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Our Partners

BizRecycling partners with local chambers of commerce, business alliances, and economic development authorities who help us educate and connect businesses to BizRecycling resources.  

As the local, trusted source of business information for their members, our Partners are able to effectively connect businesses with our free recycling resources. These resources add value for their business members and help to protect our environment for the long run. Our partners directly reach nearly 2,500 businesses in the East Metro.

The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce serves the cities of Cottage Grove, Newport, and St. Paul Park. The Chamber’s Mission is to advance the economic well-being of their members and promote a positive business climate throughout the region by applying the leadership resources of private enterprise.

The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will offer Lunch and Learn sessions and other meetings where BizRecycling information will be made available to attendees. There will be two community events where BizRecycling representatives will be available to meet business leaders and answer questions about the program. One is the Spring Showcase, where BizRecycling will have a booth. The other is the annual golf tournament, where BizRecycling representatives will be on hand to chat with golfers.

The East Side Area Business Association (ESABA) is an organization committed to providing meaningful connections to their diverse business community. As a collaborative partner in the East Side Enterprise Center (ESEC), they are able to connect local businesses with resources and tools so that they can not only be active citizens, but also experience business growth. Members are dedicated to the development of the East Side and support one another by sharing their unique perspectives and various talents.

As a BizRecycling partner, ESABA is reaching out to its members, with a focus on businesses that sell food. With participation from the local businesses, ESABA is exploring a buying cooperative for sustainable to-go packaging. This cooperative will making the transition to recyclable, compostable or reusable materials easier for member businesses.

The East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC) is a 40 year old locally governed community development corporation (CDC), whose mission is to foster a safe, diverse and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create affordable housing and support commercial development.

ESNDC is partnering with the Payne Arcade Business Association to educate 200 businesses on St. Paul’s East Side about waste reduction and recycling practices in the workplace. They will promote BizRecycling and work to increase awareness of waste issues for member businesses. Outreach using free technical consultants will create a positive change in habitual and externally-driven behaviors.

The Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization representing business and industry, working together to advance the economic well being of its members and the community. The Chamber serves businesses in the greater Forest Lake Area, including Forest Lake, Wyoming, Scandia, Columbus, Stacy, Lent, and Linwood.  Membership is composed of nearly 200 local businesses of all sizes.

For more than 50 years, the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has united businesses and professionals dedicated to the ongoing support of business activity, economic development, and civic advancement of the Forest Lake area.

The Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will build visibility for BizRecycling through a coordinated marketing and public relations campaign. This includes monthly stories and information in Chamber newsletters, postcards, and webpages. The Chamber has developed two “Chamber U” educational sessions and various other speaking engagements, including a business round table, to promote BizRecycling. The Chamber has also developed a recognition program to feature businesses in the area that have successfully implemented or improved recycling programs.

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a statewide membership-based nonprofit organization whose headquarters are located in Minneapolis. An ethnic/membership-based Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), it is certified by the US Department of Treasury and by the MN State Council of OICs and OIC America as an Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC).

LEDC will develop direct individual business owner outreach and education, which has been proven effective with Latino-owned businesses. The LEDC recognizes the need to develop strong community-based personal relationships (both residential and business sectors). It’s important to engage with business owners in events and activities and participate in community events such as Cinco de Mayo to strengthen and educate on recycling efforts. The LEDC is partnering with the East Side Enterprise Center to target other non-Latino businesses in Ramsey and Washington counties.

The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) is a dynamic network of businesses and individuals organized to deliver economic opportunity for its members. More than 1,200 Twin Cities companies of all sizes and industries, as well as not-for-profit and government organizations, belong to the Chamber.

For more than 150 years, the Chamber has served as a gateway to business advantage. Through exceptional events and powerful advocacy efforts, the Chamber gives members a significant edge in a competitive marketplace.

SPACC will host industry specific BizRecycling town hall forums targeting over 1,200 member businesses in the East Metro. SPACC will feature BizRecycling speakers at these meetings. SPACC will also create a “Green Business of the Year” Award. The Chamber will create a new annual award to honor a small-to-medium size business member that has displayed excellent achievement in sustainable practices.

