Chamber addresses conflict resolution for manufacturing leaders

A learning opportunity specifically for those in the manufacturing business will help employers learn how to navigate employee conflicts.

The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Jan. 22 cohort style session at Connexus Energy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will include a session presented by Karen Black of Insight Edge, followed by direction on moving forward.

According to the chamber, this is a structured process that will help businesses successfully address and resolve conflict. According to a Fortune Magazine survey, employee disputes consume 20 percent of a top executive’s time.

There is no charge to attend and the session is open to all those in the manufacturing sector, not just chamber members.

This is part of an initiative started by the chamber three years ago to better serve the manufacturing business community, said Pete Turok, executive director of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We realize that some of the benefits the chamber offers don’t really matter to them,” said Turok. “We hope they walk out of the thing with something that will help their manufacturing business.”

In response, a group was formed to target the chamber’s manufacturing contingent.

Turok said it is one of the few chambers in the country that acts as an advocate for manufacturing businesses, addressing issues unique to that particular workforce.

To date the chamber has around 15 to 20 manufacturing businesses, many of whom are members not because of specific benefits to their business but for the greater good of the community, he said.

“They talked and we listened, this is the result of that,” said Turok.

There are upcoming sessions planned on topics including the current state of manufacturing in the region and business performance, all specifically tailored to issues faced by manufacturing businesses.

For more information or to register visit or contact the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce at 763-421-7130.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]