Last call for Scarecrows!
Waconia Scarecrow Tour

Hosting a scarecrow is a chamber-member benefit and your business will be listed on the map/ballot. The $50 participation fee is used toward an ad in Waconia Living magazine, two full-page ballot ads and one front page banner ad in the Waconia Patriot, and printed maps to have available in your business . The 14th Annual Waconia Scarecrow Tour will take place October 14-24.

The deadline to participate is extended to TODAY, Friday 10/1, at 5:00PM. Contact the Chamber office to host. 
60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day Recap

Thank you to the Nickle Dickle Day sponsors, volunteers, committee, and anyone who helped us put on the event. It was a great day and we couldn't have done it without your support.

Check out our photos and video to recap the 60th Annual Nickle Dickle Day! Save the date for next year: September 17, 2022.
Welcome New Members
Suburban Waste Services

Paul Rosland
7125 W 126th St. Suite 500
Savage, MN 55378
Trash Collection/Dumpsters

A Message from the Chamber President
5 ways the Waconia Chamber can support local businesses

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
People have asked, “Now that Nickle Dickle Day is over, what’s the Chamber working on next?” I’ve learned that there’s never a “end one project and start the next,” but rather a continuous cycle of multiple happenings; events are just one segment.

One of our next strategies is to continue to learn more about the needs of our local businesses by connecting with you, and asking deeper questions. The chamber is a voice for business and supports the Waconia community. Continue reading...
A Message from the Chamber President
Chamber events bring the business community together

by Doug Loon
President, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
For more than a century, chambers of commerce throughout Minnesota have connected businesses to each other and to their communities. We take pride in being the connection point for employers and employees – those who create a great quality of life and sustain Minnesota’s economy – and the communities in which we all enjoy that life.
Events are a great way to make these connections. The Minnesota Chamber hosts more than 50 events every year, which range in size from 10 to 2,000 guests, and welcome with more than 4,000 total attendees.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic challenged everyone’s ability to enjoy these gatherings in person, the Minnesota Chamber and our local chamber partners continued to bring you programming to grow your network and your knowledge base. Continue reading...
Ambassador Visits & Ribbon Cuttings
Frozen Five Ice Creamery
8 West 1st St., Waconia

Nick and Kristen Hillesheim turned a family hobby into the Frozen Five Ice Creamery on 1st Street in Waconia! Frozen Five features unique ice cream flavors made right in store from scratch with fresh ingredients. Frozen Five Ice Creamery is open weekends.
Trucker Logistics
235 West Main St. Suite 290, Waconia

Trucker Logistics helps clients find carriers to ship product across the country. Chad Almjeld opened his Waconia office just over a year ago and currently has one staffer with him in Waconia and three more in a Marshall office. Trucker Logistics focuses on excellent customer service and communication with clients.
Member News and Happenings
October Coffee Connection
October 7, 7:30AM-9:00AM
Bakery on Main
136 W Main St., Waconia
Network and connect! 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!
Mackenthun's Recognized with Social Responsibility Award
The Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to award Mackenthun’s Fine Foods the Social Responsibility award as part of the 2021 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“It’s clear Mackenthun’s Fine Foods is a cornerstone in their communities,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “It’s just not common today to find fifth generation owners of a retail business in Minnesota, but it’s clear Mackenthun’s connection and love for their community is what has sustained their business."

“We’ve been in the community for over 100 years,” say Mackenthun’s Fine Foods owners Jessa Theis and Jaime Mackenthun. “One of guiding principles is that we are only as strong as the community around us. Community is a big part of what we do, and that includes being active in the Chamber and giving back to area organizations."
Fall at the Farm Fun(d)raiser
October 1, 6-9PM
Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead

Enjoy live music by Traveled Ground, BBQ by Iron Tap, local wine by Parley Lake Winery, and decadent desserts by Bakery on Main. The evening activities include a wine pull, silent auction, and farm tours. The event benefits the Jeffris Family Foundation Challenge Campaign to restore the Andrew Peterson Farmhouse.
Yetzer's Fall Sale Starts Friday
Starts October 1

Celebrate summer with Yetzer's Fall Sale starting October 1st! All three stores are on sale! We are taking pre-orders too, or you can buy right off our floor, nothing is held back!


