Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November Member Press Releases

-Brick-Meger Funeral Home announces staff addition 
-Hill Bros. Transportation announces changes to driver pay
-Little Theatre of Owatonna (LTO) announces cast for "A Tuna Christmas"
-Souba Greenhouse announcing Christmas Season opening & Black Friday products
-Steele County Highway Department annouces Oak AVE closure November 3rd
-Steele County Historical Society announces Christmas in the Village events
-Steele County Public Health announces Community-Wide Free Testing Event. Announcement available in English, Somali and Spanish
-Tri M Graphics has CHANGED the date of their open house to Saturday, November 7
-Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity with a big $100,000 announcement involving Daikin & CDI.

Employee Has Covid, How Do I Handle it?

An increasing number of questions are coming in to the Chamber from employers dealing with workers who have covid or think they might have been around someone with covid.  What do you do?
Luckily, you're not the first to deal with this scenario.  Every business has differences to their plans, but here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

Top Diversity & Inclusion Resources for Employers

Business leaders are having more open conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
While this isn’t novel, the spotlight on racial, gender and other biases has rejuvenated talks about increasing workplace diversity and equal opportunities.
The goal is to create a workplace with open communication channels that allow all employees can express their opinions and concerns. This is precisely what chambers of commerce like us seek to achieve.  FULL STORY

President Updates:

By:  Brad Meier, President/CEO  

New Member Orientation Scheduled!

The Chamber will be hosting New Member Orientation on Tuesday November 10th at 8am. It will be done virtually of course!
Just click on the Zoom link to join the meeting. The Chamber staff will be there and you’ll learn about the Chamber, benefits of your membership, networking opportunities, events and more. There will be time for questions and you will get to meet other new Chamber members. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on the 10th!
Join Zoom Meeting

United Way to Host November After Hours at Torey's Restaurant  

Join the United Way of Steele County and the Chamber for November Business After Hours starting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 17th.  Location will be at Torey's Restaurant and Bar, 208 N. Cedar AVE, Owatonna.  

Join us on December 4 to CRUISE Downtown Owatonna!

We may not be having a holiday parade this year, but the Owatonna Business Partnership is planning a holiday cruise!
Join us on Dec 4th to cruise downtown Owatonna!  While you're at it, you can vote on which business you think has the best holiday decorations!
More details, including cruise route, to follow.

Are You Curious about YPro?

Young Professionals to host a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, November 12th from 12 - 1 pm.  This would be a great opportunity to check out some of the education, community service and socials events!  Check the Young Professionals events page by clicking HERE.  

H/R Updates

-OSHA Clarifies COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
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.  
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