Website New Look!

We are excited to announce the launch of the new! The new site makes it easier than ever to stay up-to-date on Waconia events and to learn all about the Waconia Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. Thanks to chamber-member Creature Works Labs for the updated website.

The new website also features two new videos created by chamber-member Rassman Media Group: Destination Waconia and Waconia Why We Live Here. Check out both videos below!
A Message from the President
Welcome to the new

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
We’re thrilled to announce that has a new look! In partnership with Creature Works, the new website creation has been in-the-works since the start of the year. The time spent has been well worth it. The new website offers a contemporary style with updated content, fresh photos, added event pages, and a Waconia adventure section.

The site combines the Waconia Chamber of Commerce with our Convention Visitors Bureau (CVB). It’s broken down into 4 sections: Visit, Living in Waconia, Events, and Chamber. Each section highlights different areas of our community and member businesses, and provides an abundance of local and state resources. Listed below are areas that have been recently added or changed. Continue reading...
Retail Committee & City of Waconia Collaborate

Thanks to Waconia City Administrator Shane Fineran for joining the Retail Committee meeting last month. The group discussed keeping the retail and hospitality industries vibrant in the Waconia community.

Next retail committee meeting:
Thursday, September 8 at 8:00AM
More Than Pink

The future is bright! Thank you Waconia Community Education & Recreation for the opportunity to work with youth at the More Than Pink program. Girls grades 4-7 learned about entrepreneurship, women in business, attributes of an entrepreneur, and worked in teams to create their own business. The girls completed the MTP program by running a 5K race last night.
Welcome New Members
All Seasons Garment Care and Tailoring

Rochelle Hartung
Dry cleaner
Nice Shirt Co.

Brooke Struck

Jayme Miller
Ambassador Visits & Ribbon Cutting
Eva Sophia Project
Primary contact: Kris Lamkin

The Eva Sophia Project was created with a big goal in mind ­– to create community supportive housing for differently-abled adults. As a non-profit, their mission is to build a 45-unit apartment complex that allows adults with disabilities to live independent lives, live in community with one another, and be a part of our community in a broader way.
Shred with Shannon
Primary contact: Shannon Turek
37 E Main St, Waconia

As a personal trainer and owner of Shred with Shannon, Shannon Turek offers a plethora fitness and health-related services. From Shredcamp, kickboxing, and full-body strength workouts to yoga in the park and paddle-boarding to Coney Island, Shannon provides a space and service to work on your personal fitness goals.
In Towne Marina
Primary contact: Jimmy Mase
8 East Lake St, Waconia

After 42 years in business, In Towne Marina is still an anchor for the community. The Marina offers access to Lake Waconia in heat and in cold, whether that be renting an upgraded pontoon on a sunny summer day or an ice-fishing house in winter.
More Chamber News
61st Annual Nickle Dickle Day
Pop Booth Volunteers Needed

Only 42 days to go until the 61st Annual Nickle Dickle Day on September 17! The Chamber Pop Booth volunteer sign up is live and we’re in need of volunteers to fill the slots.

This is a great opportunity to wear your logo-wear and have direct interaction with the community. Promote yourself, your business, or your organization while helping the Chamber fundraise through pop sales! 
Sponsor the 61st Annual Nickle Dickle Day

The 61st Annual Nickle Dickle Day is September 17! The tradition brings 30,000 people to Waconia to experience a thriving retail community, small town hospitality, and family-friendly activities that make the day a classic celebration. Nickle Dickle Day strongly supports our local businesses and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the chamber and other community organizations. Your contribution is appreciated and we ask that you consider sponsoring Nickle Dickle Day.
Member News and Happenings
City Council Downtown Project
Waconia City Council adopted a design for the 2023 Infrastructure Improvement Project in the downtown area. Three elements were taken into consideration in choosing the project design: 1.) Improve/increase downtown parking supply, 2.) Develop downtown branding, identity, and wayfinding. 3.) Streetscape improvements and amenities. Review the project below.
Carver County Historical Society Vintage Baseball Game
August 6 | 1PM-3PM
Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead
8060 MN Hwy 5, Waconia
Join the Carver County Historical Society for the 1860's Baseball Game on August 6th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead. Last year's event was a hit and The Quick Steps will be returning to take on the Waconia Patriots once more! There is no entry fee and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on for this game. Remember it is a field game and seating will be located in the grass around the edge of the field. Parking will be located in the grassy areas along both sides of the driveway off of Highway 5 as indicated by the metal road sign. Rain date is August 7. 

