Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Chamber and Small Businesses Push for Date Certain Full Open

Brad Meier, President
Minnesota businesses – especially small businesses like Sollid Studios, Sparetime Entertainment and Old Town Bagels (video links on right) are already operating safely and have taken the necessary safety precautions with detailed, effective preparedness plans in place.  They understand the public health risks associated with COVID-19 and want to do their part to help slow the spread.
Knowing when business can fully reopen or increase customer capacity on a specific date would allow all businesses to prepare for more employees to return and to make customers aware of new best practices to promote a safe environment.
Now isn’t the time for weekly “turns of the dial.” Let businesses continue to do what they’ve been doing for months – responsibly protecting employees and customers. Small businesses need decisive action in order to ensure their long-term survival and that starts with a June 19 reopening date in Minnesota. 

Local Businesses Receive First Grants 

The first grant applications were reviewed and awarded this week (Awards happen weekly)!  Grants provided to: Kleckers Kreations, Limberg Productions, Owatonna Fitness Center, The Music Space of Owatonna. 
In-Kind Donations to: Sparetime Entertainment, Steele County History Center
Can Your Business Support With In Kind?
Please complete this short form to indicate any goods or services your business is willing to donate free-of-charge to small businesses in Owatonna who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  Your information will be listed on the OACCT website as a resource to eligible businesses.  

$10K Advance from SBA Are Back

The Small Business Administration on Monday announced all small businesses could again apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans — as well as free $10,000 advances regardless of the loan’s approval.

The announcement provides another lifeline to businesses suffering reduced business.
Title Sponsor: Steele Waseca Cooperative Electric 

Looking for Ways to Connect with Businesses?  Back to the 80's Chamber Golf Outing is a great spot!

The Chamber Golf event is the perfect playing field for networking, marketing and taking a break from the daily grind.  Don't miss out on this fun stress free event on August 6th!  The theme for this years scramble is "Back to the 80's".  There is a variety of sponsorships still available and Golfer Registration has begun.  Register up to 4 golfers per team.  Only a single golfer?  No worries, we will pair you up with a great team!   

Explore Minnesota Hosts Google My Business Webinar

Join EMT on Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m. CST for a one-hour informative webinar about using Google My Business to ensure your customers have the most relevant business offerings and hours information as Stay Safe Minnesota moves into its next phase.
Register Here

No Virtual After Hours Next Week, See You in July!

Virtual After Hours occured in April & May with slim attendance.  We have decided to forgo the June 23rd virtual Business After Hours with anticipated resuming to in-person for the July event.  
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.  

PPE Materials Available!

Need masks or sanitizer for your group or business - We have face masks. 7” disposable masks with ear loop, $.60 each in case qty.; also washable, ear loop masks at $2.49/ea. in case of 50.  8oz and 5 gallon hand sanitizer - available now. Contact for more information. 
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