April Coffee Connection
Thursday, April 5 7:30-9:00AM
Good Samaritan Society Waconia/Westview Acres-333 W 5th St, Waconia
Spring into Networking! This chamber member favorite is an open house style event. Please join us in the Care Center Bistro. No need to register for this FREE event, just drop in as your schedule allows. Coffee and a light snack will be served.
Welcome New Chamber Members:
Farm Girl Junk
Carrey Hoese

38 W Main St
Waconia, MN 55387
Retail-handmade, refurbished and vintage items
Halper & Joseph, PLLC
Barbara Halper

300 E Frontage St
Waconia, MN 55387
Business & Personal Law
Paws Inn Pet Essentials
Jodi Theis

120 S Vine St
Waconia, MN 55387
Pet Supply Store
Snap Fitness Waconia
Rachel Licursi

1309 Oak Ave
Waconia, MN 55387
Vaping Studio
Josh Hassing

11 N Olive St
Waconia, MN 55387
Specialty Retailer
We Can See You

by Stevie Ray
Intro by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
Many of you know that I'm still taking Improv classes at Stevie Ray's Comedy Club at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre*. The experiences I have each week inspire me to be better at communicating. Personally, I don't think you can underestimate the power of good communication skills.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to read Stevie Ray's WE CAN SEE YOU blog and watch his 2 minute video about how to be more effective when you're on the phone. I always learn something from him and I think you will too! Click here to read more...

*If you're interested in seeing some amateur improv first hand, come to our Next Stage show this Sunday the 8th of April. It's just $5, starts at 7:00PM...doors open at 6:30.
Use federal tax reform to rightsize tax system

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Minnesota's tax system is center stage at the Legislature following passage of the significant federal tax reform. We join our local chamber partners in encouraging Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature to seize the real opportunity- and real need -to rightsize Minnesota's tax system for the long-term benefit and employees. Click here to read more...
Chamber Ambassadors
Language of Love Spanish Immersion Childcare & Preschool

Primary Contact: Anna Kokesh
325 S Birch St, Waconia MN 55387

Language of Love Childcare & Preschool is a great opportunity for kids! The Ambassadors visited with this new member of our chamber and were glad to learn about all the benefits of being in a Spanish speaking immersion environment.  Some of the children are native Spanish speakers, some are native English speakers… it’s a great mix of children. The teachers all speak Spanish and clearly love children. If you have children or know of families looking for part time or full time child care in a Spanish speaking environment, consider Language of Love Childcare & Preschool. Welcome to the Chamber!

Snap Fitness-Waconia

Primary Contact: Rachel Licursi
560 S Maple St, Waconia MN 55387

Getting and/or staying fit is on everyone’s mind. The Ambassadors visited with the new owner, Rachel Licursi, of Snap Fitness and were quite impressed with everything there is to do there.  Rachel is so excited to be in Waconia, and also owns the Snap Fitness in NYA.  She looks forward to meeting with you to find out your goals and how to meet them in her 24-7 facilities which have a great vibe.  Welcome to the Chamber, Snap Fitness!

Ribbon Cutting

Primary Contact: Steve Erhard
510600 W 10th St, Waconia

The Ambassadors joined the owners of Subway, Steve and Paulette Erhard and Rachel Scherber, as they cut the ribbon for their new, next generation Subway! Long time business owners, they are so happy to be in their own space and excited to share all the new features with you.  Please stop in soon – and remember to use your $10 Subway gift card from our Annual Meeting if you were there!   Congratulations Paulette, Steve and Rachel!

