Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Godfathers Pizza Invests in Owatonna's South Business District

Ambassadors visited with member business Godfather’s Pizza at their new location 116 Oakdale Street. Owner Brad Price bought the building that formerly housed Larry's Liquor and did a total renovation of the site including a drive-thru window.  Price has owned the Godfathers Pizza since the late 1980's and has renewed his commitment to the Owatonna market with this building purchase and renovation.  The new restaurant provides seating, modern amentities and the drive-thru. Thanks for re-investing in Owatonna!

'Spirit of Owatonna' To Feature Businesses Story

By: Brad Meier, President

It's seven months of pandemic and what do we have to show for it?  Luckily, there is a true spirit of Owatonna among our businesses.   What is the 'Spirit of Owatonna'?  It's the incredible stories our businesses have to tell of innovation, generosity, and caring through out these unimaginable circumstances.  

Over the next month, we'll be featuring those great stories of businesses making a difference for our community.  You'll see articles, blog posts, social media and videos telling the stories.  We can't wait for you to see the amazing things taking place (If you want to see one cool story, see the 50 for $50 at the end of this email).
  • Was your small business impacted by the pandemic?  The Owatonna CARES Grant Round 2 is OPEN until October 12th.
  • If you're curious, Round 1 netted 66 applications requesting $641,000 in grant aid.  There is $940,000 in the pot...which is why there is now a round 2 for businesses of 100 employees or less.  If we don't use it locally, we lose it...

How to Grow When You're Slow: What Your Team Needs

“To really grow quickly,” says business expert Cameron Herold, “You have to be slightly more than a business, slightly less than a religion.”
Cameron explains further that, when you add publicity to a great culture, you attract more of the talented people who will fit your culture as you grow.  Read Full Story

Mask Scam..Minnesota Department of Health Warns Restaurants & Bars

-From KSTP: The Minnesota Department of Health is warning businesses to watch out for a scam making the rounds. According to MDH, some restaurants have received calls stating their businesses were part of a scheduled compliance check and they owe a fine for masking violations. MDH said, in one recent incident, none of the state agencies involved in ongoing enforcement efforts had conducted a compliance check in the area. Full Story.

Exclusive Seating For Members at Candidate Forums...Quick Action Needed

Register now for Monday's Congressional District One forum.   Please note Dan Feehan is not confirmed to attend.
Lunch is available at 11:45 am for $12.00.  If not having lunch, forum will begin at 12:00 pm at no charge.  Live on-line viewing option available at Chamber Facebook page and 

Oktoberfest Park Clean-Up and Beer 

The Young Professionals of Owatonna will be conducting an Oktoberfest Park cleanup on Thursday, October 1st starting at 4:30 pm at Morehouse Park Chalet.  After cleanup, everyone who participated will head over to Mineral Springs Brewery to receive their two free drink tickets.  Please register below!

Tim Sanuelson, cultural historian of Chicago, visited the National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna 

Although he has visited the bank several times over the years, he still admires the architectural elements. Samuelson told the Owatonna People's Press
- "It's like opening up a beautiful jewelry box that sparkles"
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 Introduces Community Investment Loans

Community Investment Loans will assist local businesses during the pandemic.  The interest rate is only 1.95% for the first year, then adjusting to the Prime Rate (currently 3.25%) for the rest of the loan term.  As Owatonna’s only locally owned community bank, CBO is pleased to support our local businesses.

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