Thank you to all of our chamber members who have already renewed their membership for 2020!
We appreciate your support.

For those of you who have not yet renewed, there is still time!
Make your payment by January 31, 2020 for a $35 discount.
Welcome New Chamber Members:
MoveWell Chiropractic & Wellness
Brad Hauer

1309 Oak Ave, Suite 207
(upstairs from Snap Fitness)
Waconia, MN 55387

Chiropractic Care
Judy Hennen-Coldwell Banker Burnet
Judy Hennen

19400 Highway 7
Excelsior, MN 55337

Realtor-Stellar Home Real Estate
2020 Divided by 2

 by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
That’s the amount of time I have left as your president. So - what do I hope to get done by June 30, 2020?
Ambassador Ribbon Cuttings
Bakery on Main

Primary Contact: Greg & Bria James
136 W Main St, Waconia

The Ambassadors spent time at the Bakery on Main and celebrated this extension of the Iron Tap by cutting a ribbon!  The Bakery on Main is located inside of the Lounge by day. You can enjoy some delicious treats as well as breakfast items Tuesday through Sunday. Special orders are encouraged if you have something to celebrate or just want a dozen super delicious cupcakes.  Pictured are owners, Greg and Bria James along with their bakers and the Ambassadors.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 6AM-Noon, Sunday 7AM-Noon (Items may be purchased through Iron Tap after hours)
Smothers & Falk Realty Group

Primary Contact: Laura Falk
100 W 1st St, Waconia

Welcome to the Waconia Chamber, Smothers & Falk Realty Group!   Ann Smothers, Ben Smothers, Robbie Smothers and Laura Falk with Cathy Sackett for support, have joined forces to form their own business, still within the RE/MAX Advantage Plus brand.  As professionals (who are also locals), they take pride in knowing Minnesota backward and forwards.  With over 40 years of combined family real estate experience, they’re here to guide you along your real estate journey. Give them a call!  Not pictured: Ann Smothers
Chamber Ambassador Visits
Guaranteed Rate Mortgage

Primary Contact: Gary Fritz
12924 63rd Ave N, Maple Grove

The Ambassadors met with Gary Fritz to present him with his First Dollar of clear profit!  While this is a new company for Gary, he has been "Financing Dreams" since 1993. He is a Mortgage Industry veteran with an emphasis on superior customer service. He blends "high tech" with "high touch" to create an excellent and efficient service experience for his clients. He works with all types of borrowers, from 1st-time homebuyers to investors and entrepreneurs. Give Gary a call!
Member News and Happenings
Christmas Tree Recycling Drop Off
Monday-Friday through January 17, 7:00AM-3:30PM
Saturdays January 4 & 11, 7:00AM-3:30PM
City of Waconia Public Services Dept-310 10 St E
All live Christmas trees will be accepted, however, the tree must be free of ALL decorations, stands, etc. There is NO CHARGE for this service.
Questions, call 952-442-2615
Waconia Basketball Association Tournament
Saturday & Sunday, January 4-5, 2020
Waconia High School & Middle School, Safari Island Community Center
The Waconia Basketball Association (WBA) is pleased to announce their annual boys basketball tournament for the weekend of January 4-5. These 3rd -8th grade boys 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.
Next up: Girls Basketball Tournament February 8-9.
2020 Show Choir Premier Night
Monday, January 6, 4:30-8:00PM
Waconia High School-1650 Community Dr
Kick off to the 2020 Performance Season with a preview of all four show choirs. Take in just one set or see them all. Your ticket includes one performance set (3 choir shows per set-see website for line up) and chili dinner. Dinner will be served continuously from 4:30-8:00PM.
Tickets: $15/adults, $8/seniors (65+) and students, children under 5 years FREE when sitting on a lap
Prices are per show and include chili dinner and dessert. RESERVE NOW. SEATING IS LIMITED.
Fitness Goals and Spring Break Challenge
Shape It Up Fitness-141 W 1st St, Suite 300, Waconia
Spring Break Challenge starts Monday, January 6th through February 29th, 2019. The goal is to crush 30 minutes of fitness daily over the next 2 months. Tackling 55/60 days of hitting a daily step goal, booty moves and fitness. Participants receive access to "Sweat With Megan" (Virtual Videos), Private Accountability Group, unlimited support, SIU Long Sleeve shirt, take home booty band and Winter Head band. $139.99  [email protected]

