WELCOME to the Minnesota Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.

The Minnesota Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest is dedicated to encouraging, extending and promoting trade, commerce and investment between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Minnesota. The Minnesota Chapter is the local representative of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest). With six main locations throughout the United States, the German American Chambers of Commerce are an integral part of the global network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad.

Our membership organization offers companies and individuals direct access to the German-American business community. Our network provides a valuable platform to meet peers and customers, create and maintain business ties and spread the word about your business to a select audience.

Frequent our events; leverage your company in our Chamber publications or make use of our numerous resources and services designed to set you up for success in the American market.

Chapter Announcements

A Word from the Director                                                                  

Dear Members and Friends,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce Midwest, MN Chapter.  

In August 2015, the Minnesota Chapter elected a new president, Jim Schollett, CFO of Leaf Industries. On this occasion the GACC would like to thank Lübbert Kruizenga for his many years of service as it's president. This is most certainly an incredibly exhilarating time for the GACC, as we begin a new chapter in our story. I am honored and excited to be a part of it and have the privilege to help build and lead this organization.

I have been serving as the Executive Director since October. In my role as ED, I look forward to engage with each of you and grow the number of members who will help further our mission of promoting business between Germany and Minnesota. In addition, working closely with the Board of Directors, it will be my goal to assist in the creation and promotion of events pertinent to our organization and create opportunities for growth and education. 

My background and experience that I bring to the GACC is varied and extensive. I have worked as an independent office contractor and event organizer for the hotel industry in Germany, Switzerland and Austria since 2008 and recently returned to my home state of Minnesota after spending over 25 years overseas, where I also performed as a jazz pianist and singer. I speak fluent German and as my work brought me to all areas of the Germanic countries, I have experienced the various cultures first-hand.

I encourage your involvement and welcome your ideas as well as your continued financial support. Please feel free to contact me with your comments, suggestions or desire to participate. I look forward to working alongside of you to make GACC Midwest, MN Chapter successful and strong.


Karen Develle
Executive Director


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DEinternational, the consulting department of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, offers a wide range of services to assist German and US companies in their efforts to expand internationally. Our team has years of experience in both countries, and we can put our expertise to work for you.


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