D.E.A.R. in Waconia
November 3 9:00AM-5:00PM
Participating Businesses all over Waconia

Join the hunt! 32 participating businesses have joined together to bring you some fantastic specials. Call your girlfriends, sisters, friends and family and plan to spend the day (or weekend) out and about in Waconia!
Welcome New Chamber Members:
American Legion Post 150
Gerald Volkenant

233 S Olive St
Waconia, MN 55387

Veteran's Organization
Farmer's Insurance
David Iverson

4080 Tower St
St Bonifacius, MN 55375
Main St Floral
Jennifer Templin

52 W Main St
Waconia, MN 55387
Floral & Gift Shop

Top 10 Reasons why Waconia IS the Best Town in Minnesota for me.

by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
So – Minnesota Monthly just broke the news regarding their top 5 towns in Minnesota. We were in the running, having made the Top 10… alas, we were not selected this year to be in the Top 5. Last year we made the Top 3 but Bemidji came out the “winner.”   This year the top 5 towns are Northfield, White Bear Lake, Fergus Falls, Eden Prairie and Roseville.  I wish them all the best.

Here’s what I love about Waconia: Click here to read more...
Bill Blazar leaves footprint on Minnesota Chamber Federation

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Bill Blazar retired last month as senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber. His legacy will live on in the Minnesota Chamber Federation and communities across the state. I am hard-pressed to think of another individual with the knowledge and passion for developing and growing Minnesota’s economy.

His accomplishments during a stellar 27-year career have left an indelible mark on all programs and initiatives of this organization. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Grow Minnesota! Partnership, the Minnesota Chamber’s distinctive private-sector job retention and creation program. The brainchild of Blazar, the program is in its 16 th year and operates with 70-plus local chamber partners. Click here to read more...
Ribbon Cutting
Main St Floral

Primary Contact: Jennifer Templin, co-owner
52 W Main Street, Waconia

The Ambassadors enjoyed cutting a ribbon with Main St Floral owners Jennifer and Andrew Templin. Also pictured are Rebecca Pederson and Elissa Gassen – part of their team. Not pictured are McKenna Pederson, Katie Trapp and Evelyn Willenbring.  Jennifer and Andrew are so excited to have this flower and gift shop business on Main Street in Waconia.  They purchased the Curly Willow business from Randy and Avis Hammer, who still operate Willow Winds Gardens.  Main St Floral is a full-service florist shop and will soon be carrying gifts like the Wild Bird Store used to carry as well as a new Scandinavian line of products.  Follow their Facebook page and watch for their expanded website coming soon. Congratulations and welcome to Waconia and the Chamber!
Member News and Happenings
Holiday Lights Tour-Book Now!
10,000 Lakes Limo 612-564-5466 (LIMO)

Book your holiday lights tour now with 10,000 Lake Limo! Great idea for company parties, employee incentives or gifts. Contact for rates at 612-564-5466 or info@10000lakeslimo.com
Waconia Toy Drive
Toys due to City Hall: Monday, December 3 @ 4:30PM
Waconia City Hall-201 S Vine St

The Women of Waconia are pleased to announce the 15th annual Waconia Toy Drive. They anticipate this toy drive benefiting over 300 kids in the Waconia school district area. Please consider supporting the Waconia Toy Drive and keeping your donations local.
Workplace Wellness Funding Opportunity
Create a Culture of Health

Carver County Public Health is excited to announce a funding opportunity for Carver County businesses. Public Health is accepting grant proposals for funding from worksites interested in creating healthier work environments. Creating healthy work environments and encouraging healthy behaviors can have a positive impact on worksite culture and employee health. 

