Pine City Business Survey 

Last week members received a notification for an Economic Impact Survey for the Pine City Business Community.  In order to minimize our survey requests this year, we worked with the City of Pine City, Pine City EDA, Pine County, and Pine County Fair Board to combine two different survey projects into a single survey tool.  

The survey will be open through August 30th and we are seeking input from all local restaurants, retail stores, hair salons, lodging and entertainment venues in the area. See the article and link below for more information. 
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey:

Welcome New Member!
Spahr Mercantile

Located at 15864 Cross Lake Rd, this store features quality fabric for crafters, quilters and seamstresses. Look for classes for all ages this fall and spring, plus sewing camps in the summer!

Spahr Mercantile also has an online store available on their website at:

3rd Thursday Chamber Networking
Thursday, August 17th at Noon

This month's Third Thursday Networking will be held on Thursday, August 17th at Noon. All are welcome for this one-hour networking session. Enjoy lunch from Mylie's Catering Service along with a featured presentation from Central MN Jobs & Training Services*.  Rebecca Perrotti will present information about programs available through CMJTS for employers in the region. Additionally, Rebecca will share information about Human Resource networking groups for small employers to gather knowledge from others working in their field. 



Register Now for this month's session:


August Chamber Networking Event


* Speaker change from our initial invitation sent last week

Member News: Memorial Blood Centers
Tuesday, August 22nd

The next Pine City Community Blood Drive  will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd in the Walmart parking lot. 

Member News: Zion Lutheran Church hosts Cornfeed
Saturday, August 19th

Community members are invited to Zion Lutheran Church this Saturday for the 1st Annual Cornfeed event.  Advance ticket discounts are available at The Flower Box, Cabin Coffee's or Church office.  See the flyer below for more details or call 629-3683.

Dementia Friends Champion Training Offered
Wednesday, August 30th

As part of the ACT on Alzheimer's Pine City project, a training will be offered in Mora and Pine City later this month for anyone interested in becoming a Dementia Friends Champion.  The training will provide you with the knowledge and skills to lead a Dementia Friends Information Session with other community members.  Learn more or register using the flyer below. 

Old Hwy 61 Coalition plans "Junk & Treasure" Event

The Old Hwy 61 Coalition welcomes you to the first "Junk & Treasure" Road Trip.  This event has been developed as part of our mission statement to promote and preserve Old Highway 61 within Carlton, Pine and Chisago counties.  

Eligible vendors for this event:
  • Must be located within Carlton, Pine or Chisago counties.
  • Preference for vendors that have a location along the Old Hwy 61 corridor.
  • We are seeking vendors with unique items, vintage collections, repurposed furniture and thrifty finds to be a part of this trip down memory lane.
  • Event is limited to the first 30 vendors to submit this form and their $25 registration fee.
UPDATE:  The first 15 vendor slots have been filled, please contact us today to get signed up for your spot.  

Get more information or download a registration form for this event HERE.
Greater Pine Area Endowment - Next Grant Cycle
Applications Due August 31st

GPAE has announced the second round grant cycle for 2017.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is Midnight on Thursday, August 31.  

The Greater Pine Area Endowment Fund was created in 1992 as a component fund of the Initiative Foundation to develop community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area.  The GPAE funds have been established to provide financial resources for the needs of the greater Pine area within the physical boundaries of the Pine City School District 578. 

The grant funds can be used for economic or community development projects.  For economic development projects, funding will be considered for projects that lead to quality job creation or high tech employment.  Projects that promote community pride and quality of life through environmental stewardship and community beautification would be considered under the community development category.  The GPAE will also consider proposals that positively impact the housing, safety, employment and other needs of the more vulnerable members of the community including youth, the elderly and those who are low-income.

The online grant submission process hosted through the Initiative Foundation can be accessed through the GPAE website at .  Online submissions are due by Midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Becky Schueller, Executive Director  
Office Phone: 320.322.4040
Open weekdays - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM