Homespun Holiday in Waconia
Get the small town shopping & dining experience!
December 7

We are spreading holiday cheer all over Waconia. Join our shops and restaurants in celebrating a hometown holiday!
10:00AM-3:00PM Find Kettle Korn in the parking lot behind the RE/MAX building on Olive Street between Main & 1st Streets (Visit participating businesses* and receive a voucher for a free bag of kettle korn with a $20 purchase.)
11:30AM Santa arrives at the Fire Station (26 S Maple St). From noon-2:00PM get your photo taken with Santa while he listens to your Christmas wishes. Bring your own camera and a donation for the Waconia United Food Shelf.
Watch for the mounted posse spreading lots of holiday cheer around town!

*List of participating Kettle Korn stores:
Clearwater Clothing, J. Carver Distillery, Mainstream Boutique,, the Stash, Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe, UFC Farm Supply, Willow Winds Gardens, Yetzer's Home Furnishings & Floorcoverings

Thanks for shopping Waconia this holiday season!

New Adventures on the Horizon

by Kellie Sites, President
Dear Chamber Members,

It is with an extremely grateful heart that I give this news to you. Since September of 2006, I have been with the Waconia Chamber, president since February of 2008. After 14 years, it is soon time for my husband Bill and I to move into our next adventure, closer to our family in the Pacific Northwest. My time here as Chamber President will be finished on June 30, 2020. In the meantime,   ...Click here to read more...
Chamber Ambassador Visits
Fourfold Studios

Primary Contact: Heather Precht & Stacy Zaback, Owners
104 6th St W
Carver, MN 55315

The Ambassadors welcomed Fourfold Studios into the Chamber fold with their first dollar of clear profit.  Fourfold Studios is owned by Stacy Zaback and Heather Precht. Friends since attending school together in Waconia, their ideas to own a business together took hold and they have been in business since October of 2018.  They are Brand Experts, Photographers, Bloggers and they have co-working space in their studio, which is also open to all photographers.  Give them a call if you would like a fresh brand for 2020!
KLC Financial

Primary Contact: Randy Petersen
3514 Co Rd 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Randy Peterson, a resident of Waconia, enjoys working for KLC Financial. They have the flexibility as a boutique finance company to do private financing.  They finance all manner of business equipment, from a tractor to a gym floor.  KLC Financial is an alternative to a bank as they are able to assume higher risk. Do you have a need for some private financing? Or maybe you know of another business that has this need. Give Randy a call and see if he can help with success.  Welcome to the Waconia Chamber!
Ribbon Cuttings
Dave Philp-Coldwell Banker Burnett

Primary Contact: Dave Philp
121 W Main St, Suite 119
Waconia, MN 55387

With over 30 agents in the metro area, it was time for Coldwell Banker Burnet to provide a work space for the agents doing business in Waconia. The Waconia Chamber Ambassadors helped to cut a ribbon with our member Dave Philp, long time resident and member of our business community. This space will give them the resources they need when meeting with clients, facilitating closings, or just needing a copier. Thanks for choosing Waconia as one of your new business hubs!
La Colonia Learning Center

Primary Contact: Helton & Kim Castillo, owners
1264 Crosswinds Way
Waconia, MN 55387

The Ambassadors were excited to cut the ribbon for La Colonia Learning Center where they will be teaching the Spanish language as well as pre-school curriculum in a loving, home environment.  We loved learning that the kids who attend will get to make fresh tortillas for lunch! Lots of hands on learning and fun to be had at La Colonia with Hector and Kim Castillo.  There are a limited number of spaces available, so make sure you give them a call!
Member News and Happenings
December Coffee Connection
December 5, 7:30-9:00AM
HomeTown Bank-641 Marketplace Dr, Waconia

A chamber member favorite! Don't let the hustle & bustle of the holidays keep you from business to business networking. This is a free event with an open house style format-stop in for a minute or as your schedule allows. Coffee and a light snack will be served. FREE!

Photos with Santa
Tuesday, December 3, 3:00-5:00PM
MidCountry Bank-200 E Frontage Rd, Waconia

MidCountry Bank invites you to join them for photos with Santa and to spread holiday cheer! Holiday treats and refreshments will be provided.
WYP Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 5:00-700PM
Iron Tap-140 W Main St, Waconia

Network with business professionals 21-39 years old. Meet up for casual conversation and get to know someone better! Food and beverage on your own.
Spirit of Winter Festival of Lights
Now Through January 5, 2020
Fridays & Saturdays 4:00-9:00PM, Sundays 4:00-8:00PM
Sovereign Estate Winery-9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia
Bring your family and friends of all ages! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with family-friendly outdoor festivities and attractions. All ages are welcome to attend to see the attractions. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended as availability at the gate is not guaranteed without advanced purchase.
Cost: $5/person age 3 and up
Holiday Open House at Mackenthun's
Saturdays: December 14 & 21, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Mackenthun's Fine Foods-851 Marketplace Dr, Waconia

Mackenthun's is excited to announce several open house events for the holiday season. Santa & Mrs Claus will be appearing along with much more fun! 
Workplace Wellness Opportunity for Local Businesses
Deadline to apply: January 31

Carver County Public Health is currently accepting project proposals from local businesses interested in implementing wellness activities related to healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and/or tobacco-free living. Public Health will provide technical assistance and resources to workplace partners to help identify workplace wellness opportunities and implement evidence-based strategies.
Please visit to learn more or to complete a project proposal. Project proposals are accepted on rolling basis but are due no later than January 31, 2020. If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact Jean at .  
Waconia Bucks
It is a chamber member benefit to accept these checks! We sell thousands of dollars of checks each year-many around the holidays. They spend just like cash and when you deposit into yours bank the money is transferred to YOU!
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
Chamber Holiday Social

Monday, December 16, 2019

Location: Twin Cities Othopedics-Therapy & Rehab
820 Village Way, Waconia

You are cordially invited to the Chamber Holiday Social

Join us for this opportunity to mix & mingle with an
added dose of jingle!
Sovereign Estate will be preparing tasty appetizers,
beer, wine and sodas.
All chamber members are welcome-bring a guest!
Each invitation includes a complimentary beverage
plus there will be a cash bar and door prizes.
Festive attire encouraged!

Cost: $25/members

 RSVP Required by Monday, December 9, 2019

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

Call or email to register

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-December 2019
DEC 3 WYP Meeting 5:00-7:00PM @Iron Tap (140 West Main St, Waconia)
DEC 5 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ HomeTown Bank (641 Marketplace Dr, Waconia)
DEC 7 Homespun Holiday Spread Holiday Cheer all over Waconia!
DEC 10 Tourism Committee Meeting 9:00AM @AmericInn of Waconia
DEC 11 Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM @City Hall, Maple Conference
DEC 12 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @ Maple Conference Room City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
DEC 16 Chamber Holiday Social 4:00-8:00PM @Twin Cities Orthopedics Therapy & Rehab RSVP by Monday, 12/9
DEC 19 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office (209 S Vine St)

Chamber Office Holiday Hours: Monday, December 23 9:00AM-4:30PM
Closed December 24 & 25, Thursday & Friday, December 26 & 27 9:00AM-4:30PM,
Monday, December 30 9:00-4:30PM, December 31 closed at noon & January 1 closed all day
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