18th Annual Sister Saturday

Saturday, May 14
Deals & Steals all over town
Join us for shopping and dining specials at 30 participating businesses! 9:00AM Swag Bag Line at Hustle & Heart Sports and Mainstream Boutique. 50 FREE swag bags at each location. Line up early as these bags go fast!
Advanced Dermatology
& Cosmetic Institute
Bundle Studio
Elite Nutrition
Everson's Hardware Hank
Franklin Printing
Garage Bar & Bowl
HomeTown Bank
Hoppers Bar & Grill
Hustle & Heart Sports
Infinity Diamond Jewelery
Iron Tap
Laketown Home & Garden
Lola's Lakehouse
Lovett Home & Garden
Mackenthun's Fine Foods
Main St. Floral
Mainstream Boutique
Mocha Monkey
Mystic Fortress Games
Pangea Cafe
Paws Inn Pet Essentials
Sam & Friends
Shop Chicks Co
Soulful Smoothies
The Hive
The Stash of Waconia
Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe
Unearthed Arts
Waconia Brewing Company 
Welcome New Members
Brie & Amy | Edina Realty

Brie Piller
Amy Labo
Bundle Studio

Rebecca Petersen
104 W Main St, Waconia
A Message from the President
May is a time to show honor, appreciation, and celebrate!

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
It’s May; a time to welcome a change in the season! Did you know that May Day was referred to as International Workers’ Day during the 19th-century Labor Movement? Coincidently, I started my work at the chamber on that very day two years ago. I hadn’t necessarily thought of May Day as a worker day, but more of a day for new beginnings (and May Day baskets on doorsteps). Chelsey also began her role at the chamber in the month of May and will celebrate her one year “workaversary” on this upcoming Sister Saturday.

May is filled with national days to celebrate business industries and workers in a number of different fields. First, to all the moms- Happy Mother’s Day! Being a mom is a big job, and it deserves special recognition! In case you missed it, here are a few important groups to celebrate yet this week (and always): Continue reading...
At the Capitol: FINALLY! UI Trust Fund fix signed into law

Late last week, legislative leaders and Governor Walz finally came to an agreement to fix the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit, stopping a $2.7 billion tax increase on Minnesota employers. Both the House and Senate passed this bill on bipartisan votes and Governor Walz signed it into law late Friday. This helps every single business in the state with employees and is a major victory following months of delays and political negotiations by lawmakers. 
This deal included the Chamber's request that UI payroll tax rates be reverted to pre-pandemic levels. Because this law was enacted after the March 15 deadline, the Chamber worked to ensure refunds or credits for quarter one overpayments as well as a grace period for businesses to remit these payments were included in the final package.
Due to the delay in enacting the UI fix, there's some confusion from employers on how the fix impacts their business. See link below.
Also included in the agreement was bonuses for frontline workers. The final deal included a definition that covers nearly 667,000 workers and the appropriation was increased to $500 million in order to provide a nearly $750 dollar bonus to each worker. For information on eligibility, what this means for employers and more, see link below.
See link below for a video explanation of UI, from the Director of Workplace Management and Workforce Development Policy, Lauryn Schothorst.  
Ambassador Visits
Waconia City Lifestyle
Primary contact: Amy Janzen
(612) 987-4806

Waconia City Lifestyle is a new magazine coming soon that focuses on shopping local and supporting the community. With a print and digital presence, it will tell stories of the people who live in the Waconia community.
Fibrenew Southwest Lakes
Primary contact: Doug Flavion
(952) 219-0197

Fibrenew is a mobile and on-site restoration company. Doug can repair leather, vinyl, plastic and other materials on furniture, vehicle interiors, siding, windows, medical furniture and more!
Waconia Fire Relief Association
Primary contact: Rickard Dahlo
26 South Maple St
(952) 334-1255 

The Waconia Fire Relief Association is made up of firefighters with a mission to support firefighters and firefighter families. The group hosts fundraisers, such as the spring and fall pancake breakfast events.
Member News and Happenings
To the Healthcare Industry Members:

In January of 2020 a grant was applied for and awarded through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to increase student interest in the area of healthcare careers. Due to Covid restrictions, the implementation of this grant was put on hold. However, we’re pleased to announce that the coordination and implementation is happening now. As part of this grant, the Business Education Network is partnering with high school to host Teachers in the Workplace in the field of healthcare! The dates for this program are June 6-9 & June 13-15.
If your business is interested in participating in this program with ISD110 teachers (must be in the field of healthcare), please complete the link below. Questions regarding the program can be addressed to Kelly Jo Raether, WHS Work Experience Coordinator; Jenni Sebora, WHS Transitions Program Teacher; or by replying to this email
Don't Worry Be Hoppy Run

Saturday, May 7
ONLINE REGISTRATION: Will close at Noon Friday May 6th. Register in person and pick-up your packets Friday May 6th: 3:00pm - 7:00pm or on Race Day May 7th beginning at 7:30am, all @ the Waconia Brewing Company! A potion of the profits supports the KAT6A Foundation.
Music in May: Traveled Ground at City Square Park

Saturday, May 7
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us at City Square Park for a free concert by Traveled Ground. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the Waconia Library. This project was funded (in part or in whole) with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Celebrate Mom! 

