58th Annual Nickle Dickle Day!
Saturday, September 14, 8:00AM-5:00PM

There is still time to support this community festival!
Letters were mailed to the primary representative of your business this week. Click here to see the letter.

2019 Contributions to date:
Presenting Sponsor -OBGYN West

Choices Psychotherapy Inc, Qdoba, CD Products, City of Waconia, UFC Farm Supply, Carver County Abstract & Title, Marta Beckett Homes, Locher Bros, Waconia Ford

Dance Stage Sponsor -T-Mobile
Dance Seating Area Sponsor -Waconia Comfort
Mechanical Bull -Still Available!

Melchert Hubert Sjodin PLLP, St Joseph Church & School, Waconia West Carver Rotary Club

Clarity Chiropractic & Wellness Center, CenterPoint Energy, Nate Matousek State Farm, Egg-Cetera Cafe

Deadline: Friday, August 9!
We hope you seize this opportunity to support this community event.
Welcome New Chamber Members:
Bradley Security
Josh Olson
8637 Ideal Ave
Glencoe, MN 55336

Security, Locksmithing, Home automation/security, camera systems

Brandy Siewert
44 W 1st St, Suite A
Waconia, MN 55387

Retail shop-selling handmade items made by the disadvantaged
Mark Miller
10720 10th St
Waconia, MN 55387

Mexican grill
Sam & Friends
Jennifer Carlson
44 W 1st St, Suite D
Waconia, MN 55387

Retail-Gifts/Waconia gear
Waconia Apparel
Luke Henning
PO Box 34
Waconia, MN 55387

Waconia gear-clothing, home and living

Make That Toast Awesome

by Kellie Sites, President
Every month I think about what to write.  Sometimes I think I may have already covered a certain topic, so please forgive me if I’ve covered this ground before. 

Since there is always a reason to give a toast, I wanted to help us out with some helpful hints on how to give a toast… not just any old toast, but an awesome toast. I started thinking about how meaningful it is and decided to check the internet for some advice.   Click here to read more...
Chamber Once Again Delivers Property Tax Relief

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Minnesota businesses will see another reduction in their statewide property tax, thanks to the efforts of the Minnesota Chamber and our local chamber partners in concert with the Senate majority. For the second time in two years, the Minnesota Chamber Federation helped lower the statewide business property tax.
Chamber Ribbon Cutting & Ground Breaking
Clarity Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Primary Contact: Dr Erin Jensen DC
133 W 1st St
Waconia, MN 55387

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Jensen on her new practice in Waconia! The Ambassadors were happy to cut a ribbon for Clarity Chiropractic and Wellness Center which opened this summer.  You can find Dr. Erin on the lower level of the building where you can enter at the back, near Shape It Up Fitness. She specializes in pediatric and pre-natal chiropractic as well as family care. She also provides nutritional consultation.  Welcome to the Chamber!

Primary Contact: Brandy Siewert
44 W 1st St, Suite A
Waconia, MN 55387

One.boutique is now open!  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on 1 st Street in the Landmark Building. So glad to cut a ribbon for this gift shop that also sells good coffee beans in Waconia!   Congratulations to Brandy and Steve, supporting job creation for people at risk, encouraging them to produce items that can generate income to support their families. Also in store, you will find coffee beans from their company Java Relief, where all the profits go to children at risk. Stop in for a sample. Congratulations and Welcome to the Chamber!

Primary Contact: Mark Miller
10720 10th St
Waconia, MN 55387

Congratulations to Mark and Leigh Miller, owners of Qdoba Waconia. We are so glad you’re here! Specializing in fresh, fast Mexican fare, Qdoba is doing a brisk business here. Mark and Leigh are very community minded and look forward to catering your next family or business event. Give them a call or stop in and try out their delicious fare. Welcome to Waconia and the Waconia Chamber!
Sam & Friends

Primary Contact: Jennifer Carlson
44 W 1st St, Suite D
Waconia, MN 55387

Ribbon cutting with Sam & Friends Waconia. Home Town Goods with a Purpose. Owner Jennifer Carlson wanted a place where differently abled teens could work, socialize with other teens and community members. SO FUN! This is a great gift shop you won't want to miss. Inside of the Landmark Building. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Special mission and great gifts, and always a puzzle you can help put together. Waconia apparel and candy too!  Congratulations and Welcome to the Chamber!
Shop Chicks Co. Boutique

Primary Contact: Lena Simelgor
4 West Main St
Waconia, MN 55387

Four shop owners creating one shop - that’s what you’ll find at Shop Chicks Co. Boutique! Christy, Lena, Mary and Melissa have put together a fun, fashionable assortment of women’s clothing with some men’s options too.  They also have gift items for you and your home!  Open every Thursday through Sunday, make sure you stop in and see if there’s something you need. Welcome to Waconia and Welcome to the Chamber!
S.S. Jensen Properties

