Dedicated to the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, May, 5, 2020
May Press Releases

-Climate by Design International is pleased to announce new Supply Chain Manager hire

-Fareway supports small businesses by providing donations to local chambers

-Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) is one of hundreds of local nonprofits participating in #GiveAtHomeMN

-Little Theatre of Owatonna (LTO) announces its 2020 Veta Alexander scholarship

-Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards relief to child care providers

-United Way of Steele County is pleased to announce its next President

-United Way of Steele County providing printable poster for Minnesota 2-1-1 service - post at  your business

President Updates
By: Brad Meier, President/CEO

The State of MN is now projecting a $2.4B deficit a nearly $4B change from February.
Also announced today elective medical and dental procedures starting next
  • Thank you to Viracon Employees Club for allowing club members to select gift certificate options at a reduced rate.  Viracon picked up the difference with 1/3 of employees selected Chamber Gift Certificates (pictured).
  • How to Safely Return to Work and ReOpening Business resources are on our COVID-19 page at
  • On April 23, 2020 Steele County Commissioners approved property tax relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read complete press release here.
  • Congratulations to Senior Marcus Andrist from receiving the 24th Annual Ted G. Ringhofer scholarship in partnership with TPS Insurance and OACCT Ambassadors.
  • Construction to resume on Oak and Cedar.
  • Highway 14 motorists will see detours starting on April 27th.  Read about the project here.  

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we would like to share the love by promoting what your local business is offering.  If you have a photo you’d like us to share on our facebook story, please place it in the comments below. 

Is Your Business Interested in Hosting a Summer Intern (paid or unpaid)?

Now is a great time to offer and introduce a returning college student an opportunity within your company!  If you would like to share and get your internship marketed to this specific population of students, send them to Workforce Coordinator, Anisha Zak,   

If you have any other hiring needs within your organization geared towards current high school students, feel free to send those as well.

Lastly, Signing Day 2020 will take place!  Just not in person this year.  We would love the opportunity to connect a graduating Senior who plans to enter the workforce full-time, directly to your business. If you are willing to offer these students a full-time job, connect with Anisha ASAP so we can find you the right fit!

Honor National Travel & Tourism Week with a Virtual Road Trip

This Tuesday, you’re invited to take a #VirtualRoadTrip across America to highlight the destinations, small businesses and attractions that make up America’s Spirit of Travel. The Virtual Road Trip is just one of many ways to honor National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 3-9. Get more information and the full schedule for the Virtual Road Trip.

In Minnesota, statewide tourism generates $16 billion in gross sales, while tourism advertising provides an 18:1 return on investment for state and local taxes.

U.S. Travel Presents Industrywide Guidelines to Reopen Travel

Together as a travel industry, and with counsel from medical advisors, U.S. Travel Association has put together a "Travel in the New Normal" document in collaboration with the travel industry and signed by vertical trade associations representing thousands of organizations that comprise the entire travel industry.

First Quarter Lodging Performance Reveals Initial Coronavirus Impacts

Latest Industry Survey Reveals Accumulating Losses, Provides Direction for Explore Minnesota Support!

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.  

Free Virtual Lunch and Learn

Join Kurt Halverson with HomeTown Credit Union for another FREE virtual Lunch and Learn Friday, May 8 from 11:00 am to noon! Guest Melissa Kuhl from Bakity Bakehouse and Fare for All in Faribault will discuss stretching your food budget and family fun cooking activities!
Register here:
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