Sister Saturday

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Participating businesses all over Waconia!

Join us for shopping and dining specials at
over 30 participating businesses!

9:00AM Swag Bag Line at Shop Chicks and Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe.
50 FREE swag bags at each location. Line up early as these bags go fast!
One lucky bag at each spot will contain $50 in Waconia Bucks!

Participating Businesses:
Thank you to the Retail Committee for creating a Sister Saturday video! Click below for a sneak peak of a few of the offers from businesses!
A Message from the Chamber President
Planning ahead for Fireworks and Nickle Dickle Day

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
What a year! As I write this May newsletter, I reflect back on one year ago (May 1st) since I started with the Chamber. It was a tough time to step in; and rather than plan and prepare for future events, we had to take a step back due to Covid-19.

This year feels different. The coordinating and preparations have started for the 4th of July, and also Nickle Dickle Day. We’re preparing and raising funds to support a fantastic show for this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Festival! Watch for more details in the coming weeks. Click here to read more... 
Minnesota Chamber News
Protecting employers' right to decide competitive benefits

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
"As early as this week, the Minnesota Senate and House may vote on proposals such as mandating up to 24 weeks of paid leave – that's 44 percent of work days in a year. This mandate applies to all private-sector employers, regardless of size. If enacted, Minnesota would be the only state in the nation with such expansive and expensive mandates.

Businesses and local chambers from around the state are contacting their legislators to urge them to oppose labor mandates on private-sector employers. The House labor and workforce omnibus bill is full of provisions that hurt employers in a time of economic recovery. The Senate could vote on these proposals as amendments to the Senate Jobs bill." Click Here to read more...

Minnesota Action Alerts
Make Your Voice Heard at the Capitol
Legislature must act to provide tax forgiveness on PPP loans. Minnesota does NOT automatically conform to federal tax law changes so state legislation must be passed to ensure the forgivable loans are not taxed in Minnesota and the deductibility of those expenses is allowed.
Welcome New Members
Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute PA

Dr. Marie Briden
24 East Main Street, Suite #1
Waconia, MN
Comprehensive dermatology, cosmetic, and dermatological surgery clinic. 
Farmers Insurance

Taylor Schmidt
Finance, Insurance & Investments.
DRYDOCK Consulting

Tim Schmidt
International Speaker, Author, Certified Executive Coach and Consultant.
Ambassador Visits
Rebound Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.
584 S. Cherry Dr., Waconia

Rebound has been in business helping people to improve their lives since 2008 with locations in Waconia, Hutchinson, Buffalo, and Plymouth. They are a complete orthotic and prosthetic facility providing state of the art devices for bracing, support, and the most advanced limbs. They also have a complete fabrication lab for specialized custom devices. They joined the Waconia Chamber this past fall, just in time for the Scarecrow Tour. They entered the contest with PumpCAN Man and we can’t wait to see their scarecrow for 2021!
Everson's Hardware Hank
121 MN-5, Waconia

The Everson’s family has owned the local Hardware Hank store in Waconia for over 50 years! The company was originally located downtown Waconia, and moved to Highway 5 in 1986. The Everson’s - Ron, Mary Ann, Tracy, and Deborah - have done almost every project you can imagine! Along with their knowledgeable and friendly staff, they’re ready to serve and have your project needs covered. Stop by this weekend for their new hanging basket arrivals!
SBA Grants and Funding
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application & Guidelines 

Registration will begin Friday at 8 a.m. and the application period will start on Monday, May 3 at 11 a.m. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

Under this announcement, details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available at program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Reopens at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 26. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program was established in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16.2 billion in economic relief to target industries. This SVOG portal is now open to receive applications.

Register in the portal in advance (link below).
Member News and Happenings
May Coffee Connection
Thursday, May 6, 7:30-9:00AM
Dojo Karate-546 Elm Street South, Waconia

Join us to meet in person to network and connect. No registration needed, stop in for as long as your schedule allows. Free!
Annual Membership Directory
Last Chance!
To advertise in the Waconia Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Directory
Thanks for support of our annual Chamber Membership Directory – an efficient way to connect with other members and to learn about opportunities your membership offers you.  
The Benefits to Advertising:
  • High Readership from your Target Market. 
  • Cost Effective Marketing Tool. 
  • Support of the Chamber. 
To reserve your space, please contact Kristine Richter, with Adams/ECM Publishers, at or at 952-846-2047.
City of Waconia Updates
Outdoor Dining
At the April 19 City Council meeting, Resolution 2021-111 was adopted, amending Resolution No. 2021-92 regarding permitted Outdoor Dining Area During Local Emergency. Outdoor patio seating is now at council discretion and will continue through October 31. See link below for the outdoor dining application.
Main Street/Downtown Reconstruction
At the April 19 meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 to delay the planned 2022-2023 Main Street/Downtown Reconstruction project by a year, pushing it to 2023-2024. The City would like to thank all the businesses for their feedback regarding this project.
COVID-19 Vaccine
Mackenthun's Pharmacy is holding vaccination clinics today!
851 Marketplace Drive, Waconia