Primary Contact: Summer Jensen
34 W Main St
Waconia, MN 55387

Congratulations to Scott & Summer Jensen, new building owners, S.S. Jensen Properties.  Their building currently has The Stash, ELITE, Unearthed Arts, 2 art studios, an office and an apartment.  Thank you for your mission to help businesses succeed by controlling rents so small businesses can start up and grow.  Waconia’s Main Street is lucky to have you! Welcome to the Chamber!
Member News and Happenings
2019 $1,000 Chamber Scholarship Winner
The 2019 Scholarship winner, Alec Olson, is getting his bags packed for the U of M to study Environmental Science and Entrepreneurship. This should serve him well as he hopes to open an outdoor sports shop in Waconia someday.  Alec was selected because the committee appreciated his hard work ethic, leadership skills, community spirit and drive to achieve his dreams. Good luck, Alec!
Kids Day & Corn & Brat Fest
Saturday, August 3, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Mackenthun's Fine Foods-851 Marketplace Dr, Waconia

Free games, activities, food and fun for kids. Plus Mackenthun's made brats and fresh corn on the cob! Visit the HomeTown Bank Kids Star Savers Photo Booth, too.
Carver County Fair
August 7-11
Carver County Fair-501 W 3rd St, Waconia
It's Fair Time! Whether it is visiting the animal barns, the midway, the grandstand, the 4-H displays, the live music or eating"fair food", the Carver County Fair does not disappoint. There is non-stop fun for 5 days!

Visit the Chamber booth inside the Chamber of Commerce Building and pick up a new
Waconia Map! There is ONE more shift available in the Chamber booth-Sunday 5:00-8:00PM. Call the Chamber if you are interested. 952-442-5812.
Emagine Kids Summer Movie Series
Wednesday & Thursdays @ 10:00AM
Emagine Waconia Theatre-851 Marketplace Dr, Waconia

Each week a special kids' movie will be shown on Wednesday and Thursday at 10AM. Tickets are only $2.00 for any age.
Shows will fill up, so purchase your ticket in advance online. August 7 & 8 "The Land Before Time" 
Tools For Schools
Deadline: August 10
Old National Bank-53 W Main St, Waconia

Old National Bank branches are currently holding a school supply campaign. Together, we can make sure that every child starts this school year on the right foot. Stop by any Old National Bank branch by August 10 to donate NEW school supplies to kids in need. Items include backpacks to glue to target gift cards. Donations will be divided amongst the local elementary schools in Waconia. Thanks to your generosity, many children will receive the school supplies they need to concentrate on what matters most – learning!
Billboard Advertising Opportunity
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30PM
Waconia High School-1650 Community Dr

Show your Waconia Pride by claiming your spot on the new scoreboard at Wildcat Stadium. Learn more about this opportunity at an informational meeting at Waconia High School on Tuesday, August 13, at 6:30pm. 

You can also watch this short video to learn more about the program: 
WYP-Waconia Young Professionals
Thursday, August 15, 5:00-7:00PM
Island View Golf Club-7795 Laketown Parkway, Waconia
Networking and a couple of drinks? If that's not enough, bring your clubs and let's hit a bucket on "The Range"!
Relay For Life
Friday, August 16, 4:00PM-2:00AM
Carver County Fair Grounds-501 W 3rd St, Waconia

10th Annual Relay For Life in Waconia. Click Here for more info.
PRCA Waconia Rodeo
Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24
Carver County Fair Grounds-501 W 3rd St, Waconia

Tickets at Mackenthun's right now!
Welcome New Dentist
Regarding Dentistry-732 Vista Blvd, Waconia

Regarding Dentistry welcomes a new doctor to their team next month in conjunction with reopening their Victoria office at 7984 Victoria Dr., Victoria. Along with their other location in Waconia, Regarding Dentistry has two locations with one philosophy: Reclaim dental health, restore lasting function and reveal individual beauty. Starting in September, Regarding Denistry will have 3 full time dental providers. Stop in to welcome Dr Robert Wightman and say hello to Drs Jack Fiedler and Laura Menser!
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
Chamber Movie Event

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

Topic: Drop Dead Gorgeous
Twenty years ago, the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous was filmed in Waconia
and the surrounding area. In honor of that event, the chamber has arranged
for Emagine Theatres to present a viewing of the movie and has invited Miss Minnesota, Kathryn Kueppers, to address the group.
This event is open to the public with advanced registration and will include a beverage (beer, wine or pop) and bag of popcorn.

Cost: $20/members & non-members

 RSVP Required by Monday, August 19, 2019

To streamline check in at the event, we ask that you register and pay HERE.
Please note: Non-members must contact the chamber to register.

Call or email to register cgesinger@destinationwaconia.org

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-August 2019
AUG 1 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ Security Bank (539 S Elm St, Waconia)
AUG 8 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @ Maple Conference Room City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
AUG 13 Tourism Committee 9:00AM Location TBD
AUG 14 Board of Directors 3:30 @ Iron Tap (140 W Main St, Waconia-roof top)
AUG 15 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
AUG 15 WYP Meeting 5:00-8:00PM @ Island View Golf Club (7795 Laketown Pkwy)
AUG 22 Chamber Movie Event 3:30-6:30PM @ Emagine Theatre (101 W 1st St,
Waconia) Register by Monday, August 19
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