February Networking Luncheon

The February Networking Luncheon was amazing!

Our survey showed attendees would love more time to network and socialize AND hear speakers without feeling rushed, so we had our first lengthened, 90-minute luncheon this month!

There was chittering and there was chattering while we registered and then a quick ice-breaker/speed networking activity. We switched nametags and you had to locate the person to whom your nametag belonged to and ask each other questions. It was fun to watch the buzz of conversation in the room.

Staying right on track, we had a delicious pasta meal from Tailgaters as we listened to updates from the chamber, schools, city and county.

We proudly introduced our featured business of the month: Neighborhood National Bank. Eric, Joe and Peggy gave us information about their role at the bank, the services they provide and shared their pride in their work. You can read more of their story in THIS blog post.

As our caterer of the month, Kathy, highlighted Tailgaters as being the place to go for great food and live music & entertainment.

Sami Peluso of All Things Social was our featured speaker and provided an excellent presentation on how to take your social media game to the next level and how to utilize your DM’s or direct messages to make connections with potential clients and customers.

Lastly, it is always interesting to hear what our #businessfamily is up to – we reserve 1 minute to the first 5 people to sign up and give us an update, a humble brag, promote an event/sale or just tell us about their business.

Then, we get to giveaway great door prizes to our luncheon guests given to us by our members and attendees.

We hope you join us next month where lunch is better when it’s shared with like-minded professionals and making connections!

January Networking Luncheon

Nothing will help build a stronger business better than relationship building. Building these partnerships through our networking luncheons reduces your marketing and advertising costs and expands your reach. A networking luncheon supports the leadership position you want to establish and is almost unlimited in the potential for new ideas for working together in your community!

This month’s luncheon was a fantastic one! We went to the North Branch Area High School and our meal was served and catered by the ProStart Program and culinary students. It was so deliciously good! The students served frozen hot chocolate in a mason jar, a Caesar Salad, Chicken Alfredo and for dessert, a scoop of ice cream drizzled in chocolate and caramel sauce over a warm, soft cookie.

Right!?  I KNOW! Your tummy is grumbling now.

We had the opportunity to network and socialize with business leaders around us while we ate and listened to updates from the chamber, schools and the county.

The second half was getting to know Superintendent and EDA Chair: Sara Paul a little better. She spoke about her family and explained both hats she wears while serving our community. We heard from the Sunrise Elementary Principal Taylor Swanson and City EDA Director Jason Ziemer. We were introduced to NBAHS Senior  Amelia Bjerketvedt, elected to state DECA president and her accomplishments. And rounded out with an explanation of the ProStart program from Principal Clint Link and Instructor Hannah Rawleigh.

At the end of every Luncheon, leaders are allowed a 1-minute highlight of their business and often bring in a door prize of branded items, gifts or gift cards to share in a drawing.

We hope you will watch our website and emails and join us for the February one!

Thank you Sara Paul and the Culinary Students for an excellent meeting!



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Meet Your New Board Members in 2024

Introducing our new president who succeeded the chair from Past President Frank Gomes, Christina Huesman of Anytime Fitness!

I’m Christina Huesman the Chamber Board President for 2024. I’ve been on the board for a few years. We struggled a bit through Covid & it’s aftermath but are excited for what the future holds for our North Branch Chamber. We have an opportunity in 2024 to expand & make some changes to see the Chamber thrive.
I have been with Anytime Fitness for 7 ½ years. My husband & I have been married over 30 years & have 3 sons & a daughter-in-law. We will be grandparents to twins next summer. So excited for that chapter in life!!
If you have suggestions or want to be an active part in the Chamber’s growth reach out to myself or any Board member.
My contact information is:
email: christina.huesman@anytimefitness.com
office phone: 651-674-0580

Hello everyone,

My name is Nathan Keech. I own a marketing agency called Kreativ HQ. We specialize in brand and logo design, as well websites, hosting, video production, and online marketing that grow businesses. We’re headquartered out of the Twin Cities, but have a base of operations here in North Branch, where I live with my wife Amber, and daughter Julia.

I am excited to serve on the board of directors (again)! I’m confident that my experience with other Chambers will help with the re-building process. I am passionate about seeing our businesses thrive because it is the life-blood of our community. Therefore, my focus and goal as the newly appointed Chair of the Luncheon Committee is to grow these events back to pre-pandemic levels.

I share a common passion and zeal that other board members do, and that is to make the North Branch Chamber of Commerce the strongest and most highly sought after business organization in our county. We have a lot to do, but together, we can make 2024 a stellar year!

Email: nathan@kreativhq.com


Hello! My name is Nick Hammond, I am a commercial banker at Frandsen Bank & Trust. I grew up on Rush Lake (Stanchfield, MN) and attended Braham High School. I then attended Bemidji State University, graduating in 2016 with an accounting degree. I have been in banking for almost 8 years, and enjoy building relationships with new and existing clients to the bank.

I joined the chamber because I see an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing community. I believe I can help the chamber board by originating new ideas, and participating in some of the housekeeping work that’s currently without someone to be accountable for. I am hoping to get to know many of the business members of the community and see in which ways we can be beneficial to their business and the community.

nhammond@frandsenbank.com  612.619.3836