Thank you to all of our chamber members who have already renewed their membership for 2019!
We appreciate your support.
February Coffee Connection
February 7, 7:30-9:00AM
Paws Inn Pet Essentials-120 S Vine St, Waconia (enter south side of building)

New year-new connections! Resolve to make more chamber connections in 2019...join us for coffee and a light snack. Open house style format-stop in for as long as your schedule allows. FREE!
Welcome New Chamber Member:
H & R Block
CJ Guron

1309 Oak Ave, Suite 105
Waconia, MN 55387

Tax preparation
Uplift Your Life
Pam Braunwarth

420 E Lake St
Waconia, MN 55387
612-201-8989

Feng shui, energy clearing & color consulting

EXPO!



by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
On March 30 th , the Waconia Chamber of Commerce will host the Business, Home and Family EXPO! We will be sending out post cards to each household in Waconia, creating and boosting our social media platforms, buying radio ads and putting articles in newsprint inviting people to the EXPO… it’s great news!

This is an event that we host every other year and we usually get around 1,000 visitors.  We typically have about 60 – 70 vendors who are great to network with. 

Need some promotional items to give away? We have a number of chamber members who can help you with that!  www.DestinationWaconia.org   Click on the Find a Business tab on top… type in promotional items in the search box….  Check out your own business while you’re on our website!

Here are 10 things to think about when decided whether or not to participate in the EXPO: Click Here to read more...
Growing Minnesota through our legislative agenda



by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
The Minnesota Legislature is in full swing. The collective voice of the Minnesota Chamber Federation is ready to advance another pro-growth agenda on behalf of businesses of all sizes and types across the state. Our initiatives seek to grow the economy for the benefit of all Minnesotans.
 
Five major priorities will frame the Minnesota Chamber Federation initiatives at the Legislature: Click Here to read more...
Chamber Ambassador Visits
Arts Consortium of Carver County

Primary Contact: Cynthia Anderson
7924 Victoria Dr, Victoria
952-448-3344

Taking a quick trip to Victoria to visit the new location for the Arts Consortium of Carver County, the Ambassadors were treated to an art experience and were glad to meet with Cindy Anderson, President and Deborah Barse, Membership.  This gallery is beautiful.  We know there are so many talented artists in Carver County, and this is a place for them to exhibit their creations.   The Arts Consortium of Carver County plays many roles in our community. If you are interested in learning more, please check out their website, contact Cindy and visit the gallery! We are pleased to have this group as a member of our Chamber!
Homeview Realty

Primary Contact: Karl Bitschnauer
1517 Sparrow Rd, Waconia
952-300-7066

The Ambassadors enjoyed meeting with Karl Bitschenauer, owner of Homeview Realty.  Karl has grown up around the real estate business and is excited to have his own business. Karl has been licensed since 2012 and prides himself on providing excellent customer service and cost savings to his customers. Karl has great life experiences that he brings to his business – and he’s easy to talk to! Consider giving him a call if you have any real estate questions. Welcome to the Chamber, Homeview Realty!
Member News and Happenings
Last Call for the SIU Spring Break Challenge
February 1-March 31
Shape it Up Fitness*-141 W 1st St, Suite 300 Waconia (enter behind building)
 
Join the hottest virtual fitness & nutrition Challenge around! Everything has been made virtual so you can participate from anywhere-including the beach! Get training on detox, nutrition, fitness, fun & results. Check out www.shapeitupfitnessmn.com for details or email Megan VanEyll 
Lions Wild Game Dinner
Saturday, February 2, 4:00PM
Lake Waconia Event Center-8155 Paradise Ln

Join the Waconia Lions Club for their 37th annual Wild Game Dinner event! Doors open at 4 PM! The event includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, cash bar, the "BIG" raffle (125+ items with 20+ guns), door prizes, gun & cash raffles, silent auction, and live music!

Tickets are $35 in advance (recommended) or $40 at the door!
Advance tickets can be purchased from Waconia Lions members or at these chamber member business:
Everson's Hardware Hank, Mackenthun's Fine Foods, Waconia Ford
Chamber Legislative Breakfast
Friday, February 8, 7:30-9:00AM
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Snyder Auditorium)-3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska

Join the SouthWest Metro and Waconia Chambers for our Annual Legislative Breakfast. Invited to attend are Senator Scott Jensen, Rep. Jim Nash (47A), Rep. Greg Boe (47B) and Rep. Kelly Morrison (33B). This is a great opportunity to connect with your elected officials. Chamber members may submit questions in advance.
Registration Deadline: February 1
Waconia Young Professionals-WYP
Tuesday, February 12, 4:00-6:00PM
Garage Bar & Bowl-16 W 1st St, Waconia

WYP Time! Waconia Young Professionals ages 21-39 will meet for a Happy Hour on Tuesday, February 12 from 4-6PM at the Garage Bar & Bowl. This will be an open house format and all food and beverages are on your own. Get together for networking and idea generating! No need to RSVP. Feel free to bring a colleague.
Waconia Basketball Association Tournament
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February 16-17, 2019
Waconia High School & Middle School
 