Plan ahead with flowers, brunch and beverages for Mother's Day this Sunday!
Everson's Hardware Hank
121 E Hwy 5, Waconia
Hanging baskets now available! Open Monday-Friday 8:00AM-6:30PM, Saturday 8AM-5PM, and Sunday 10AM-3PM. 
Laketown Home & Floral
24 West 1st St, Waconia
Fresh flowers have arrived!
Open Hours
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10AM-4PM
Thursday-Friday: 10AM-5PM
Saturday: 9AM-4PM
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Lovett Garden Home and Floral
9460 Co Rd 10 E, Waconia
April Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-6PM. Spring Annuals, Pansies, Ranunculus, Tulips & Daffodils, Cold Crops, 10 Varieties of Seed Potatoes, Garlic & Onion Sets, Seed Savers Seeds, Succulents, Air Plants & House Plants, Soil & Fertilizers. All available now!
Mackenthun's Floral Department & Garden Center
851 Marketplace Dr, Waconia
Check out the Mackenthun's Floral Department and Garden Center for gifts for mom. Waconia Facebook for opening date updates on the garden center.
Main St. Floral
52 West Main St, Waconia
Open Hours
Monday-Friday: 10AM-4PM
Saturday: 9AM-2PM
Sunday: Closed
Waconia Saloon
Sunday, May 8
16 S Elm St, Waconia
What's better than mimosas and cheeseburgers? Come in on Sunday for $3.50 mimosas and $5 cheeseburgers and celebrate the moms in your life!
Vandy's Grille
Sunday, May 8
7795 Laketown Pkwy, Waconia
Join us in celebration and enjoy a deliciously festive Mother's Day brunch at Vandy's Grille! Reservations are required. Call for seating time availability. Enjoy a selection of sweet and savory favorites for just $29.50 per guest. We look forward to welcoming your families Sunday, May 8th!
Sovereign Estate
Sunday, May 8
12-6:00PM, Ticketed Concert 6:00PM
9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia
Bring MOM out this weekend! Saturday - Treat her to a wine tasting reservation with the Best Wines in Minnesota! Our Patio and Veranda are open for outdoor seating following your tour and tasting. 
Sunday - We will be accepting Patio and Cabana reservations until 3:00. Special Menu items for Mother's Day at the Bistro window. All guests staying past 5:30 must have a concert ticket! The Neil Diamond Tribute Concert starts at 6pm. Almost sold out! Hurry before they are gone.
Shred with Shannon Box and Breathe

Friday, May 13
May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Join us for a Kickboxing class followed by yoga, stretching & breathwork. Class is FREE to attend - free-will donations are accepted. 100% of donations will be donated to the LIVIN Foundation whose mission is to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Donations can be accepted via cash, check or Venmo (@shannon-turek-2). 
Business Owner Meetings | Downtown Reconstruction

Wednesday, May 18
2:00PM or 5:00PM
The City of Waconia invites you to attend a Business Owner Meeting to learn more about the project and to provide input on various street width and layout options. If you are unable to make either meeting time or would like to talk to the project team one-on-one, please contact Project Manager Jake Saulsbury at jake.saulsbury@bolton-menk.com or 612-756-4319
Ridgeview Free Skin Cancer Screening

Saturday, May 21
Ridgeview Clinic Arlington
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? The good news is that 99 percent of all cases are curable if treated early. Ridgeview providers are offering free screening by appointment; call 952.442.8083. This is not a full-body screening, but an opportunity to have a particular spot or area briefly examined. Screening will be at Ridgeview Clinics in Arlington (601 W Chandler St).
Lola's Lake Waconia Race

Saturday, June 4
Price increase May 6
Join us for the 11th Annual Lola's Lake Waconia Half Marathon, 10 Mile & 5K race. This race is 30 minutes west of the Twin Cities around the beautiful Lake Waconia. Race starts and finishes at City Square park then join the post race party at Lola's Lake House. 
Employment Counseling with CareerForce Chaska
Tuesday, May 24
217 S Vine St, Waconia

Meet with an employment counselor for one-on-one help with your job search. Waconia Library: 4th Tuesday of the month from 2-5PM.
Carver County is Minnesota's Healthiest County for 10th Straight Year
Carver County ranks first among all Minnesota counties, according to the 2022 County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and supported by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This marks the 10th consecutive year Carver County placed first among counties statewide. The County ranked first in both health outcomes and health factors. 
Kristin Therese Designs Celebrates 12 Years
It's hard to believe, but this month marks my 12th year in business! When I think of where I started to now, it is mind-blowing, and I'm deeply grateful for the support and encouragement I've received by many family members, friends and business connections.  

Many of the gifts that have been given to me through owning this business have been unexpected. My confidence has grown, I've been allowed opportunities that have developed my leadership skills, and I've learned more than I ever thought possible; not only as it pertains to staging and design, but also in being a business owner, and running a successful business. 
I truly love what I do and am blessed to work with my incredible Realtor partners and amazing clients on their home decorating and design projects!  
2022-23 Chamber 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. The 2022-23 Membership Directory is in production and limited ads are available in our directory.

The benefits of advertising in the directory:
·    High Readership from your Target Market. 
·    Cost Effective Marketing Tool. 
·    Support of the Chamber. 
To reserve your space, please contact Shelley Dery with Adams/ECM Publishers, at shelley.dery@apgecm.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Chamber office at 952-442-5812. Thank you for making our annual directory possible.
Upcoming Events
May Luncheon

Thursday, May 19 , 2022
Location: Emagine Waconia Theatre

Grow Here: County Commissioners
Commentary as City Meets Rural
Carver County Commissioners
John P. Fahey & Tim Lynch

Cost: $30/member; $40/nonmember
Deadline to register: Monday, May 16
Chamber Calendar - May 2022
MAY 11 Board Meeting, 11:30AM-1PM @Melchert Hubert Sjodin
MAY 12 Retail Committee, 8-9AM @City Hall
MAY 14 18th Annual Sister Saturday, 9AM-5PM
MAY 19 Ambassadors, 8:45AM @City Hall
MAY 19 Member Luncheon, 11:30AM-1PM @Emagine Waconia Theatre
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