Yellowstone Trail Presentation

Tuesday, August 9
Waconia City Hall, Senior Center
Guest speaker Jim Roe will join the August 9 Tourism Committee meeting at City Hall. Jim will present highlights from the Yellowstone Trail Cultural Heritage Tourism Master Plan, which was recently submitted for grant for review and approval. The presentation is open to all chamber membership. No cost. RSVP to Chelsey if you'd like to attend.
Have Lunch at the Carver County Fair!
August 10-11 | 8-9PM
Carver County Fairgrounds
This year we will be celebrating the 110th annual Carver County Fair, it will begin Wednesday, August 10th and continue through Sunday, August 14th. As in previous years, we would like to invite you and your employees to come to the fair for lunch on Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th of the fair. Gate admission to the Fair during the lunch hour (11am-1pm) is complimentary. Please enter through Gate #3 (the South Gate) of the fairgrounds and be prepared to show your company ID badge or name tag. We will not be offering wristbands upon entry or when leaving the fairgrounds during this event. 
Our website provides a listing of all the delicious foods we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair! Thank you for your support!  
Visit the Chamber at the Carver County Fair!
August 10-14
Carver County Fairgrounds
The Carver County Fair kicks of August 10 and runs through August 14 at the Fairgrounds in Waconia. Stop by the commercial building and visit the Chamber booth to pick up a new Waconia map!
The booth will be staffed by chamber member volunteers and a few volunteers slots remain. Click below to sign up for a spot. This is a great opportunity to get in front of new people and talk about your business or organization!!
MidCountry Bank Community Appreciation Days
August 11
Please join MidCountry Bank Waconia on August 11 for Community Appreciation Day! During the day we will feature: Refreshments & Lunch – The Waconia Branch is hosting Papa Murphy's Pizza from 11:00am – 1:30pm or until gone. While supplies last. Limit one per customer. Gift Certificate Drawings* to Local Businesses and Yeti Cooler - Visit the Waconia branch during contest period for details, and register for a chance to win! Fun Giveaway Items - Visit the Waconia branch to claim your gift! While supplies last. Stop by your local bank for food and fun. Hope to see you there! *See a Banker for details.
Chamber After Hours
Wednesday, August 17
4-4:45PM - Gather & Grow, Waconia United Food Shelf
5-6:00PM - The Garage Bar & Bowl
Start with a service project at Gather & Grow, Waconia United Food Shelf at 4PM. Then at 4:45PM-6:00PM meet us at The Garage Bar & Bowl for networking and drinks hosted by Senior Living Insights. No registration required. Bring a friend!

Service Project
Gather and Grow is proactively partnering with Waconia High School to provide teen-friendly food items to make over the weekends. We invite our community to help in these efforts by bringing donation items to our After Hours event. Click below for a list of items needed.
Ice Cream Social & Kids Carnival
Thursday, August 18
Parking lot next to The Main Scoop
Hosted by Thrivent Financial and The Main Scoop, kids can enjoy ice cream, face painting, balloon twisting, crazy hair, and a bounce house. Free to the public! Good will donations will be directed to Backyard Wishes.
Schram Vineyards Wine & Beer Tour
Introducing our NEW luxurious touring option to visit all three of our locations! We’ve partnered with Executive Transportation to provide this experience. It’s the perfect outing for any corporate or private gathering.
With this experience you’ll receive…
* Transportation from and back to your business or selected starting location
* A 4-hour experience from first stop to drop-off with stops at AxeBridge Wine Co., Schram Vineyards, and Schram Haus Brewery
* Private luxury corporate transportation provided by Executive Transportation
* One variety flight of wine or beer (dependent on location) at each of the 3 Schram stops
* Price per attendee, starting at $75 per person, is an all-inclusive package that fluctuates based on the size of your party.
* This package is available on Sundays, and Tuesdays-Fridays at select times*
* Bottles of wine or crowlers of beer purchased during your tour can be consumed during transit
* A 10% discount will be provided on any wine, beer, food or merchandise purchased during the tour at any location. Pre-selected food options may be planned into your package on your request.
Main Street Floral Looking for a Buyer

We are excited to share that our family is moving in a new direction professionally. We are actively seeking new ownership of Main Street Floral. We have enjoyed serving our amazing customers, learning a bit more about each of you and becoming part of the fabric of this wonderful community. We plan to honor all existing event contracts and corporate agreements. This decision will not impact our day to day operations.
We hope there is someone or someone’s that have dreamed of owning their own floral and retail shop. Main Street Floral is in a wonderful position for continued growth and development and will continue to thrive with new ideas and opportunities.
If you have interest in learning more about this opportunity, please mail
Waconia Brewing Company is Hiring
We are hiring at Waconia Brewing Company for an Assistant Brewer (FT) and a Cellarman (PT). Click below for more details. Email resume to
Save the Dates

Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance - September 16
Nickle Dickle Day - September 17
Scarecrow Tour - October 13-23
Community Tree Lighting - November 25
Homespun Holiday - November 26
Upcoming Events
August Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, August 25

It's 2022 and YOU are your brand!
Get noticed, convert clients, recruit, and retain valuable employees with these marketing tips. 

Speaker: Danielle Alexander Bailey
Danielle Alexander Design

Location: Faith Lutheran Church
800 Waconia Pkwy N, Waconia
Chamber Calendar - August 2022
AUGUST 9 Tourism Committee, 9-10:00AM @City Hall
AUGUST 10 Board Meeting, 11:30AM-1:00PM @MHS Law
AUGUST 17 Chamber After Hours, 4-6:00PM @Gather & Grow Waconia Food Shelf
AUGUST 18 Ambassadors, 8:45AM @City Hall
AUGUST 25 Chamber Luncheon, 11:30AM-1:00PM @Faith Lutheran Church
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