January 2018



Representing Business - Enhancing Community - Promoting Growth
                                                                      


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THE CHAMBER'S MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER KEEPS YOU IN THE KNOW!

Recognizing Member News, Business Opportunities, Achievements and Growth
           
     
                                                                                   

Jeanne Swanson & Dr. Jason Miller - Progress Award
"Waseca Public Schools"

John & Rachel Schoknecht - New Business Award "Nashville Saloon"
        
                    


                     





 

                                                                  Deana Kuhns - New Business Award                                                     Mason & Jennifer Chen - New Business Award
                           "The  Speckled Hen"                                                                            "Tasty House" Chinese Restaurant


Nanette Barnes - New Warden
Federal Correctional Institution
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                    Office, Storage, and Warehouse Space for lease.
                      Open House/Tour Available January 24th, 2:00-4:30pm
                      299 Johnson Ave SW, Waseca, *enter from west side
                      Refreshments will be served
                      Click here for more information on the property
                      RSVP to Cristen 507-625-0987

                   
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        Open House for "The Park"
         218 N State St, Waseca
         January 31st, 4:00-7:00pm
         Offering exceptionally low rental space for 
         Waseca County entrpreneurs and non-profits

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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.
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Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Awards Event
Saturday, January 27th, 6:30pm Starfire Event Center
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Business Continuity Planning: "Because Bad Things Happen to Good Businesses" 

When:  January 31st, 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Waseca Public Safety Building,  303 S State St,  Waseca
Who:  Bob Eastham, Center for Business & Industry, South Central College
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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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Two-year grants totaling $2.71 million were awarded to 16 nonprofit groups that provide services and technical assistance to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota.  
Congratulations to Southern Minnesota Initiative, Owatonna - $160,000
The group serves 20 counties of southern Minnesota ( includes Waseca County)  through programs and services that foster economic and community vitality.


CITY UPDATES
Labor Day Weekend 2018
BUSINESS RESOURCES
Reminder: Employers Must File Forms W-2 by January 31
Just a reminder that January 31, 2018 is the deadline for filing 2017 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The January 31 deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation, such as payments to independent contractors. In addition, the January 31 deadline for employers to furnish copies of Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC to employees and independent contractors continues to apply.

Employers may request one 30-day extension to file Form W-2 by submitting a complete application on Form 8809, Application for  Extension of Time to File Information Returns . The IRS will only grant the extension in extraordinary circumstances or catastrophe.   Click here for more information regarding Form W-2 filing.

HUMAN RESOURCES

February 8th, 11:30am-1:00pm, Owatonna Country Club

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.  
"What Every MN Employer Should Know When Employing Servicemembers"
This presentation will discuss employer best practices and resources available to employers through the Department of Defense. 
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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Anti- Harassment  Policy
Good policies-including your anti-harassment policy-can help shape the workplace culture. Here are five general recommendations for HR professionals to consider as they revisit their organizations' existing anti-harassment policies. 
WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT & ABOUT






  The 68th Annual Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Parade will be held at noon Saturday, February 10, 2018
For more information on all festival activities, click HERE


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"The Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival is proud to kick off months of Sesquicentennial Celebration Events with a FOUNDING FATHERS FACIAL HAIR CHALLENGE
Get yer Straight Razor Shave at ICON Barbers in downtown Waseca on Saturday Feb 10th from 1 pm to 5 pm. 'Mustachio beardedness' will be judged 8 months later at the SQ Ice Cream Social on Sept 1st at Trowbridge Park during the 150th Year Celebration on Labor Day Weekend Aug 30 - Sept 2. $25 registration and more details available at ICON Barbers. Proceeds from the FFFHC will support the Waseca Area CHILDREN'S DREAM CATCHER Fund."

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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.  
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.