58th Annual Nickle Dickle Day!
Saturday, September 14, 8:00AM-5:00PM

There is still time to support this community festival by volunteering (see below).

2019 Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor -OBGYN West

Carver County Abstract & Title, CD Products, Choices Psychotherapy Inc, City of Waconia, Locher Bros, Marta Beckett Homes, Qdoba, Ridgeview Medical Center, UFC Farm Supply, Waconia Ford

Dance Stage Sponsor -T-Mobile
Dance Seating Area Sponsor -Waconia Comfort
Mechanical Bull -Crusher Crossfit Waconia
Medallion Hunt -acpi

Carver County Fair, Freshwater Community Church, Melchert Hubert Sjodin PLLP, Mini Biff, Old National Bank, St Joseph Church & School, Waconia West Carver Rotary Club

A-1 Electric, Clarity Chiropractic & Wellness Center, CenterPoint Energy, Egg Cetera Cafe, Iron Tap, Nagel Assisted Living, Nate Matousek State Farm, The Main Scoop, Waconia Veterinary Clinic, Yetzer's Home Store

VOLUNTEER: Nickle Dickle Day is an amazing event, but we cannot do it without a lot of amazing volunteers. If you or your organization would like to volunteer in the Chamber pop booth
Click HERE. W ear your logo-wear. Great community involvement!

Nickle Dickle Eve Dance!
Friday, September 13, 8:00-11:00PM (Gates open at 7:00)

Dance to the sounds of the Johnny Holm Band! 21 plus event. Cash Bar.
Get your tickets NOW at Hoppers, Mackenthun's Fine Foods or Waconia Brewing Company $8 in advance
Tickets $10 cash at the gate.
Need a chair? Bring your own-$5 additional fee for Chair Lounge Area
Labor-Glad to be working

by Kellie Sites, President
As Labor Day approaches on Monday I’ve been thinking about all the issues around “labor”.  Certainly, if you have ever given birth, that kind of labor is something else. 
We cannot get our work done without “laboring.” Do you enjoy what you do? If you are the boss, are your employees glad to go to your place of business to get their work done? Are they proud of the company? Think about the ways you can impact your environment by being a source of positivity. You can set the tone.    Click here to read more...
Chamber network steps up private-sector efforts on workforce development

by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
It’s back to school for students of all ages as they hone their skills for productive working careers. Rest assured, the Minnesota Chamber network has a keen interest in ensuring students are prepared for jobs in our changing economy.

The Center for Workforce Solutions was launched in 2018 with a goal of tackling Minnesota’s workforce shortage. Through leadership, collaboration and key partnerships, it offers programs to confront the state’s worker shortage, helping the state’s economy to change and grow. Click Here to read more...
Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Mackenthun's Fine Foods

Primary Contact: Jessa Theis
851 Marketplace Dr
Waconia, MN 55387

Congratulations Mackenthun's Fine Foods on your amazing new remodel. The Ambassadors were honored to be a part of this grand event. Here's to another hundred plus years of serving Waconia and the surrounding areas!
Member News and Happenings
September Coffee Connection
Thursday, September 5, 7:30-9:00AM
Dojo Karate-546 S Elm St, Waconia

A Chamber member favorite. Follow up on connections and make new ones. Open house format. Stop in for as long as your schedule allows. Coffee and a breakfast snack will be served.
Compost Collection
Saturday, September 7 & 21, 8:00AM-Noon
Public Services-310 E 10th St, Waconia

Residents can bring grass clippings, garden waste, shrubs and branches no larger than 3” in diameter and 4’ in length. Cost is $1.00 per bag or $10.00 per pick-up or trailer. A copy of the full schedule is available at www.waconia.org/compost. 
WHA Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser
Saturday, September 7, 10:00AM Check In
Shadowbrooke Golf Course-3192 MN 7, Lester Prairie

Golfing season is NOT over! Get a foursome together and support the Waconia Hockey Association. Cost: $350/Foursome Includes golf, golf cart and dinner!

Sponsorship opportunities:
$400 Wildcat Silver Sponsorship, $600 Wildcat Gold Sponsorship packages
Silent Auction Bidding- NEW this year! You do NOT need to be present at the tournament to partake in the Silent Auction. All links to register and silent auction can be found at www.waconiahockey.org
Please direct all questions to Chris Beckwith at  whagolftournament@yahoo.com
Now Hiring
Midwest Expanded Metal-301 Industrial Blvd, Waconia
Day & Night Shift available. Contact Doug Johnson 952-442-2666
WYP-Waconia Young Professionals
Thursday, September 26, 5:00-7:00PM
Sovereign Estate Winery-9950 North Shore Rd, Waconia
Network with business professionals 21 - 39 years old.  Meet up for casual conversation and get to know someone better! Food and beverage on your own.

Edge of the Woods Art Wander
Friday-Sunday, September 27-29
All over Carver County

Edge of the Big Wood Art Wander is coming up September 27, 28 & 29, 2019.
NEW - Free Art Wander Trolley Tours
Complimentary trolley tours to studios in outlying Waconia and Chanhassen, Chaska, and Carver will be available this year, courtesy of SW Transit Trolleys. No hassle of hunting for studios – Board a trolley and we’ll take you to a variety of studios on the Art Wander. Information on routes, parking and how to sign up will be available soon! Check out the MAP and participating artists on the  artwander.com  website!
Save the Date-Career Exploration Fair
Wednesday, November 6, 8:00-11:00AM
Waconia High School-1650 Community Dr

Save the date! This is your opportunity to inspire students to pursue careers in relevant fields! Watch for registration forms soon.
Chamber Luncheon & Calendar
Chamber Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Note earlier date!

Location: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
8785 Airport Rd, Waconia

Featuring: Stevie Ray
The Roadmap to Influence

At some point, everyone uses the art of persuasion. The art of persuasion is needed when convincing a team to get behind a new initiative, soothing an angry client or customer, helping someone decide to purchase, or presenting to a prospective client.
No matter what your profession,
getting a "yes" is the most important skill you can learn.

Cost: $25/members, $40/General Admission

 RSVP Required by Monday, September 16, 2019
Guests welcome, but MUST register by Monday, September 16.
Please call 952-442-5812

To streamline check in at the event, we ask that members register and pay HERE.
Please note: Non-members must contact the chamber to register.

Call or email to register cgesinger@destinationwaconia.org

All forms of payment will be accepted the day of the event.
Chamber Calendar-September 2019
SEP 5 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00AM @ Dojo Karate (546 S Elm St, Waconia)
SEP 11 Board of Directors 11:30 @ Maple Conference Room City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
SEP 12 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM @ Maple Conference Room City Hall
(201 S Vine St)
SEP 13 Nickle Dickle Eve Dance 8:00-11:00PM (217 W Main St) Gates open at 7:00
SEP 14 Nickle Dickle Day 8:00AM-5:00PM Fun all around town!
SEP 19 Ambassador Meeting 8:45AM @ Chamber Office 209 S Vine St, Waconia
SEP 19 Monthly Luncheon 11:30 @ Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery (8785 Airport Rd, Waconia)
SEP 26 WYP Meeting 5:00-8:00PM @ Island View Golf Club (7795 Laketown Pkwy)
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