Message from After Hours Host
Message from After Hours Host
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, December 8,2020
Take-Out Challenge Is Back 

It's simple, take a picture getting takeout at your favorite local restaurant and post to this page.  We'll be giving away 3-$50 chamber gift certificates each week.

Not holding a holiday party for your employees?  Order Carry Out or buy gift cards!

Easy way to find them?  Chamber is adding member restaurant gift cards to the ecommerce site-check it out!

The Chamber is advocating the state of Minnesota provide financial relief to restricted businesses including: grants, license fee forgiveness, sales tax delay/forgiveness.  To read full letter to Governor Walz.

Local businesses need your support more than ever.  Fitness centers and studios have been restricted.  Local retail needs a big holiday season.  Find a list of local businesses.

New Generation-Same Family-Leads License Bureau

When the State’s licensing system rolled out with major problems, people were not happy.  Caught in the middle?  The locally owned license bureaus.

“The problems with MNLARs created a lot of frustration for our customers,” said Josh Randall, Owner of Randall’s License Bureau.  “We worked hard to help them through it and now the new system is starting to make the process easier for everyone.”

Josh Randall does the work.  Growing up working for his dad at Randall Electric, and then for his grandmother at the License Plate Bureau, Josh learned how business gets done.  Read full blog story HERE!

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.  

National Entrepreneurship Week 2021

Please help us nominate deserving individuals for enshrinement into the Owatonna Area Business Development Center Hall of Fame!  The nomination deadline is Monday, January 4, 2021.  National Entrepreneurship Week 2021 events will take place early next year.  Visit to learn more, review past honorees, and to submit a nomination.

December After Hours-Covid Cancel

Click Image to See Message to Owatonna Businesses from Business Host Matt Ketelsen of KOWZ & KRUE Radio.

Visit Owatonna Gets Crisis Grant

Gov. Tim Walz announced that over $1 million in crisis grants for the Minnesota tourism industry are available. Last week Visit Owatonna was notified that it was awarded $17,500 from the  Phase II Explore Minnesota Tourism Crisis Marketing Grant Program. The grant program is designed to support nonprofit tourism promotion organizations, so they can continue to stimulate travel for the economic benefit of their communities. The grant is based on Owatonna’s past consumption of the marketing programs.  Here is how awards were determined.
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