Coffee Connection

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Location: SouthPoint Financial
502 Cherry Drive, Waconia

Join us for a chamber member favorite! We'd love to hear what's new with you and your business. Coffee and a light snack will be served. No need to register. Stop in for as long as your schedule allows. FREE! Hope to see you there!
Thanks Fireworks Sponsors!

Thanks to the Waconia Lions and all the Lake Waconia Fireworks business sponsors, the fireworks will go off without a hitch!

The fireworks show is July 4 at dusk from Lake Waconia Regional Park.
Get Involved - Volunteer!

Volunteers drive the Waconia Chamber and our community. Please SAVE THE DATE for these upcoming opportunities and considering donating your time!

August 11-15: Carver County Fair
September 17: Nickle Dickle Street Dance
September 18: 60th Nickle Dickle Day

Become an Ambassador
Chamber Ambassadors represent the Waconia Chamber in welcoming new businesses to Waconia, encourage participation and involvement in the Chamber, and act as a liaison to members.

A current ambassador said after last month's Ambassador meeting:
"Through my Chamber connections, specifically Ambassadors, I have two new customers just today. So if anyone wants to know – YES the Chamber does work to connect businesses! Thanks for all you do!"

Ambassadors gather the third Thursday of the month at 8:45am-10:45am. It's a great way to make connections and build your network! If you're interested in becoming an Ambassador, email Chelsey.
A Message from the Chamber President
Lake Waconia Fireworks scheduled to go off with a bang!

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
The Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival (a 501c4 non-profit operated by the Waconia Chamber of Commerce) has been fundraising and organizing the 4th of July show for decades. In collaboration with a dedicated group of longtime experienced volunteers, the show has been delivered to the community to celebrate America’s birthday. We’re thrilled to be bringing the show back for Independence Day, but it won’t come without a few obstacles. 
The planning for the 2021 show began in January, and preparations began to raise $30,000 for the fireworks display. During the initial meetings lead pyrotechnic, Ryan Christianson, anticipated challenges. Fireworks from China in shipping containers in the ocean needed to pass through customs. Production in China and supply chain issues led to shortages and have caused the prices to increase. Nationwide, there has been a hike in fireworks pricing and the cost of shipping has doubled.

Luckily this year’s fireworks were purchased early, and the pyrotechnics team was able to receive the inventory for a great show.   Click here to read more... 
2021-22 Waconia Chamber of Commerce Official Visitors Map
The Map is back…Just in time for the Carver County Fair!

I want to thank you in advance for your support of the 2021-22 Waconia Chamber of Commerce Map. We didn’t publish this in 2020 due to Covid-19 but we have a community need for more maps. We developed this valuable resource to offer you an efficient way to introduce your business to people who live in the community and people moving into our community. 

We have had very positive feedback about the map and want to continue to make it a part of your membership benefit. We rely on member advertising to support publishing the map, so if you have not reserved your space for advertising, I encourage you to do so this week. Click below for more map information.  
Welcome New Members
Dostal CPA & Tax Consulting

Matt Dostal
19 Main St N
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Sign Gypsies

Nicole Lee
(952) 334-4333
Promotional/marketing items

Ribbon Cuttings & Ambassador Visits
PuroClean of Waconia

PuroClean is a property restoration business specializing in water damage, mold removal, fire and smoke damage, and biohazard damage. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the latest restoration cleaning equipment, PuroClean is prepared to clean and restore for your residential or commercial properties.
Dostal CPA & Tax Consulting
(952) 214-4633

Dostal CPA Tax & Consulting provides a full range of tax, accounting, bookkeeping, consulting, payroll and business services, either in person or remote! Their qualified accounting professionals ensure your records are maintained correctly and accurately, as well as setup and train your staff on financial systems. Get in touch with Matt today for a free consultation!
Parley Lake Winery
8350 Parley Lake Road, Waconia

Parley Lake Winery debuted a newly expanded bar and deck space. The deck and new bar keeps the old feel of the 136-year-old barn but adds extended service area inside and seating with a great view outside. Check out the lower level of the barn addition to see over 100 works of art on display! The winery is open Friday-Sunday and reservations are required.
Member News and Happenings
2021 ArtStock Art, Wine & Music Festival
July 10-11
Parley Lake Winery

