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Business After Hours Tonight
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Great People, Great Food at After Hours Tonight!

Join us for Business After Hours, Tuesday April 26th from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Steele County History Center, 1700 Austin Rd., Owatonna co-sponsored by Hy-Vee – Owatonna and Corporate Recognition. 
Wish Corporate Recognition a Happy 25th Anniversary!
Feel free to bring a promotional prize and a business card for the $450.00 Chamber Certificate Drawing! 
Members of the Owatonna, Faribault and Waseca Chambers met with legislative leaders at Business Day at the Capitol.
Senator Jasinski hosted lunch with the chambers and Rep. Petersburg, Daniels and several other Senators at Business Day at the Capitol. 

Countdown to Fix UI Trust Fund; Impact 40-200% Tax

Chamber Day at the Capitol brought a renewed push for policymakers to finally address the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit. At the State of the State address on Sunday evening, Governor Walz again called for a resolution on the UI Trust Fund deficit. We agree!
The Senate passed this bill on a bipartisan 55-11 vote back in February. Each day that House DFL leadership delays in passing this bill, the state accrues $50,000 of added debt to the federal government. That total now stands at over $12 million.  Some local businesses have seen a 200% increase in the UI tax on their business.
Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman claims the deadline to pass a UI fix is April 30, when first quarter taxes are due.
The clock is ticking to pass this bill and stop this crippling tax on businesses!

Where to Find Your Next Key Employee

If your business were a car, your key employees would be the engine. These are your superstars, the heavy hitters who apply their talents and skill sets in their positions and generate massive results every time.

As most managers already know, however, the reason why key employees are so in-demand is precisely because they don’t grow on trees. If you’re hunting for your next key employee, here is some of our best advice on where to look.  FULL STORY

Downtown Refurbish Continues

As crews pulled the street off the 100 block of N. Cedar Ave the last phase of the current streetscape project began.  This is part of a $4M project started last year by the city of Owatonna to conduct much needed underground repairs and to reshape the walkability of downtown.
The timing of the project coincides with the big hotel development.  The current streetscape project is schedule to be complete before July 20th and the hotel is scheduled to open on August 2nd.  A ribbon cutting is being planned for the opening day of GEM Days on July 21st.  More Project Information and LIve Camera.

Cultivating Leaders in Your Organization?

The Owatonna Community Leadership Academy (OCLA) is ready to take interested applications for the program.
OCLA program is designed to enable candidates to learn about Owatonna resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.  A learning experience geared toward providing an in-dept look at eight key elements of our community; education, economic development, government, healthcare, public safety, quality of life, agri-business and culture & diversity.  This program will provide opportunities for candidates to exchange ideas, build networks and begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues.
Contact Julia Seykora, with any questions.  Deadline to submit application is June 10.

Hear About High Bar Brands Move to Owatonna

High Bar Brands, the over arching company for Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing recently build a new manufacturing facility in Owatonna.  See More about the company that puts product on highways across the country!

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