Celebrating Spirit of Owatonna Friday
Celebrating Spirit of Owatonna Friday
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Newest Starbucks Cuts Ribbon

Chamber Ambassadors visit with member business, Owatonna Hy-Vee Food Store-Starbucks Coffeehouse, 1620 S. Cedar in Owatonna, to congratulate the business on its recent addition. Beth Smith is the Starbucks manager, Justin Lewer is the Hy-Vee Food Store manager.

Annual Meeting to Feature Business Leaders & Spirit of Owatonna Awards 

How does the virtual event work?  First, register for the event, on Thursday afternoon, you'll receive the link to the event.  On Friday evening (1/29) at 5:30pm, log in using the link and password, you're in.  
Thank you to Headline Sponsor, Culligan ULTRAPURE!
Headline Sponsor

Have You Heard? County Grant Progam is Live

Steele County Economic Relief grant dollars application is now LIVE.  Any business or non-profit 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 complete the application.  

Urgent Tax Fix Needed by Law Makers 

An immediate need this session relates to tax forgiveness of PPP loans.   Minnesota does NOT automatically conform to federal tax law changes so state legislation must be passed to ensure the forgiveness loans are not taxed in Minnesota and the deductibility of those expenses allowed.  READ MORE
Unless Minnesota acts, these forgiveable loans will be taxed Minnesota.  Check out the United for Jobs flyer urging action. 
'Businesses push for tax fix for PPP loans' in the People's Press? (Subscription needed)
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.  

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 www.cbowatonna.com for more information and application forms, or call us at (507) 455-2265 and ask for Steve, Jeff, or Tim.  Member FDIC.

Stimulus Package - What's In it for Your Business (Plus: How do grant programs impact taxes?)

Join the Chamber and CLA for a free webinar on the Stimulus Package and how it impacts your business and your taxes on Thursday, February 4th; 8:00 - 9:00 am via ZOOM.  Once registered, you will receive the link to view the webinar. 
No Cost for members to participate, but please register.

Educating on Financial Wellness is our Philosophy Core

For 46 years, HomeTown Credit Union has been a staple of customer service and financial education in our communities.  From its humble beginning in the basement of the Owatonna Tool Company, HomeTown Credit Union has grown to support over 19,000 members throughout the counties of Dodge, Rice, Steele and Waseca.  Read Full member Spotlight story HERE.  

The 2021 Visitor Guide Advertising Opportunities 

As the only publication of its kind in the community, the official Owatonna Visitors Guide is dedicated to promoting tourism in Steele County. The annual, complimentary Guide helps visitors plan their trip and serve as a resource while here.
If you are interested in this great opportunity, please review our flyer.

Downtown Streetscape Meetings-Your Input Requested

ISG has been engaged to assist with the project which consists of North Cedar Avenlue streetscape improvements focused on the three blocks between Central Park and Rose Street. 
Informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd offering two sessions at Torey's Banquet Hall - second floor (208 N Cedar Ave). 
RSVP's are required and masks will be enforced upon entry with hand sanitizer available.  Click HERE for additional information & registration.  

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