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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Steele County Grant Program is now LIVE!

Steele County Economic Relief grant dollars application is now LIVE.  Any business located in Steele County and faced loses due to closures are eligible.  Deadline to submit your application is Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5 pm.  
Click HERE to read the grant guidelines.
Click HERE to review the program application.  
Earlier today, the Chamber hosted a Zoom session with members, Steele County Administrator Scott Golberg and Keith Dahl, Municipal Advisor for Ehlers Public Finance Advisors.  View that meeting here.  
Headline Sponsor 

Chamber Annual Dinner-Spirit of Owatonna

Save the Date for the 2021 Annual Meeting to be held virtually on January 29th @ 5:30 pm.   A package will be arriving at your business with a special invite and gift in the next week!  Thank you to Headline Sponsor, Culligan ULTRAPURE!
Is your business interested in co-branding with the chamber event as a sponsor?  See sponsor details here.

Alexander Lumber: An Historic Story

With a rich history almost as old as the town it was founded in, Alexander Lumber has provided over 130 years’ worth of expertise and service to the Owatonna community. Embracing technology, the business had one of the first delivery vehicles and one of Owatonna’s first telephone lines. In fact, their first phone number was 61. Their first delivery vehicle has since been restored and donated to the Steele County Historical Society.  READ FULL STORY
Ty R. Silberhorn

Viracon Parent Organization Appoints New CEO

Apogee Enterprises, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has named Ty R. Silberhorn as the company's new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective January 4, 2021.
Read Full blog story HERE.

Top 4 Statewide Business Priorities of 2021  

Top 4 legislative priorities announced last week at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities VIrtual Event.  Click here to read more.

Community Bank Owatonna PPP Loan Program

Community Bank Owatonna is participating in the SBA PPP loan program for small businesses.  No matter where you bank, we are willing to help!  Visit our website at for more information and application forms, or call us at (507) 455-2265 and ask for Steve, Jeff, or Tim.  Member FDIC.
50 Words for $50
Feature a special offer, an upcoming event or company information--but it must be 50 words.  The cost to participate is $50 per week.  

Feeling BOLD during this COLD winter?

Latest Tourism Marketing Campaign is encouraging outdoor enthusiast to take a weekend trip to Owatonna!

Racial Equity Training Series COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY LEADERS Offered

Encourage your friends and/or colleagues to be a part of Cohort 2 of our Courageous Community Leaders.  
Please see the attached flyer and feel free to share broadly.  We are targeting a group of about 50 for our next cohort and have plenty of seats available.  Trainers from Minnesota State University in parnership with Owatonna Public Schools.  

SteeleCoWorks Recognized by Statewide Association

The Minnesota Association of Workforce Boards (MAWB’s) recently honored SteeleCoWorks with a 2nd Place award in the promising practice category. Workforce Development, Inc. representing the SE region of greater MN submitted on behalf of SteeleCoWorks, their partnership with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the United Way of Steele County a promising practice.

Need Additional Supplies?

If you are need of additional supplies (shop towels, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, disposable masks, fabric masks, Tyvek gloves, shields and ear savers) for your business, please make a request to the Chamber or to Shields of Steele;

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