September 2016

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Welcome New Members 
Chapati - Cuisine of India 
214 Division Street South 
Northfield, MN 55057
507-645-2462
Primary Contact: Norman Butler
Contended Cow 
302 Division Street 
Northfield, MN 55057
507-663-1351
Primary Contact: Norman Butler
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The FALL of the Northfield Chamber
If you have not learned after two years, I do enjoy making a "play on words" in my articles.  So no, the Chamber is not declining, or in a free fall, but instead is ever expanding like my waist line.  Fall is an exciting time here at the Chamber, full of colorful activities and events, with many opportunities to collect business connections and new customers.  This is your time to take advantage of the opportunities, attend an event or two, and expand your marketing with the Chamber.
 
In September, our community expands with 5,000 new residents, who attend St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges.  The Chamber has been fortunate to be on campus to welcome new freshman students and their parents.  In addition, we had over 20 Chamber members participate in two coupon pages that targeted students and visitors and were handed out to all of St. Olaf's 2,800 students in a "Welcome to Northfield" package. 
 
For the second year in a row, we will partner with the Northfield Historical Society and have a tent during "The Defeat of Jesse James Days" where we will promote Small Business Saturday and Winter Walk.  The Convention & Visitor's Bureau and the Chamber work hand-in-hand to encourage our visitors to come back throughout the year to eat, shop and stay.   Stop by and wander thru our Winter Wonderland.  Watch the movie trailer for "Love Always Santa", a Hallmark movie filmed here in Northfield. We plan on having a premier viewing party this fall, watch for an announcement soon!
 
Fall is when we continue our membership luncheons, starting with the State of the Schools in September, Manufacturing Week Celebration in October and soon to be announced topics for November & December.  We continue to offer successful networking events, our Morning Business Brews, Business After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings.
 
New this year is our Fall Gala, on Friday, October 28th at the Grand Event Center.  This augural event, "Beyond Bourbon Street Spirts & Spirits Ball" is an import fundraiser for the Chamber, and will be the premier social event in Northfield. The event will include dinner, silent and live auction, wall of wine, dancing, and gaming entertainment.  Reserve your seat, or better yet, a table for you and your friends or co-workers to be part of this fantastic event.  If you can't make the event, consider donating a silent or live auction item.
 
This fall, those pesky election yard signs start to pop up and will be in full bloom.  The Chamber will be involved by host candidate forums for mayor, city council, school board and state candidate races.  Come meet the candidates and find out their answers to issues that are important to you.  In addition, we will continue our attendance at council meetings, advocating for the business community.  Come help set the legislative priorities of the Chamber in 2017.
 
Finally, there are as many tools the Northfield Area Chamber provides its members as there are leaves that I have to rake up in my back yard.  Members are encouraged to leave business cards and brochures on the racks at the Chamber office.  Take advantage of the weekly e-burst or monthly newsletter sponsorships, participate in the New Resident Welcome Kit, take advantage of the Enhanced Listing on the Chamber website, posting hot deals or help wanted ads, take an ad out in the 2017 Membership Directory and Official Area Guide, sponsor a Chamber luncheon, or host a Morning Business Brew or After Hours.  And don't forget to bring a co-worker and come to an event.
 
Turn a new leaf this fall and get involved!         

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Best way to avoid lawsuits is to be in ADA compliance
Many Minnesota small businesses have been the target of lawsuits in the past two years by a few lawyers alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
Lawmakers passed legislation this year that provides businesses with additional tools to fight these lawsuits, thanks to efforts of a broad-based coalition led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and many local chambers. The legislation is important. However, the best way to avoid these lawsuits is to be proactive in making sure your business is ADA compliant. We are working with the Minnesota State Council on Disability to help educate and provide a toolkit for business owners and our local chamber of commerce partners on accessibility requirements.

A top priority as a statewide business organization is to make sure that businesses are fully accessible to all their customers and comply with all federal and state disability laws. That's simply good business. Our reason for seeking the legislation is that many of these lawsuits appear to have the primary goal of lining the pockets of attorneys versus improving access.


Chamber in Action 
Morning Business Brew hosted by the Northfield Arts Guild on August 10th.

Business After Hours at the Cannon River Winery on August 16th.
Welcoming West Hill Lodge to the Northfield Community with a Ribbon Cutting.
Grand Opening a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Coy Chelgren Insurance Agency.

Cashin' In With Chamber Bucks
August's Top Chamber Buck Redeemers
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Other members that took advantage of the Chamber Buck program in July include:
Quarterback Club
Culvers of Northfield
Gooters Dough To Go & More 
Kwik Trip 
Applebee's
Mainstream Boutique
Anna's Closet
Three Links 
Basil's Pizza
Hogan Brothers Hot Hoagies 
A Bag Lady 
Perkins
Northfield Yarn
Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio 

The Chamber Buck program is another member benefit offered by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. We encourage members to proudly display their "Chamber Bucks Accepted Here" stickers and promote their acceptance in their own marking materials. For ideas please contact the Chamber office. 
 
According to a study conducted by Local First "local retailers return an average of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14 percent for the chain retailers. Similarly, the local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries." 

Remember Chamber Bucks  make great gifts or employee incentives 
Available all year in $5, $10 and $25 denominations 
Member News
The Northfield News in c ollaboration with the Minnesota WorkForce Center will be hosting a Job & Career Fair on Thursday, October 13th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Northfield Ballroom. For exhibitor information please contact Jay Petsche from the Northfield News at jpetsche@northfieldnews.com or 507-645-1120.

Three Links is accepting donations for the local Northfield ACT on Alzheimer's fundraiser; 'One Step at a Time'. When you donate $5, you will receive a paper foot to add a message, in memory of or in honor of. The feet are placed on our growing pathway at the Three Links Care Center and at each of our locations in the Three Links community. Stop in to donate and see our progress! Learn more about the Northfield ACT on Alzheimer's:  http://actonalz.org/northfield

The Kindness Revolution - Northfield, MN, Led by Mike Tschida Ins Agency wants to hear from you! Do you know someone who is a great example of Kindness in the Community? Nominate who you think deserves a "Spirit of Kindness" award! Our mission here at The Kindness Revolution headquarters is to help raise awareness of basic values such as: dignity, respect, courtesy and kindness in leadership, customer service, schools and our community. The deserving individual will be recognized with a certificate and a special gift of appreciation from a local business! Contact Mike with your nomination today 507-645-6858.

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Do you have business news to share? We want to hear about it! Please contact Lindsay at lindsay@northfieldchamber.com to have you big announcement in next month's newsletter
 
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