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Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019  

April Member Announcements

-Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage Real Estate announces recent licensed Real Estate Agent. 
-Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage Real Estate announced that Homeward Bound Team has been honored with Legend Award for 2018. 
-Little Theatre of Owatonna announce auditions for production of 'Once on This Island'.
-Noble RV invites the public to the 13th Anniversary Open House.
-Owatonna Foundation traditional scholarships available for Technical Careers.
-Riverland Community College's Career Exploration Day attracts 700 area high schools students to Austin Campus.
-Schilling Inc. brings Tiflex Organic Screen-Printing lnks to North America.
-Steele County Historical Society honors author of non-fiction book, Forgotten Memories of Minnesota and Steele County (2017).
-Steele County Historical Society author Barry Adams to receive 2019 Minnesota History award. 
-Steele County Historical Society offers latest pop-up exhibit, Egg-crafting: The Art of Katherine Ott.   
-Steele County Historical Society offers Mystery Bus Tour.  
-Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) invites the public to attend New Sprout! Events this spring. 
-Young Life to hold 41st Annual Cake Auction.  
Andrew Cowell, 2019 OACCT Board Chair

Chamber Supports School Bond

The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (OACCT) Board of Directors approved support for the school board’s decision to hold a bond referendum vote on May 14th to fund a new High School facility.  The OACCT agrees a new facility is a wise investment and the best long-term solution. 
The investment will bring the learning environment to 21st century standards and adds another public amenity to attract talent to the area.  Our members tell us that attracting and developing talent is the largest challenge they face for the future of their companies.
The private sector’s financial commitment to this project makes the timing right to move forward. 
Our commitment is to provide our members with factual information about the high school proposal so they can make an educated decision.

New Member

Ambassadors from the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism visited with Microtel by Wyndham; 150 St. John Drive, Owatonna to welcome them as a new member. Amy Evans is the General Manager.  Microtel by Wynham is situated off I-35, the property offers 65 guest rooms including singles, doubles and suites with complimentary breakfast and freshly brewed coffee, pet friendly and access to restaurants within walking distance.  

Owatonna News

By:  Brad Meier, President/CEO
  • A teriffic celebration of life yesterday at the funeral of Jonathan Zierdt.  Zierdt was President/CEO of the OACCT from 1997-2000, making his mark with tourism, economic development and overall vision for the organization. 
  • Chamber Ambassadors attended the funeral in their green jackets in honor of Jonathan and a donation was made to the JZ Cancer Fund on behalf of the Chamber. 
  • Mac Hamilton, the developer of the new apartment project in downtown Owatonna will be speaking at Rotary on April 15th 12 noon at the Owatonna Country Club.
  • The 2019 Chamber door cling for members should've arrive to you via mail over the last week.  If you haven't received, or need more, please contact the Chamber office. 

Application deadline for next OCLA session is May 24th!

The Owatonna Community Leadership Academy (OCLA) is a leadership program designed to enable candidates to learn about Owatonna resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.  A learning experience geared toward providing an in-dept look at eight key elements of our community; education, economic development, government, healthcare, public safety, quality of life, agriculte and culture & diversity.  This program will provide opportunities for candidates to exchange ideas, build networks and begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues. Contact Rhonda Guthier, rguthier@owatonna.org with any questions.  

The 2019 Owatonna Visitors Guide is coming to a shelf near you!

Keep your eyes open for the New 2019 Visitors Guide.  We will be delivering guides to all area businesses

View the interactive 2019 Visitors Guide here!

Do you know someone making a difference in our tourism industry?


Submitting a nomination is quick and easy. Take a few minutes to help us recognize worthy recipients for their exceptional work.

Announcing New Visitor Guide

Listen to Karen's update on tourism, the new Visitor Guide and other announcements on Straight Talk.  Start April 2nd inverview here!

Beautify Downtown Owatonna

Sponsor a flower basket or five today.  The all donation and volunteer program has a goal of 125 baskets at a cost of $13,000.    All funds raised are used towards the purchase, watering and care of the flowers.  MainStreet provides in-kind administration.  Has your business sponsored baskets yet?  Want to honor an employee?  Click here for a sponsorship form.  

Dates Selected for Downtown Thursday's this summer!

Save the date for June 6, July 11 and August 1 for the three Downtown Thursday events this summer from 4:00 - 8:30 pm.  

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.
Send your 50 words and business logo to rguthier@owatonna.org and we will take care of the rest!
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