Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
View Additional updates in this video by Chamber President Brad Meier

Lottery, $10K, for Small Business: Relief Grants are OPEN

Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program are for $10,000 to Minnesotan-owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.  Application period is TODAY, June 23-July 2 at 5:00 pm.  Awards will be drawn as lottery.
Local Business Owner Quoted in Statewide Initiative
View the full release here.  As co-owner of Sparetime Entertainment and Wings Tavern & Grille, Cory Michaelson has felt the impact of closures directly and is assisting our chamber and the statewide push for safe reopen.
PPP Forgiveness EZ'r?

Local Businesses & Individuals Rally Around Small Business 

The second round of grant applications were reviewed and awarded this week (Awards happen weekly)! 

Ambassadors Welcome Bridges Chiropractic to New Building

Ambassadors from Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism visited Bridges Chiropractic Health Clinic at their new location at 215 18th ST SE with a ribbon cutting celebrating their continued success and investment in Owatonna!  Bridges Chiropractic Health Clinic offers gentle chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture and rehabilitation therapies. 

Owatonna Businesses Accept NEW Minne Road Checks

Tourism bureaus and Chambers of Commerce in Owatonna, Northfield and Faribault have partnererd under the award winning Minne-Roadtriptrademark brand to offer gift certificates to promote more local dining and shopping in our 3 communities.  
Click here to review the document explaining the checks and process.  

$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.

No After Hours-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.  
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!   
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.  

Truck to Trunk Food Distribution

Community Pathways of Steele County, Inc. is offeirng a Truck to Trunk Food Distribution day on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at 155 Oakdale Street, Owatonna.  Boxes of nutritious foods will be distributed in a safe and responsible manner to ANY household in need.  

H/R Updates:

-OSHA Guideance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses  
-OSHA Issues FAQs on Face Masks and Respirators
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