I return from these events reinvigorated by all the ideas being used by towns across the state to attract visitors. What works to attract visitors also works to attract new businesses, employees and residents. This idea was confirmed in the presentation by Adam Sacks, founder and President of Tourism Economics and is something the chamber is working toward for Granite Falls.
Explore Minnesota also offers co-op advertising rates that any business can take advantage of, stop into the chamber office for more information or check out the industry section of their website http://www.exploreminnesota.com/industry-minnesota/. The Granite Falls CVB takes advantage of Explore Minnesota's annual tourism grant that funds almost half of advertising dollars spent to promote our town. The chamber and CVB are members of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association, a branch of Explore Minnesota. This organization promotes the southern part of Minnesota with print, online and e-mail marketing strategies. Many types of businesses can have a free listing on Explore Minnesota's website. Stop into the chamber office for help setting up your listing.