July 2018
A Word from the President
Waseca is celebrating 150 years! That milestone means a lot of history has happened to make Waseca the awesome community it is today.

Here are some tidbits for you on the history of downtown Waseca from the book "The Streets are Wider Now."  Ira Trowbridge, W. G Ward, and J.H Jenkins, city founders, planned buildings along blocks at the town center to give a sense of stability and prosperity to Waseca. The Main Street would provide supplies, services and entertainment to its citizens, farmers, and surrounding communities.

One hundred and two commercial buildings were erected in just three months. M ost were 22' wide by 60' deep. These buildings served as both business and home for many. In 1881, fire destroyed twelve buildings and again more in 1899. Most wooden buildings were rebuilt in brick. The bricks came from brickyards in Janesville, Waterville, and Mr. Messerknecht's kiln, northeast of Loon Lake. This gave uniformity to main street buildings. Merc hants advertised their locations in the "Brick Block" or brick building.

Brain power and muscle created the great city of Waseca! Building
community, takes group participation, strength of the whole community, and local understanding which contin ues to build Waseca as a premier place to live, work, and carry on a prosperous business. 

Kim Foels, Your Chamber President                                                                                                            
On the Job Front

"Flexible Work" Means Freedom to Adjust Schedules to Accommodate Personal Needs

In June, we asked our readers what flexible work means to them, and with 25% of the votes, "Freedom to adjust your schedule to accommodate personal/family needs" was the top choice...

As a member of the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce, you have access to two separate online job posting opportunities.  The "Job Postings" widget, found on our homepage, allows you to easily load job vacancies through your MIC for FREE.  Those postings automatically go to the Waseca Chamber Facebook page for additional exposure.
The MN Job Match Portal is found on the top toolbar of our website.  It uses cutting-edge matching technology that provides students, recent graduates and Alumni with a free and powerful resource connecting candidates with growing businesses.
Feel free to contact the Chamber office if you need assistance, 507-835-3260.

What's Happening


Lunch & Learn Networking & Educational Event
July 25th, noon-1pm, Waseca Public Safety Bldg
Lunch provided by Taco John's,
RSVP by July 23rd

July 31st, 10am-12pm, Waseca Public Health Office
A note from the Waseca County Health Director:  We are participating in the state provided webinars about mental health and wellness and having conversations about local resources and goals.  This month's webinar is very well suited to Chamber Members.

August 4th, 8am, Clear Lake Park

August 13th, 4:30-6:30pm, United Prairie Bank
*2 FRONT ROW Black Hawk tickets & $25 Chamber Bucks door prize
Networking, Socializing, Refreshments

The deadline for orders to purchase plaques to be included in the initial installation of the new memorial is August 15th.  Click the link above for more information and to see an artist's rendition of the approved plan.

*The Waseca Art Center is currently seeking artwork by artists from Waseca County or currently living in Waseca County for the exhibit "Local" to take place in conjunction with Waseca's Sesquicentennial this summer.
On display August 7th-September 7th
Reception August 31st, 5-8pm

August 30th-September 2nd
Submit your events to be included in our enewsletter by the 5th of the month.
See the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce's calendar for more events going on in our area.  It's free and easy to submit your own event.  Contact the Chamber if you need assistance with your post.

Waseca Chamber's Annual Golf Outing

The Waseca Chamber sends a huge thank you out to all of our golf sponsors!

Birds Eye-Pinnacle Foods
Guardian Energy
Kraus-Anderson Realty
CenterPoint Energy
Coldwell Banker Commercial,Fisher Group
Crystal Valley
Kibble Equipment
Mayo Clinic Health System
Service Master
Waseca County News

In the News

Chamber Ambassador Visits 

Old HWY 14 "Get Around" Construction
Showing our Support - Think Local First
Our local businesses on Old HWY 14 are                  "Open for Business"
Road construction can be challenging times for businesses along Old HWY 14...
Waseca and MNDOT are improving our roads and that can be rewarding in the end.  Ambassadors' Mantra:
"You can get HERE from ANYWHERE!"
*Just follow the detour arrows
 and consider back entrances too!
See more from our Waseca Ambassadors' Construction Visits on our Instagram


Have you signed up?
The Waseca County Sheriffs Office and Waseca County Emergency Management remind you all to consider signing up for the Code Red Emergency Notification System .  Sign up is simple and easy by following the link on the Waseca County website... 
Leadership Training
Leadership Waseca Interested in applying?

Applications for the 2018-2019 class of the LEADERSHIP Greater Waseca Academy are online now.

If you are seeking an opportunity to learn more about the Waseca area, and gain leadership skills, or a variety of other topics, this is the perfect training for you!

Deadline to apply is July 31st - We still have room for you!
Human Resources

Why Today's Incentive Thinking is Different
Ever since people started working for each other, supervisors have tried to figure out the best way to reach their performance goals and keep workers on task. Too often in human history, this meant that people with less power were simply compelled to work, and incentives...