After Hours Returns in February
After Hours Returns in February
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Chasing Owatonna's Bright Future in '21

The economic development fortunes, even amid the covid-19 pandemic, has been remarkable for the Owatonna area in 2020.  A record $104M in new building far exceeded any prior year in our community.  That’s great news, but can it be done again?  Will 2021 propel us forward? Read Full Story.

Key Projects Get Approvals at Council Meeting

The new downtown apartment project (The Pearl) and new Owatonna High School projects both jumped the next hurdles in getting their projects to completion at tonights Owatonna city council meeting (2/16). 
For the apartments, a modification to the tax increment financing agreement were approved including $1.8M in improvements and $609,500 to reimburse city for site purchases (houses and demolition).  This project is set to start in June in conjunction with the hotel project.
Owatonna High School received approvals on the prelimiary plat, sign and fence variances, and approval of site plan to construct the project.  Construction is expected to begin this spring.  

Elks, Premeier Home to Host February After Hours

Business After Hours is back in person in February at the Elks Club.  Join the Chamber along with co-host Premier Home Solutions and Elks Club B.P.O.E. #1395 starting at 5:30 pm at Elks Club, 126 E Vine ST-Owatonna.  Bring a door prize to market your business!
There is still time to secure opening for May & June 2021.  Contact Rhonda Guthier, if you are interested!

Welker Custom Homes -20 years of residential and commercial building

Looking for a home builder that can take care of your unique needs? Look no further than Welker Custom Homes LLC! Kurt Welker and the rest of the team prioritize your individual needs to insure you get something that is built for you. Since 2001, Kurt has been working with homeowners to make their dreams and desires come true both in new homes and home improvements.   Read full blog story HERE.
Jinny Rietmann, Executive Director of Workforce Development testifies at MN House Finance & Policy committee hearing.

Owatonna Largest City in MN With No Workforce Center

Owatonna is the only city in Minnesota with population over 20,000 without a Workforce Center.
This week the Chamber, along with Wenger Corporation's Jim Kingsley and Workforce Development's Executive Director Jinny Rietmann testified to House Workforce and Business Development Finance & Policy committee about the need to fund a center for Owatonna. 
The Chamber also testified at the Senate Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy Committee also on funding for the Workforce center.    Thank you to Rep. Petersburg and Sen. Jasinski for lining up the testimony.

Beautiful changes are on the way!

Makeover for main street!  Did you attend the streetscape sessions for 100-300 N. Cedar?  If not- check this out for options, read questions that were asked and view the presentation click HERE.

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 PPP Loan Program

Community Bank Owatonna is participating in the SBA PPP loan program for small businesses.  No matter where you bank, we are willing to help!  Visit our website at for more information and application forms, or call us at (507) 455-2265 and ask for Steve, Jeff, or Tim.  Member FDIC.
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