Manufacturer Host After Hours
Manufacturer Host After Hours
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Industry to Host Business After Hours Tonight

Join the Chamber along with Sputtering Components for Business After Hours tonight Tuesday, October 26th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at 375 Alexander Drive SW, Owatonna.  Community Pathways will be in attendance to give an update on their building addition and capital campaign.  
**Please park and enter around the back of the building (Visitor Entrance).  Any overflow parking will be on the side of Alexander Drive**   Prize Drawing is at $150 in chamber dollars!  No registration needed.

Explore MN Brand Reputation Survey Results

Key Findings: A majority in most markets have a favorable impression of Minnesota and just over half are likely to visit the state for vacation, particularly those residing in the Midwest.
Explore Minnesota partnered with Weber Shandwick and KRC Research to conduct a survey of prospective travelers from key markets on current attitudes toward traveling to Minnesota.
The research findings will be used to deepen understanding of travelers’ opinions toward taking a vacation in Minnesota in 2021-2022, to identify the impact of the events of 2020 (including COVID-19 and civil unrest) on travelers’ perceptions of Minnesota, and to identify top attractions/travel categories to promote via ongoing earned and paid media.

Team Build a Float, Promote Your Business

The Lighted Holiday Parade will be held on Thursday, December 2nd starting at 6 pm.  Parade line-up starts at 5 pm on Front Street near elevator.  Entry deadline is Wednesday, November 24th with an entry fee of $25 per entry.  Contact Julia Seykora, for additional information.  
2020 DECA Team

Connect with Business Students DECA 

The 2022 DECA Distirct 1 Conference is scheduled for January 7, 2022 at Christian Family Church, Owatonna.  We are looking for your help once again! If you are able to help, click the link HERE and you will be directed to the 2022 volunteer form.  Any questions, contact Scott Pierce,

Politics-Free Office-Is There Such a Thing?

Since the rise of social media, businesses have had to contend with increasing distractions in the workplace. Now with increased remote working, the line between personal and professional lives is getting thinner and a politics-free-office may seem almost impossible to achieve. The situation worsens around inaugurations and other election-related events when workers can have disparate opinions about a given topic.
In the past, it may have been recommendable to leave your political views back home for a politics-free office, if there is such a thing. Here are some insights into office politics and how to navigate the tight line. FULL STORY

Road Progresses Downtown

-As the N. Cedar streetscape project continues, look for this weeks upcoming work:
         300 Block 
  • Concrete - typically will take between 7 and 14 days before it can be driven on. Please do not enter the contruction area until road is open to traffic
  • Contractor is planning to construct the concrete curb and gutter within the Peark Street intersection
    200 Block
  • Installation of the sanitary sewer manhole within the Vine Street intersection is anticipated (this may require a bypass pump on Broadway ST and will cause traffic changes within the 100 block for one day)
  • Contractor plans to connect the watermain within Vine St and storm sewer installation on the south half of the block is anticpated to follow

Looking for Trick or Treat Information?  

The Chamber Community Calendar is a great way to be informed on community events like Halloween Trick or Treating!  If you have community events you would like to share, please send your information to

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.  

Meet & Greet Governor Candidates

The Steele County Republican Party invites you to a Meet and Greet the Governor candidates on Tuesday, November 2, at the Owatonna Country Club from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Four of the Republican Governor candidates have confirmed they will be attending.  Advanced sale ticket price is $20 and available at 

ZERO-COST Employee Benefit Offered

Have you heard of Owatonna Fitness and Wellness Center?  No? Well you’re missing out!
Combined with Fresh Cafe, it’s the talk of the downtown!  BONUS - we have programs to offer your employees FREE /discounted memberships!  A GREAT, ZERO-COST employee benefit! Email Reagan West (owner) at to start!

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