MN Chamber of Commerce

MN Chamber of Commerce

2013 Business Day at the Capitol

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Name: 2013 Business Day at the Capitol
Date: March 13, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Advance your priorities face-to-face with legislators. Join your peers from across the state as we lobby with one voice on the issues that will help strengthen the business environment to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

Full Event Registration: $75 per person
Lunch Only: $45 per person

Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront
Great River Ballroom  
11 East Kellogg Boulevard  
St. Paul MN 55101

9:00 a.m. Registration Open/Networking and Coffee & Rolls. 
Plenty of time to arrive, park and register before the morning sessions begin. Registration remains open through lunch.

9:30 a.m. Optional Preliminary Session: Lobby 101: How to be the most effective advocate for your issues
This breakout session has become very popular over the past two years, so we are opening it up to all attendees who might be interested in a little refresher course before heading up to talk with legislators. Laura Bordelon, senior vice president, advocacy, for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce provides a great overview for the novice to the experienced.
10:30 a.m. Welcome & Key Messages for 2013 Business Priorities
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson will welcome the group and an update on the progress of 2013 Business Priorities: education and workforce, spending and tax reform, health care, energy, environmental regulations and election reform will be provided. Attendees will receive written materials outlining each priority.

11:00 a.m. Business Keynote Address: The Importance of a Great Business Climate
Hear from Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO, Polaris Industries, as he shares his views on Minnesota's business climate as well as concerns about Governor Dayton's proposed budget and the impact it will have on one of the state's largest manufacturers.
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Luncheon Address from Governor Mark Dayton
Governor Mark Dayton will address the business community at this annual event. The Administration’s update on the progress of the session as well as the business communities’ priorities is anticipated. There will be time allotted for audience questions.
12:45 p.m. Board buses to the Capitol
No need to worry about where to park around the Capitol! Transportation to and from the Capitol is offered to all guests. Simply board the bus immediately after lunch and be dropped off in front of the Capitol steps in time for your pre-arranged appointments.

1:15 - 3:45 p.m. Appointments with Legislators
The Minnesota Chamber staff works hard to ensure appointments for attendees with as many legislators as possible on this day. Pre-set appointment cards will be handed out at registration based on participant requests when reservation is made.
3:45 p.m. Buses Return to the Crowne Plaza
Buses will pick up where they dropped off earlier in the afternoon. A 10-minute trip will bring you back to the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
New this year! We want to know how your day of lobbying went, so stay for a refreshment and some camaraderie while sharing your success story of the day. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

Contact Leah Tomasetti at or 651-292-4669 with questions or to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for full list of opportunities.

Sponsoring Organizations


AGC of Minnesota
Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association
NAIOP Minnesota

BOMA Greater Minneapolis
Insurance Federation of Minnesota
Kwik Trip, Inc.
Metalcasters of Minnesota
Minnesota Shopping Center Association
Northern State Bank

Minnesota Wire
Minnesota Grocers Association
MN Retailers Association
National Federation of Independent Business / MN
White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce

Participating Chambers of Commerce
Austin • Bemidji • Bloomington • Brainerd Lakes • Burnsville • Cloquet • Dakota County Regional • Duluth • Eden Prairie • Elk River • Faribault • Grand Rapids • Hastings • Hibbing • I-94 • International Falls • Lakeville • Litchfield • Marshall • Metro North • Minneapolis • Monticello • Morris • New Ulm • North Hennepin • Owatonna • River Heights • Rochester • Shakopee • St. Cloud • Saint Paul • SouthWest Metro • TwinWest • Waconia • Waseca • White Bear Area • Willmar • Winona • Worthington

Contact Joan Rausch at or 651-292-4654 for more sponsorship details.

White Bear Country Inn
4940 North Hwy 61
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Room rate is $99.95 for our members. Please ask for the Business Day at the Capitol block when booking a reservation.

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, March 13
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Contact Information:
Leah Tomasetti
Lunch Only - 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - $45
Early Bird Registration (prior to March 1) - $60
Late Registration (after March 1) - $75
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