Member News and Happenings
Don't Worry Be Hoppy 5K
Saturday, April 7 10:00AM
Waconia Brewing Company-255 W Main St, Waconia

Who doesn't love a craft beer (or root beer) after a run? Join the 4th annual Don't Worry Be Hoppy. A portion of proceeds will support local charity, Backyard Wishes.
7:30AM Race Day Registration
10:00AM 5K Run/Walk
11:00AM Kids Fun Run
11:15AM Awards and Announcements
Community Job Fair
Wednesday, April 11 4:00-7:00PM
Waconia High School-1650 Community Dr, Waconia
Full time, part time and seasonal positions available. On-site interviews may be conducted.
Hosted with Waconia School District 110.
Participating Waconia Employers:
Twin Cities Young Professional Summit
Friday, April 13 7:30AM-1:30PM
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel-5601 W 78th St, Bloomington

This Annual Summit gathers industry leaders together to share insights on how to grow their business expertise, focus their leadership skills and integrate their passion into the workplace.
Young professionals (age 20 to 40+) will gather from all over the region on April 13, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. Attendees will hear from Twin Cities professionals on topics such as working in teams, personal being and sleep, LinkedIn, work and life balance, business growth, and generational gaps. 
Business Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, April 18 9:30AM-6:00PM
InterContinental Hotel St Paul River Front/State Capitol

Still spots available! The Minnesota Chamber's Business Day at the Capitol is back with a powerful agenda for an effective day. Get briefed on the issues and learn from business leaders. Then take everything you learn in the morning to the Capitol and advance your priorities face-to-face with your elected officials. Your voice makes a difference! Cost: $65 includes lunch, program, visits with legislators and transportation
Contact Kellie Sites with questions ksites@destinationwaconia.org
Grand Re-Opening
Friday, April 20 8:00AM-6:30PM & Saturday, April 21 8:00AM-5:00PM
Everson's Hardware Hank-121 E Hwy 5, Waconia
Help celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Everson's Hardware Hank. They are excited to show you all of the changes that have taken place over the past year. There will be a kids' scavenger hunt throughout the store along with door prize drawings both Friday and Saturday. Ribbon cutting and Cake are on Friday at 3:00pm and Carlson's Lovable Llamas will be there Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm.
Community Shred
Saturday, April 21 9:00AM-Noon
MidCountry Bank-200 E Frontage Rd, Waconia
No charge for shredding. Open to everyone! Click here for a printable flyer.
Sip and Be Social-Women's Biz
Tuesday, April 24 5:00-7:00PM
J. Carver Distillery-1320 Mill Lane, Waconia
Join us for a fun co-op after hours event with other women in the SW Metro and Waconia Chambers of Commerce! We will gather at J. Carver Distillery for a chance to network, try a drink (or2), take a tour, and eat some good food. Space is limited, please register ASAP.
Cost: $35/member, $40 non-member
Yetzer's One Day Sale
Thursday, April 26 9:00AM-8:00PM
Yetzer's Home Furnishings & Floorcoverings-33 W 1st St, Waconia
Are you in the market for quality home furnishings? Shop Yetzer's One Day Sale to take advantage of their tremendous offers! Save on furniture, flooring, blinds and more. Schedule your free in-home design appointment and you are guaranteed sale pricing! Customized orders will also qualify.
Summer Dance Special
Rising Star Dance Academy-564 Cherry Dr, Waconia NEW LOCATION!
Summer Dance Classes are Buy One Get One! Sign up for one class, get the second FREE!
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
April Membership Luncheon

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Location: Emagine Waconia Theatre
101 W 1st St, Waconia

Guest Speaker: Melodie Bahon, MN Film & TV
Meet Melodie and learn about how Film & TV can impact the economy of Minnesota and Waconia

Cost: $25 per member, $30 for non-members
RSVP Required by April 23, 2018
To streamline check-in at the event, we pre fer that you register and pay here.

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Please Register by Monday, April 23, 2018 online or 952-442-5812.
Chamber Calendar-April 2018
APR 5 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ Good Samaritan Society (333 W 5th St, Waconia)
APR 10 Tourism Committee Meeting 9:00AM-10:30PM @ AmericInn of Waconia (550 Cherry Dr, Waconia)
APR 11 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM Maple Conference Rm, City Hall (201 S Vine St, Waconia)
APR 12 Chamber Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:00AM Maple Conference Rm, City Hall (201 S Vine St, Waconia)
APR 19 Ambassador Meeting 8:45 Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
APR 20-21 Spring Shop Hop-Find Spring at participating shop and businesses
APR 26 Chamber Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @ Emagine Waconia Theatre (101 W 1st ST) Register by Monday, April 23
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