The mission of the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing leadership to coordinate, support and promote the business interests of our membership.
The Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will be the recognized leader of the business community by providing value through member benefits, quality programs and political leadership resulting in a solid return on investment for our members.
When lumbering was the only industry in northern Wisconsin, Chippewa Falls was the headquarters with the “big mill”. The mill was the very beginning of Chippewa Falls and after surviving floods and foreclosures, the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company mill was the largest sawmill under one roof in the world.
Visitor Center c. 1950
With the lumber industry came the businesses needed to provide the essentials to the workers. As the lumber industry dwindled in the early 1900’s, the future of business in Chippewa Falls looked a little bleak. There were an industrious group of men essential to the cities progress.
These men formed the Progressive League to focus the town’s new direction aimed at keeping the center of business activity in Chippewa Falls. Their first priorities included securing rail service for the community and arranging trips to Minneapolis and Chicago to recruit business. To become a member of the league, members were asked to stand and pledge, “I hereby subscribe myself as a member of the Progressive League of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and promise that I will at all times be true and loyal to the interests of Chippewa Falls, which interests I will in every way possible endeavor to promote. I promise to cheerfully and promptly do any reasonable work assigned to me by the president and council of the League, and further promise to pay the sum set opposite my name in the book, monthly, for a period of two years for the support of the League and its work.” The Progressive League motto was “We Help Those Who Help Us”.Now 100 years later, that organization continues and has evolved from the Progressive League to the Chippewa Falls Commercial Association in 1919 into what is today the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
This marks the first time in the Chippewa Falls history that a "New" Chamber office was built. We are proud of our new facility and would like to thank all our members that donated to this beautiful building that will be here for generations. This is a prime example of "Doing things most people think just happen".