After Hours-Celebrates 25 years Spherion
After Hours-Celebrates 25 years Spherion
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Last Call on COVID Relief Grants-Close This Week! 

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering grants to businesses NOW OPEN.  Applicants that have not received assistance through previous relief programs will be prioritized for consideration. Click HERE to learn more.  Don't hesitate, grant applicants close on September 29, 2021.

New Member offers To-Go, Delivery & In-Door Seating

Ambassadors visit with Pizza Ranch; 142 W. Broadway, in Owatonna, to welcome them as a new member. Kristal Clear is the restaurant manager. Pizza Ranch offers pizza, broasted chicken, salad bar and dessert on its buffet served all day, every day. Pizza Ranch also offers to-go and delivery service. 

Creating a Post-Covid Business Plan

For many local small businesses, the past year and a half have been one of the unprecedented challenges. With many states lifting Covid restrictions, and the vaccine administered at a fast pace, re-opening is the next thing on the horizon. Business planning can be challenging enough in the best of times, and this year is far from the best. Therefore, creating a post-covid business plan, one that's realistic and achievable, can help you define your business goals over the next year, and give you measurable metrics to analyze the success of your business.  Full Blog Post

Interested in Serving on the Chamber Board?

Please submit your nomination for the 2022 - 2024 Board Of Directors.  
Complete the link-CLICK HERE

Ted G. Ringhofer Scholarship OPEN

The 25th Annual Ted G. Ringhofer Scholarship is a $1,000 given in partnership by North Risk Parterners - TPS Insurance and the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Ambassadors in honor of Ted G. Ringhofer who died of cancer in 1997.  Two Ways to Apply: Submit by using this FORM, or download the application and mail in by Friday, April 1, 2022.  

Progress Being Made; Businesses Stay Positive

As we move into fall, work continues on the 300 & 200 Blocks of North Cedar.  The Chamber's Brad Fischer spoke with businesses at the construction site-all the videos are on the Chamber Facebook page.
Upcoming this week:
-Foundation for the seat blocks and planter beds will continue to be placed
-Subdrain will be installed along the curb line
-The road subgrade will be prepped, and the subbase and base will be hauled in and placed in preparation for concrete paving. 300 Block concreate paving is anticipated to begin in approximately two weeks

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.  

Let Westbrack Marketing Grow Your Online Presence!

Wondering where to start or how to grow your business online? Let's talk! I will take a look at your online presence and give you suggestions on where you can grow with ease.Visit

Letter to Businesses for Final Push

The We All Play committee is asking for additional support to complete this project for the Owatonna community and Southern MN Region.  Please read the attached letter.  The project has already been a destination trip for many families and we are honored to be able to share this with them.  Visit our website or Facebook page@WeAllPlayOwatonna for more information.  To donate, send your cash or check to Owatonna Chamber Foundation, 320 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna.  
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