Serving our Members During the Coronavirus Challenge
March 17, 2020


Valued Members,

We are facing extraordinary challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce is abiding by recommendations placed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health, which include the following:

  • The Chamber office will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 18.

  • Our staff will continue to support our members remotely. Please understand if we request meetings via email or telephone rather than in person.

  • All Chamber events will be postponed, streamed virtually, or cancelled through the end of April:

3/18/20   Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol Lobby Teams and Reception: Cancelled

3/19/20     Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol Legislative Breakfast: Cancelled

3/25/20     Chamber Skills Series “Building a Superior Brand”: Digital Offering TBD

3/26/20     Carryout Plastic Bag Fee Forum: Cancelled

3/26/20     Fuse Fest 15 th Birthday Bash: Rescheduled to September 24

4/1/20       Professional Dev. Series “Let Me Be Brutally Honest with You”: Digital Offering TBD

4/3/20       Finally Fridays Networking Event: Rescheduled – Date TBD

4/14/20     Let’s Do Lunch, Duluth with Sara Cole, YMCA: Rescheduled – Date TBD

4/15/20     Leadership Duluth Environment and Sustainability Day: Cancelled

4/21/20     Ambassador Luncheon: Rescheduled to July 21st

4/21/20     After Hours Networking Event: Rescheduled to March 2021

4/23/20     Zenith Digital Marketing Conference: Rescheduled to November 12

4/29/20     Chamber Skills Series “Do All the Things”: Digital Offering TBD


Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Our Chamber remains available to you as a resource and support during the Coronavirus challenge.

David Ross                                         Chris Johnson
President                                            Director of Marketing & Communications
dross@duluthchamber.com                cjohnson@duluthchamber.com
218-740-3751                                     218-740-3755
Business Resources

During times of uncertainty, our chamber remains committed to providing your business resources to guide you through. Visit this link for resources regarding:

  • Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
  • Local contacts for business support
  • COVID-19 information
  • Equipping your office
  • Supporting staff
  • Ensuring business operations


How can we help you and your business?

Our world and businesses are each day rapidly evolving as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Chamber is aware of the challenges you are facing. In an effort to share a message that best suits our members' unique operational needs, we ask that you tell us directly how we can help.

We are collecting information to share with community members:

  • Is your business or organization open?
  • What additional precautions are you taking to minimize risk?
  • Are you collecting donations or participating in a fundraiser to serve those impacted?
  • Are you encouraging virtual support – gift cards, online shopping, take out, etc?

Please take a moment to fill out this survey. The information you provide will be compiled and distributed via email and social media to ensure the most accurate message for your organization is relayed.


We understand needs can change daily. Please submit an updated survey should your request require updating. If you have any questions please email cjohnson@duluthchamber.com .

Time to Come Together

In a challenging time where distance is encouraged, let us find ways to come together in support of our community. It is important to emphasize that commerce must continue. These small businesses are our neighbors, friends, and family. Here are some ways you can support our community and our members:

  • Visit websites of local retailers and other businesses to determine if they remain open. Many businesses are working diligently to keep their spaces sanitized and safe.
  • Shop local stores online
  • Frequent restaurant take-out or delivery options
  • Purchase brewery, winery, and cidery take-home options (growlers, bottles, cans)
  • Purchase gift cards to use at a later date
  • Share the message to support local
  • Be present on social media, encourage our small businesses online
  • Send cards or letters to hospitals, senior living homes, and other live-in facilities who must limit visitors
  • Volunteer
  • Donate

A full blog will be shared detailing specific support for our member businesses. Let us share in our support, flexibility, and creativity as we navigate this global emergency together.