8 Member Announcements
8 Member Announcements
Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July Member Press Releases

-Ameriprise Financial - Dufrense, Wayne & Associates announce rebranding of Owatonna Ameriprise office to Wayne-Norrid-Wetmore Wealth Managerment
-Congratulations to Randy Vargason, President/CEO of Gandy Company on his retirement as of June 18th
-Little Theatre of Owatonna (LTO) announces Sarah Foreman Memorial Scholarship
-Little Theatre of Owatonna (LTO) announces cast for "Frumpled Fairy Tales"
-Marco elevates GOLD Standard by giving to communities in10 states
-RE/MAX Venture announces the newest agent to join the Owatonna RE/MAX office
-Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity announces tickets available now or Hops for Habitat 
-Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity looking for Build Site Volunteers 

PPP Finally Tax Free in MN

For hundreds of businesses in Steele County, the business taxes you paid on PPP revenues will be returned.
Thanks to all our members who sent emails and made phone calls to both our legislators and the Governor's office.

Depending on the complexity of your tax forms, the Dept. of Revenue may be able to amend it and process your refund on its own. The department will reach out to people who have more complex returns and need to file an amended form.

Owatonna's Workforce Center funding APPROVED

When Governor Walz signed the Jobs bill, included was $275k/year for two years to reopen the Workforce Center in Owatonna. Discussions will start immediately about location, services and timing.

This has been a key priority for the Owatonna Chamber. A huge Thank You to our representatives: Senator John Jasinski for continuing to make sure this funding never was removed from the final bill and Representative John Petersburg who has battled for this funding for the last few years and was just one of two Republicans in the House to vote for the bill!

Owatonna Businesses Share How Workforce Shortages Impact Business Operations

Owatonna area businesses are revamping their operations to address employee shortages and meet demands on their business.  A recent survey conducted by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (OACCT) of its members indicate that 60% of respondents have increased overtime and 48% have decreased production because of lack of workers. Click HERE for full story.

Owatonna Job Fair Promises Big Marketing Push

The Chamber is partnering with KOWZ to provide a job fair for businesses and the community.  With a big regional PR push, we are optimistic for a good turn out of job seekers. 
The Owatonna Job Fair will be on Saturday, August 7th from 9 am - 1 pm at the Four Seasons Center for full time & part time positions.  
For more information on how your business can participate in the Owatonan Job Fair, contact matthewh@kowzonline.com

Do You Have Your Team Ready?

Join the business community for the Chamber Golf Outing on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the Owatonna Country Club. Thank you to Culligan ULTRAPURE this year's Title Sponsor!  
HERE to view the registration form or sign up your team online HERE.  
Can't attend?  You can still market your business by providing a door prize, please let Rhonda Guthier know at rguthier@owatonna.org if you can help!
Title Sponsor

#BuildingOwatonna For Project Details

Interested in the streetscape progress downtown?  Curious about the hotel project?  Want to know where to park during the projects?  

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.  

Celebrating our Frontline Heroes!

The Steele County Free Fair and United Way of Steele County have come together to Celebrate YOU, our Frontline workers, who took care of us during the pandemic.  Please see the attached invite.  We hope you will allow us the opportunity to say THANK YOU, by joining us August 18th.
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