Personal Training Special: 10 sessions for $500 includes free group fitness classes (30 options per week!), measurement tracking, goal setting and nutritional guidance. Add a buddy for $150 :)
Snap Fitness Trainer Opportunity
Snap Fitness-1309 Oak Ave, Waconia

Snap Fitness Waconia is looking to add to their Club Management/Membership Services Team! They are looking for someone passionate about fitness, detail-orientated and interested in becoming a part of their community and culture with a Part-Time position.
Please email the Club Owner, Rachel at [email protected] or call 612.210.6453.
OrangeBall Brand Bootcamp Big Give
Thursday, January 9, 9:00AM-4:00PM
The 8500 Tower-8500 Normandale Lake Blvd, Bloomington
The one day, practically free, event to get your brand in shape and give back. Hone skills to simplify your marketing message, differentiate yourself from your competition, and understand how your audience thinks. Lunch included. Click here to watch the 2-min video and learn more.
Cost: $35 ($495 value)
OrangeBall is partnering with The Sheridan Story - bring a food donation to feed hungry kids in the Twin Cities.
Memorial Blood Drive
Friday, January 10, 8:00-11:00AM
Ridgeview Medical Center-500 S Maple, Waconia

To celebrate National Blood Donor Month, Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with Dunkin' Donuts to help spread awareness about the need for blood donations during the winter. Dunkin' will provide a voucher for a free medium hot or iced coffee to all presenting donors during January. Did you know 38% of people are eligible to give blood, yet only 7% do? Blood donors of all types, especially type O negative are urgently needed. To be eligible, you must be: in good health, 17 years or older, free of antibiotics for 24 hours (unless taken for preventive reasons), and symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu. Please consider!
WYP Happy Hour
Thursday, January 16, 4:30-6:30
Bearpath-18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie

This month the WYP Happy Hour will be combined with the B.R.E.E.W.S. multi-chamber event. Network with FIVE chambers! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
See details below...
Brews with B.R.E.E.W.S.
Thursday, January 16, 4:30-6:30
Bearpath Golf & Country Club-18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie

Don't miss this year's Brews with B.R.E.E.W.S (Bearpath, Richfield, Eden Prairie, Edina, Waconia, and SouthWest Chambers) program! Network with over 125 area business people and create connections with members from five different chambers while you sample micro-brewed beers from local breweries! Help us crown the "Best Chamber Beer" Award! Includes beer sampling, complimentary appetizers & more!
Cost: Members- $20, Non-members- $30
Charity Bingo for SVABW
Sunday, January 19, 2:00-4:00PM
O'Brien's Public House-338 1st Ave E, Shakopee
Grab a friend and get to O'Brien's Public House in Shakopee for Charity Bingo! Sunday, January 19 from 2-4PM. All proceeds go to Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. Click Here for a Flyer with more details.
Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Show
Friday-Sunday, January 24-26
Elk River Motorsports Park-21591 US Highway 169 NW, Elk River
New Location...Same great show! The world's largest antique, vintage and collector snowmobile show. The feature for 2020 is "Winnipeg to St Paul I-500 and cross country racing". They will honor all terrain racers and cross-county events like the I-500, Jeep 500, ISOC 500, and Warroad 500! They will still have their trail ride, swap meet, races and more. 
Cost: $20 for all weekend (pre-register) or $15 for Saturday only & $10 for Sunday only
Children 12 and under are FREE.
Workplace Wellness Opportunity for Local Business
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 [email protected] .  
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
Chamber Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Location: Freshwater Community Church
138 West 1st St, Waconia

Topic: Year in Review

  • State of the Chamber from President Kellie Sites
  • Installation of 2020 Board of Directors
  • Waconia News by Mayor Kent Bloudek
  • Don't miss it! Bring a potential member...

Cost: $25/member/non-members
Lunch catered by L&L Catering/Pangea Café

 RSVP Required by Monday, January 20, 2019
To streamline check in at the event, we ask that you register and pay HERE.

Call or email to register [email protected]

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-January 2020
JAN 2 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @Carver County Historical Society. Sponsored
by Iron River Construction.
JAN 7 Annual Retail Committee Marketing Meeting 6:30PM @J. Carver Distillery
(1320 Mill Lane, Waconia)
JAN 8 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM
JAN 16 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
JAN 16 Brews with B.R.E.E.W.S 4:30-6:30PM @Bearpath Golf & County Club (18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie)
JAN 23 Annual Meeting-Freshwater Community Church (138 W 1st St, Waconia) Doors open at 11:30, adjourn by 1:00PM Register by Monday, January 20
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