Marriott Courtyard-Hear From Developer
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Business Community Looking for Reopen Plan from MN; Plus Businesses Still Left Waiting on PPP Conformity

Businesses are now asking, where’s the plan for the next steps of reopening? 
With all the tools in place, it is reasonable to ask, how will you keep moving past the restrictions? 

Businesses have made the economic sacrifices you’ve asked of them: shutting their doors, limiting customers and enduring incredible financial losses.  Some businesses have shut their doors forever and others are teetering on the brink.   They’ve had the gut-wrenching decisions to lay off employees and figure out how to implement new safety features.  READ Full Letter to Gov Walz.
  • Last week the MN Senate passed legislation that would provide tax conformity on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Thank you to Senator Jasinski for supporting the measure.   The MN House and governors office have NOT signaled any movement to provided this needed relief to business.  
  • New business openings mostly went into effect yesterday, March 15.  Click HERE to view the Executive Order and a summary of impacted businesses. 
  • Steele County grants have been announced, See Who Got What.
  • Will you be a Owatonna High School graduate this year? Do you have an Business or Business related focus?  Applications are being taken for the Ted G. Ringhofer Memorial Scholarship in partnership with North Risk Partners -TPS Insurance and the Owatonna Chamber Ambassadors.  Deadline for submission is on or before April 2, 2021.  You can find the application at OHS Career Center or by clicking HERE.  

Torey's to Host March After Hours

Join the chamber and member restaurant Torey's Restaurant & Bar at Business After Hours on March 23rd at 5:30pm.  All members invited to participate, no pre-registration required.  Program to begin at 6pm.
Mac Hamilton, owner Hamilton Real Estate talks about the new Marriott Courtyard that will start construction spring 2021 (click image)(5:52).

Downtown Thursdays Back in 2021

Downtown Thursdays – a monthly summer evening of Fun, Friends, Music, Food, and Shopping in Downtown Owatonna – is back for 2021!  Event dates are June 3, July 1, and August 5th.   Interested in partnering with the event?  Click on the link for sponsorship opportunities.  Contact Shirley, Mainstreet Director for more information at   

Piepho Roofing - Honesty, integrity, and expertise

Need roofing for your home, business, or commercial property? James Piepho and Piepho Roofing Inc. has you covered! Piepho Roofing Inc. has been serving Owatonna and greater-southern Minnesota for over 14 years. They pride themselves on delivering unparalleled service with honesty, integrity, and expertise. Their ‘A+’ rating by the Better Business Bureau is a testament to their many years of quality service. Read full blog story HERE.

Minne-Road Trip headed to Iowa Sports Show

Minne-Raod Trip partners spent their first weekend in over a year at a Sport Show in Cedar Falls this weekend.  People are very excited to travel and discover places closer to home now that things are opening up!   

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Apply Today – Deadline March 31!
Community Bank Owatonna is participating in the SBA PPP loan program for small businesses.  No matter where you bank, we will help!  Visit our website at for more information and applications, or call (507) 455-2265 and ask for Steve, Jeff, or Tim.  Member FDIC.

"How To Effectively Market Your Business in Today's Challenging Times"

Adams Publishing is hosting a FREE educational event next week for small/medium businesses featuring APG Digital Specialist Michael Martoccia.  Michael shares his experience with local business leaders throughout the United States and consistently has great reviews from event attendees.   Click HERE to register.
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