Sister Saturday in Waconia!
Saturday, May 11, 9:00AM-5:00PM-ish
Participating businesses all over Waconia

9:00 Swag Bag Drop @ Everson's Hardware Hank & Haven & Home
(50 FREE bags at each) These bags go fast so you might want to line up bag at each location
will have a $50 Waconia Buck!
10:00 FREE Fashion Show @ Freshwater Community Church
Focus on fresh spring style and fashion tips. Bonus: 2 extra swag bags given away!

Bring the Girls! 15th annual Sister Saturday in Waconia...Lots of fun, pink and specials on shopping and dining at these participating businesses:

Welcome New Chamber Member:
KLC Financial
Randy Petersen
3514 Co Rd 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-836-8624 (direct)

Equipment financing & leasing
S.S. Jensen Properties
Summer Jensen
34 W Main St
Waconia, MN 55387

Property owner


by Kellie Sites, Board of Directors Chair
This time of year when the pelicans have just flown in and the daffodils are working their way to the sunshine, I’m thinking about fireworks. Where will we get all that money? The show costs about $20,000 per year. Back in the day, we had next year’s show already in the bank… but then the recession hit. Today we are raising money for this year’s show.  Do we need a fireworks show on the 4 th of July? What would happen if we just don’t collect enough money… Click here to read more...
Minnesotans say loud and clear: Don't overload on taxes

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
We recently asked Minnesota voters what they thought about current legislative proposals to raise business taxes and the gas tax, and to impose mandates on employers and employees.

The poll results reflect that Minnesotans want our state to be affordable for families and businesses to grow and flourish.  Click here to read more...
Chamber Ambassador Visits
Metlife Auto & Home

Primary Contact: Gina Burkel

 The Ambassadors visited Gina Burkel at her new office in the 24 South Olive Professional Building. She has great energy and is so happy to have an office in Waconia where she lives.  Whether you need insurance coverage for your car, home, life or business, she is here to help! At MetLife Auto & Home they offer superior insurance products filled with features that can eliminate uncertainty and create lasting peace of mind. Gina is licensed in Minnesota and has a passion for saving people money. Give her a call. Welcome to the Chamber, MetLife! 
Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Old National Bank

Primary Contact: Angie Cruzen, Branch Manager

The Ambassadors welcomed Old National Bank to Waconia with a celebratory ribbon cutting. The new bank takes over where KleinBank left off. They work hard to be your bank for life, whether that means helping you reach financial goals, supporting vital community causes or empowering associates to do the same. Talk to the financial professionals at Waconia’s Old National – one of 2017’s Best Banks to Work For. Welcome to Waconia, Old National!
Member News and Happenings
Waconia Public Services Open House
Saturday, May 4, 8:00AM-Noon
Waconia Public Services-310 10th St E
During this event, guests will have the opportunity to rub elbows with the city of Waconia's Public Services Team. Children of all ages are invited to see, touch, honk, and explore the City trucks with the guidance from the respective professionals who explain the equipment and discuss the work they accomplish with it.
Bud Break
Saturday, May 4, Noon-6:00PM
Parley Lake Winery-8280 Parley Lake Rd, Waconia
Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery-8785 Airport Rd, Waconia
Sovereign Estate Wine-9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia

Each winery will be offering special tastings and vineyard tours. No tickets or advanced purchase necessary.
Waconia Young Professionals-WYP
Wednesday, May 8, 8:30-9:30AM
Waconia United Food Shelf-11 S Elm St

