The Savage Chamber of Commerce was established in November 1964 as a nonprofit, volunteer organization. It seeks to unite businesses and professionals and community members who are dedicated to the ongoing development and support of business activities, industrial opportunities, and civic enhancement of the Savage area. The Chamber offers its members a variety of events and programs that offer networking, training, and social opportunities throughout the year. In addition to its involvement with local businesses and government, the Chamber works directly with the community in a variety of ways.
The Chamber serves as a primary source of information for residents and businesses. The Chamber plans significant community projects and events including; Dan Patch Days, Home Garden & More Show, DoggiePalooza, Dan Patch Golf Classic and many more events throughout the year. The Chamber has over 235 members, represented by over 400 individuals from local businesses, education, government, and other various affiliations.
The Savage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1964. Our mission is to actively promote the growth and interests of our business, professional and community members in a fiscally responsible manner.
El Bosque founder Katie Moras is a licensed Minnesota Spanish educator who has taught junior high school Spanish for six years. Although Señora Moras greatly enjoyed working with teens, she saw how many struggled to learn a second language—and how easy it was for her own very small children to learn Spanish with her at home.
In earning her Master’s degree in second language acquisition, Katie focused her thesis work on the ability of young children to effortlessly excel in second language learning, and the seed for El Bosque Encantado was planted. Since the day they opened, they have nearly tripled in size.
Her parents knew from a young age that Spanish would be a large part of her life when she met two exchange students from Guatemala. After traveling to Guatemala, Katie fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. Although she majored in Spanish in college, teaching wasn’t a major focus then, but it is where her journey led her.
Katie taught junior high school Spanish for six years. She greatly enjoyed working with teens, however she saw how many struggled to learn a second language—and how easy it was for her own very small children to learn Spanish with her at home. She named her Spanish immersion preschool after the rainforests in Guatemala that she fell in love with at a young age. El Bosque Encantado (pronounced el boh-skay en-cahn-tah-doe) – The Enchanted Forest.
She has spent an extensive amount of time in a wide range of Spanish speaking countries including Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Mexico, Spain and Puerto Rico and hopes to visit every Spanish-speaking country worldwide. She is passionate about offering the opportunity for young children to effortlessly excel in second language learning.
Katie’s friends describe her as compassionate, gracious, and dedicated. You might not know her well or see her at a lot of chamber events, but that’s because she is behind the scenes wiping noses, drying tears, tying shoe-laces. Please congratulate this year’s 2016 Business Person of the Year, Katie Moras, owner of El Bosque Encantado. Congratulations Katie!