10 Member Announcements
10 Member Announcements
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

June Press Releases

-City of Owatonna selects next police chief
-City of Owatonna, Human Rights Commission focused on creating a Welcoming Community
-City of Owatonna announces Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion
-City of Owatonna gives Iconic Central Park Fountain a Refresh
-Climate by Design International promotes Pierre Menard to Director of Engineering
-LIttle Theatre of Owatonna (LTO) announces Veta Alexander Scholarship recipients
-Owatonna Sports & Physical Therapy welcomes new Physical Therapist
-Valley Staffing, Inc. celebrates 37 years in business
-Workforce Development, Inc announces 2022 Best Places to Work in Southeast MN
-Workforce Development, Inc provides recent Forum career resources for employers

Restaurant Survey Results

After a month of collecting over 1,000 responses, the results of the Engage Owatonna Restaurant survey are in.  This data has been shared with current developers and will be used for future interest in restaurants. 

Growth Breakfast Tackles End of Session Questions

What happened at the end of session?  Why weren't they able to pass anything with huge surplus dollars?  Hear from those who were there.  
Join us on June 16th at 7:30 a.m. for the final Chamber Growth Breakfast in this series at Torey’s Restaurant and Bar downtown Owatonna. Event cost is $20.
The legislative panel will include Senator John Jasinski, Representative John Petersburg and Laura Bordelon, Sr. Vice President Advocacy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. 
Click HERE to register.
Senator John Jasinski
Representative John Petersburg
Laura Bordelon, Sr. Vice President Advocacy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Students Sign On to Work Locally

Thirteen seniors were recognized at Signing Day at Torey’s on June 1. These students made the decision to enter the workforce directly after high school graduation and were hired into full-time roles. Employers representing students included Advanced Coil Technology, Federated Insurance, R&K Electric, Climate by Design International, Welker Custom Homes, and MTC Services.
Congratulations students and thank you employers for offering these opportunities!  Watch Chamber Facebook Page for each student's story.

Check Out the New Event In Owatonna

National Cutting Horse Association rides into Owatonna for their event at the Steele County Fairgrounds June 24-26th! All Chamber members are invited to their meet and greet the night before, on June 23rd at 5:30 at the Foundation Building. Join the Cutting Horse Demonstration, and meal served at 6pm. RSVP to the Owatonna Chamber, 507-451-7970 or oacct@owatonna.org,  by June 10th.
VENDORS WANTED! National Cutting Horse Association invites local food and product vendors to showcase Owatonna at their event June 24th-26th. Contact toddu1021@gmail.com or 507-358-8213 for more information.

Haarstad Joins Chamber As Summer Intern

Welcome to Hillary Haarstad who will be working with us as a Summer Intern.  She will gain a myriad of experience by working with each staff member while she is here. 
Hillary just graduated from Owatonna High School and will be heading to UW-La Crosse in the fall to major in marketing. She was involved in many activities in high school, one being DECA.
The internship was made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

FREE Pickleball Lesson for YPRO Event

We've heard the buzz about this thing called Pickleball. Our curiosity has peaked! It's time to learn Pickleball!
YPRO's (39 years and younger) come ready to play and equipment will be provided!
Learn for FREE! No charge for this event. Perfect for you and your friends who have wanted to try out this new thing called Pickleball.
Click here to register or contact Julia at jseykora@owatonna.org

Beautifying Owatonna

Flower Baskets went up at the end of May. The fresh new colors this year are awesome and something that everyone can enjoy while walking or driving downtown. Thank you to all who donated – we are already raising money for next year’s baskets.  Many thanks to our community partners Cedar Valley Services, Soubas Greenhouse and the City of Owatonna Parks & Recreation for working together with MainStreet to help beautify our city.

Hundreds Join First Downtown Thursday

People gathered in the streets and park to enjoy music, food and spending time with others. Thank you to Metronet  for sponsoring all 3 Downtown Thursday events as a Market Sponsor.
Thanks as well to KOWZ & KRUE Radio and Garlick’s Water Conditioning for sponsoring the entertainment in Central Park, The Jeremy Poland Band and Edward Jones for their sponsorship of Jeff Reinartz on the Cedar Avenue stage. Thank you to Skjeveland Enterprises for donating the use of garbage receptacles and The City of Owatonna for providing and delivering the picnic tables. Rounding out the sponsors are Foremost Brewing Cooperative and Owatonna Shoe. We still have sponsorships available for Downtown Thursdays, please contact Lisa at lcochran@owatonna.org if you are interested. We have two more Downtown Thursdays coming up – July 7th and August 4th. Make sure to mark your calendars!

How to Get a Promotion Amid the Great Resignation

You've probably heard about "The Great Resignation," the term for record numbers of Americans quitting their jobs this year in search of greener pastures. But what if you actually like your job and your employer? Today we're talking about how you can take advantage of more generous hiring terms to stay with and advance in your current company. Click HERE to read more!

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.  

Summer Membership Special

This summer is a great opportunity to check out Sollid Studios.  We are offering a Summer Special – unlimited classes for June, July, and August for only $240!  We offer yoga, cycling, and fitness classes.  Our 8:30 am classes Monday-Friday have free childcare.  Questions? Contact us at 507-413-0609 or at sollidstudios@gmail.com.
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