57th annual Nickle Dickle Day-Saturday, September 15
Presenting Sponsor: OBGYN West

CD Products, Inc.
City of Waconia
Locher Bros.
Ridgeview Medical Center
UFC Farm Supply

Dance Stage Sponsor
Dance VIP Lounge Sponsor
Waconia Comfort
Mechanical Bull Sponsor
Ground Round

Carver County Fair
Creature Works Labs
Melchert Hubert Sjodin PLLP
St Jospeh's Church & School
Waconia Ford
Waconia West Carver Rotary Club
Yetzer's Home Furnishings & Flooring, Inc.

A-1 Electric Service
CenterPoint Energy
Edward Jones-Chuck Schmidt
ELKAY/Medallion Cabinetry
Iron Tap
Midwest Dental
Mini Biff
Waconia Brewing Company
Waconia Dodge Chrysler JEEP
Waconia VFW Post 5462
Waconia Vet Clinic

See you September 15!

Welcome New Chamber Members:
Arts Consortium of Carver County
Cynthia Anderson

7924 Victoria Dr
Victoria, MN 55386
Cultivating the Arts
Green Meadows Townhome Association
Cheryl Hunt

PO Box 112
Waconia, MN 55387
Homeowners Association

Why get your Dickle on?

by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
This is the most exciting and stressful time of year for me.  Anticipating Nickle Dickle Day and preparing for 25,000 visitors is a big challenge, but it’s an amazing day for Waconia. Whether you have a business right down town, or you and your employees are volunteering at the street dance or the pop booth, or you’re doing the fun runs, the Rotary Duck Races or St Joe’s 3 on 3 Basketball tournament… or you’re shopping, going to the Library book sale and having fun at one of our bars and restaurants… we all rise. I’m sure this was the goal of the Nickle Dickle Day founding fathers. 

Not only is this day lucrative for our businesses, Nickle Dickle Day is an important fundraising opportunity for many organizations, including the Chamber.  Click Here to read more...
MN Job Match innovates in connecting employers, job-seekers

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota remain challenged to find workers with the right skills. The problem is only worsening as the state’s worker shortage is expected to hit 239,000 by 2022. Hiring the right people – with the right talent – is paramount to growing Minnesota businesses and the overall state economy.

There is no single answer to addressing workforce challenges as evidenced by the numerous public- and private-sector initiatives. Most important, the problem must be tackled from the perspective of both employers and potential employees. The Minnesota Chamber, in partnership with many local chambers and other organizations, is pleased to expand our efforts. Click Here to read more...
Ribbon Cutting
Garage Bar & Bowl

Primary Contact: Dan Madsen, co-owner
16 W 1st Street, Waconia

The Ambassadors, and especially Kellie Sites, were excited to cut the ribbon for the opening of the Garage Bar & Bowl.  Dan and Amy Madsen and John Landers are the owners. They all have experience in the hospitality industry and are so excited to provide a unique environment for bowlers and non-bowlers alike. Their renovations have shown unique attention to detail and they have done a wonderful job preserving and restoring many original features to this building. This will be a great space for corporate and family events and a great place to have lunch! There is still room in the Chamber league on Wednesday nights.  Welcome to Waconia and Welcome to the Chamber!
Member News and Happenings
Nickle Dickle Fun Runs
Saturday, September 15

Registration is now open for the 5K Run/Walk, 10K and Nickle Dickle Tickle! New this year, 5K relay! Price increases August 31 , so register today!  
Best Craft Brandy Distillery in the USA? We think so!
Online Voting is open through September 3! Vote Daily!
J. Carver Distillery-1320 Mill Lane, Waconia
J. Carver Distillery has been selected as one of the USA's Best Craft Brandy Distilleries by USA Today. Help them take the top spot and put Waconia on the map for our craft Brandy! J. Carver Distillery is currently in 2nd place and hot on the heals of Korbel. You can vote once per day until September 3rd.They're so humbled to be in such esteemed company and are so appreciative of their fans who helped make this a reality for them. Thank you! Click Here to vote NOW...
Ride to the MN State Fair with Style & Ease
Through September 3
10,000 Lakes Limo
10,000 Lakes Limo is offering transportation to the Great Minnesota Get Together for 1-28 people. Different vehicle options available. Call for a good rate! 612-564-5466
Ice Cream Social Event
Saturday, September 1 Noon-5:00PM
AT&T-10720 W 10th St, Suite 106, Waconia
Please come to relax, socialize and have some ice cream! Bring the kids, bring the fun, and bring questions on anything AT&T related because they’d love to help. While you’re there, take advantage of the amazing promotions and sales they have to offer!
Promos include but are not limited to:
-Buy One, Get One free phones
-DIRECTV discounts and Free NFL SUNDAY TICKET for a year
-Discounts for all small businesses
-1 st responder appreciation discounts
-Information on the new upcoming iPhone
-Tablet and accessories sales

