired by industry representatives who are responsible for identifying topics, recruiting speakers, and leading the meetings. The Hospitality 1st Roundtable meets every 4th Thursday of the month. Questions? Email Cherie Thurlow at

11.11.2021 - Hospitality 1st Roundtable - Destination Medical Center (DMC) Updates

WE Forum

The WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Forum was launched to provide free educational programming for women who are running a business, as well as those who are seeking to start a business. The idea started as a partnership between Saint Mary's University and the Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI). Since then, the Chamber, Collider, SCORE, and Rochester Women Magazine have also become partners. This partnership is indicative of the desire and commitment of all of these organizations to support new business start-ups and ensure they have the right training and networks to succeed. Meetings are hosted by Christine Beech, Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at St. Mary's University Rochester, MN. WE Forum meets every 3rd Thursday of the month. Questions? Email Cherie Thurlow at

10.21.2021 - WE Forum - Taking Your Business to the Next Level

This was an In Person workshop only. There is no recording, but check out the slides below with some very helpful information.


No November WE Forum

The next WE Forum will be on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm. We will kick off the E1 Expo at the Saint Mary's University Rochester Campus at Cascade Meadow 2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901


Women's Roundtable

The Women’s Roundtable is a standing group of women in business and females in leadership roles that meet to develop supportive relationships and networks with programs that are driven by the needs of the group. This Roundtable provides a small, safe environment for women to: practice and refine skills, discuss the challenges specific to women in positions of leadership, learn together, and empower each other to grow and take risks. The Women's Roundtable is chaired by a local female business owner and meets every 3rd Friday of the month. Questions? Email Cherie Thurlow at

11.19.2021 - Women's Roundtable - Alissa Moe, Business Banker with Bremer Bank


Transportation Forum

NOTE: The Transportation Forum is currently postponed until further notice due to COVID-19

Transportation Forum is a monthly meeting hosted at the Chamber covering infrastructure and public works plans, projects and developments, with a specific focus on the potential for disruption and minimizing the impact on area businesses. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting -- if the content is relevant to you and your business planning, make sure to join us on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7am. Questions? Contact the Chamber by emailing

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