Come in today, you won't want to miss this event!
Teddy Bear Picnic in the Park
October 2, 12PM-1:30PM
City Square Park, Waconia
Nate Matousek State Farm Agency is excited to bring the Teddy Bear Band back to Waconia for a free family event open to all! We will serve a picnic lunch starting at noon, followed by a performance from The Teddy Bear Band from 12:30pm-1:15pm. Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs for the picnic, and your best dance moves for the music!
Southern Valley Alliance Brews & Bingo
October 3, 2-5PM
Schram Haus

Join Southern Valley Alliance on Sunday, October 3 from 2-5PM, for a fun night of Brews and Bingo. For more information visit: or call 952-873-4214.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is an important time to honor and remember victims and survivors of domestic violence. By displaying purple lights and DVAM yard signs, you can take a stand against domestic violence, create awareness, and show victim-survivors they are not alone. This October, display a purple light outside your home or display a yard sign available from SVA for a $10 donation.
For more information, and to order your signs: Email or Call 952-873-421.
Carvery County Public Health Grants Available
October 14, 1-2PM

Carver County Public Health is providing grant funds and consulting through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) worksite wellness initiative. This is a valuable opportunity to improve the culture of health at your worksite through changes to policy, systems and the environment. Kris Keykal from AdvantageHealth has been brought on to provide no-cost consulting to Carver County worksites throughout the SHIP process. She will be available to help guide funded projects, as well as to provide expertise to establish the foundational elements of a wellness program.
Please join us for a webinar on "Returning to the Workplace: Employee Wellbeing" on Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1PM-2PM. Kris will share information on how to keep your employees resilient with returning to the workplace as well information about SHIP grant funding and the opportunities available. 
Mackenthun's 2021 Bag Hunger Food Drive
October 15-November 11

The 2021-22 school year has arrive and, along with it, Mackenthun's Annual Bag Hunger Food Drive! We are excited to announce we will again partner with schools to collect donations for our local food shelves!

Sign up your school, family, or organization to help collect donations. The goal this year is to collect 20,000 pounds of food!
Fall Cocktail Class & Barrel Room Experience
October 21

Join us for our Fall Cocktail Class at J. Carver Distillery on October 21 with our own Gina Holman, one of the Twin Cities’ premier mixologists. Gina will help you discover intriguing and delicious ways to use some of J. Carver's fine products just in time for the holidays. Advance ticket purchase required.

Your $60 registration includes:
-Choice of J.Carver Spirits, 375ml bottle (up to $28 value)
-Four cocktail samples
-Recipes and class notes
-Light appetizers
-Barrel room tour
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Location: Cabinetworks Group
10501 10th Street, Waconia
Topic: Made in Waconia
Join us as we celebrate National Manufacturing Month
with a panel of speakers from several of Waconia's manufacturers.
Cost: $25/member, $40/non-member
Deadline to register: Monday, October 25
Chamber Calendar - October 2021
OCTOBER 6 Business Education Network-Manufacturing & Trades, 7:00AM
OCTOBER 7 Coffee Connection, 7:30-9AM @Bakery on Main
OCTOBER 12 Tourism Meeting, 9:00AM @Parley Lake Winery
OCTOBER 13 Board of Directors Retreat
OCTOBER 14 Retail Meeting, 8:00AM @City Hall
OCTOBER 14-24 Scarecrow Tour and Contest
OCTOBER 28 Ambassadors Meeting, 8:45AM @City Hall
OCTOBER 28 Chamber Luncheon, 11:30AM-1:00PM @Cabinetworks Group
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