ArtStock is a 2-day art & music festival. In addition to the artist booths and the picturesque, vineyard/orchard setting, live music fills the air both days enhancing this wonderful, summertime experience. The Arts Consortium of Carver County welcomes all artists and festival-goers to the 2021 ArtStock Art, Wine & Music Festival which includes an assortment of exciting artists representing diverse media such as photography, sculpture, wearable arts, glass, fibers, painting, and more… there is truly something for everyone!
Waconia Baseball Association in Search of Volunteers
WCH2021 is a couple of months away and we would love for all of our Waconia Baseball Association members to put it on the calendar. This event will only be as successful as our wonderful volunteers. So here's your chance to be a part of the 98th annual State Amateur Baseball Tournament!
Thank you for being a part of the Waconia Krew! It's going to be a tournament for the ages!
Waconia Hockey Seeking Competitive Coaches!
The Waconia Youth Hockey Association is looking for non-parent coach applicants at the Squirt, Pewee, and Bantam boys levels and at the U10 and U12 girls level for the upcoming 2021-2022 hockey season. Our coaches are some of the highest paid in the metro and we include paid travel for out of town tournaments + reimbursement of expenses.  Application can be found at . Inquiries can be sent to Dan Schuler at

Save the Date
Waconia Hockey has a few fundraising events coming up in the community you don’t want to miss! More information will be posted on the WHA social media and website soon:
WHA Ice Out Event – Saturday, Sept. 25
WHA Annual Golf Tournament – Monday, September 27 at Island View Golf Course.
We hope you can join us! 
COBRA American Rescue Plan & Wage Hour Refresher
July 8, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Virtual Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Join two specialist from the Department of Labor to learn about the premium subsidies for COBRA under the American Rescue Plan, and how to apply federal wage and hour provisions in a COVID-19 world. Employers and plan service providers will learn about the COBRA premium assistance provisions and how to comply, get updates on relevant federal wage and hour laws. The Wage and Hour Division's mission is protecting essential workers' workplace rights and informing employers of compliance assistance information critical to their day to day business decisions.
Cabinetworks Group Hiring!
Now hiring builders, packagers, machine operators, and finishers. New hire bonus, competitive pay, shift differential, referral bonus, production incentive program, weekly paycheck, excellent benefits, product discounts! Apply online at or text "APPLY" to 612-662-0114. We want you on our team!  
Ad Space Available
Senior Living Special Section
Reserve by July 2
Does your business cater to those 55 and older? Would you like to get your business in front of an older segment?
Please consider advertising in our Senior Living Special Section, published July 8. Discounts are available. Contact Mike Specht with any questions and or concerns and to reserve your ad space. Note: We run Mature Lifestyles four times per year: January, April, September, and November. We run Senior Living one time a year in July.
HomeTown Bank Named Top Workplace
HomeTown Bank received the special recognition of being named a Star Tribune Top 175 Workplace! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey which all our employees participated in. With nearly 3,000 organizations participating in the survey, we are beyond honored to be in the top 175.
We love our employees and our Waconia community!
Mackenthun's Rib Fest
July 17, 10:00AM-4:00PM
851 Marketplace Drive, Waconia
Enjoy a taste of Mackenthun's at the Rib Fest community celebration. We will have a rib contest, rib eating, Bingo, pony rides, a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, music, community fun! Come enjoy the day with us!
Upcoming Chamber Events
15th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble

Monday, July 19, 2021
10:30AM registration
12:00PM shotgun start
Location: Island View Golf Club
We invite accomplished, amateur and wanna-be golfers to join us in this year's Chamber Golf Scramble. This year's theme is "Let's Play Ball!" The scramble is open to the public.

The 19th Hole
Don't golf but still want in on the fun? Join us at the 19th Hole BBQ on the Vandy's Grille deck at 4:30PM. Advance registration required and $25 ticket includes burger/brat and a beer.

More Ways to Get involved
The Bloody Mary Tent sponsorship is still available or volunteer at the event, sponsor a hole, or donate a prize.
Chamber Calendar - July 2021
JULY 1 Coffee Connection, 7:30-9:00AM @SouthPoint Financial (502 Cherry Dr)
JULY 4 Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival, dusk
JULY 8 Retail Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:30AM @City Hall
JULY 14 Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30-1:00PM @City Hall
JULY 15 Ambassadors Meeting, 8:45AM starting @Chamber Office (209 S Vine St)
JULY 19 15th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble @Island View Golf Club
JULY 27 Chamber 101
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