WYP Time! Waconia Young Professionals, ages 21-39, will meet for a talk and tour of the Waconia United Food Shelf by assistant director Angela Rud. Please note morning meeting time! No need to RSVP. Feel free to bring a colleague.
Not Fade Away: The Buddy Holly Tribute
Friday, May 10, 8:30-10:00PM
Waconia Performing Arts Center-1650 Community Dr
Gary Rue weaves a musical tale of personal on-the-road experience with artists Gene Pitney, Bobby Vee, the Crickets and Sonny Curtis, and finally, with all roads converging on the main event -- Buddy Holly! S tarring Nick Freeman as Buddy Holly.
Featuring all the hits: Not Fade Away, True Love Ways, Rave On, Oh Boy!, Maybe Baby, and MORE!
Bridal Fair
Saturday, May 18, 1:00-5:00PM
Sovereign Estate Wine-9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia
Enjoy the spectacular setting of the Marquette Pavilion as you sample
fine food and wine and visit with the many vendors who will be on site to
introduce their services to you. Tour Sovereign Estate's facilities and meet their Events Staff.  Click here for more info.
Spin Classes Now Offered
Monday evenings at 6:00PM
Waconia Snap Fitness-1309 Oak Ave, Waconia

Waconia Snap Fitness is thrilled to announce that they now offer SPIN Class! You will burn calories, improve your cardiovascular fitness, work on strength and endurance, all while listening to upbeat music and having fun on your bike!
This is quite like no other workout - open to all fitness levels! Currently offered through a punch card system, members only.
For more info, call 952-442-3815 or
Golf Committee Members Wanted!
Please let Kellie Sites know if you are interested in working on this fun committee!
Mark your calendars...Chamber Golf Scramble: Monday, July 29.
Cowboy Crawl
Saturday, May 18
American Legion Post #150-233 S Olive St, Waconia
Garage Bar & Bowl-16 W 1st St, Waconia
Hoppers Bar & Grill-119 S Olive St, Waconia
The Saloon-Waconia-16 S Elm St, Waconia

Thursday night warm ups May 2, 9 & 16! Stop into these chamber member bars to enter to win weekly prizes. May 2-Garth Brooks concert tickets. May 16-Vikings pre-season package. Plus, all entries get entered into a grand prize drawing for Winstock tickets and camping pass. Stop by every bar to increase your chances of winning!
Waconia Guide
It’s not always easy to get to know a community – even a community as welcoming as Waconia. The Waconia Patriot’s annual Waconia Community Guide is a valuable resource for longtime residents and newcomers to the community. With information about essential services and community resources, and full-color advertisements promoting local businesses and organizations, it’s definitely something to keep handy year-round. Spots are still open, reach out to Mike Specht at the Patriot for more information on how to get included today! Click here for more info.
Waconia Beach Breakers Obstacle Run
Thursday, June 6, 5:30PM
Lake Waconia Regional Park-8170 Paradise Ln

Join Community Education & Thrivent Financial for a great new adventure! This is an obstacle course fun run for kids and adults. The course is approximately 1.5 miles and will have 10-12 obstacles along the route. Participants will get wet and dirty! Proceeds for this event will help the local School PTO’s in the Waconia area and the Inclusive Playground. All kids and adults are welcome!
ENTRY FEE WITH T-SHIRT: $25 Deadline May 24 (Entries still accepted after 5/24, but tshirt is not guaranteed)
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
May Membership Luncheon

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Location: Vandy's Grille
7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia

Topic: WHS Start Your Own Business Class
The Start Your Own Business class from Waconia High School has been working the past
8-9 weeks on authentic problems/projects with which various local businesses have tasked them.
The students have conducted primary/secondary research and performed competitive
analyses on behalf of their business partners. They recently culminated their trimesters with a business/project plan, including recommendations and solutions to each problem statement and will be presenting their findings.

Cost: $25/members, $30/non-members

 RSVP Required by Monday, May 20, 2019

To streamline check in at the event, we ask that you register and pay HERE.

Call or email to register

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-May 2019
MAY 2 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ Waconia Patriot (8 S Elm St, Waconia)
MAY 8 WYP Meeting 8:30-9:30AM @ Waconia Food Shelf Tour & Talk by Assistant
Director Angela Rud
MAY 8 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM
MAY 9 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @ Maple Conference Room City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
MAY 11 15th Annual Sister Saturday-Shopping & Dining Specials at participating
MAY 16 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
MAY 23 Chamber Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @ Vandy's Grille (7795 Laketown Pkwy,
Waconia) Register by Monday, May 20
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