Category: President’s Blog

Committed to strength

Fairmont Chamber President

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President A small group of us who recently changed jobs were discussing how long it takes to get settled in. The opinions varied about the length of time and after further thought, I think it has taken a full three years to wrap my head around the responsibilities of leading…

Inviting New Residents

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President America is in the early stages of a workforce shortage. US Department of Labor reports show Martin County’s Unemployment at 2.6 percent falling .7 over the last year. MinnesotaWorks.net consistently features more than 215 job opportunities within 25 miles of Fairmont. Local employers have answered the challenge by raising…

Past success, forward momentum

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President Over the last year, chief concerns among business leaders throughout the region continue to be lack of workforce, housing and childcare. We know that agriculture is the driving force of our economy. The board and staff of the chamber strive to address these concerns and more business issues through…

The new American Dream

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President Everything you have learned about traditional economy, education, workforce and shopping habits is no longer relevant without considering that the focus of the American Dream has shifted. New generations have brought on this different way of thinking about … well, almost everything! According to a 2015 US Census report,…

Sharing our values

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business climate through leadership, communication and education for its members in the greater Fairmont area. Recently, I’ve taken several “deep dives” into what our mission means and how to best serve local business. The good news is that…

Every little thing makes a difference

By: Margaret Dillard – Chamber President Readers may remember an article I wrote titled, “Four simple steps that will change the world.” I began with a scenario about my sister wiping around sinks in public bathrooms citing a mission to leave things a little better than when you find them. Since then, I have delighted…