Grant proposals must address healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding support, tobacco use, or the fundamentals of workplace wellness. Public Health will provide assistance and resources to partners to implement evidence-based strategies. Please visit www.co.carver.mn.us/worksites to learn more or complete the grant proposal. Grant proposals are due no later than January 18, 2019. 
Veteran's Day Lunch
Sunday, November 11 11:30AM
St. John's UCC Church-12984 Cty Rd 51, Norwood Young America

St. John’s UCC will be hosting Emmy award winning producer Luke Heikkila on Veterans Day to speak about his work on the TPT original “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam.” Program begins at 11:30 am. A free will lunch will follow. No registration necessary.
Congratulations to Xcel Energy!
Xcel Energy has been recognized among the world's best employers by Forbes magazine. The Forbes ranking is based on survey responses from employees who rate their employer by describing how likely they would be to recommend them and identifying other companies they admired. Xcel Energy is the highest-ranking U.S. electric utility on the Forbes list in 2018.
Community Tree Lighting
Friday, November 23 6:00-7:00PM
City Square Park-100 E Main St, Waconia
Join us for a fun community night out as we light up city Square Park for the holidays. Santa, "Elf", the Grinch, llama-reindeer and more arrive at 6:00PM. Enjoy cocoa provided by Women of Waconia, warm fires and caroling. Bring a new, unopened toy to donate for the Waconia Toy Drive.
Lorie Line presents Lord of Lords
Friday, November 23 7:30PM
Waconia Performing Arts Center-1400 Community Dr
 Pianist Lorie Line once again brings the true meaning of Christmas to town with her 2018 Holiday Extravaganza. This year’s theme, Lord of Lords, is a sequel to last year’s “best ever” show. Not to miss, Ms. Line will bring her Pop Chamber Orchestra and a guest vocalist along with her concert grand piano that takes center stage.
Make plans now to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra!
Host a Coffee Connection
The Chamber is looking for Coffee Connection Hosts for 2019. This is one of the most popular chamber programs and member benefits. If you are interested in spotlighting your business and inviting the membership into your location, click here for details.
Congratulations to Laketown Electric Corporation!
CEO Matt Bergmann and his team are a repeat "Fast 50" honoree, hitting The List at No. 10 this year in the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. This is Laketown Elecrtic Corp's third consecutive year on the list and their revenue has grown 139 percent since 2015.  They purchased Javens Electric in August – a company with 30 employees in Southern Minnesota.  Matt is always on the lookout for highly skilled tradespeople and youth that are considering his trade as a career. Clearly there is much success to be had in this industry under the leadership of Matt Bergmann!  
Alaska Info Night
Tuesday, December 11 5:30PM
Travel Easy-16 W Main St, Waconia
Join Travel Easy for an information night about their upcoming Alaska tour. The tour is 4 days on land and a 7-night cruise through the inside passage. Early booking discount of $150 off per person. Deposit and final payment must be paid by cash or check to qualify.
RSVP to be entered into a drawing! 952-442-4443
Waconia Bucks
Waconia Bucks are a great gift ANYTIME! Valid at any Chamber Member business. (It's a chamber member benefit!) You may want to offer these as an incentive or holiday gift.
Available in any denomination. If you need to order several, we recommend calling 952-442-5812 or emailing the chamber office in advance.
Your News Here
If you have good news you would like to share with the membership, send it to our office! Awards, promotions, events, needs, etc. Deadline for information is Wednesday at noon prior to the Friday posting. Posts will be shared for 2 weeks. Click here to send your info!
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
November Luncheon

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Location: Olympic Hills Golf and Country Club
10625 Mt Curve Rd, Eden Prairie

"Networking with Stevie Ray"
Join us for a fun, engaging educational luncheon with Stevie Ray.
Hosted in conjunction with the Eden Prairie and Southwest Metro Chambers
of Commerce-maximizing your networking potential!

Cost: $30/member, $55/Non-member

RSVP Required by November 12, 2018
Call or email to register cgesinger@destinationwaconia.org

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-November 2018
NOV 1 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @Waconia Women's Health
NOV 2 Scout It Out (DEAR Preview event!) Fashion Show & Home Decor presentation
NOV 3 D.E.A.R. Divas Enjoying Awesome Retail-Shopping & Dining specials all over
town at participating businesses
NOV 8 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @Maple Conference Rm in City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
NOV 14 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM
NOV 15 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
NOV 15 Monthly Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @Olympic Hills Golf & Country Club.
Register by Monday, November 12
NOV 23 Community Tree Lighting in City Square Park 6:00-7:00PM
DEC 6 SAVE THE DATE- Chamber Holiday Social-Thursday, December 6 @Garage Bar &
Bowl. Watch for details!
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