They have received the Moderna, 2-dose vaccine. If you are interested in booking an appointment, use the link below. 

Friday, April 30 between 1:30 PM and 2:40 PM.
Your second shot will be scheduled 4-weeks after your first appointment. Must be at least 18 years old. 
Contact the Pharmacy directly if you have any questions 952-442-4407. Feel free to share the link with friends and family.
COVID-19 Vaccine
Do you or someone you know want a COVID-19 vaccine? 

Ridgeview continues to offer vaccines to people ages 16 and older, at appointment-only, large-scale vaccination clinics at the Lake Waconia Event Center.
Please sign-up at the link below.
Graduate Ads
Congratulate the Graduates in your Community!

Congratulations to the class of 2021! Advertising Deadline for all sections is Friday, May 7. 
Pancake & Waffle Breakfast
Friday, April 30, 7:00AM-1:30PM
Elite Nutrition-36 W Main St, Waconia 

Step 1: Pick your pancake or waffle flavor.
Step 2: Call (952.442.1194) or stop in. Please allow 15 minutes for order
(to-go containers available for extra orders).
Step 3: Pick your toppings.
Coffee Run
Saturday, May 1, 8:30-11:30AM
At the Get Hoppy 5K!
Waconia Brewing Company-255 W Main St, Waconia
WYP-Waconia Young Professionals
Wednesday, May 5, 5:00-7:00PM
Rey Azteca-813 Marketplace Drive, Waconia

The WYP group will meet this month at Rey Azteca. Young professionals ages 21-40 gather to network, learn and socialize. No registration necessary. Food & drink on your own. Questions, contact Abby Koppen
Nurses Night Out
National Nurses Day, Thursday, May 6, 5:00-9:00PM
The Hive-29 E Main St, Waconia

You are invited to an evening of connection and community, honoring you and your incredible contribution!
FREE evening OUT! Come for fun, stay for education and awareness, and leave with a new perspective on your wellness, resources, and friends. Grab and go or sit and stay!
  • Wine Tasting
  • Personal Charcuterie Boards from local, Grater Good Outdoor Seating
  • Cozy Fire
  • Professional Speakers 5:30PM
Now Hiring
Cabinetworks Group-180 Industrial Blvd, Waconia
MEDALLION-$1500 New Hire Bonus! General Labor - $17.50 per hour
  • $1/hr shift differential for 2nd shift and $2/hr for 3rd shift!
  • Make up to $2 more per hour with production incentives!
  • Same day job offers. We do not test for THC. Stable work, overtime opportunity and on-the-job training.

Come join the team at our cabinet manufacturing plant in Waconia, MN!
Cabinetworks Group is a new national leader in the cabinetry industry.
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
May Luncheon

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Location: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
8785 Airport Rd, Waconia

Guest Speaker: Kristin Campbell
Topic: Summer Refresh for your Home - Trends & Design

We will be following MN Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
In-person Cost: $25/member, $40/non-member
Deadline to register: Monday, May 24
Chamber Calendar-May 2021
MAY 5 Business Education Network-Manufacturing & Trades, 7:00-8:00AM @WHS
MAY 5 WYP (Waconia Young Professionals), 5:00-7:00PM @Rey Azteca (813 Marketplace Drive, Waconia)
MAY 6 Coffee Connection hosted by Dojo Karate, 7:30-9:00AM @546 Elm S St, Waconia
MAY 12 Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30-1:00PM @City Hall
MAY 13 Retail Committee Meeting, 8:00-9:30AM @City Hall (201 S Vine St)
MAY 15 Sister Saturday, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Participating Businesses all over Waconia
MAY 20 Ambassadors Meeting, 8:45AM starting @Chamber Office (209 S Vine St)
MAY 27 Chamber Luncheon, 11:30AM-1:00PM @Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery with Guest Speaker: Kristin Campbell, Organized Homes & Staging by Kristin LLC
Friday Facts is a publication of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce