Local chamber of commerce sees new leadership

Bilyeu-Anderson elected president

The St. Anthony Area Chamber of Commerce recently shuffled its leadership. 

As of last month, the volunteer-run organization, which seeks to support and promote local businesses, has a new president and board members.  

Samara Bilyeu-Anderson took on the role of president last month. She is an account representative at Lillie Suburban Newspapers, the publisher of the Bulletin, and has been involved in the Chamber for about four years. 

She began as a general member, but with her history of enjoying more involved roles in organziations, she said she jumped at the chance to serve on the Chamber board of directors and has been serving in that capacity for two years now. She was named vice president last year, and only recently elected president.

Bilyeu-Anderson grew up in International Falls and double majored at St. Cloud State University, studying advertising and creative writing. 

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. 

One of the changes she was quick to implement, she said, was trying to make the Chamber more member-friendly as far as scheduling goes. Instead of having one meeting each month during a Tuesday lunch hour, she said there needed to be more flexibility so people with conflicting schedules could benefit more from their Chamber membership. 

For example, now there will be a morning coffee get-together in May, an after-work networking session in June, and a luncheon with a speaker in July.

Bilyeu-Anderson said the Chamber will continue with its goal of supporting its membership, which includes approximately 60 businesses, organizations and individuals from St. Anthony Village and New Brighton, as well as from Minneapolis, Columbia Heights and Roseville.

“We try to actively help the business owners and individuals in our community and support their businesses in networking and learning opportunities, and in promoting their businesses to folks in the community,” she said. 

Bilyeu-Anderson and her husband, Nick, have lived in Columbia Heights for 15 years. They have a 6-month-old daughter. 

The new vice president of the Chamber is Stephanie Lacika of Keller Williams Integrity Realty. The other board members include Mike Petersen, Jennifer Gaveske, Wendy Webster, Tom Miller, Natalie Fox and William Huesonica. 

Kelly Salseg is the executive director, which is the Chamber’s only paid position.

The Chamber can be found online at www.saintanthonychamber.org and on Facebook. 


Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at @JPooleNews.

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