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Filling Jobs Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

Workforce development is an important issue for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Ensuring that area employers have access to qualified, talented, and motivated employees is crucial and will ensure that our region remains competitive and continues to experience economic growth. The Chamber takes a two-pronged approach to workforce development: short-term strategies and long-term strategies. See below for more information on both approaches, including tools, information, and resources.

Business Development Exchange (BDX)

The Business Development Exchange (BDX) event series is a new program with the goal of connecting Chamber members with content experts to share best-practices and resources that address a variety of business goals and issues. From HR and cyber security, to workplace design and marketing strategies, this series provides a great opportunity for business owners and operators to share ideas with one another and leave with applicable tactics to try in their own organizations.

For more information about Business Development Exchange (BDX), please contact Kali Aldrich or call (507) 424-5665.

STEAM Summit

A cornerstone workforce development program of the Rochester Area Chamber is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/design, & Mathematics) Summit. This long-running summit draws more than 1,800 middle- and high-school students from schools across Southeast Minnesota to engage with employers representing 50+ various industries and sectors. The goal of this event is to connect employers with students to demonstrate - through hands-on, interactive exhibits - career opportunities and skill pathways. Interested in exhibiting or bringing your students? Please contact Ally Sheehan or call (507) 424-5687 for more information.

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.

For more information about Women's Roundtable, please contact Cherie Thurlow or call (507) 288-1122.

To see recordings of Women's Roundtable during COVID-19, visit the Chamber's YouTube Channel HERE.

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