About Business Central Magazine

A publication of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Central was established in January 2000 and has been produced bi-monthly ever since. The goal of the magazine is to provide reliable local business information to companies in Central Minnesota.

Business Central Magazine is at the top of its class. Only about eight percent of all new magazines survive past three years, and Business Central is well past that mark, making us a true industry leader! In fact, our readers agree with this assessment. Our most recent readership survey shows that since our inaugural issue in January 2000 we have seen a steady increase in the length of time our readers spend looking at the magazine, the percent of the magazine they read, and the number of people they share it with.

As the original business publication of Central Minnesota, Business Central Magazine is often imitated, but never duplicated. Our focus is on the business people of Central Minnesota – the faces and the voices that make this a great place to live, work, and do business. We continue to grow by adding fresh editorial content and creating innovative advertising opportunities that work for businesses in Central Minnesota.

Associate Publisher



Associate Publisher Wendy Hendricks has primary responsibility for advertising   sales and magazine revenue. Wendy has a degree in communication arts from Hamline University. She has over 15 years of experience in the advertising and publishing industry and she is the owner of her business, Hendricks Marketing. Except for the first two issues, Wendy has been associated with the magazine from the beginning. She can be reached at 320-656-3808 or whendricks@BusinessCentralMagazine.com
 

Managing Editor



Managing Editor Gail Ivers is also vice president of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. Gail is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with majors in mass communications and marketing and a Masters Degree in training and development. She has been with the Chamber for over 20 years and was part of the team that launched Business Central Magazine in 2000. Gail can be reached at 320-251-2940, ext. 109 or givers@StCloudAreaChamber.com

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce exists to create, enhance and promote a healthy business environment for its members. The Chamber provides services to business throughout Central Minnesota, with the major focus on the St. Cloud metropolitan area, including the cities of St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Joseph, and Waite Park. Two division of the Chamber -- Sauk Rapids and Waite Park – serve the specific needs of businesses in those communities. In addition to Business Central Magazine, the St. Cloud Area Chamber produces a number of other business publications. For more information, visit www.StCloudAreaChamber.com

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