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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Roadmap to Opening Needed

The image above is a plan being touted by Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar as a common-sense, methodical way of reopening the economy by May 1st.  Many businesses are still restricted occupancy including restaurants, fitness, hair salons, event facilities, churches, and theaters.  
These restrictions limit what can be done at these businesses and the lack of a reopen plan keeps customers away. 
Community celebrations, outdoor events, weddings and many other events are in a holding pattern waiting for the plan.  Businesses need time to get ready and a plan will allow for that.  We urge Governor Walz to embrace this plan or something like it to give business a path forward.   

State Snipes Taxes From Relief Dollars 

Keeping businesses and their employees in this uncertain economic peril goes against the rhetoric that we are ‘all in this together’.  Are we?  For those seeing their life’s work get crushed economically, through no fault of their own, it’s hard to believe this tax change hasn’t been made yet.   Businesses have both directly (through shut downs) and indirectly (through slower business) sacrificed their economic future for the safety and security of the greater community.   Full Story Here.  Also printed in Owatonna People's Press.

Manufacturing Businesses Your Vaccines Coming Next

  • Manufacturing businesses, expect your turn on vaccines to come quickly, the state is telling us it could be less than 2 weeks and your employees will be up on the list. 
  • Vaccine Connector is the tool the state is using so be ready to direct employees there.
  • Vaccine roll outs are happening quicker than anticipated by almost a month.  
  • Vaccine marketing materials for businesses created by Mayo Health System will be provided to members soon.
  • Are you a Service-Based Business?  Have closures indirectly impacted your business?  Join a zoom call on Tuesday, March 16th at 730a to discuss ideas.  Email me and I'll send you the link!
Kelly Boomgarden, Country Inn & Suites and 2021 Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors has High Aspirations for 2021(click image)(2:47).

Benike Construction - Integrity in Construction

With over 80 years of general contracting, construction management, and design-building experience, Benike Construction provides commercial construction services in Southeastern MN. They are a fourth-generation builder serving their customers, supporting communities, and sustaining families through quality construction.  Benike focuses on building it right and building safely.  Some of their previous notable projects include the Federated Insurance: A.T. Annexstad Building Adaptive Reuse, Foremost Brewing Cooperative, Kasson-Mantorville High School, and Jaguar Communications.   Read full blog story HERE.

COVID-19 Impact on Tourism

The newly designed menu-style format of Explore Minnesota's annual tourism industry report includes key economic indicators from 2019 and initial findings from 2020 that affirm the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Minnesota's tourism economy, a critical sector of our state's overall economy.
Please use this information when talking about the benefits of tourism to legislators, public officials and other influencers.
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Community Bank Owatonna is participating in the SBA PPP loan program for small businesses.  No matter where you bank, we will help!  Visit our website at for more information and applications, or call (507) 455-2265 and ask for Steve, Jeff, or Tim.  Member FDIC.

Adams Publishing Group to publish regional business magazine

Adams Publishing Group's APG Media of Southern Minnesota will begin publishing a business-to-business magazine in April.  The magazine, Southern Minn Biz, will be published monthly to subscribers in Rice and Steele counties.  Click HERE to read entire press release.
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