Candidate Forum for the City of Monticello
Was held on Monday, October 19th 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry does not endorse any candidate.
The recording is now available through the following link: https://monticello.viebit.com
It’s also playing everyday at a variety of times on cable channel 12 (FiberNet & TDS) or channel 180 (Charter).
We encourage everyone to vote at their local precincts on Tuesday, November 3rd from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
COVID-19 Resources (click on each logo for more information)
Congratulations to our 2019 Business of the Year:
This year's Annual Banquet theme was Jingle & Mingle Ugly Sweater Party!
The selection criteria is the business must be a member of the Monticello Chamber, has been around for at least 5 years, has a consistency of service and/or products to its customers and community, promotes the betterment of the community as a business, encourages employees to be involved in the community and has not received this award in the past 5 years. Past 5 years winners are: 2018 RiverWood Bank, 2017 Von Hanson's Meats & Catering, 2016 Ausco Design & Marketing, 2015 Schlenner Wenner & Company, 2014 Best Western PLUS Chelsea and 2013 All Elements Inc.
Our 2019 nominees were: Foster White Insurance Agency, The Crummy Boys Shop, Monticello Community Education, Liberty Bank Minnesota and West Metro Buick GMC. Congratulations to all of the deserving nominees! We are so lucky to have such a strong business community in Monticello.
Welcome to the Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry located in Monticello, Minnesota. Monticello is conveniently located on I-94, between St. Cloud and Minneapolis, along the banks of scenic Mississippi River. Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry represents the interests of over 300 companies doing business in Monticello and the surrounding communities. Monticello is a community where we take business to heart.
The Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a Business Organization that serves to strengthen our member businesses and stimulate regional prosperity. We are not a government agency, civic or service club.
Our Mission: To continually support, serve and enhance all business sectors in the Monticello area. The Monticello Chamber strives to strengthen communication among business, industry, school, government, service organizations and area residents.
Program of Work: Member Services, Business Advocacy, Economic Development, Community Partner, and Providing the Front Door to our Community!
The Rise of Business and Culture in Wright County Minnesota-Wright County Economic Development Partnership https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMhcXc-7W0o
Monticello Royal Ambassador Program
Greetings from the Monticello Royal Ambassador Program! We hope everyone is doing well during this difficult and strange time. 2020 is definitely not going as we had planned!
As we are sure you are aware, there have been questions on whether or not Monticello, as well as our neighboring communities, will be continuing with their Ambassador and Candidate programs during these uncertain times. After much discussion, the Monticello Chamber Board decided that under the current circumstances it would be best to suspend the 2020 Monticello Royal Ambassador Program and our 2020 Candidate Experience as it is unclear at this time when things will return to any semblance of normalcy. Even though we are sad to be missing opportunities to meet and work with amazing young ladies from our community and surrounding areas, we feel this is the best and most responsible decision during the season we are currently in.
With that being said, we are happy to announce that our 2019-2020 Monticello Royal Ambassadors, Miss Monticello Lauren Pankow, Princess Myranda Turner and Princess Piper Zimmer-Gilman have graciously agreed to continue to represent Monticello and the Monticello Royal Ambassador Program until Riverfest 2021! We are unsure when neighboring community and local events will begin again but we are excited to have Miss Monticello Lauren, Princess Piper and Princess Myranda continue their outstanding job of representing our community during this time!
We are proud of our Monticello Royal Ambassador Program’s Candidate Experience and all of the educational, volunteer and fun events it entails and greatly appreciate the community members that volunteer their time to speak at or host our events every year! We do not want to shortchange our Candidates by offering only a small portion of this experience if things should open up prior to Riverfest but more importantly, with the economic situation we find ourselves in, we especially do not want to put an added financial burden on the wonderful Monticello businesses who support our program by sponsoring a candidate year after year.
With that being said, we are sorry that we will not have the opportunity to spend time with our Candidates during the Monticello Royal Ambassador Program’s 2020 Candidate Experience but we hope they will understand and join us when we begin the Monticello Royal Ambassador Program’s 2021 Candidate Experience in the spring!
Please check back here often as we will update and share pertinent information regarding our Monticello Royal Ambassador Program and announce updates regarding our 2021 Candidate Experience!!
Stay safe and take good care, everyone!!
Join us for the 2021-2022 Coronation on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm in Ellison Park (behind CentraCare).
Lauren Pankow-Lucille Murray's Studio of Dance was crowned 2019-2020 Miss Monticello. Piper Zimmer-Gilman-Schlenner Wenner & Co. and Myranda Turner-RiverWood Bank were both crowned 2019-2020 Princesses. Congratulations to all of you! Lauren, Myranda and Piper will represent Monticello now through Riverfest 2020.
Victoria Crouse-West Metro Buick GMC was recognized by her peers with the Miss Congeniality award, as presented by sponsors Monticello Women of Today and Loch Jewelers.
Save the dates:
July 8-11, 2021
Cancelled: July 9-12, 2020
Schedule of events and contacts can be found at