Business After Hours is ON Tonight
Business After Hours is ON Tonight
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

New Business Hosts After Hours Tonight!

Aubrey and Mark Meier are ALMOST all moved in! Office furniture arrived today, and they are excited to see you all at 124 North Cedar.  Let’s welcome them to their new home! 
Don't miss After Hours on February 22nd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Guranteed Rate, 124 N. Cedar, Owatonna.  Bring a door prize to market your business.  No jackpot winner in January so potential winner could go home with $350 in chamber dollars! 

Local Auto Care Owner Talks Dependability

Troy from Honest 1 Auto Care spoke to the Auto Class at OHS. He talked to students on how important it is to be a dependable and hard-working employee along with career opportunities in the field.  Interested in getting in front of students about your business?(Let Megan Know!)

4 Business Lessons Learned in a Bowling League

Bowling is a lot of fun, and playing on a team with your friends can make it even more fun. All fun aside though, you can actually learn a lot about business from playing in a bowling league. Read on for some of the key lessons you can learn on the lanes.  FULL STORY
Ambassadors Brad Meier, Todd Hale, Sharon West and Chair Scott Kozelka presents at Noon Rotary yesterday about the Ambassador program.

Chamber Ambassadors Turn 50

In 1972, Ted G. Ringhofer and the Chamber created the Ambassador program to be the welcoming arm of the Chamber.  His idea was so good that 50 years later the Ambassadors are still going strong-welcoming new members, hosting groundbreaking and ribbon cuttings, supporting a scholarship for a high school senior and getting behind the chamber initiatives. 
The Ambassadors hosted the annual Golden Opportunity dinner on Sunday to raise funds for the scholarship.  

Forecast is Good: Owatonna Positioned for Growth

Economic development was the focus of the February Member Growth Breakfast Series. Speakers were Sandy Barin, First Vice President of CBRE global commercial real estate services, and Troy Klecker, Community Development Director for the City of Owatonna, with the conversation moderated by Greg Kruschke, Community Development Manager for the City of Owatonna.  The panel discussed the highlights, obstacles and realities behind the continuing growth in the city. 
Chamber members are welcome at next month's breakfast when the focus is on Census: Changing Demographics of Southern Minnesota with featured speaker Susan Brower, State Demographer. 

Real Estate Red Flags

The February Lunch & Learn educated Young Professionals on Red Flags in Real Estate with speakers Matthew Kern, Real Estate Consultant with RE/MAX Venture and Ryan Seykora, Owatonna Fire Department Rental Inspections.  
Become a Y-Pro Passholder! $40 for 10 remaining events.  Contact Julia Seykora with any questions at

Hagedorn Team Present Flags to Chamber Day Before His Passing

Aaron Eberhart, Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Jim Hagedorn presented the Chamber with two flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol honoring the Chamber's 75 year anniversary and celebrating Rhonda Guthier's 20 years at the Chamber.  This presentation was the day before Congressman Jim Hagedorn lost his battle with cancer.  Rest In Peace Congressman and thank you for your service.  

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.  

Meet-and-Greet Candidates for Attorney General

Be sure to attend the Attorney General forum occurring tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 23, at the Owatonna VFW. Burger baskets at 6 p.m. to support the VFW. 6:30 meet-and-greet all the Republican candidates running for Attorney General.  At 7 p.m. the debate begins.  Sponsored by the Steele County Republican Party. 

Hometown Sampler Scheduled for Early March

Join us for a weekend of concerts featuring talented, local musicians to support Community Pathways Admission of food or monetary donations.  

Band Festival is ON

The Harry Wenger Marching Band Fest will be holding this year’s festival in the traditional manner! They will be completely in person and running the full route on Saturday June 18th, 2022! Mark Your Calendars!

POW MIA Flag Presented to Chamber by VFW

Thank You to Tammy Nelson from the Owatonna V.F.W. Post #3723 Auxiliary for providing the Chamber with a new POW-MIA Flag to display on exterior flag pole.  

Chamber Searching for Great Candidates-Spread the Word!

Director of Conventions and Tourism:
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is seeking a Director of Conventions and Tourism to lead the tourism efforts for the community. Submit your cover letter and resume to if you are interested.  Click HERE for more information.
MainStreet Director: 
Downtown is a focal point for both the City of Owatonna and the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism as well as many in the community and this position is key to achieving a revitalized downtown. Submit your cover letter and resume to if you are interested in this opportunity.  Click HERE for more information.

Chamber Committee Work This Week:

Tourism Advisory Committee: Wednesday, February 23rd, 1:00-2:00 pm at Chamber Lower Level Meeting Room
Ambassador Visits: Thursday, February 24th at 9:30 & 10 a.m.  Mary Kay-Sandy Fritz & Service Solutions Center
Talk of the Town KRFO 1390: Friday, February 25th at 9:40a.m. Guests: Sandy Fritz, Mary Kay and Service Solutions Center
Owatonna Business Partnership meeting: Tuesday, March 1st at 8:00 a.m. at The Kitchen. 
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