Come celebrate the new partnership of Connect Wireless and AT&T in Waconia! They’ll have Ice Cream, games, prizes and giveaways for everyone in attendance! 
September Coffee Connection
Thursday, September 6 7:30-9:00AM
Ameriprise Financial, Harris and Associates- 9362 Oak Ave, Waconia
Have you taken a vacation from networking? "Fall" back into the habit of making connections with fellow chamber members! FREE-Open House-style format. Stop in for a minute or as long as your schedule allows. Coffee and light snacks will be served.
It takes a lot of people power to make Nickle Dickle Day a success!

Click HERE to volunteer for the Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance Fun atmosphere. Get a free event t-shirt!

Click HERE to work in the Pop Booth on Nickle Dickle Day . Short Shifts! Sign up with your friends or family!
Coney Island Clean Up
Saturdays, September 8 & 22
Lake Waconia Regional Park-8155 Paradise Ln, Waconia
Volunteer opportunities to get involved with the clean up of Coney Island. This is a family friendly event with transportation provided to and from the island. This would also be a fun team building event for your business or organization. Lunch is provided, but registration is REQUIRED and spots are filling fast! Call 952-466-5250 or email parks@co.carver.mn.us 
Red Bandana Day
Tuesday, September 11 7:00-9:00AM
Good Samaritan Society-Westview Acres-433 W 5th St, Waconia

In honor of all first responders, we invite you to drive through our parking lot for breakfast burritos and refreshments. You're also invited to stay for the honor services by Chaplain Helmar Heckel at 9:00AM. FREE. Open to the community. Click here for details.
ELKAY Manufacturing Hiring Event
Thursday, September 13 9:00AM-4:00PM
ELKAY-180 Industrial Blvd, Waconia
ELKAY is hiring! ELKAY is looking to hire: Cabinet Builders, Machine Operators, Finishing Sprayers and Shipping Specialists. They are hosting a job fair at which applicants will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters and interview on the spot! If you (or someone you know) can't make it, apply online at www.elkay.com.
Homebrewing 101
Sunday, September 16 10:00-11:00AM
Legacy Wine & Spirits-43 Highway 5 West, Waconia
Special guest: Enki Brewing. Learn the basics of how to brew beer and how to avoid making beginner mistakes. FREE! Session size limited. Register in store or call 952-442-9002
Art Wander
September 21-23
Artist's Studios All over Carver County
From Potters to Weavers, Painters and Illustrators, Stained Glass Artists,
Woodworkers, Sculptors and Jewelers, visit their many talented artists.
Share their excitement in welcoming you into their homes and studios,
demonstrating their techniques and having the products of their creativity
available for you to take home, share as gifts or use as inspiration.
Organic Event at Mackenthun's Fine Foods
Saturday, September 29 10:00AM-1:00PM
Mackenthun's Fine Foods-Waconia
September is Organic Harvest Month! Come celebrate National Organic Harvest month on Saturday Sep, 29th 10 am until 1 pm at Mackenthun's Fine Foods. Enjoy samples, sales and demos. It's all things organic, from farm fresh produce & dairy to convenient packaged foods. 
This is a fun, family-oriented event! Bring a friend!
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
September Luncheon

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Location: Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia

"Meet The Candidates"
Contested Races:
District 4 County Commissioner
District 47A State Representative
Carver County Sheriff
City of Waconia Ward 1
District 110 Referendum information will also be provided.

Cost: $25/member, $30/not yet member
Non-members welcome. Open to the public for this
 business-focused luncheon.
RSVP Required by September 21, 2018
Call or email to register cgesinger@destinationwaconia.org

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-September 2018
SEP 6 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @Ameriprise Financial, Harris & Assoc (9362 Oak Ave, Waconia)
SEP 12 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30am-1:00PM @Maple Conference Room, City Hall-201 S Vine St
SEP 14 Nickle Dickle Eve Street Dance-Municipal Lot #1. Doors open at 7:00PM, Live music 8:00-11:00PM. See the Johnny Holm Band on the T-Mobile Stage!
SEP 15 57th Annual Nickle Dickle Day 8:00AM-5:00PM Fun all over town!
SEP 20 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @ TBD
SEP 20 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
SEP 27 Membership Luncheon 11:30AM-1:00PM @ Sovereign Estate Winery (9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia) Deadline to Register: September 21
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