The City of Shoreview’s Economic Development Commission has programs and resources to help retain, expand and recruit diversified business development which provides varied and broad job opportunities for the purpose of maintaining the community’s high quality of life. They work to build strong and effective relationships with the local business community and facilitate networking opportunities for local businesses through sponsored events.

The City of Shoreview’s Economic Development Commission will arrange a networking and information session to allow businesses to interact with BizRecycling representatives. The Commission will also visit area businesses in person to inform them about the BizRecycling program. In addition, the Commission will create localized marketing materials highlighting area success stories and benefits of the BizRecycling program.

The Stillwater Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) is an Independent Business Association that showcases the locally-owned home-town businesses that are essential to the economy and give Downtown Stillwater its character. IBAs work to build vital local economies based on independent, locally-owned businesses and help local entrepreneurs compete successfully against chains, online competitors and others. IBAs unite locally-owned independent businesses, citizens and community organizations to achieve this goal.

SIBA successfully completed six presentations: four coffee-hour sessions and two after-hour sessions that brought the local business community together and offered a forum for questions and dialogue on recycling issues and practices. SIBA also presented to local Chambers of Commerce, Lions Clubs and Marina Associations about the importance of recycling and the free resources available through the BizRecycling program. SIBA is now partnering with the City of Stillwater in addressing downtown waste management practices and promoting the BizRecycling program through regular City mailings.

The Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) is a private, non-profit organization established to further economic development in the City of Vadnais Heights and the northeast metro area. Unlike most economic development agencies, the VHEDC is independent of any governmental entity.

The VHEDC is comprised of local business leaders who are focused on creating new job opportunities, retaining existing jobs, and expanding the tax base of our area. Businesses invest in the organization both with their financial commitment as well as service on committees.

VHEDC will be adding a Recycling Recognition Award, having BizRecycling sponsor the Annual Report and Dinner. Working closely with BizRecycling, organized events will include a Business Appreciation Event co-hosted by the City of Vadnais Heights, with MN Waste Wise presenting at this event. Each month there will be a Business Mixer, and prior to each of these meetings, there will be a Pre-Mixer Round-Table session with a BizRecycling representative.

The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest business organizations in the Northeast suburbs. The Chamber represents nearly 400 businesses from a wide variety of industries. The Chamber was established in 1923 under the name “White Bear Businessmen Association.” In 1994 the name was changed to the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce.

The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce serves the following communities: Birchwood, Dellwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North Oaks, North Saint Paul, Vadnais Heights,White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Willernie.

The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with the City of Maplewood to organize a Green Business Expo. BizRecycling will be extensively promoted to the entire Chamber membership of business and community leaders in Ramsey and Washington Counties. The City of Maplewood will help outreach to several hundred businesses in Maplewood.

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of local businesses organized and committed to promoting Woodbury’s economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests.

The chamber serves as a business advocate and representative on legislative and regulatory issues. They provide recognition of educational achievements through providing scholarships to deserving students from local area high schools.

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce joined BizRecycling as a partner in 2017. The Chamber is raising Woodbury’s sustainability profile. Through learning sessions, business meetings and community events, members are learning about the BizRecycling program and hearing stories from successful local businesses. Members are educated and encouraged to implement sustainable changes that create positive impacts for their business, the community and our environment.

The St. Paul Saints are a professional baseball team, and a member of the North Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Saints have put environmental responsibility at the forefront of their organization, including hiring a Sustainability Coordinator whose sole focus is on maintaining and improving the recycling and energy efficiency programs at CHS Stadium.

BizRecycling originally provided technical consultation to the St. Paul Saints in 2014 during the design phase of CHS Field and the first season of play at the stadium in 2015. This included an analysis of the new ballpark design plans, working with the organization to identify how to implement recycling and organics diversion programs, and how to set up vendor contracts for those services. The Saints received a BizRecycling Grant that paid for all of the facility’s back-of-house compost and recycling containers, as well as an initial supply of compostable bags. On opening day, the facility boasted state-of-the-art waste reduction, recycling, and composting recycling initiatives. In their first season, the Saints achieved close to a 50% recycling rate and are working toward a 90% recycling rate. With up to 7,000 fans attending every game, the educational reach of the Saints’ programs will go far beyond the walls of CHS Field, making waste reduction, recycling, and composting fun for the whole family.

Learn more about becoming a BizRecycling Partner here.

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