MN House Misses Deadline
MN House Misses Deadline
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Missed Deadline Means Tax Increase for Business

When the MN House adjourned today without fixing the Unemployment Trust Fund, they've put a double digit tax increase on business-it automatically kicks in to fill the $2B gap.  
Frustrating that this didn't get done on time with a $9B surplus.  They can still fix it, but businesses will have already paid more. 

What Does New Demographics Say About Owatonna's Future? 

Susan Brower will talk with Owatonna about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration, and rural population changes.
Join us for the Chamber Growth Breakfast on Thursday, March 17th @ 7:30 am, Torey's Restaurant and Bar.  Click HERE to register!  

Is the Great Resignation Permanent?

Gaining traction since April of 2021, the Great Resignation has created a labor shortage for many industries that are now struggling to fill open positions. While some speculations early on suggested that workers would return in droves before the holidays, time is beginning to tell a different story. A poll conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce showed a surprising 65% of unemployed Americans don't expect to return to the workforce with a third of them expecting their return to happen after April of 2022.  FULL STORY

Are You Part of OHS Career Fair? 

Businesses, we are excited to invite you to the Owatonna High School Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, May 4 from 10:15am-2:00pm.  Please respond via this Google Form if you are able to attend by Wednesday, May 27. We encourage businesses to bring an activity or product to better engage students.
This is a great opportunity to promote summer jobs, feel free to bring applications so students can apply on the spot. We look forward to your response and are honored you can share your day with us.
Any questions, please contact Megan Horton,

March/April Business Brief Being Distributed

You will be receiving the March/April Business Brief this week in the mail. 
For a sneak peak, learn more on new developments, chamber Ambassadors celebrating 50 years, business spotlight on Viracon, chamber events and new members. 
Check it out!
North Cedar Avenue Construction Resuming Soon
The contractor is planning to begin traffic control the week of April 4, with pavement removals beginning as early as the week of April 11, dependent on upcoming weather.
The major work is proposed to occur between Vine Street and Broadway Street, starting at and closing the intersection of Vine Street and Cedar Avenue. Broadway Street will remain open as long as possible. In addition, the alleys on the west side of Cedar Avenue will be constructed this year (areas shown in pink on the map below). Amenities and landscaping work is expected to occur in the areas shown in yellow; however, this work is not anticipated to cause full street closures.

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.  

Unleashing the Possibilities

You’re Invited!
On Saturday, April 2nd, the Steele County Humane Society is holding its capital campaign kickoff, “Unleashing the Possibilities,” at Sparetime Entertainment in Owatonna. Meet us in the bar area from Noon to 3pm for light Refreshments and a silent auction. Information and building plans will be available to view.

Be Part of Family Oriented Operation

Hill Bros is hiring drivers.  They do trucking for Costco.  Great benefits and pay-variety of schedule options.  Check job options and application. Since 1986, Hill Brothers Transportation has served customers across the country in an efficient, family oriented operation.  Their goal has remained the same – to provide the best service in the trucking industry through hard work, dedication and innovative truck driving technology.

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