September 2018
A Word from the Executive Director
Greetings Chamber Membership! 

I have had a busy first few days as the Executive Director.  I attended a Roundtable discussion with Congressman Walz's Office.  Each year his office visits every county in the district to simply listen; and listen they did.  Rep Walz is delivering a swan song in the form of H.R. 6383: The Small Town and Regional Vitality Investment Act of 2018.  This is a bill that he is introducing will inject dollars into small towns and local governments with a population of 30,000 or less.  The best part of it is, the myriad of things it can be used for: infrastructure, deploying broadband, and quality child care are just a few.

The City, the School, and the Chamber are working together to deliver a conference on Opportunity Zones.  This conference will bring in the necessary professionals to learn about OZ and how it can benefit both investors and Waseca.  I'm sure many of you have heard of the program, but maybe aren't totally sure what it is or what it means for our community.  The most basic description I can offer is, it's a special designation given to an area that allows investors deferred tax liability when gains are made from investments in those designated areas.  The date for that conference is October 30th; look for more information to come!

In the weeks to come I will be working on the Business and Industry Luncheon, promoting the Southern MN Tour of Manufacturers, putting together a fundraiser for the Ambassadors, the budget for 2019, and meeting with prospective members. 

I want to thank you for all of the welcome wishes during my infancy with the Chamber; having the support of the membership makes serving that much more rewarding.  In 2019 I will make a visit to your business or organization, but in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any reason. My cell phone number is 507-676-0988. 

Best Regards,
Ann Fitch
Executive Director

New Member Open House

Midwest Hemp Farms is our newest member and they want to meet our Waseca Chamber members right away!  You are invited to an Open House at Midwest Hemp Farms this Wednesday, September 26th, from 4-6pm.  They are located at 1595 5th St SE.  Garth and Matt look forward to sharing some food and drinks with everyone while they take you around their facility and answer all your questions. 
*This is not a Red Coat event

Human Resources

Staying Compliant During Natural Disasters:  Pay, leave questions answered

The arrival of Hurricane Florence - and the dreaded aftermath - has a lot of employers wondering about HR challenges that come along with natural disasters.
FLSA and FMLA compliance is a big concern at times like this, and an employment lawyeranswered some common questions HR pros have when disaster strikes...  

What's Happening

Learn & Go Financial Series: Elevate Your 
Financial IQ 
- The Learn & Go Series provides quick take-aways delivered in a casual and interactive format facilitated by local experts.  All sessions are 7:30-8:30am at the Small Business Development Center, Mankato, with time for additional networking after.
  1. September  28: Charting Financial Performance
  2. October 5: The Financial Package

Creating Confident Retirees is a presentation by Anna Kraemer of Hays Company which is directed at HR business leaders to assist them with creating confident retirees throughout their employee demographics (from those just entering the workforce all the way to those transitioning into retirement).  Register Here
October 4, 11:30am-1pm, Owatonna Country Club
*The South Central MN SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) has partnered with the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce to invite the Waseca Chamber Members to their chapter meetings.

Save the Date!

Business After Hours
October 22nd, 4:30-6:30 pm, Waseca Community Arena

Waseca Chamber's Annual Business & Industry Luncheon
October 25th, 11:45am, Waseca Lakeside Club

In the News
Ambassador Visits
  • Burger King Grand Opening: New Business Award
  • Neu DeRaad Tax & Accounting: Progress Award
  • Waseca Housing & Redevelopment Authority: Progress Award
  • The Mill: New Business Award
Construction Update
Attached is a Public Announcement regarding the upcoming closure of TH 13 / State Street at Elm Avenue beginning Monday, September 24, 2018.   Read More...