The Waconia Basketball Association (WBA) will host their annual girls basketball tournament the weekend of February 16-17. These 3rd -8th grade girls will be traveling from all over the region to compete. Although concessions are available, the WBA wanted our local businesses to know that overflow traffic may spill over into our local restaurants and shops.
Friends Trivia Night
Thursday, February 21, 7:30PM
Iron Tap-140 West Main St, Waconia
 
 Join Iron Tap for their February themed Trivia night as they take a look back at the hit TV Series Friends. Trivia starts at 7:30 and they will limit teams to 20 so make sure to get there early! Prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place.
Waconia Hockey Festival Coming!
Friday & Saturday, February 23-24
Waconia Ice Arena-1250 Oak Ave, Waconia
 
Don't miss this opportunity to touch hundreds of hockey fans! The Waconia Hockey Association is proud to announce WHA Mite Festival for pre-K-1st graders (and their parents, grandparents and fans) from across the region! Area businesses and vendors are invited to connect for more information about sponsorship, advertising, promotion of local deals and selling directly at the rink. there are many opportunities.
Contact mitefestival@waconiahockey.org for more information. 
Galentine's-A Sip & Shop Event
Thursday, February 28, 7:00-9:00PM
Lake Life Chiropractic-2940 N Chestnut St, Chaska
 
Lake Life Chiropractic is hosting a Galentine's Sip & Shop ladies night event on February 28. It's like Valentine's, but celebrating all our sister friends. It's an opportunity to get together, have fun, shop local supporting local #bossbabes.
Vendors include Waconia Women's Health, Thrive-Plant Based Cleaning, Beauty Counter, Philocaly, Melissa's Essentials and DoTerra. Space still available. If you are interested in being a vendor, click here.
VFW Opening Soon!

The wait is almost over. Watch for details!
Spring "Try It" Dance Classes
March 11-April 17
Waconia Dance Company-8155 Paradise Lane, Waconia
 
These 6 week classes are designed to introduce your child to dance at WDC. These classes will not have costumes nor perform at the end of year recital. However, you will be considered a WDC student and be eligible to register before the general public for fall classes!
Classes:
Beginner PreSchool , Intro to Dance K-2nd Grade, Intro to Dance 3rd-5th Grade, Intro to Dance Team (Lakettes) 6th grade and up Click Here for more Info
2019 Island View Golf Club Membership Promotion
Runs through March 15, 2019
Island View Golf Club-7795 Laketown Parkway, Waconia
 
IVGC is planning for the 2019 golf season and has some exciting programs and events scheduled.
A new member who joins IVGC now thru March 15th will receive the following gifts valued at $600:
  • Free Driving Range program for 2019
  • Five (5) Free Guest Passes
  • One (1) Free Golf Lesson with Dan
If you have any questions about the 2019 Membership Promotion please contact Head Golf Professional Dan Callahan at danc@islandviewgolfclub.com or call 952.442.6116, ext 4
Veterinary Assistant Wanted!
Countryside Veterinary Clinic-13950 Hwy 5, Young America
5 minutes from Waconia High School 952-442-4200
Countryside Veterinary Clinic is looking for a compassionate veterinary assistant to join our AMAZING team! If you have a passion to work with animals and their loving owners give us a call! 952-442-4200
Let's Share the Secret!
The MN Film & TV Production Directory is asking for your help in NOT keeping Minnesota's production industry as a well-kept secret. Help them pump up their production library by adding your information and business images to their database. Create or renew your listing NOW!
 
1.   Sign in to your account or create a new one here.
2.   Go to your account page here.
3.   Forgot your password or email? No problem. Just click on the "Forgot your Password/Email" link.
4.   Choose your listing level.
 
Feel free to contact MNFilmTV with any questions! 612-767-0095
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
February Membership Luncheon

Thursday, February 28, 2018
11:30AM-1:00PM

Location: Vandy's Grille
7795 Laketown Parkway, Waconia

Topic: Networking!

  • 3 different courses
  • 3 different sets of folks with whom to network
  • Bring your business cards and/collateral pieces and make connections!

Cost: $25/member/non-members

 RSVP Required by Friday, February 22, 2019
Please note this is a FIRM DEADLINE to allow for seating arrangements.
To streamline check in at the event, we ask that you register and pay HERE.

Call or email to register cgesinger@destinationwaconia.org

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-February 2019
FEB 7 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @Paws Inn Pet Essentials
(120 S Vine St-enter south side of building)
FEB 12 Tourism Committee Meeting 9:00-10:30AM @AmericInn of Waconia
(550 Cherry Dr)
FEB 13 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM
FEB 14 Retail Committee Marketing Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @Maple Conference Rm
City Hall (201 S Vine St)
FEB 21 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
FEB 28 Chamber Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @ Vandy's Grille (7795 Laketown
Parkway, Waconia) Doors open at 11:30,adjourn by 1:00PM Register by Friday,
February 22
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