March 2018



Representing Business - Enhancing Community - Promoting Growth
                                                                      


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WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT & ABOUT
THE CHAMBER'S MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER KEEPS YOU IN THE KNOW!

            Recognizing Member News, Business Opportunities, Achievements and Growth            
     
                              
                                                                                                                      
                Friday, March 23rd-Sunday, March 25th                           Plan now!  Thursday, August 30th, Agriculture, Business & Industry Day 
 Four Seasons Centre, Owatonna FREE Parking & Admission               Open your business for public tours, during normal business hours.
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Joint Farmamerica-Junior Achievement Programming teaches local students about careers in Agriculture
 
On May 1st - 4th, local area 7th and 8th graders will get a chance to explore their futures and potential careers in Agriculture at Farmamerica.  This unique program combines the Junior Achievement career readiness curriculum, JA It's My Future, with volunteers from various agriculture careers and hands-on science experiments centered on agriculture research.
 
Volunteers needed: Whether you realize it or not, you have a really neat career story that students would find both interesting and relatable. You can impact your community by empowering local students to look inward and outward as they begin to explore career interests, specifically in the agriculture industry.
 
If you are interested in volunteering at Farmamerica, with the JA in a Day* program please fill out the volunteer form and select which date(s) work for you.For more information about this opportunity, contact Jessica Rollins at 507-835-2052 or jrollins@farmamerica.org .
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Meeting & Event Venues
Looking to rent a venue for your holiday, wedding, reunions or meeting?
                                                  Waseca has multiple choices to meet your needs - Click here for more information                                                                                    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

For the Chamber's Event Calendar, go to: http://www.wasecachamber.com/events  

The Chamber has a comprehensive event calendar to help enhance our community.  Anyone can post an event happening in the Waseca area.  It's free and a great way to promote your event.  Just click on the "Submit Your Event" icon on the home page of the chamber's website.  
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Leadership Waseca


Interested in Applying?
Applications for the 2018-2019 class of the Leadership Greater Waseca Academy is online now.
If you are seeking an opportunity  to learn more about the Waseca area, gain leadership skills, 
or a variety  of topics, this is the perfect training for you!
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How to Create Videos for Social Media
Hannah Bretz from the Small Business Development Center, MSU Mankato, will lead this class through a hands-on demonstration on how to make videos for Facebook, Instagram, and more.  Hannah will help class attendees learn techniques to create short and engaging videos that will bring more followers and audiences to businesses on social media.  She will share her experience in best practices and techniques for tagging and promoting videos online.
*Attendees should bring their phones/video recording devices as this is a hands on learning session

Free to Chamber Members, Public $15
When:  April 18th, 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Waseca Public Safety Building,  303 S State St,  Waseca
Who: Hannah Bretz, Digital Marketing Consultant
Register by 4/16/2018
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College and university students across Minnesota are looking for work this summer. Whether it's seasonal help, internships or their first job out of school, connect with them our  Waseca Area MN Job Match.
 
Thanks to partnerships with student organizations across the state, you have the opportunity to connect with 
students looking for employers like you.
 
Two webinars have been set up for employers in Minnesota to learn more about our partnership with the RealTime Talent Exchange. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about the history of this initiative, see a live demonstration of a job posting and have all your questions answered.
 
Register now by clicking on the day that works best for you:
 
If you have any questions about Waseca Area MN Job Match, please contact our representative, Dave Kornecki, at dave.k@workfountain.com 
or  (612) 868-7545
 
What are you waiting for? Take a hold of your future workforce needs now!  
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Did you know that as a member of the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce you can upload Press Releases directly to our Waseca Chamber Website?  This is a free way to market your business, generate publicity, create brand awareness, and let the public know what's new and going on with you!  Add your Press Release through your Member Information Center (MIC), under the "News Release" toolbar.  Let us know how we can help you promote your business!
 
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Would you like to host in 2018?
Call the Chamber for hosting details and make your reservation today!
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The MN Chamber of Commerce policy team will approve updates on legislature, including the business community's priorities.  The webcast includes timely information.  Join us at the Waseca Chamber office.
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Make sure to check out our Member to Member discounts on the Waseca Chamber website.
  Currently, there is a commercial Insurance discount offered to Waseca Chamber members.
Chamber Members can submit their own Member to Member discounts.
NEWS MAKERS

Let's remember Jeremiah Miller of 4-Seasons Athletics.  He has deployed to Kuwait with the MN National Guard.  Meanwhile, his beautiful wife, Jaala, will be holding down the fort here in Waseca.  Please make sure to show the Miller family your love and support during Jeremiah's deployment.  
#WasecaProud #TogetherWaseca
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Mayo Clinic Health System leadership announced that Kirby Johnson has been named site administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca and New Prague.   In his new role he, along with his physician partner, Martin Herrmann, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca medical director, will provide organizational leadership and direction for the hospital in Waseca and clinics in Janesville and Waterville.  He will also be serving as site administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague and its clinics in New Prague and Belle Plaine.  Johnson will begin his duties April 9, 2018
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The Waseca Ambassadors, a committee of the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce, create a positive image of the chamber by promoting
 the value of membership and recognizing investments in the community.  Dressed in their red coats, they are comprised of business professionals
 acting as the public relations arm of the chamber.

                                                                   
                       Harry Chaudhari, GrandStay Hotel & Suites                                                               Alexia Hoefs, Thrifty White Pahrmacy
                                          Progress Award                                                                                                        *Roots Award

                                                                   
                                Monty Denn, Radio Shack                                                                               Monica Wendland, Glitter and Grace
                                          *Roots Award                                                                                                      New Business Award

*The purpose of the  Roots Award is to recognize and honor businesses that have provided goods and services 
to people in the Waseca area for  more than 30 years .
HUMAN RESOURCES
April 12, 2018 11:30am-1:00pm, Owatonna Country Club
How to conduct an effective meeting
Robin Frette, Learning Development Manager at Federated Insurance Companies, will give an overview of effective meeting strategies, along with specific tools, techniques, and ideas to hold more productive and efficient meetings.

The South Central MN SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) has partnered with the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce to invite Waseca Chamber Members to their chapter meetings.

CITY UPDATES
Have you visited the  Waseca Utilities Questline ?  
This site, updated monthly, offers articles with money saving techniques, energy efficient tips, rebate programs, and more!
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Please submit your special announcements to the chamber office by the 5th of each month to share with the membership for inclusion in the monthly e-newsletter.

Kim Foels, President                                                          info@wasecachamber.com 
Lynn Dotseth, Administrative Assistant            
Pamela Paul, Communications Assistant                       
507-835-3260                                                                      www.wasecachamber.com                                              



The Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization of individuals & businesses who band together for the collective interest of developing Waseca area's future.